What Are Your People Skills?

Posted by Michael Farrell

Do you think you're a people skills master? (Just by virtue of the the fact that you said you are, there's probably some room for improvement!) In today's competetive business environment you might think it’s the tough, take-no-prisoners type who comes out on top. But in reality, it’s actually those with the best people skills who win the day. Those who build and nurture the right relationships. Those who truly understand and connect with their colleagues, their customers, their partners. Those who can teach, lead, and inspire.


Still feeling confident? Let's put those people skills to the test with this short quiz and see if you're a people rookie, a people guru, or something in between!  

 

So, how did you do? Here's a brief overview of the different people types to see how you stack up:

 

People Pleaser: You know just what to say in a situation to make people feel better. People want to be around you because you make them feel great! People you work with like you - and your boss definitely likes you! 

Be careful, sometimes you can appear inauthentic to others who don't truly know you, and other times, you work so hard to please others that you don't take care of yourself enough. You need to understand yourself and put yourself first more often!

People Connector: You're great at connecting with new people and reconnecting with old people. You're also great at connecting others to each other. 

At work, you're the person who "knows everybody." Or perhaps you're a budding entrepreneur, leveraging your connections to build a business. Be careful, sometimes you're so concerned with connecting with people that you may not go as deep in your relationships as others. And you may not take care of yourself enough. 

People Guru: You love to learn about people and understand them better. You probably love to teach others as well.

At work, you'd make a great manager, as you're likely skilled at teaching and coaching others. You seek to understand, a very important people skill. Be careful, as sometimes, just because you know so much, you can appear threatening or standoffish to others. You can even appear unapproachable at times.

People Persuader: You love to convince others of your point of view. You probably think everyone has a right to their opinion- and you have a right to try to change it. 

Do you work in sales? Because maybe you should - you can sell anything. Or maybe you should run for office, and sell your own ideas! Be careful though - you're so persuasive, that sometimes you can come on a little too strong. And sometimes, people might not realize how much you do care.

People Leader: When you talk, people listen, and you know how to really inspire others. You have a path to success and you take others on that path with you. 

At work, you're the leader of your team. You might even be a born entrepreneur. Or a future elected official! Be careful, though. Sometimes, not every situation requires you to be the leader. Sometimes it's best to sit back and listen. Quiet leadership can be very powerful.

People Rookie: You're still in the learning phase when it comes to getting people to do what you want. There's a lot of potential in you, but it's not being tapped quite yet. But really, aren't we all, always in the learning phase, when it comes to people skills?


No matter what category you fall into, you can surely benefit from Dave Kerpen's new book, The Art of People: 11 Simple People Skills That Will Get You Everything You Want. In the book you'll find 53 simple, but effective tools to better your relationships in and out of work. Click here to order a copy today! 

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