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The Importance of Interpersonal Skills By Andrew Boyer Andrew Boyer Portfolio Essay 1 10-8-00 In order to understand the importance of interpersonal skills you have to know the definition of it The definition of interpersonal skills is the ability to communicate and relate well with others I think that good interpersonal skills are one of the most necessary skills needed to pursue a successful career and a happy life I personally have a good example of the using good interpersonal skills Two years ago a group of residents and I started the Rhinelander Skatepark Project The group and I went to various meetings and other local political gatherings It was at these meetings that we were able to voice our opinions and because of this communication between our committee and the city officials of Rhinelander we were able to successfully get their permission to build a Skatepark in Rhinelander Because of this I think that interpersonal skills are important because if you have good interpersonal skills you are able to sell yourself you can communicate well with employees and employers and you are able to establish strong relationships with others One of the best things about having good interpersonal skills is having the ability to sell yourself Having the ability to sell yourself is basically being able to let people know who you are through taking action This means that if you are able to sell yourself you dont have to be an expert on a subject in order get heard This is very important because it is impossible to be an expert on every subject matter Employers are always looking for people who can sell themselves well Most employers dont even base hiring strictly on merit alone most of them hire on how well the person that they considering and interviewing
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