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Life skills

Life skills are a set of human skills acquired via teaching or direct experience that are used to handle problems and questions commonly encountered in daily human life.


The World Health Organization defines life skills as "abilities for adaptive and positive behaviour that enable individuals to deal effectively with the demands and challenges of everyday life." In primary and secondary education, life skills may refer to a skill set that accommodates more specific needs of modern industrialized life; examples include money management, food preparation, hygiene, basic literacy and numeracy, and organizational skills. Life skills are sometimes, but not always, distinguished from occupational skills.


The United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) and the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) divide life skills into subsets of categories:

Learning to know: Cognitive abilities

Decision making / problem solving skills

  • Information gathering skills
  • Evaluating future consequences of present actions for self and others
  • Determining alternative solutions to problems
  • Analysis skills regarding the influence of values and attitudes of self and others on motivation

Critical thinking skills

  • Analyzing peer and media influences
  • Analyzing attitudes, values, social norms and beliefs and factors affecting these
  • Identifying relevant information and information sources

Learning to be: Personal abilities

Skills for increasing internal locus of control

Skills for managing feelings

Skills for managing stress

Learning to live together: Interpersonal abilities

Interpersonal communication skills

Negotiation and refusal skills


  • Ability to listen to and understand another's needs and circumstances and express that understanding

Cooperation and teamwork

  • Expressing respect for others' contributions and different styles
  • Assessing one's own abilities and contributing to the group

Advocacy skills

From Yahoo Answers

Question:Every time i am struggling to speak in English Language. Please let me know how to improve my communication skills and tell which books are very helpful for me. What I learn t myself speak very well, but apart from i cant speak well. I have mentioned in my problems. 1.Pronunciation 2.Vocabulary 3.Grammer 4.Conjunction 5.Prepositions 6.Active voice/passive voice 7.Using wrong sentences. 8.I dont use more complicated words 9.I dont know how to approach a people. 10.I am scared to speak with others. 11.Many times i dont set my minds. 12.Future life scared.

Answers:What is your native language? Books designed to teach English to speakers of that language will probably help you the most. Otherwise, read as much as you can. If possible, start off with literature that is not that advanced. Don't worry about not knowing complicated words. A lot of people don't use many big words in daily speech. It's more important to have a wide vocabulary of simple useful words. If you want to improve your pronunciation, listen to everything you can and try to model your speech after what you hear. If you have a willing friend who is a native English speaker, ask them what sounds "weird" about how you pronounce things. With practice, you should be able to produce English sounds that make you sound more native. As for 9-12, you should try to be more confident in general. Most people are approachable and friendly and will work with you as much as they can if your English isn't perfect. The only way you will perfect your English is by conversing with native speakers and becoming more comfortable with the language.


Answers:I think we need a context. Active communication could be a term used for just that - listening and communicating effectively, feeding back, presentation skills, etc etc. I think it is also a term used in "computer" technology though.

Question:im doing this project on school abut communication skills and i need to post various types of communication skills and i really dont know any..only active listening.can somebody plaese help me

Answers:One of the most important is being able to express yourself to a wide variety of people and be understood. How do you communicate to a varied group clearly and simply?

Question:I'm looking for a career where I can talk to a people, rather than stay at home alone and do work as an individual. I really like the idea of business, and maybe engineering, but I don't want to be involved in the medical field. What might be a few suitable jobs for me?

Answers:The most suitable job for you in my opinion is in MARKETING field where you deal with people of various stages, minds, status and interest. You get to talk about their needs and wants and understand their lives as well. On the other hand, Marketing is a respected and most promising career as well in today's scenario. People in this field not only get to talk with many people around them but also get their communication skills and abilities improved every next day because you have to be polite, down to earth, good listener and well mannered while being in this position. Can learn more at http://marketingpluss.blogspot.com/

From Youtube

Improving Active Listening Skills - Communication Skills Training :Improving Active Listening skills and Compassionate Communication Skills can be very simple. Use you connecting intention connecting for meeting and satisfying your values. If our values are satisfied we have more energy to hear intense messages from others. This video will show how to raise your energy level in seconds asking your self a couple of questions. This helps you to stay present with the speaker. This is a presentation from Rick Goodfriend and is from Dr. Marshall Rosenberg teachings of nonviolent communication skills NVC See more communication skills training at walkyourtalk.org !@#$

Developing student's presentation and active communication skills :Dr. London teaches small freshman seminars and MBA classes on leadership, communications, team work, and social entrepreneurship. He requires his students to learn communication skills by using a presentation style called Pecha Kucha in which they use images to convey concepts and use only small amounts of text. The class also uses a new form of presentation manager called Prezi which is hierarchically organized rather than linear like PowerPoint. The students are encouraged to use props, simulations and games in their presentations. Dr. London finds that students for whom English is a second language find this form of presentation much easier to grasp. He also encourages the use of web 2.0 technology to improve networking and communications between the student teams and with the instructor. Manny encourages new instructors to adopt the role of learning facilitator - providing guidance and resources grounded in real world examples and experiences. Dr. London is joined by Dr. Patricia Aceves who discusses a presentation style called Presentation Zen. Patricia talks about where to find appropriate and copyright approved images to use in presentations and how to avoid presentations that encourage the audience to read material along with the instructor.