I wanted to tell my friend that I had skills in persuading people. I stood for 5 minutes just thinking whether I should say "persuading skills", "persuasive skills", or "persuasion skills". Also, "manipulative skills, manipulation skills, manipulating skills"? To decide which one to use, I went searching online dictionaries, and it just created further confusion.
I have noticed that when the word has no verb form or its verb form is not very popular, we use its adjectival form before the word skill such as
Political skill / athletic skill / artistic skill /mathematical skill / technical skill / tactical skill / social skill
When the word has the gerund as a noun, then it is the word that precedes skill such as
reading skill / writing skill / hunting skill / shooting skill / wrestling skill / fishing skill
However, when the case is neither of those, confusion arises. In the following cases, how would you decide which one to use?
Persuading skill / persuasion skill / persuasive skill
Manipulating skill / manipulation skill / manipulative skill
Negotiating skill / negotiation skill / ..
Interpretive skill / interpretation skill
Investigating skill / investigation skill / investigative skill
Navigating skill / navigation skill / navigational skill?
Performing skill / performance skill