We believe that one of the building blocks of fostering good relationships is being easy and comfortable with conversation in everyday social situations, such as at work, school, the drugstore, the gym, etc. Having a friendly demeanor, grace and tact in everyday conversation are learned skills that take practice. Many of us hone these skills through experience. Often, this happens as we get older, move away from home, and become independent. When I look back on my younger years, I realize that I only began thoughtfully considering my social etiquette in college, where I found myself in a new city full of strangers and a variety of cultural and societal norms that I was a bit unfamiliar with. I grew up in a small island community where everyone knew each other or were somehow connected, and this set a scene for mostly casual, comfortable personal interactions. I didn't consider myself uncouth or anti-social, but apprehensive and awkward at times. I think that this resulted in somewhat holding myself back on exploring a handful of opportunities. As the saying goes, I lived and learned, and I am appreciative for my experiences as it helped me grow.
27 July, 2015 / 0 Comments