How to Evaluate People Skills

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A person with good people skills knows how to plan social situations to her advantage either naturally or through practice; she does this with diplomacy because she has no wish to control others. Her confidence in herself and her caring nature exudes warmth, yet she is ambitious. In the workplace, as in her personal life, social skills are evident in her ability to get along with others through her display of empathy and compassion.

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    Observe evidence of people skills when you witness the ability of one person to manage others confidently without antagonising and/or alienating them. Those with good people skills are at their best directing the behaviour, actions, or work of others.

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    People skills are evident in team players by their ability to bring others together in groups to complete tasks. In the midst of conflict, those with people skills will assert and bring the team back together, and get others to cooperate successfully. To become a team player, learn to work with others and negotiate differences.

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    The ability of quite ordinary men and women to influence even the most influential people is people skills; it's detectable in social adeptness, the granting of favours, and the art of getting others to return favours when necessary. It is the unspoken code is that one hand washes the other. Do something from the heart for others if you want to become influential.

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    People skills are discernible in the cleverness of one to adjust his behaviour in accordance with the information received from watching another's body language. To understand body language, watch people's behaviour and listen to voice tone and word inflection.

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    The ability to entrust another with an important tasks that one can't perform because of time constraints is evidence of people skills. Follow the person who knows how to delegate if you wish to see people skills in action.

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    Social grace is a people skill that attracts others wherever it's present, with little or no effort. It's knowing what to say, how to say it, and to whom. Emulate those with social graces, for they know when to speak and when to shut up, which is a very useful skill.

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