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Ivan Popov

i was once an athlete. then a journalist. now i am a ceo of an iT company. still running marathons though.

14 Interpersonal Skills That Will Come In Handy In Establishing a Business

in search for the best interpersonal skills

Sure, it’s definitely a wise choice to read all about business and entrepreneurship, but some interpersonal skills are just way too important to be overlooked

If you have gathered the strength needed to just wake up one day and state that you are ready to make your first business steps, then kudos to you.

What are you likely about to do next is go to Google with a search query such as:

How do I become successful in entrepreneurship?

How to create a business of my own?

Books about entrepreneurship and business

Must-have entrepreneurial skills

And there’s absolutely nothing wrong with that. In fact, the best thing is to start wrapping your mind around business and entrepreneurship since usually they require a lot of preparation and self-education.

But have you ever wondered why some people are better in entrepreneurship than others even though both parties have read the same amount of books? More often than not, they even went to the same seminars and attended the same courses. We’re not talking about having more experience here. I’ve witnessed aspiring entrepreneurs who just step into the world of business being more successful than others in the very first months of their company’s existence. But why?

It all comes down to what defines you as who you are

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Each and every individual has their own unique set of skills and assets. Some people can be exceptional at sales. Others may thrive on influencing others. There are people out there who make the perfect employees any company would want to hire. And then there are the natural entrepreneurs. We often view those people as born leaders who are meant to make it big in the business world. We usually spot them through the way they speak and behave, the interests they have, the goals they set, the dreams they have, and their readiness to make it.

More often than not, those people are still not taking part in the entrepreneurial world. Yet they seem like they belong there.

In order for us to bust the myth, we need to take a closer look at what those people have in themselves in terms of interpersonal skills and abilities. Because, usually, it all comes down to what defines you as who you are.

When we refer to interpersonal skills, we mean skills and abilities that are heavily imprinted in our minds and add up to our character

Essentially, they help us see the world the way we see it and to understand things the way we understand them. Those are skills that come naturally to us since they greatly define our character. The best thing we can do is to work on improving them. Many skills (such as programming, drawing, riding a horse, or flying into space) can be learned with the help of books, courses, and experience. Interpersonal skills are those that define who we are.

Having a business mindset, for example (that’s something we all can agree is essential for anyone who desires to make it big in the world of entrepreneurship), simply combines certain skills, abilities, interests, and approaches. They’ll all help us greatly when it comes to putting an idea into reality.

Some of the best entrepreneurs out there certainly implement some exceptional and incredibly useful interpersonal skills and characteristics

Think of any successful entrepreneur out there. You’ll realize they all have something in common, no matter the business field they operate in.

Let’s take a closer look at 14 of the most important interpersonal skills:

  • thinking outside of the box – it’s incredibly difficult for narrow-minded individuals to excel in entrepreneurship since a business field often requires a fresh and out-of-the-ordinary approach
  • willingness to take risks – every start of a company defines as a risk by itself. Not to mention all the other eventual endeavors one should submerge themselves into.
  • problem-solving abilities – the truth is, the road of entrepreneurship is often rocky and turbulent. As someone in business, you should be able to solve issues quickly and in the best way possible.
  • curiosity – some of the greatest business ideas have come out of sheer curiosity – don’t ever underestimate it
  • ability to explain complex matters in an easy way – imagine having a bunch of investors interested in your product or service but not being part of that particular business field. Or having a client on the phone. The best approach would be to explain what you do and why you are good at it by avoiding complex terminology. Stick to the fundamental and most important things.
  • patience – establishing a successful business can often require plenty of time and energy. You better prepare yourself to wait for results while working hard
  • refusal of giving up – failures occur often in business. If you want to make it, then giving up shouldn’t be a word in your dictionary.
  • having an investor-like attitude – successful business requires constant investments, not only at the very beginning of its establishment
  • being communicative – more often than not entrepreneurship requires establishing useful professional relationships, both with investors and with clients
  • not feeling overwhelmed when in social situations or public speaking events – many entrepreneurs out there are regular guests at various seminars, workshops, and conferences
  • being able to see the bigger picture – a successful entrepreneur is the one who manages to foresee the outcome of a certain action or business decision in the long run
  • not to feel intimidation easily – when stepping into the world of business, one can find themselves surrounded by very successful competitors. The best thing is to view them merely as a source of inspiration and learning.
  • being a quick learner – based on the specific business niche, sometimes trends emerge incredibly fast
  • being open for discussions and brainstorming – my advice is to never assume your idea is the best possible and that you’ll be having the final word. Listen carefully to what your team has to say.
  • finding beauty and inspiration in everything everywhere anytime – you never know where the next great idea may come from

To wrap things up

While certainly we can teach ourselves a lot of things and acquire a vast majority of skills throughout our life, there are certainly some that come naturally to us. Usually, those are the aspects that will define our future success in business. If you ever dream of getting into the world of entrepreneurship, make sure you start improving all the above-mentioned skills today.


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