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The Importance of Interpersonal Skills for Entrepreneurs

skills for entrepreneurs

Being an entrepreneur sometimes feel like you are spinning ten dinner plates on ten sticks without letting any fall. It takes a lot of concentration, consistency, and broken plates to do it perfectly.
Any person that follows the entrepreneurial path needs to master various skills in marketing, sales, bookkeeping, finance, management, leadership, and much more at the same time. No matter if you excel in all these, if you’re a poor communicator you’ll face difficulties. Poor communication is the falling plate that can ruin the entire performance.

The importance of interpersonal skills

The most valuable advice that you can find when asking how to get things done and achieve your goals is to establish good and strong relationships with all the people around you or that you will meet during your path. If you’re doing something focused on others, you can’t achieve it without collaborating with other people like you that share the same goals. It is crucial that all relationships are in place when you are working toward a goal or when you’re part of a team.

Good speaker, attentive listener

Among many other skills, effective communication requires the ability to be a good speaker and listener at the same time. These two skills are key to effective working relationships between you and other people and they impact your relationship with the customer or. You need to listen carefully, to keep eye contact, and to ask questions in order to make sure that you understood things correctly.
In the meantime, you need to be able to communicate your ideas, plans, and expectations correctly and in a simple way, in order that everyone understands you. Good communication skills verbal and non-verbal result in more productive brainstorming processes.

Good manners

The fast pace of tech development requires that we meet new people not only in person. It is common to contact someone stranger by email or to have a video chat. Good manners and etiquette are essential in business interaction both for the people that you know better and with perfect strangers that can become perfect business partners. What to consider.

  • Try to be punctual
  • Dress appropriately
  • Be kind and smile
  • Show interest in what to other persons are saying, be there physically and mentally
  • Don’t be rude and don’t interrupt
  • Empathize

Remember to use good manners with everyone, be humble no matter what’s your title or position, and always show respect. These will help you in keeping strong relationships, to make decisions, to negotiate, to make people around you feel good, and what’s most important to reach your goal within the set deadline.
If you need to learn more entrepreneurial skills, take the free training courses offered by the Entrepreneurship Campus.

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6 Comments

  1. Dear Admin,
    Thanks for share this post. It’s very helpful for me to improve my interpersonal skills.

    Warm Regards,
    Nawrath Minda,
    Eco-Creativephoto Studio

  2. sakina benabdelkader

    29.06.2018 · Reply

    very interesting

  3. helpful post for the young entrepreneurs. Thanks for posting.

  4. A good entrepreneur should have these skills!!

  5. NATALIA ROGATH SIMON

    06.07.2018 · Reply

    thank you very much for sharing this skills. I have gained something now I can improve my interpersonal skills.

  6. Good article.Also that humour part is quite right.eg-Richard branson is a good boss because he has a sense of humour and is chilled out mostly

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