5 Ways Social Skills Classes Can Help You Succeed (even online!)
Social skills classes can teach you everything you need to know to make friends and network effectively
Do you struggle with social interactions? Do you feel like you're not good at making friends or networking? You're not alone. Millions of people around the world suffer from social anxiety and a lack of social skills. If this sounds like you, don't worry - help is available!
Social skills classes can teach you everything you need to know to make friends and network effectively. And best of all, many of these classes are now offered online, so you can learn in the comfort of your own home. In this blog post, we will discuss 5 ways that social skills classes can help you succeed in life. Make sure your class has these!
1. Real Practice:
Make sure there is a real-time element to your class. You need people to practice. Recorded videos alone are a waste of time. We found that people who only watched videos and read articles about social skills made little progress. You need to be able to practice what you're learning with other people. That's why all of our social skills classes are live, online, and interactive.
Your social skills class should give you actionable steps that you can take and practice immediately with a partner. Like a Karate class, you need to be able to practice what you're learning with other people in real-time. This way, you can get immediate feedback and learn how to adjust your behavior for maximum success.
In a role-playing exercise, you and another person take on different roles in a simulated social situation. For example, you might role-play a job interview, a first date, or a networking event using different conversation strategies. This is a great way to learn how to handle different social situations and to practice your new skills.
One of the best things about social skills classes is that they provide you with a forgiving space to practice your new skills. In class, you will be able to try out different approaches and find what works best for you. And unlike in real life, if you make a mistake, it's not a big deal - everyone in the class is there to learn and grow, just like you.
2. Focus on Your Specific Needs with Real-time feedback
In a social skills class, you should be able to focus on your specific needs and get feedback in real-time. This is different from reading a book or watching a video because you can get customized help that is specifically tailored to your situation.
Different people have different strengths and weaknesses, for instance, if you tend to come across as shy, your instructor can give you specific strategies on how to appear more confident. Some people are good at sarcasm but need help embedding empathy into the conversation -some people are bad at flirting but are amazing at asserting themselves.
There should be live-time feedback and ample time for specific questions that you may have. Good instructors will see your nuances and give you the adjustments needed.
3. Gets you Out of Your Comfort Zone with Real-World Homework
A social skills class will help you get out of your comfort zone and learn how to interact with people in new and challenging situations. This is important because the only way to grow and learn is to push yourself outside of your comfort zone. This will get you more fluid and natural.
At Jaunty, in class, you will learn how to approach people and start conversations, even if you're feeling shy or anxious. And as homework, you will be given real-world assignments to practice what you've learned in class.
For example, you might be asked to go to a networking event and start up a conversation with someone new in a certain way. Or it could be things like stronger eye contact or making requests properly.
4. Instructors Who Are Experienced
You want to make sure you're taking a class from an instructor who is experienced and qualified. The best instructors are those who have personally tried out the things they are teaching and have seen results in their own lives.
They should also be able to give you specific examples and stories from their own experiences to illustrate the concepts they are teaching. They should be patient and explain things clearly so that you can understand and apply the concepts to your own life.
Instructors who are experienced will also be able to give you specific tips and tricks that they have personally used to overcome social challenges. This is valuable because it gives you an insider's perspective on how to succeed in social situations.
5. A strong community and continued support
When you're taking a social skills class, you should feel like you're part of a community. The other students in your class should be people who are also working on similar goals. This way, you can learn from each other and support each other outside of class. Having accountability and people to practice with is essential for sustaining your social skills practice.
A support group like an ongoing online group chat or forum can also be helpful. In addition to the class, you should have access to continued support so that you can keep practicing and growing. Your instructor should also be available to you outside of class, whether that means having office hours or providing you with resources and articles to read. They should be someone who you feel comfortable reaching out to when you need help or have questions.
Whatever your specific social goals are, taking a social skills class is a great way to learn the skills you need to succeed. With the right instructor and community, you'll be well on your way to reaching your social goals in no time.
How Jaunty Social Skills Training Services Work
We’ve made the process of mastering social skills simple.
Here’s how to get started with us:
- Step 2: If we’re a good fit for each other, you can set up a call to discuss our service and pricing with you.
- Step 3: We have two services, and they can work together: The Six-Week Masterclass and The Jaunty Gym.
If you’ve been wanting to improve your social skills but haven’t had the time to commit, or have had bad experiences in the past, fill out our form to learn more about your options. Regardless of where you are socially we have found that anyone can improve their social skills and their social life. You can try it out for a month or two and see how you like it. For testimonials from our clients, check out our success stories.