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Soft Skills : Get rid of lack of soft skills once and for all !

Soft Skills 101: Get rid of the lack of soft skills once and for all !

Are soft skills important? What is the importance of soft skills? What are these skills? Can I develop it? Will it help my resume? What is the difference between hard skills and soft skills?  How can I improve my personality using it?

Soft Skills : Get rid of lack of soft skills once and for all !

Hey there, I am sure that you might be facing these same questions whenever you try to improve your personality or when you try to make a strong impression on the interviewer or when you are giving a presentation in your meetings and many similar situations like that!

 

Are soft skills important? What is the importance of soft skills?
Soft Skills : Get rid of lack of soft skills once and for all !

 

Don’t worry, I’ve always got your back and in this session I will try to cover everything possibly related to soft skills specifically, so that after the session you can have no doubts about it ever again!  Let’s get started!

INTRODUCTION TO SOFT SKILLS:

So Mohit tell me, “What is the meaning of soft skills?”, Okay!, Don’t worry, I am not going to copy and paste the Wikipedia meaning of the soft skills rather I will try to make it more practical way!

Let’s assume a situation?

 

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Soft Skills : Get rid of lack of soft skills once and for all !

You take a taxi from the airport. The taxi driver minds his own business and takes you to your destination. He collects his money in the end and is on his way. Another scenario. You take a taxi from the airport. The driver smiles and greets you, offers to put your luggage in the boot. He may or may not strike a conversation on the way.
But when you pay him at the end of the trip, he smiles again and thanks to you.

Which taxi driver would you prefer to travel with?

Obviously, the second one.  Hence, the meaning of soft skills can be defined as the way you personalize your behavior in any situation whether its a normal meeting or in an important presentation.

Simple right? let us go deep.

Benefits :

People who have these skills are the most successful in the whole world, this is one of the most important factors for you to succeed in your life, while the absence of soft skills will not only create a bad impression on the other person but it will also kill your future opportunities.

 

Soft skills consist of many things, consider it as body language, eye contact, public speaking, etc.  Don’t worry, we will take all these factors in a few mins.  Before moving forward I want to show you some famous lies about soft skills which we were following till now blindly!

3 SHOCKING FALSE BELIEF RELATED TO SOFT SKILLS:

 

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Soft Skills : Get rid of lack of soft skills once and for all !

1) I am the only person who fears to speak publicly:
  

Soft Skills : Get rid of lack of soft skills once and for all !
Soft Skills : Get rid of lack of soft skills once and for all !

This is the first lie we all think its true, you might don’t even know that even celebrities like Shahrukh Khan before speaking publicly try to comfort themselves by walking, smoking, and other activities.

So it’s not only “YOU” who fears public speaking but we all face it and overcome it.

2) Many people are born confident:  This is also another belief we all have that when we see someone of our age speaking so confidently we excuse ourselves by saying “yaar ye paida hi confident hua hai (That guy is born confident, we can’t do anything)”.

Friends, there is no skill in this world which cannot be taught by someone and can not be learned by someone, you might know this;

“Malcolm Gladwell’s book outliers says that anyone can master a skill with 10,000 hours of practice”

So, let us move on and bust the next false belief!

3) It’s a bad trait to have a feeling of fear before going to speak publicly:  When you are having a stage fear, it helps you as it increases your heart rate and your respiratory rate and it converts your body to take action with full confidence, and hence after the stage fear, after the speaking we feel more confident and happier!

Let us move forward!  I believe that it is true that when you understand the importance of something you put more focus on that and hence I want to tell you the importance of soft skills first!

ARE SOFT SKILLS IMPORTANT?

Okay, let us answer this question  “Are soft skills important, and if yes then how?”, first of all, yes soft skills are very important!

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Example:

Let’s take it practically, suppose you are a business owner and there are two candidates(A & B) for a job and you are interviewing them, suppose person A is a very good candidate with every technical skill you require but speaks very arrogantly.

On the other hand person B has the similar technical qualities (lesser than person A) but he speaks very well, he has good communication skills, he has been a great leader in his field, he might don’t have every technical quality as A but he is a good listener, a positive person.

So who are you going to choose? of course person B because he might not have the technical skills but he can be trained in a few months and he would be perfectly fine!

You might still have doubt about this situation but I would like to support this with some evidence my honor 😉   TOP 2 FACTS ABOUT SOFT SKILLS: 

 

Soft Skills : Get rid of lack of soft skills once and for all !
Soft Skills : Get rid of lack of soft skills once and for all !
  1. It has been found that 46% of managers said that young workers do well to hone their communication skills and 56% said recent grads do not pay attention to detail!
  2. 60% of managers claim that the new graduates they see taking up the job within the organizations do not have critical thinking and problem-solving skills they feel that are necessary for the jobs.

