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In my life I am doing my best for developing my interpersonal and intrapersonal skill to survive in the competitive environment. During the development of my interpersonal and intrapersonal skills I experienced many things and conditions of life like how a person reacts on my behavior. Among my experiences I enjoyed much and many were very challenging for me.
Starting from home, Manners to my parent and elders also with my younger are an enjoying experience; I learnt that these manners are very helpful in the life outside the home and my good manner impresses the people I meet.
Personal Hygiene is also a word which affects the interpersonal and intrapersonal behavior as the mental and physical health is very dependent to this. But this is something enjoying and something very challenging. Sometimes maintaining the personal hygiene becomes very difficult while traveling for the long time and staying out from the home.
Dressing appropriately and Posture to stand and sit is also sometime enjoying and sometime very challenging. When I stand or sit for a long time in same posture I feel tired and need to change the posture in relaxing mode but at many places it is not possible to pose like a tired person and yawing also creates embracing moment sometimes.
In clubs and societies there are very much challenging conditions but I enjoy my skill to communicate with different aged people and on different subjects. But Dressing appropriately and Posture became difficult for me if I had to stay there for a long time.
During some occasion in the society I enjoyed the volunteering for the occasion.
During my study the degree course I experienced some issues like Decision Making, External Pressures, Handling disappointment and failure, Stress Management and Time Management.
Time is the wisest counselor of all - Pericles
Making a decision is a difficult job but I enjoyed this by making my choice very clear like what I have to study, what time and which subject I should study. I am very punctual about when to complete my works and assignments because of my time management skills. I plan my month and then divide it to week and then to days and make a very clear time table for each and everything and try to achieve the best. Most of the times, I succeed in managing my time which help me to enjoy at the end.
But managing disappointment and failure is very difficult for me. I can not manage any stress on myself. I need counseling for the same and then try to manage them.
In brief, the experience I enjoyed most is time management, decision making and communicating with good etiquettes to the elders and younger and the experience I feel challenging is stress management and managing disappointment and failure.
Q2. What have you learnt about yourself through these experiences?
I learnt very much about my self through these experiences.
2a) I can demonstrate my time management skill on an analysis of these experiences.
Time is what we want most, but what we use worst. - (William Penn)
My mother taught me how to manage my time at the age when I was 6 years old. I remember her saying, Have you checked your list? This was very good system that reminded me what needed to be done, to stay on task and to work in a given time.
As an adult, I personally would rather do what I feel like, when I feel like it but I know that unless I have a plan in front of me I will not achieve the things that I want to achieve. This is time management.
For managing my time I plan about my coming month in every aspect like degree classes, home work and self study, visiting my friends and relative, social occasions, entertainment and games. Then I divided them to weeks and days. And make a time table for the same. I try my best to achieve them and succeed to maintain my time table if there is not any unexpected situation.
For this I do these things
Write a Daily Routine
Being Flexible, having choices
Time management helps me to make right decision at right time. In decision making I am concerned with that work or subject which is of greater priority in study or in others.
By doing all this, I didn't need to study for extra time during exams as I have completed the courses before commencement of exams and revised them for at least one time and completed my notes for revisions.
2b) I need to develop the skill for managing disappointment and failure.
As we all know that sometime success is followed by failure. That means that we can learn something from our failure and change the failure into success. But I am not able to manage my failure and I am disappointed after a little failure. I need counseling to overcome from the disappointment.
I am not blaming others or the god for my failure, but try to analyze what went wrong. The causes of failure are as important as the reasons for success. But every time I need to have a counseling session to know the causes of my failure.
Disappointment and expectation go together. Sometimes I expected a great thing, and greater I was disappointed if my expectation fails.
Q3. How have you developed your skills during the practice of management skills module?
During the practice of management skill module I developed my skills to a very good extent. I improved my previous experience and modified some of them.
Many resources have been used to develop the skills.
Practice of management skill module was itself a great resource to improve the skills within myself. During the session I learnt to modify my time management skill which was used to manage my time during the school days and somehow it is not sufficient for today's work load. In the PMS session I know that how to create an effective time table and how to remain on that without any failure. In my early days, I didn't know that how I can make my time table flexible. During PMS I learnt to make it flexible which helped me to maintain the time table even if some unexpected situation comes during.
