Yes we know how to use a smartphone, a laptop, a tablet, a MacBook and a PC and the list goes on and on! We know how to do a systems analysis, complicated algorithyms, statistics, database management and quantitative reports but the driving force behind getting our foot in the door to prove how qualified we are is, “Soft Skills”! Of course we need technical skills and I’m certainly not debating that fact! I certainly want my doctor to have his doctorate! If you’re hired to come in and do statistical analysis’ you’d better be able to do it! But can I make the argument right here for the skill of being able to “communicate” what you’re doing with everyone else that you’re answering to even if they don’t totally understand the depth of what a statistical analysis is?? You know, just because you may “know how” to do something doesn’t mean that you have to “show off” your knowledge in a way that belittles or excludes people. Being able to “communicate” with people in a way that everyone in the room can understand what you’re saying and making everyone feel comfortable is what you want to shoot for. People do business with people they like… it’s a hard reality but it’s true! Soft skills not only “get” you the job but they also “keep” you the job! The soft skill of diplomacy is valuable currency! It’s the art of dealing with people in a sensitive and effective way! Being able to build bridges and bridge gaps is a huge asset to add to your arsenal of soft skills! Soft skills can open doors for you that your technical skills alone may not! They are there own reward. Your boss just might think twice about letting go of someone with great people and soft skills as opposed to someone who’s hard nosed and doesn’t know how to take a joke. Remember this, “People will forget what you say and they will forget what you do but they will not forget how you made them feel” ~ Dr. Maya Angelou~
If we will just take the time, the initiative and make the effort to tap into what resonates with people and make that connection with them we will never be broke. As the old saying goes, it’s not what you know but who you know and you have to connect with people to get to know them! So by increasing your soft skills repertoire, you increase your money making potential!
Soft Skills “always” put you in a position of power!!!