Essay On Interpersonal Skills

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Based around the importance of interpersonal skills, this essay analyses a transcript of a conversation between two people with an established relationship. Both verbal and non-verbal forms of communication are assessed, determining the aspects of one participant’s interpersonal skills that were effective, and those that weren’t. After acknowledging some behaviour was unsuccessful, the exact reaction of the receiver that suggested the use of ineffective interpersonal skills is highlighted. Possible contextual factors impacting the interaction are investigated in addition to suggestions for alternative skills that could improve the interaction. This essay reflects on one individual’s interpersonal style in attempts to improve future skills.

Analysis of my Interpersonal Skills
Interpersonal skills constitute the universal way in which humans interact. These skills begin from the moment you are born, in the form of crying, and continue to evolve throughout your entire life. Interpersonal style is unique to the individual and can dictate the success of the relationships we form, both personal and professional. This essay will assess my own interpersonal style and skills by analysing a short interaction between myself and a person with whom I have established and maintained a relationship. Although only a miniscule snapshot of the way in which I conduct and use interpersonal skills, the transcript displays a variety of distinct effective and ineffective forms of communication. First the negative and positive aspects of my contribution in the interaction will be analysed, then a reflection on the behaviour of the 2nd person that indicated so. After determining the ineffective aspects of my communication the skills I could have used th...

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...ctive non-verbal behaviour such as sitting facing the other participant and making eye contact.
Verbal and non-verbal forms of communication are the foundation of interpersonal skills and by assessing interactions such as this I can gain understanding into their degree of importance. By analysing which aspects of my interpersonal style promote effective communication and which lead to ineffective, I am able to identify where improvements can be made, and where they aren’t needed. By employing alternative interpersonal skills I can proactively increase the likelihood of success in future interactions. In addition, learning to recognise the impact of contextual factors on conversations also offers valuable perspective. As so many contributors affect the outcome of conversations it is clear that there is always room to learn and improve your interpersonal skills.
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