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40 Communication Skills for Lifelong Success and Happiness

40 Communication Skills for Lifelong Success and Happiness

How many times have you heard that good communication is important, without being told what that actually means?

This article will give you tons of helpful, specific communication skills that you can start learning right away.

Being able to communicate better could:

  • Improve your relationship
  • Help you get along better with family and friends
  • Reduce feelings of social anxiety
  • Help you to get the career you want
  • Make other people enjoy speaking to you more
  • Increase your self-worth
  • Allow you to help others more effectively
  • Reduce conflicts and arguments

Are you ready to seriously boost your communication skills? Let’s go.

Communication skills at work

Learning to communicate well at work means you’ll get along better with coworkers, perform better, and be more likely to get the promotions you want.

How to give compliments

How to keep your team happy and motivated as a manager.

How to receive constructive criticism.

How to manage workplace conflicts.

How to deal with a co-worker you don’t like.

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How to be confident without coming across as arrogant.

How to give helpful feedback.

How to leave a job on good terms .

How to deal with an angry customer.

How to fire an employee.

Communication skills in relationships

Communication is so important in a relationship. Learn to weather the bad times as well as the good with these key skills.

How to argue constructively with your partner.

How to have a great first date.

How to ask somebody out on a date.

How to spend more quality time with your partner.

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How to get to know your partner better.

How to make up after arguments.

How to take a compliment.

How to stop lying and be honest.

How to meet your partner’s family for the first time.

Communication skills with friends

Friendships can be just as complicated as relationships, and being able to communicate well makes everything easier. Make friends for life by following these tips.

How to come across as funny.

How to make conversation with new people.

How to comfort a crying person.

How to listen effectively to others.

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How to keep a conversation going

How to say no to an invitation.

How to be a good roommate.

How to end a friendship.

How to reconnect with old friends.

How to use body language to communicate.

Communication skills with family

We all have a family of some kind, whether we like them or not. Learning to communicate well cuts down on arguments and strengthens your bond with parents, siblings and extended family members.

How to communicate with moody teenagers.

How to get along better with your parents.

How to deal with big family gatherings.

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How to have fun with your siblings.

How to talk to elderly relatives.

How to play with children.

How to become closer to your family.

How to stay connected when you don’t live near family.

How to balance work and family life.

How to avoid toxic family members.

Strong communication skills make almost every situation easier. Take some time to learn them now and your future self will thank you.

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Last Updated on May 7, 2019

How to Detect a Wolf in Sheep’s Clothing

How to Detect a Wolf in Sheep’s Clothing

Work in any competitive field long enough, and you’re bound to run into a wolf in sheep’s clothing. It’s a powerful image. A shepherd watches over his flock to protect them from harm. He’d chase away any predator that tried to make its way into the flock. A clever wolf wearing the skin of a sheep as a disguise can sneak by the vigilant shepherd and get into the herd undetected.

The story isn’t just a colorful description–it’s a warning to all of us to beware the wolf in sheep’s clothing. They may seem innocent, but they have ulterior motives. They’ll use different tactics to camouflage their intentions.

The person who is kind to you, but undercuts you when you aren’t around is a wolf in disguise. A wolf in sheep’s clothing might pick your brain for ideas and then pass them off as their own to get a promotion. They’re always looking out for themselves at the expense of everyone around them.

Wearing a Disguise Has Its Advantages

People don’t go out of their way to manipulate others unless they’re getting something out of it. Hiding their intentions gives wolves the chance to manipulate other people to advance their own agenda. They know that what they’re trying to do wouldn’t be popular, or it might cause struggle if they presented themselves honestly.

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    They’ll be able to do what they want with less interference if they put on an act. By the time people figure out their true motives, the wolf has what it wants.

    Signs That Someone Is a Wolf in Disguise

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        1. They live to take power instead of empowering others. A wolf uses people as stepping stones to get the things that they want. They don’t care what happens to anyone else.[1] A wolf at work might make you look bad during a presentation to make themselves look amazing in front of the boss.
        2. Wolves seem sweet on the outside, but they’ll show you their teeth. If wolves revealed their true identity, people wouldn’t associate with them. They develop a friendly or kind persona, but they can’t keep up the act 24/7. Eventually, they’ll reveal their aggressive tendencies. A wealthy person who likes to break the law may make sizable charitable donations to convince people that they are kind and thoughtful. These donations largely keep them out of trouble, but if someone calls them out, they destroy that person’s reputation to stifle the criticism.
        3. They manipulate through emotions to get what they want. Wolves know that they can get ahead by appealing to your emotions. They find out what you want and need, and they give you just enough to keep you quiet and compliant. Imagine that your boss is a wolf in sheep’s clothing, and you want to ask for a vacation. She might try to play on your guilt and feelings of insecurity to get you to skip vacation or take fewer days off.
        4. A wolf will charm you first. Wolves are experts at manipulating the people around them. They appear interested in whatever you’re doing, and you’ll get the impression that they care. After they get you where they want you, they do just enough to keep you on the hook. This is the coworker who may start out being your friend, but they end up dumping responsibility onto you. When they see that you are growing frustrated, they’ll surprise you with something to charm you some more. Then, they’ll continue to do whatever they want.
        5. Their stories are full of holes.  Calling a wolf out is the surest way to make them squirm. When this person tries to come up with a story, it won’t make much sense because they are improvising.[2] The classic example of this is the significant other that you suspect has cheated on you. When you ask them why they came home so late, they’ll either become upset with you, or they’ll make up a weak explanation.

        How to Spot a Wolf

          Know What’s Real So You Can Spot the Phony

          Do some homework so that you have as much of the story as possible before you work with them. Research how they respond in certain situations, or give them hypothetical problems to see how they respond.

          A job applicant might tell you that she’s always positive and thinks of herself as a team-player. That’s what every employer wants to hear. During the interview you ask applicants to work in groups to solve a problem to see how they handle the situation. The applicant “positive team-player” is bossy and negative. You’ve spotted the wolf.

          A wolf will tell you something that ultimately benefits them. Gather evidence that proves or disproves their position, and see what happens. Chances are, when you choose the side that supports their agenda, they’ll act like your best friend. If you disagree, they’ll become aggressive.

          Spotting a potential wolf–especially if you are one of the sheep–can present you with some challenges. If your gut tells you that a wolf is lurking among all the other sheep, pay attention, and make sure you take the next step.

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          Ask Questions, the More the Better

          There’s nothing wrong with asking questions to uncover the truth. The safety of everyone in your group is at risk. Since wolves often make up stories, you may be able to call them out when their tales lack details.

          When they state an opinion, ask “Why do you think that?” or “How do you know it’s like that?” They’ll have trouble coming up with enough information to pull off the lie.

          Since wolves are always pretending to be something they aren’t, they don’t usually have a clearly thought-out reason for what they say. In a debate, they won’t understand the root of an issue.

          They may also tell you what they think you want to hear, but when pressed for more information, they won’t have anything to add. Their knowledge is superficial. No matter how much you try to encourage discussion, they will not be able to carry on a conversation about the subject.

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          Wolves Are Everywhere

          As much as we want to believe that everyone has the best intentions, it isn’t always the case. Some people only do things to benefit themselves, and they don’t care who they hurt in the process.

          Wolves in sheep’s clothing can be found in almost every setting. You can’t get rid of them, but if you can spot them, you can avoid falling into their traps.

          Reference

          [1] Association of Biblical Counselors: Three Ways to Spot a Wolf in Sheep’s Clothing
          [2] Power of Positivity: Beware of a wolf in sheep’s clothing

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