How to Communicate Effectively Using Social Skills Activities

It is very important to be able to build strong and long termed relationships with everyone, including your employees, clients, partners, customers, and your family.

Having strong relationships to rely on makes you feel less stressful, less anxious, and more approachable. Nothing could be better than staying mentally healthy.

To feel less stressful and to be mentally healthy you need to practice some social skills activities.

On the other hand, ignoring social skills can lead to the following consequences;

  • Depression and Anxiety
  • Less Confidence
  • Weak Communication Skills

social skills activities

In order to be successful, you will need to brush up on your social skills, practising some social skills activities.
It is also very important to work on your communication skills as well.

This is because communication skills are known as the key to build friendships and social skills.

If you are unable to communicate properly, chances are you are not social and this can affect your business as you will not be able to communicate with your clients at all.

There are 3 basic and main areas you will need to practice in order to master communication skills, they are;

 

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Nonverbal Communication

A huge portion of our daily communication consists of nonverbal communication; the messages which we send through our bodies are as powerful as words can be.

Many people start to fidget with their fingers, or show other signs of nervousness through their body language. Others use hand gestures, eye contact, and a confident voice to show they are strong and confident inside.

Your body gives off vibes to let other people know if you are comfortable with the situation or not. Both, your voice as well as your body is able to portray many things about you, including the following;

  •  Honesty
  •  Your knowledge and understating of a topic
  • Attitude
  • Your current emotional state

The first step towards using communication skills for polishing your social skills and practicing social skills activities, is to identify where you fall short. You can get started on this by first asking yourself some questions.

  1. Do I slouch when I am talking?
  2. Do I speak fluently?
  3. Do I look here and there instead of making direct eye contact?
  4. Do I talk very fast when nervous?
  5. Do I cross my legs and/or arms when nervous?

Such questions will help you do a self analysis of where you can improve your communication skills for a better social appearance.

Conversation Skills

Conversation skills can be challenging for introverts or socially anxious people.

You can say that it is the hardest obstacle they face. Although it may even get daunting for confident individuals, meeting a stranger and starting a conversation becomes an absolute nightmare for an anti social person.

However, this problem can be overcome with some efforts; the first step is to be able to once again identify your problem areas by asking yourself the following questions;

  • Am I approachable?
  • Do I face difficulty starting a conversation or in progressing it?
  • Am I out of words often?

Another step which you can take is practicing. You know how they say, practice makes perfect, well, it does.

If you are not comfortable in approaching someone you know, you can start a random conversation with a stranger, or if you are better off with people you know, then your neighbours.

Nothing could be better than inviting people over, including your co-workers and friends. If you are not sure how to start off, try to start with a compliment.

Assertiveness

If you want to be able to express your needs and feelings, while respecting the other person’s, then assertiveness is one of the most honest communication skills to build up.

Assertiveness is learning how to engage in a gentle yet effective conversation that gets your point across without making others feel uncomfortable or offended.

However, always remember that this is an acquired skill, not a trait which you have engineered in yourself.

Why Social Skills Activities?

Social skills activities are key element to develop positive social skills. Sometimes we think when children play with their friends would be enough to learn all the social skills they need to.

But, in fact, it’s not enough. They also need guidance about appropriate behaviour and good communication.

Social skills activities will help you to provide opportunities to observe the social skills of students and guide them to improved social behaviour.

Social Skills Activities

Here are some social skills activities that are helpful to adapt socially acceptable behaviour.

Social Skills Activities

Make the statue laugh

Here is a fantastic game to teach self control to children. If a child freezes like statue then the other one must try to get him/her laugh. When the first one laughs, the game turns for the next round.

Something Special about Me

This activity is among the most important social skills activities to teach social awareness to children.

This activity is very helpful to learn about each group member as well as to recognise that some people have different interests but some have the same one.

Ask the children to look around at the other group members and notice that people have different interests as well as they are alike in many ways.

Special Interests

This activity is among the fantastic social skills activities. It is helpful to teach self awareness to children. With this exercise they can be taught about the differences.
In this exercise children are asked to get to know unique preferences and experiences of group members.

Different people have different preferences and interests that are unique to one another.

Through exploring everyone’s interests, some people will find that they have similar interests as well as some have different.

This awareness of these similarities and differences can help people talk to each other and can lead to friendship.

Having something common

When we talk about social skills activities, we cannot neglect this exercise which helps children to recognize similar likes and dislikes.

“Having something in common” means that two or more people have something similar or can enjoy doing the same thing.

You can make an activity sheet and give it to children to circle their interests. At the next stage, divide the group of children into partners.

Partners will look at their sheets together, finding similar and different interests and talking to each other about them.

This activity will help them to share their interests and discuss about them.

To Accept Complement

This activity is very important to develop the ability to accept praise and make more friends.

You need to tell the children what is the meaning of compliment and what exactly the compliment is?

It is important to learn how to accept a compliment, just as it is important to give compliment to anyone. Complimenting is an important part of making friends.

The easiest and simplest way to accept a compliment is to say “Thank You as well as you can also give a compliment back.
For example, if someone says, “I like your new bag,” you could say, “Thanks. I like yours too.”

How Do I Feel?

Social Skills Activities

Fun activities are more attractive and interesting for kids. Children can be taught to be self-aware with fun activities.

Some printable activities can be used to teach children about common feelings including surprise, anger, happiness, sadness etc.

This activity will help them to express themselves appropriately as well as to understand the feelings of others.

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