Quantified Communications Is Proud to Introduce the C-IQ Score™

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The standard for measuring your communication skills.

If you’ve been following Quantified, you know our obsession is adding science—algorithms, data, and objective measurements—to the art of communication.

The late, great Peter Drucker is famous for the adage that anything that can be measured can be improved, and we know the same applies to communication. So we’ve made it our mission to help everyone from presidents to Fortune 100 leaders to tens of thousands of college students measure their communication skills in order to drive lasting improvement that will empower them to achieve their personal and professional goals.

We’ve been using the latest in behavioral science and machine learning to score communication for nearly a decade, measuring the components of what you say, how you say it, and how the audience is likely to perceive it.

And now, we’re thrilled to introduce the C-IQ Score: a single number that provides the definitive measure of how influential you are as a communicator.

What Is the C-IQ?

Your C-IQ Score is a definitive measure of how successfully you can communicate in any given setting. It measures your capacity to effectively use your message (what you say) and delivery (how you say it) to positively impact your audience (perception).

Like an IQ or SAT score, the C-IQ Score comprises several critical components, distilling them into one key number that lets you know exactly where you stand. But your C-IQ Score is something you can improve significantly over time in order to achieve your communication and leadership goals.

How Is the C-IQ Measured?

You can find a full breakdown of the science behind the C-IQ score in our white paper, but to put it briefly, Quantified Communications measures more than twenty attributes of your communication spanning content, delivery skills, and predicted audience perception.

Your C-IQ Score is formed from the skills you demonstrate on your best effort within our platform. It is expressed on a scale of 1 to 100.

Is My C-IQ Score Good?

Communicating well is hard to do. It takes time and practice. To help you put your C-IQ Score in perspective, we show you how your score compares to the average score for a few different communities of people.

  • The top 25 percent of MBA students that we’ve analyzed average a 62.
  • The top 25 percent of CEOs that we’ve analyzed average a 79.
  • The top 25 percent of Ted speakers we’ve analyzed average an 88.

Why Does the C-IQ Score Matter?

Simply put, when it comes to communication abilities, your C-IQ Score tells you—and others—what your demonstrated capacity is. Just like your SAT scores told you whether you were on track for college admissions, your IQ score identifies your mental aptitude, and, back in the day, your Klout score highlighted just how influential you were on social media.

Your C-IQ Score is a personal benchmark that enables you to measure progress as you work toward achieving your goals, but it’s also a signal to others about the skills and capabilities you bring to the table.

Say you’re looking for a new job. When a recruiter sees your high C-IQ Score on your resume or LinkedIn, she’ll know off the bat that you’re a strong communicator, and that will give you a leg up in the hiring process.

Or say you’re recruiting. You might start your search with MBA graduates with above-average C-IQ Scores. Perhaps you’re looking to promote a new manager from within your organization. You can see quickly which employees possess the communication skills that will help them succeed in the new role. Or perhaps you’ve got a short-list of new executives for your c-suite. On paper, they all look great. They have strong backgrounds and proven track records. But you know your new leader will be in the position of communicating frequently with key stakeholders, and you know many of those stakeholders are tough to please. The candidates’ C-IQ Scores give you an immediate understanding of which ones might be up to the challenge.

We know that, in today’s business world, soft skills—and particularly communication—are the most critical predictors of success on the job.

Whether you’re looking to beef up your own skills in order to achieve your professional goals or you’re looking to hire your own team of strong communicators, the C-IQ Score provides you with the baseline you need to understand where you or your potential hires are coming from and a foundation from which to build those critical skills.