Case study: 5 tips to learn soft skills

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Nowadays, we are in a constant process to learn new things. A university, classroom, and school education system can teach you hard skills, but what’s about soft skills? The magic relation between how you communicate, work with others, and handle the day-to-day aspects of your job are more difficult to learn. But they are not impossible to get or develop. Practice makes perfect.
Every job ad asks about them and this is the best answer for changes in the job market. Let’s check 5 tips on how to improve people’s skills and make you a better person (yes, it’s true!) You don’t need to study all soft skills, just follow our advice. And remember, learning things is a process. It takes time but it pays off.

1. My strengths, my weaknesses

Take some time, a piece of paper (or phone) and write down your strengths and weaknesses. Then analyze how you work with people, what is your role, and what people expect from you. If you are not good at self- analyzing, ask your colleagues at work. It’s important to be honest because it helps you to focus on the areas you have to improve or develop.

2. Set up goals

Now, it’s time for action. With information about your work and relation between you and other people, it’s time to set up your goals. Goals help us measure performance, but they also serve as a development plan. Use them similarly for soft skills; you may spot opportunities for growth. People do learn more outside their comfort zone.

3. Focus on communication

As the popular quote says- Communication is the key to success and it’s totally true. Good communication can help you avoid conflicts, improve work as a team, and even inspire you to be more creative. Be an active listener and always make sure you understand the message. Do you remember body language pieces of advice from our course? Watch for visual signs that let you know if your listener understands, agrees or disagrees with your message. And be aware that your body is sending signals, too.

4. Work on your emotion.

For sure, you know people who are perfect listeners, know how to handle their emotions, and they always seem to know just what to say. But it’s not that difficult. Use your empathy, focus on the behavior of your colleagues, it opens the door for mutual respect and understanding between people with differing opinions and situations. Don’t forget about your own emotions. Learn how to deal with rejection, how to react to feedback.

5. Be positive

Did you know that a positive attitude draws people towards you? It drastically changes the relationship for the better and helps you achieve your goals as a group. Keep being friendly and upbeat. Find the ways to laugh at the little things, even if it’s not your day. A positive attitude is something that goes deeper and has an effect beyond surface cheer. It motivates people and makes your workplace a better place, it even increases productivity.

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