Jainaba Jobarteh – Three Tips to Enhance Your Social Skills

Jainaba Jobarteh knows that sometimes, it can feel difficult to shine in a crowd. As a young woman, new to Mzuzu to study medicine in her twenties, Jainaba Jobarteh understands the anxiety of trying to fit in when the situation feels unfamiliar and intimidating. She recommends keeping the following in mind to those who are trying to feel more comfortable and secure in their social skills.

Watch the people that you consider to have good social skills. How do they interact with others? What do they do with their bodies? How do they move through a conversation? These are good questions to ask as you consider how you would like to be perceived in social settings.

Set realistic goals, especially in the beginning. Setting a goal to be a motivational speaker in a month may not be the best idea. Deciding to compliment a store owner or someone in the street on an item of clothing may work better. Taking small opportunities to practice throughout the day is far less intimidating than a large, lofty goal.

Make improving your social skills a priority and take steps each day to improve. Start in settings that make you feel comfortable, such as a small group of friends or family, and gradually work your way up to unfamiliar and uncomfortable situations, like a mixer or work party.

Born in Gambia, Jainaba Jobarteh is dedicated to helping others feel secure in their abilities to interact with others to put their best foot forward. She lives in Madrid with her husband and children.

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