Communicate: Contact Skills
Social communications can make a great difference in everyone’s life. There may be many people that you have contact with: you might want to know some better -- or have better contact. You also can expand your personal contacts. (Video with tips.)
Several skills are listed below:
Presenting Yourself Well
Making Contact
Giving Compliments
Promoting Alliances
Participating in Groups
Dealing With Difficult Contacts
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Confidence Skills
Many advisors strongly state that confidence is a key to success, yet that key can be hard to find. Like all behaviors, reality-based confidence skills are built by attending to solid supportive patterns. This means practicing the right patterns. 

Positive and realistic self-regard is based on clear awareness of personal skills and qualities. Intense competitions in work and life can bring doubts about personal worth; problems in the past can weaken self-confidence for further efforts. After dealing with an overly changing and challenging world, a person’s confidence skills may benefit from a refreshing boost.

To confidently present ourselves with ease requires access to positive memories. This comes from having a mental inventory organized for ready access. Here is how to get ready for challenging situations where healthy confidence is valuable.

1. Clarify your active strengths. This process, recommended by the top consultants, often entails a lengthy questionnaire. However a quick way is to answer the question: “What do you love doing?” The answer includes what you do or would for free -- and would continue doing because of the enjoyment and interest, like with hobbies or charities. You might even see an enduring pattern in your life.

2. Review your personal qualities (sometimes called “virtues”). These are your great personal values that go with you, although they may not be job-related. Examples include being honest, energetic, empathetic, determined, careful, respectful, loyal, cooperative, dedicated and adaptive. Why are you a good and valuable person?

3. Relate your active strengths and personal qualities to your accomplishments. Accomplishments can be any results valued by you and confirmed by others. Go over your achievements as far back as you can remember. Replay these valued memories like replaying scenes from a favorite movie. It is easier to do when relaxing.

List all the above as they come to mind – and keep reviewing the list until you have your whole collection memorized. If you are aiming for a particular job or role, focus on any assets relevant to that situation. Also, keep an open mind about ones that might be possible additions. 

Awareness of specific needs can make the decisive difference. Bottom line: Consider how your performance can serve others in relevant ways.

When good opportunities arise, you will be ready to talk about your range of skills. Putting the spotlight on your interesting features can lead to social confidence and success. There is no substitute for solid preparation and rehearsal. A handy way to put it all together is at PresentingYourselfWell.

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