Social intelligence can seem like a complicated term and can make many of us feel nervous. But it is something we deal with every day and it can help us navigate better experiences in our social environment. Whether we’re at home or at work, knowing how to be more aware of ourselves and our surroundings can help us make the best out of any social situation!
Increase Your Self Awareness
By being aware of our actions and behaviors we change not only ourselves but our surroundings. We must be aware of what we are communicating and how our behaviors can affect others.
Remove or Limit Self-Deception
Self-deception is commonly used to hide something from ourselves or prevent ourselves from accepting something. We try to make ourselves believe whatever we want and alter the facts in our mind. For instance, we can deceive ourselves by thinking that our presentation was the best in the group or deceive ourselves by believing that people are talking about us when we walk away. It can affect our relationships with others and give people the wrong impression. One of the simplest ways to prevent this type of deception is to be direct.
Always say what you mean and mean what you say – don’t try to deceive with alternative phrases or meanings. When taking in information, review it over before drawing conclusions. For instance, your presentation may have been very good, but do not assume it was the best in the group. While you are encouraged to build confidence and esteem by believing in yourself or believing you know what is best, there is no advantage to deceiving anyone.
Increasing Social Intelligence will provide benefits throughout your professional and personal life. It is a fantastic tool for coaching and development as people will learn “people skills”. Improving social skills through active listening, understanding body language, and being more empathetic will give you the advantage in their interactions. Social interactions are a two-way street, know the rules of the road!
- Be aware of our own behaviors
- Learn to be empathetic with others
- Know tools for active listening
- Effectively communicate interpersonally
- Recognize various social cues
- Determine appropriate conversation topics
- Know various forms of body language