Do you often feel like there are many things you'd like to accomplish, but something continues to hold you back from achieving your goals? For example, despite putting in your best effort and trying hard to be a clear, effective communicator, you struggle to connect with your team and have difficulty getting people to listen to what you have to say. Nothing is more frustrating than feeling unheard, especially when running a business, as a leader, or as part of a team. However, the good news is that you can change your mindset by learning more about your GQ, otherwise known as the Genius Quotient.
The Genius Quotient, a term created by Catherine Mattiske, refers to your unique learning and communication intelligence. Not everyone learns and communicates the same, but we typically learn to handle conversations with a one-size-fits-all approach at a younger age. When you unlock your Inner Genius Quotient and discover what works best for you regarding learning and communicating with others, you open the doors to new opportunities to express yourself like you never have before. It becomes easier to connect with others and talk to them in a way that helps them understand where you're coming from and what points you'd like to get across to them. Activating your GQ can solve countless issues.
The Top 5 Problems Activating Your GQ Can Solve
These are the top five problems you can overcome when you've tapped into your unique learning and communication style.
#1. You Feel Like People Don't Understand What You're Saying
Do you often feel like people don't understand what you're saying or taking things the wrong way? You may spend a large portion of your day clearing up miscommunications between yourself and others, which causes morale to drop and leads to less productivity in the workplace. Although you feel like what you're saying is straightforward and clear, not everyone else may feel that way.
However, by activating your Genius Quotient, you can start to identify the steps you need to take to relay information more efficiently than you have in the past. These small changes can help everyone in the workplace get on the same page.
#2. You're Struggling to Communicate
If you feel like you never know what to say or how to say it, you're not the only one. So many people struggle with communication, but there is a way to overcome it and get better at connecting with different people, regardless of their learning and communication preferences.
Joseph, a senior executive, is an expert in his engineering field, not necessarily in communication. His technical prowess dazzled other experts in the company, yet for rookie team members, Joseph struggled to connect. So, Joseph completed his Inner Genius Profile. His GQ Archetype is The Scribe, meaning he's structured, detailed, logical, and procedural. Joseph focuses on every email and presentation to connect and influence on a new level to ensure that he now communicates with all 12 Archetypes, not just people like him. The benefits have resulted in an enormous shift. For example, he's noticed that his emails are no longer playing ping pong with team members asking for clarification. Now when he gives a presentation for a new strategy or directive, people enthusiastically respond and deliver what he's asking for.
It all begins with you. You'll need to unlock your GQ Archetype to discover your preferred method of retaining new information before finding a new way to communicate with others. You can become better at speaking directly to an audience or sending clear messages through text and email that are easily comprehended by those who receive them.
#3. You've Noticed People Aren't Listening When You Present
You may get excited about presenting fresh, innovative ideas or information to your peers and team members, only to realize half of them aren't paying attention to a word you've said. Of course, no one wants to feel like they're presenting to a lost crowd, but it happens more often than not. If you're standing in front of the crowd discussing ideas and you notice people are looking down at their phones, gazing out the window, or even daydreaming, the chances of retaining the information coming from you are slim to none. It means that you're saying all these things going in one ear and directly out the other, leading to frustration and miscommunication.
But have you ever thought about the approach you're taking when communicating with others around you? Is it possible that you're not talking to them in a way that engages the senses and keeps them interested in what you have to say?
Although it's not always easy to accept, sometimes our approach is what makes people less likely to pay attention to us. If you can unlock your Genius Quotient, you can learn more about your communication style and that of others to improve how you present and talk to everyone in a way that makes them engaged, focused, and listening.
#4. You're Struggling to Make the Sale
You know you have the right product or service with a targeted audience who can benefit from what you're offering, yet you continuously struggle to make the sale. What could be the problem? It's a question you've likely asked yourself on more than one occasion.
Fran is a business development manager for a software company and always achieves her targets. Yet, she has never managed to be the top performer on her team. She knows the product better than anyone on her team. After doing her Inner Genius Profile, she analyzed her customer base. She realized that all of her customers were like her. She has no trouble selling to people similar in their GQ Archetype to herself. All of her lost sales were with customers she considered difficult and couldn't connect with. Using the Inner Genius Wheel, a tool in the GQ toolkit, Fran communicates differently now. She is currently making sales with people she would have previously labeled as problematic – in reality, they are simply different. Fran now flexes her communication to whomever she is working with and is converting even the most challenging sales.
Instead of assuming there's something wrong with the product or service you provide, dig deeper and ask yourself, "Is it possible that I'm failing to deliver the right message to my audience?" It's often the case when good businesses can't seem to make the sale.
Your Genius Quotient will help you power your business communication to speak to your audience in a way that resonates with each person and gets them interested in buying from you.
#5. You Believe Something is Hindering Your Progress
Despite reaching some goals that you feel proud of, you still feel like something is holding you back. Could it be that you're not sure how to communicate with people who don't learn and communicate like you? Because we're all unique and have different preferences, it's crucial to have more patience and understanding when sharing with other people. By discovering your Inner Genius, it's possible to supercharge your communication, connect better with others, and become a more influential leader. In addition, you'll learn to eliminate roadblocks that get in your way and overcome communication-related obstacles you've faced over the years.
If you're struggling to effectively communicate to get your point across, connect with team members, and get people to listen and respect you, there is a solution to these and other problems. It's crucial to identify your unique learning and communication preferences to become a better listener, learner, and communicator. The best way to unlock your potential is through the Unlock Inner Genius book by Catherine Mattiske, the Inner Genius Profile, and unlock your Genius Quotient. Then explore the convenient curriculum of programs, including options such as Quickstart, Professional, Executive, Family, and more. Finally, get the expert help you need today to reach milestones, make great strides, and achieve outstanding goals.
About Catherine Mattiske
Catherine Mattiske, best known for creating ID9 Intelligent Design and the Genius Quotient (GQ), is a leading light in the corporate learning and team-building industries. She regularly works with large and small organizations to help team members better understand one another while effectively collaborating and boosting individual and team morale and productivity in the workplace.