Hello! Welcome back to maggie’s doodles 💜 I’m so glad you’re here!
I have an awesome tips post to share with you today 🤩✨
Working at my new job has given me so many opportunities to improve my social skills! It has been challenging and very rewarding. I’m so happy to share what I’ve learned with you!
Ooh before we begin, I gotta tell you something really cool! I created a podcast episode to go along with this post 😍 it’s called ‘3 tips for interacting with new people’! Click here to listen, or check out the player below ⇩
Alright! It’s tips time 😎😂 (also that podcast episode is the shortest I’ve made yet, a personal record lol)
5 tips for strengthening
💟 Learn how to communicate with people. // this sounds very broad lol, but I’m talking on a personal level! Some people love sarcasm, others enjoy chit-chatting. Some love long conversations, some love brief encounters. While it’s important to be yourself while chatting, learning what each co-worker, classmate, customer, etc., is like will help you to have a positive relationship with them!
💟 Meet people where they are. // on any given day, the people you see all the time are experiencing different seasons of their lives. They could be having a great day, or they could be going through a really stressful time. They could have been uninterested in talking to you when you guys first met, but now all of a sudden, they’re reaching out to you. It’s up to you if you decide to respond positively to them, but for me personally, I’ve established some strong connections at work by allowing people to change for the better! 💕
💟 Reach out with no expectations. // I greet a BUNCH of people at work lol – coworkers and customers alike! I’m always being myself: saying hi, smiling, asking them how their day’s going, and if they need help with anything. Most people respond really positively, but when someone doesn’t smile back or they ignore me, it’s disappointing. However, I don’t let it affect my day or social skills as a whole.
I see negative interactions as isolated experiences, not a reflection of who I am as a person.
💟 Don’t take things personally. // I used to when interacting with unhappy people, and it crushed my confidence every time. Now, when someone has a problem with me, I’m usually able to see that they’re having a problem at me. You see the difference? If life is making them very unhappy, it may come at me, but it’s not because of me.
💟 Respect boundaries and wishes. // this is both in positive and negative ways. There are coworkers who want to have an acquaintance-level relationship with me, and there are others who enjoy having long conversations with me. Even if I’d like to be closer to different people, respecting their wishes is paramount. Making sure the friendship is balanced is important! On the negative side, if someone doesn’t want to be interacting with me, I give them that space. While I love having positive connections with people, it’s more negative to keep trying to talk to them.
Thank you so much for reading! 💜 I have loved socializing at work these past few months, and I hope some of my tips inspired you today. 😊