By | Krista Mashore | www.entrepreneur.com
One of the most important skills you can learn to be successful as an entrepreneur is how to be a “people person.” You cannot become massively successful all on your own, even if you consider yourself a solopreneur. You need the support of the right mentors, clients, customers, employees, contractors, family and friends to succeed.
You need to be able to inspire and persuade the people around you, and communicate your passion and vision. Being an effective communicator is not just about how articulate you are, though that’s important — it’s also about how well you connect with people and the relationships you can form.
I’m fortunate because I’ve always loved people and loved working with them. But I know being a people person is not natural to many entrepreneurs, and attracting the right people may not come easy either. Fortunately, “being good with people” is a skill you can learn (and need to learn) if you want to be successful. Here are some people skills you might want to improve:
As entrepreneurs, we’re often so filled with our own ideas, goals, visions and excitement that we end up talking a lot more than listening. But as Richard Branson wrote, “Nobody learned anything by hearing themselves speak.”