I'm pretty sure you've heard the importance of be physically fit. A healthy life and body promotes good outcomes and a longer life, but just as important are the benefits of being 'socially fit'. What does it mean to be socially fit? I'm glad you asked. A socially fit person is one who is confident, speaks well, and can hold their own in environments that require one to build relationships with others.
Three tips on how to build up your social fitness are listed below and in the same manner you would exercise your body to get in shape, these your social fitness requires exercise and practice also.
We seem to run into this problem a lot. People have a hard time listening to others. We all want to get our points across but if we aren't listening to what the other person has to say then nothing will get done. Listening involves hearing others. Whether its another opinion, path, or just adding to what is already established, hearing out the details will bring you into making a more clear decision to a focus to move forward. People liked to be listened to and that is the foundation of any relationship.
After listening to others you must respond. Our responses can have a great effect on how other's perceive us. Did he understand what I was saying? Does she know what I want her to do? These questions and questions like this can be answered in your response without the person actually asking them. When you're responding have tell the other person what you heard or what you thing you've heard. In order to follow this tip you must have been listening.
My final tip is for you to practice. Make small talk in the grocery store. Practice in the mirror. Start conversations with others when you're waiting for your doctor. It may seem weird first but building up your confidence while talking to others will increase and you will take it bigger and bigger.
Supervisors and Directors usually have a open opportunity to give presentation to find people who have the capabilities to speak in front of large numbers of people. They start with interviews, then meetings, presentations, then one-day you're standing on stage revealing the next big thing. The way we speak to others can greatly influence our social fitness. So get out there and exercise these skills to build quality relationships.