Social and communication skills development & their importance
Communication and interaction, verbal and non-verbal, body language, voice tone
Help you to progress in life, develop better communication skills, new friendships, people to talk to in difficult times, mental health, work well in teams, lead, influence, motivate, increased happiness
Social and communication experiences, challenges I’ve faced, things I’ve learned and obstacles overcome
Found making friends easier in junior school.
Invited to birthday parties during primary school.
Didn’t attend a birthday party after leaving primary school until the age of 18.
Challenges and overcoming them
Having and initiating conversations
Knowing when to join in a conversation
Inadvertently offending people
Asking too many questions too quickly(questions which you know answers to)
Trying too hard to fit it
Too many different conversations at the same time
Group work - having someone to work with
Knowing when somebody has lost interest
Advice to improve social and communication skills
Speaking only when spoken to
Saying something rather than ask a question
Eavesdropping - Being told it's more polite to say 'Excuse me' when wanting joining conversation
Listening to what others have to say( Understanding others’ points of view)
Signs that I was getting better at joining in social situations (underlying improvement)
Joining in with students during breaks during one IT course
Being out with friends
Increased awareness of important events in the wider world
Having quieter areas to calm down and relax during busier and stressful times
Doing things that one enjoys
Consider smaller groups
Never any need for any particular special measures for me - always underlying improvement
Further sources of information from my blog
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Artwork produced by Elena Designe
Music composed by Nela Ruiz