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Introduction to Soft Skills
Exploring Soft Skills
Effective Communication at the workplace
Eventos semanales de English Academy
Learning from others
Taking calculated risks
Attention to detail
Reliability and balance
Teamwork vs. Team Building
Oral vs. Written Communication
Competition vs. Cooperation
Supervising and being Supervised
We have all had to give some sort of presentation in our lives. Whether it was at school or at work, it may have been for one of these purposes:
WHY ARE PRESENTATIONS DIFFICULT FOR MANY OF US?
Now, if we are perfectly honest, we must admit that we don’t love to stand up and speak in public. The reason for this may be that it involves standing in front of a group of people talking about a subject as if we were experts. Interestingly, even if we are, in fact, experts, the moment we have to stand in front of a group, many of us lose our aplomb.
Another reason why we do not enjoy this kind of activity is that we know people will not necessarily be listening to us one hundred percent of the time. It is difficult to catch a listener’s attention and even more difficult to hold it for a number of minutes.
A third reason why we don’t love speaking in public is that we are afraid that we will mess up.
So, how do we deal with this situation? After all, giving presentations is a common activity and it may even be an extremely interesting and desirable part of our professional life.
“SUCCESSFUL PRESENTATIONS ARE UNDERSTANDABLE, MEMORABLE AND EMOTIONAL”, Carmine Gallo
In order to catch the attention of your audience, you must of course know who your audience is. Then you can decide on the kind of presentation that will be suitable for said audience. If you know who you are talking to, and you choose the correct way to address them, your presentation will reach them on a personal and emotional level and they will remember what you said.
Let’s take a look at different kinds of presentations:
POINTS TO REMEMBER:
“IF YOU CAN’T EXPLAIN IT SIMPLY, YOU DON’T UNDERSTAND IT WELL ENOUGH”, Albert Einstein
GIVE YOURSELF THE BEST HOLIDAY PRESENTS TO GROW BOTH PERSONALLY AND PROFESSIONALLY!
During the holiday season, we all want to transmit joy and growth to those around us. However, we tend to forget that we cannot give what we do not have. In order to help others, we must first grow and nurture ourselves.
Professional growth is something we are all looking for. When we think about professional growth, we normally think about leadership and self-confidence. We think about practical situations that will help our supervisors and managers notice us. In the case of entrepreneurs, we want our businesses to thrive. We want results. But in order to obtain results, we first need to foster the qualities that will push us to work more effectively and to deal with people in a more positive way. And of course, we want to lower our levels of stress.
SOFT SKILLS AS STEPPING STONES
When it comes to the development of soft skills, we want to be self-confident, articulate and overall brilliant leaders. However, let’s take a look at the soft skills that will help us build ourselves. Some skills are practical and some are scaffolds to build on.
You will only become a great leader when you have become a great team player, and you will not be a good team player if you are not empathetic and organized, and so on.
Let’s focus on some skills that work as a foundation for other more practical skills. They will give us the strength and wisdom to grow and will eventually show the results we would all like to see in both our personal and professional lives.