How to Improve Your People Skills

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Improving people skills requires leaving any shyness at home, being willing to approach anyone, making eye contact and maintaining a simple impersonal conversation. Improve people skills through practice and interaction with advice from a nationally certified business etiquette and international protocol consultant in this free video on social etiquette.

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Hello, this is Gabriela Garzon at G.G. Image & Etiquette Consulting in Miami, Florida. In this clip, I'm going to talk about how to improve your people skills. In order for you to improve your people skills, you have to leave the shyness in your house, in your car, in your purse. You need to be willing to approach everybody as soon as you see them. You have to make eye contact with as many people as you can. You have to approach them -- you know, like, present yourself: "Hi, my name is..." You give a handshake, you say where you're coming from, you ask a lot of questions -- no personal questions. Just sort of like the same setting type of questions that you may ask anybody, and just sit next to them. Just be willing to actually approach them and talk to as many people as you can. For example, "Excuse me, is this seat taken?" "Oh, no, no, go ahead, sure." "Thank you. Hello, my name is Paul, and you are..." "Oh, hi, Paul. Nice to meet you. I'm Gabby." "Hi, Gabby. Nice to meet you. This is a very nice office you have here. Wow." "Yes, thank you." "How long have you been here?" "For about, like seven years." "Oh, it's wonderful, really. I like the decor." "Thank you. I did it myself." So if you see, he is willing to approach me. He was the one who actually offered his hand, and he was asking questions that were not personal -- that they had to do with the setting that we are, you know, surrounding ourself with. So once again, this is Gabriela Garzon at G.G. Image & Etiquette Consulting in Miami, Florida.

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