We’ve all heard about being street smart or book smart but what does this really tell us about ourselves? What about our personal strengths and interests? Do they play a role in our intelligence?
Communication expert Steve Rohr says they do and that there are actually seven different kinds of intelligence. He says everyone is unique and smart in their own way. Intelligence isn’t so black and white; there’s more than being just math smart or book smart. We can use what we are good at and craft that into our smarts.
Find out which kinds of smarts you possess and how they can be used to improve your confidence at work and in your relationships.
These people are great at communicating ideas, reading, listening, writing. Make great sales people, entrepreneurs.
How to become more Word Smart
Do crossword puzzles, perform at a spoken word open mic night, read a work of fiction, keep a daily journal.
This is primarily how intelligence (IQ) was defined for decades. Logic over emotion. Math is king. You can find these folks working as software engineers, IT pros.
How to become more Number Smart
Try working out a riddle. Take a gadget apart and put it back together again – preferably not your partner’s smart phone. That’s definitely not smart.
Great social skills! Can read a person and intuitively knows the best way to respond. Make terrific moderators/facilitators, negotiators, teachers, social workers, politicians. Able to enlist support from others. They have emotional intelligence: very important for leaders.
How to become more People Smart
Teach a friend something you know a lot about. Make it a point to engage in conversations in the office, church, book club. Coach your kid’s Little League team (you’ll be dealing with the kids and passionate parents).
These people think in 3D pictures. The visual supersedes other senses. Have a good sense of direction. Highly creative. Can be architects, graphic artists, pilots.
How to become more Picture Smart
Put together a jigsaw puzzle – don’t give up! Try getting to a new destination using only an old-fashioned map (you can print it out) or landmarks – turn off the GPS. Create a flow chart for next work project. Take up chess – it’s about looking at the board and predicting your opponent’s next move(s).
These people know their own strengths and weaknesses and can evaluate the same in other people and situations. Self-motivated. Great at setting goals and knowing how to achieve them. Have a high level of self-accountability. Good managers of their own emotions. At work or school, they find collaborators who compliment their skills. Can be psychologists, writers. They also have emotional intelligence: very important for leaders.
How to become more Self Smart
Explore “mindfulness.” Practice being “present” in the moment. Reflect upon and record your daily mood in a diary.
Excellent mind-body coordination. Usually has a “presence,” which projects confidence. Naturally, use body language effectively. Good at building new products. Innovators. Can be athletes, surgeons, performers, speakers, dancers.
How to become more Picture Smart
Focus on the physical. Take a hip-hop/bar (ballet) class at your gym. If you’re not sporty, learn how to dribble a basketball.
Ability to discern pitch, rhythm, and tone. Great listeners. Tend to be logical. Good event planners. A marketing plan would come easy for them. These people share the “logic” gene with the Number Smart folks.
How to become more Music Smart
Learn how to play a hand drum. Dance around in your living room while nobody is watching. Pay attention to the soundtrack to a movie or TV show.
Once you identify your own kind(s) of smart use them to help direct your path. Ask yourself, does my kind of smart(s) align with my current job? If not, could this be the reason why you’re so miserable? Understanding your smart(s) will make your life choices much easier. Put your smart(s) to good use and show the world what you have to offer.
What kind of smart(s) are you?