Knowing People

Social Skills


Interpersonal Intelligence (IPQ)

The roots of the tree of your interpersonal skills

Vadim Kotelnikov

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Fyodor Dostoyevski quotes advice

If you like a man's laugh before you know anything of him, you may confidently say that he is a good man.

Fyodor Dostoyesvski




Interpersonal Intelligence (IPQ) is the ability to understand others and interact effectively with them.

Intellectual Intelligence involves the ability to note and take into consideration cultural, typological and other distinctions among others, It involves sensitivity to deep values, perceptions, motivations, moods and temperaments of others, effective verbal and non-verbal communication, and the ability to entertain multiple mental maps and perspectives.

People with higher interpersonal intelligence are able to pick up on the mood, feelings, motivation and intentions of those around them easier.
They are good at making others feel welcome and understood.
Others often seek them out for an empathetic advice.

Develop your interpersonal intelligence to be a better relationship builder, value creator, writer, communicator, leader, seller, and negotiator.

Respect perceptions and feelings of others and do your best to understand them.

Listen to emotions, engage all your senses, empathize.

Observe people to make accidental discoveries.

Understand cultural differences to expand your interpersonal intelligence.

Look for feedback to grow your interpersonal intelligence.

Practice empathy to make your interpersonal intelligence intuitive.

Artistic Performances

Watch Creation Show

People reveal their deeper self when they create and showcase their creative works.

Read Novels, Watch Movies

Novels and movies are a rich source of insights into interpersonal relationships. They help you discover, understand and experience diverse motives and points of view of the characters. These discoveries, understandings and experiences can help you in practice of empathy and interactions with other people.

Practice Theatre

Theatric performance are a great way to put yourself the shoes of other characters and behave and act in accordance with their perceptions and feelings. While interacting with other actors, you can learn about their practical approaches to reincarnation and also develop your social skills.

You can also practice theatre alone. For instance, give yourself an attitude (happiness, sorrow, joy, etc.) or a situation, draw a facial expression, take a selfie and see how it looks. You can also select a verse, look at it through the eyes of a person you choose, read it aloud, record it and listen how it sounds.


IPQ is an ability to understand others, to treat others empathetically and to provide appropriate responces.

IPQ is a facility for understanding the inner world of others. Recognizing feelings, motivation and intentions of others are part of the capabilities that interpersonal intelligence entails.

Empathy helps understand the inner world of others.

IPQ appears strongly in effective leaders, communicators, psychologists, value innovators, politicians, teachers, playwriters, negotiators, and salespersons.

Individuals with highly developed IPQ can inspire and encourage others effectively. They can guide others towards efficient social decision making and conflict resolution. They can also help others identify and resolve their problems.

IPQ is a highly valuable soft skill.

Entrepreneurs and business leaders with high IPQ manage to inspire workers to carry out an organized work together as a team.

IPQ is of vital importance for the construction, maintenance and improvement of social ties.

Persons with strong IPQ are flexible and efficient teambuilders, negotiators and salespersons.
They are able to read emotions of others and act on them appropriately.

How To Develop IPQ
* Listen empathetically and actively without judging. Excersise attention. Listen to emotions. Engage all your senses.Don't interrupt, create a safe and trustworthy communication space.
* Try to understand people, their way of thinking, personality and motivation when they are explaining something to you.
* Practice empathy, put yourself in the shoes of others
* Take and explore different perceptual positions to understand others and resolve conflicts both effectively and efficiently
* Observe and try to understand non-verbal language: tone of voice, facial expressions, body language.
* Observe customers using your solution and try to understand their emotions.
* Invite feedback on a product, a movie or an event to understand different points of view. Give feedback in a healthy way and obsrrve the reactions.
* Work in team cooperative activities and do your best to understand of divetse styles of contribution pexercised by team members.
* Learn about cultural differences and put this knowledge in practice by connecting with a diversity of people with your mind open to deeper insights and new discoveries.

Product / service idea:
Video collection of short monologues and dialogues for masteting IPQ, observing people and understanding non-verbal communication (the dialogues could be borrowed from novels or movies).

➡️ Read Facial Expressions & Body Language
First, watch the video with the sound off - once or more times as required - and try to guess what is being communicated by the speaker / interlocutors.
Then turn the sound on and check how correct your guess was.

➕ Tone of Voice
Watch a foreign-language video - once or more times as required - and try to understand what is being communicated.

Then watch the video with English subtitles to check how correct your your understanding was.

Types of Intelligence

Personal intelligence is an ability to successfully manage your relationships with yourself and others. It involves quickly understanding your intentions, connecting with your desires, making distinctions and any other type of approach to social contact with other people.

Self-Intelligence (Intrapersonal Intelligence) is an ability to know oneself.

Perceptual Intelligence is an ability to see messages, relationships, interactions, situations, life, value, and the entire world from various perceptual positions. (loving creator, life designer, child, observer, ...)

Spacial Intelligence is an ability to see the world from different perspectives: from a distance, from different angles, to take a helicopter view to see the big picture, to get insight.




Vadim Kotelnikov advice quotes

Hard Skills make you eligible.

Soft skills make you desirable.

Vadim Kotelnikov

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Social Skills  

Definition of Soft Skills

Soft skills are a cluster of productive capabilities that characterize one's relationships in a social environment.