One of my lacking skill that is stress management is improved during the session as I learnt to handle extra stress whenever it comes to me. This helped me in managing disappointment and failure and now I do not need any counseling for the same.
Books and independent websites are not much helpful to improve the skills as without practice theories are just a junk material. It just helped me to know what are the techniques and tools to improve the skill but PMS session helped me to practice them and I am able to improve my skill so I can say that books and independent websites has also a little contribution in my skill development.
Some people in my life have a big contribution to improve my skills. My mother is the most significant among them as she taught me from my very early age to manage time and making time table for the works to be done and checking them time to time.
Exchanging knowledge from friends and other people is very helpful. To know that how efficiently and smartly they work and this helps to improve myself. I use this tool to improve my skills to a very extent as this is free and available every time. I use to ask my friends that how they do the same job with greater smartness with respect to me. And when he explains the trick I note that and use to practice for improving my skill.
One another skill I improved during my life is communication manner with others. How we act in front of our elders reflects how well mannered we are or not. And this results in response of elders in our life. The PMS session helped me to improve the Dressing appropriately and Posture to stand and sit which I felt somehow difficult to manage.
Voluntary activities are very effective to improve both interpersonal and intrapersonal skills. Voluntary activity like teaching poor children and making the awareness trip for people living in villages about personal hygiene motivates me. During this session I found the goodness of personal hygiene and the applied in my life too.
About the impressive and effective posture and dressing manner I learnt during the PMS session in which we were taught what should we wear during interview or other important times and how to pose, what to say and when to say during that critical time.
Q4. Taking the answer to question 2b, how will you develop this skill?
Whatever you are, be a good one! - (Abraham Lincoln)
Being a good one we need to improve our skill regularly in every aspect of life, interpersonal and intrapersonal. And as every body want to be the best one I also want to be best one.
Whatever we think all cannot be true but I want to achieve the target to be the best today or as early as possible. But it will take time so I targeted this up to my final exams of degree. During my degree I planed for improving all the interpersonal and intrapersonal skills. For this I am trying the following:
Smile. I am practicing to maintain a positive, cheerful attitude about work and about life. Smile often. The positive energy I radiate will draw others to me as I think.
Being appreciative. Finding one positive thing about everyone I work with and let them hear it. Try to be generous with praise and kind words of encouragement from others. Practicing to say thank you when someone helps me.
Pay attention to others. Observe what's going on in other's lives. Celebrate their happy time, and express concern and sympathy for difficult situations. Make eye contact and address people by their first names.
Practice active listening. Practice to actively listening to demonstrate that I intend to hear and understand other people. It means restating, in my own words, what the other person has said. In this way, I know that I understood their meaning and they know that my responses are more than lip service. My co workers will appreciate knowing that I really do listen to what they have to say.
Bring people together. I am trying to create an environment that encourages others to work together. Treat everyone equally, and don't play favorites. Avoid talking about others behind their backs. Follow up on other people's suggestions or requests. When I make a statement or announcement, check to see that I have been understood.
Resolve conflicts. Take a step beyond simply bringing people together, and become someone who resolves conflicts when they arise. Learning how to be an effective mediator. By taking on a leadership role, I will garner respect and admiration from those around me.
Communicate clearly. Paying close attention to both what I say and how I say it. A clear and effective communicator avoids misunderstandings with colleagues, and associates. Verbal eloquence projects an image of intelligence and maturity, no matter what my age. If I tend to blurt out anything that comes to mind, people won't put much weight on my words or opinions.
Humor them. Most people are drawn to a person that can make them laugh. I am learning to use my sense of humor as an effective tool to lower barriers and gain people's affection.
See it from their side. Empathy means being able to put myself in someone else's place and understand how they feel. Trying to view situations and responses from another person's perspective. This can be accomplished through staying in touch with my own emotions; those who are cut off from their own feelings are often unable to empathize with others.
Don't complain. There is nothing worse than a chronic complainer or whiner. If I simply have to vent about something, I save it in my diary. If I must verbalize my grievances, I say to my personal friends and family, and keep it short.