List of Intrapersonal Communication Skills with Examples
by Sridhar Chandrasekaran List of Intrapersonal Communication Skills Examples List of Intrapersonal Communication Skills Examples Intrapersonal intelligence is one of the vital elements of human relationship skills. It can help you to understand your own personality, how you react in certain life situations especially during conflicts. What is Intrapersonal Skills? "Intra" means "within". Emotions, feelings, perceptions and attitude within a person is called intrapersonal skills. Examples of intrapersonal skills include self-esteem, self-confidence, being patient, being straightforward, self-worth and self-realization to name a few. Difference Between Intrapersonal and Interpersonal Communication:- One of the vital difference between intra and interpersonal communication is that, intrapersonal intelligence is to do with a behavior that is within a person while interpersonal ability is to do with understanding and comprehending people and situation around a person. Though there are many perspectives to classify intrapersonal competence, 5I mnemonic categorizes list of intrapersonal skills into:- Intention Intensity Interpretation Inference Inflection To illustrate 5I mnemonic, imagine that you are a sales professional who is selling houses, and apartments. Intentions: Intention is your motive, or your purpose behind any act. What is your intention behind selling apartments as a sales professional: Sell the house and make money Sell the house so that you meet your monthly sales target Help your prospect to get the best deal and value for money Suggest the best apartment according to the prospect's needs and desires. Intensity: Intensity is the degree of and emotion and feeling during an event: For example: How do you feel when you sell an apartment? Very excited because you feel contented, satisfied and pleased about the sale and you are happy that your prospect has got the best deal Feel OK and move on to the next prospect so that you achieve the target for this month It does not mean anything to you because it is part of your job achievements. Interpretation: Interpretation is the perception, or assumption, you have about yourself, others, and situations. For Example: When the prospect objects by saying, “I’m not interested in whatever you are selling”, what is your interpretation about the prospect: I think the prospect does not have enough money to buy this apartment I think the prospect does not have trust in me I think the prospect already has an apartment. I think the prospect needs more information about the deal. Inference: The difference between interpretation and inference: Interpretation is your perceptions, or assumptions, about yourself and the prospect BEFORE and DURING the conversation of selling the apartment, while, Inference is the conclusion you draw out of yourself, about the prospect and the situation. For example, if the prospect buys the apartment after a firm persuasion, you would conclude: I think I have to persuade every prospect to make a sale I think it was luck that this prospect accepted my offer I think prospect is quite rich and has the ability to buy two more apartments if I persuade even harder. I think the prospect liked the way I persuaded the offer. Inflection Inflection is the variation of your emotions, feelings and thoughts based on the people and situation. For example: Imagine that your confidence dropped when the prospect said, “I am not interested in whatever you are selling”, how quickly did you change your attitude to optimism, encouraged yourself to give more benefits to the prospect rather than getting discouraged. And, imagine that you were very happy the moment the prospect accepted your offer. Now, how quickly were you able to restrain—hold down—your excitement and closed the sale in a calm and quiet manner. Your intrapesonal attitude reflects in your interpersonal behaviour and interactions. You should understand your own self before trying to understand others.