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Social Skills ~ Life Skills

Communications for 8th Grade

on 18 January 2017

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Transcript of Social Skills ~ Life Skills

How not to make friends
Social Skills
Starting a
1. Smile and say "Hi"
2. Give the other person a
compliment or ask a question.
3. Exchange background
information like where you live,
what activities you like, where
have you lived before and find
out what you have in common.
Keeping the
Conversation going
1. Ask questions
2. Tell a personal story
3. Get the other person talking about
4. Express an interest in the other
person's hobbies and abilities.
5. Be enthusiastic and positive
6. Smile
7. Be an active listener by indication
you are paying attention
Ending a Conversation
1. Make the ending as smooth
and natural as possible.
2. Try to find a natural place to
stop; don't cut the other
person off in the middle of a
3. Nonverbal cues can be used
to indicate that you want to
end the conversation:
breaking eye contact, moving
toward the door, shaking
4. Be sure to convey the following message:

* You are about to end the conversation
* You've enjoyed the conversation
* You hope that you will see or talk to the person
again soon
Deep Conversation
Some of the conversations we have with others are more than just an exchange of greetings or information. They are more personal, more emotional and more meaningful. We refer to these exchanges as "deep" conversations.
Tips for Deep Conversation
* Be aware of the other person's facial expressions. It will help you know how the other person is feeling.
* During the conversation, acknowledge what the other person is saying, move your body forward if you are sitting or nod your head and make eye contact.
* Try to use sentences beginning with "I" such as "I am very concerned about..." or I understand that it is sometimes difficult..." Speaking for oneself sounds thoughtful and is less likely to be considered an automatic response.
* If someone tells you something you don't want to hear, acknowledge it, don't just ignore the statement.
* Make sure you understand what the other person means. This can be difficult if the conversation is very emotional.
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