Whose medical advice are you more likely to follow, a doctor who appears nervous, jittery, and doesn't look you in the eye? Or one who projects a calm, engaging, and confident demeanour? The second doctor would be preferred by most, not because of difference in qualifications, but because delivery when communicating can make a person feel heard.
Social communication difficulties are often seen in people with Autism Spectrum disorder, but are not limited to those with the disorder. Social communication difficulties can impact the quality and longevity of friendships, work relationships and romantic relationships. Those who struggle may find it challenging to change communication styles, follow rules of conversation, use body language, build rapport, and maintain eye contact.
Quality social communication in the workplace and your personal life can create strong social bonds, improve well-being, work quality, engagement, and collaboration. Social communication in the workplace is vital as companies strive to create an environment that empowers collaboration and effectiveness. Healthcare professionals are tasked with connecting with patients and clearly communicating health information. Tech professionals communicate technical instructions to people with less technical knowledge.
The following signs of social communication difficulties can cause frustration and misunderstandings:
● Poor eye contact
● Inappropriate or limited body language
● Struggling with small talk
● Constantly interrupting other people
● Inability to insert yourself into a conversation
At Speak Fluent, our registered Speech-Language Pathologists can help you enhance your social communication and professional skills through one-on-one training sessions, where clients can practice communication skills in different scenarios. Invest in your communication skills and further your personal development by booking a free consultation today.