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What is Social Intelligence

What is the definition of social intelligence? it’s a really important life skill, also tips to improve yours.

What is Social IntelligenceAt one time solely your IQ was widely excepted as the main measurement of Intelligence which determined our ability to succeed. Professor Howard Gardner developed a theory called (MI) multiple intelligence’s, it’s the theory that a persons overall intelligence is determined by multiple criteria.

Social Intelligence Definition

Social Intelligence is a persons ability to interact with other people, this includes an ability to influence others to achieve a result. It also includes a level of social awareness, an awareness of how other people are reacting to you and each other.  Also an awareness to things like voice tone and body language and being able to react accordingly.

Why some people struggle with SI (People Skills)

The most common reason would be a simple lack of social interaction during our early ages of development, this could range from a lack a attention from our parents at a very young age. It could also be down to physical development or hormonal problems resulting in bullying and a lack of confidence or low self esteem which may cause a child to avoid interactions with other children and adults, this avoidance will affect social skill development.

Personality traits such as introversion can also be a factor. Introverts often seek and require their own alone time, too much time alone will naturally affect a persons social intelligence.

Tips to Improve Social Intelligence

Voice Tone and Body Language

During your conversations you should try to heighten your awareness, it’s not just what you say but how you say it. Be mind full of your body language and also your voice tone, they’re actually more important and they communicate more than the words that come out of your mouth.

Be Aware of Peoples Reactions

During your conversations you should be mind full of how people are reacting to you, if someone is moving away from you during your conversation take it as a sign that they’re ready to end the conversation.

Socialize as much as possible

One way to improve your social intelligence is to simply increase the amount of social interactions you have, practice making some small talk with complete strangers but try and keep the interactions short, interesting and light hearted.

Speak slow

If you’re speaking to fast you may be making it difficult for people to understand what you’re saying, speak slowly and clearly.

Negative Conversations

Talking about a negative or depressing subject matter can actually effect peoples mood, emotions can be contagious. If you have a negative influence on them they may avoid future conversations with you.

Have an awareness of your surroundings

Being visually aware of your surroundings and noticing things around you will give you more opportunities for finding conversation starters and subjects.

Watch the news

Keep up to date with the latest news stories, ideally focus more on humorous and light hearted subjects.

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