Interpersonal skills matter, learn them

Published: Wed 30 Jan 2019, 6:00 PM

Last updated: Wed 30 Jan 2019, 8:56 PM

Pope Francis' pearls of wisdom struck a chord. (We are truly human only if we relate to others; KT, Jan. 27). Though we wish that every interaction we have with others turns out to be good, many a time, we don't succeed in relating to people in a nicer way. At times, even those having great interpersonal skills and are usually politically correct, can have difficulty in interacting with others. It is miserable to fail in striking a good conversation and going through the misunderstanding, pain, hurt, lost opportunities, and unfulfilled expectations. But if we decide to pay attention to the other person by listening and not just hearing, by observing, not cutting them off, we can do better. We have to keep an open mind, make an effort to understand the person, seek out opportunities to talk to people from different areas of life. Also, we have to consciously make time for people.
-Jayashree Kulkarni, Abu Dhabi

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