It is an umbrella term for skills under three key functional elements: achievement know-how, people skills, and social skills.




Soft skills are a synergistic combination of common sense, creativity, decision making skills, problem solving skills, empowering attitudes, the ability to make a desired first impression and to be charismatic, people skills, social skills, communication skills, the ability to build rapport, the ability to lead, teamwork, social intelligence, interpersonal intelligence, emotional intelligence, cultural intelligence, and empathy among others, that enable people to navigate their environment, work well with others, perform efficiently, and achieve their goals with complementing hard skills.







Importance of Soft Skills

As business is people, soft skills are more important than hard skills because they are the foundation of thinking, cooperation, management, innovation, marketing, etc.

The influence of soft skills on the outcome of business activities depends on the circumstances in which the business activity takes place. For instance, innopreneurial soft skills help innovative entrepreneurs build successful startups.

Development of Soft Skills

The development of soft skills is much more difficult than the development of hard skills. While hard skills can be learned studying from a book or from trainings, development of soft skills needs a combination of environment and other people to be mastered. It requires addressing multi-dimensional challenges, actively interacting with others on an ongoing basis and being willing to learn from all sorts of feedback both verbal and situational.

Social Skills

A social skill is any competence facilitating understanding of, interaction and communication with others where social rules and relations are created, communicated, and changed in verbal and nonverbal ways... More

Interpersonal Intelligence


First Impressionism

First Impressionism is a new vital art & science introduced by and taught at the Innompic University.

Knowing how to make a great first impression is a key to lasting positive social interactions. First Impression contests pioneered by Innompic Games (see best examples and videos) help people − adults (examples: female; male), kids (example), teams (example) − master this highly important social skill.


In the digital economy where the large majority of the work can be done by computers, artificial intelligence systems and smart machines, the primary role of human beings is to use their imagination and creativity to invent new things and to solve problems in outside-the-box ways.


Intuitive anticipation and decision making are highly important soft skills. There are two levels of intuition − subconscious and divine. Subconscious intuition can be developed through practice of engaging your fast-thinking subconscious mind and turning it into a habit.


Soft skills form the basis of successful leadership and are, therefore, highly important for those in leading positions. Leaders are to inspire, to provide a strategic direction, to align, motivate and energize people in order to achieve desired goals. Leadership is a process of influence through a series of interactions between a leader and their followers. In order to be effective in these roles, the leader has to possess relevant soft skills.


Effective communication inside the company is the foundation of successful business activities. Communication allows employees at all levels to coordinate their actions to achieve a common objective.

Decision Making

Although strategic plans are developed by a top management team, due to the scope and complexity of business operations, top managers have to rely on their staff to assist them in the decision-making process. Staff members can broaden the understanding of current business activities by developing situational awareness and assisting top managers in building their situational understanding by providing relevant information and recommendations regarding business activities.

Cross-Cultural Competency

A globally connected world is a key driver of structural change for the global workforce.

The diversity of stakeholders is an important point to consider. Employee, customers, partners, competitors are all made up of people of different ethnical backgrounds, who have different views, perceptions, beliefs, and values.

Innovation became a systemic phenomenon. It is achieved through synergizing diversities and is increasingly more dependent on the collaboration between actors from different cultural backgrounds who combine their own perceptions, thinking habits and expertise to create something new. This happens on all levels − individual, team, institutional. Diversity of thought increases creativity and, with it, the innovation potential of individuals, teams, corporations and joint ventures.

Business activities that take place abroad emphasize the importance of cultural intelligence and effective cross-cultural communication between the business and local people. Unless company representatives have good understanding of the local traditions and values, they might behave in such a way that is considered offensive or inappropriate in another culture and facilitate conflict, putting the whole local business at risk. In order to effectively perform business activities in a different cultural setting, company representatives must possess such soft skills, as sociocultural competence and empathy.


Groundbreaking Soft Skills empower you to create remarkable positive change in yourself, your organization and its business.




Building Leadership Skills For Your Business

Skills 4.0: Focus on Soft Skills

In today’s rapidly changing dynamic markets, companies need an adaptable and flexible workforce in order to be ready to address potential skills gaps and talent shortages. It is mostly soft skills that are required to rise to the challenges brought on by the megatrends and rapid change in technology, business models, organizational designs, and customer needs.

The Fourth Industrial Revolution (Industry 4.0) makes formal degrees (hard skills) comparatively less important, with personal skills (soft skills) becoming more critical. People need new Skills 4.0 not only to cope with rapid, relentless, unpredictable, an often transformational change, but to thrive in it and to create change themselves.

The new job marketplace calls to focus on capabilities instead of qualifications. Instead of looking for hard-skill professionals, companies look now more often for employees who are open to change. Creative Dissatisfaction, Creativity, critical thinking and Problem Solving Download PowerPoint presentation, pdf e-book emerged as the top skills required by industry. At the top management level, the three top soft skills for businesses are complex problem-solving, coordinating with others, and managing people.

Employees need to be trained for skills, especially soft skills, not tasks. Machines take care of quality control, while employees need to shift their focus on the things machines so far cannot do, such as Innovation Download PowerPoint presentation, pdf e-book, Your Interpersonal Skills Download PowerPoint presentation, pdf e-book, and emotional intelligence. Employees have to be open to change, possess greater flexibility to adapt to new roles, and build cross-functional expertise through continuous interdisciplinary learning.