Essential People Skills
People skills are an essential part of work, life and social success. When you have strong people skills, you are better able to:
1. Pitch yourself
2. Overcome social anxiety
4. Motivate - your ideas Influence others positively
But what are people skills?
People skills are the tools you use to communicate and interact effectively with others. Individuals with strong people skills are able to predict behavior, relate to others and socialize easily. People skills also are known as soft skills, interpersonal skills, social skills, emotional intelligence and interpersonal Intelligence. Research even has found that people who have strong people skills make an average of $29,000 more per year!
People skills are one of the most underappreciated areas of career development.
In career development, we are lucky if we have the occasional soft skills training or communication course. I believe interpersonal intelligence, or PQ needs to be honed. Just as we develop our IQ, we need to work on our PQ. People smarts are just as important as book smarts.
Researchers define people skills as three sets of abilities:
First, someone’s personal effectiveness. As a people skill, personal effectiveness is all about how you come across to others. Are you able to pitch yourself? Can you communicate clearly? Can you get what you need from others? Someone with strong personal effectiveness typically also has a memorable first impression and a confident presence with the people they meet.
Second, is your interaction ability. This is how well you predict and decode behavior. In an interaction, can you empathize with someone? Are you highly perceptive?
Finally, someone with strong people skills is able to intercede easily. This means they are able to lead, influence and build bridges between people. Are you a connector? A mediator?
Now, if you want to know the top ten people Skills everyone should know, and master them do not miss our next article.
At Tu Espacio, we want all of our members to connect in the most efficient way. Therefore, this blog will be providing insightful information to help you examine your own interpersonal strengths and hopefully help you to sharpen your people skills.
I will also talk about the skills that come up over and over again with highly effective individuals, to better understand their best practices to mirror them and make the most out of our own interpersonal skills.
Stay tuned and let’s connect efficiently!