So you might have understood the importance of soft skills and developing it is important as well.  In a single sentence, Soft skills are the difference between the adequate candidate and the ideal candidate!

10 Growth Guaranteed Soft skills you don’t want to miss or you will hate yourself later!

 1)COMMUNICATION No matter which field you are in, Communication skill is the most important because if you don’t know how to communicate effectively it is more obvious you are creating a dull impression on the other person and you will likely to be ignored by everyone if it is the case you are facing don’t worry, we got a few prescriptions for you 😉

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a) Read, read and read: The more you read, the more you learn and it will improve your vocabulary as well, no matter what you are reading, read good books, read good articles, read newspapers, etc.

 

b) Talk to yourself!: This is the best way to improve communication, pick up a topic and start the conversation with yourself looking the mirror and talk continuously for 5-7 mins no matter which language you want to talk, while doing this you will see yourself how you talk, where do you lack in speaking, is it a fluency problem or a vocabulary problem or something else.

The best part is that you don’t have to worry because if even if you are making mistakes you are the only one who is watching and who is going to correct it!

 

c) Be a good listener: You know the word communication is itself derived from Latin word “communicare” which means “to share”, means to give and to receive, so when  you are speaking to someone make sure you listen first and then talk because it will create an awesome impression on the other person and it will make him think that you are genuinely in treated in what he/she is speaking and he will more likely to connect with you more often,

Thank me later 😉

 

2)LEADERSHIP: 

 A soft skill that you can show even if you’re not directly managing others is called  LEADERSHIP. It can be thought of as a collection of various other soft skills, such as a generally positive attitude and outlook, the ability to communicate effectively, and an aptitude for both self-motivating and motivating others.

 

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Soft Skills : Get rid of lack of soft skills once and for all !

For learning Leadership, I would highly recommend you to check this article of RATAN TATA.

8 LEADERSHIP LESSONS OF SIR RATAN TATA YOU WISH YOU KNEW BEFORE

Ratan tata is one of the best leaders in the world and we can learn so much from him!

3) SELF MOTIVATION:  

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No matter what you do, whether you start a new job, new business, anything which you love to do and  you are going to face people and that people are called as ” NAYSAYERS” they will always say you, “it cannot be done by you”, “this is not possible for you”, blah blah but if you are self-motivated and you believe in your dreams, in your action then you will definetly succeed.

Self-motivation is the best source of motivation you can ever find on the internet or in the whole world.

 

HOW TO BE SELF MOTIVATED? 

 

a) Read, read, and read: What? again? Yes, reading does not only increase your knowledge but it also increase your enthusiasm, it increases your focus also it  motivates you, and make sure you are reading about the things you love to do, you want to acquire knowledge about!

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Soft Skills : Get rid of lack of soft skills once and for all !

b) Watch inspirational movies: If you really motivated enough for your work but needs some support mentality and  I would love to recommend you to watch these motivational movies: 

  1. The Pursuit of Happiness(My personal favorite).
  2. The Shawshank Redemption.

There are more, but as you start watching these movies, you will automatically find similar movies like that 😉 

c) Be grateful for what you have: Trust me or not, you will not achieve true success in your field when you are not grateful for what you already have.

People who have achieved success in their lives are always grateful for what they have. 

“Greatness comes not just by doing great things but by being grateful”

-Gaur Gopal Das 

Soft Skills : Get rid of lack of soft skills once and for all !
Soft Skills : Get rid of lack of soft skills once and for all !

(Tip: Every night before going to bed, always thank god for what you have!) Also  I would love to give write more about it as It is my favorite topic but I don’t want to make it longer for you so let us move on to next.

 

4) SELF AWARENESS:  To begin with this, I want to tell you something that I recently founded, you know why the Lord Shiva’s body is always with Ashes?

Soft Skills : Get rid of lack of soft skills once and for all !
Soft Skills : Get rid of lack of soft skills once and for all !

The reason is it symbolizes that our body is a form of ash and it will turn into ash, and to always remember it, Lord Shiva wears rudraksha because rudraksha is the only thing which does not get spoiled and it can not be perished and hence this truth of our body can never fade away!

This is a great example of being self-aware.  You should be self-aware, don’t worry we got you covered with this too!   HOW TO BECOME CONSCIOUS AND KNOWN ONESELF BETTER? 

This is very simple, all you have to do is SWOT analysis, I will explain to you shortly!

S= Strength(Know your strengths, the things which you are good at it),

W= Weakness(Know your weakness, the things on which you lack ),

O= Opportunities(Consider and look for opportunities and claim it), and

T= Threats( It includes anything that can negatively affect you or your business from the outside) To know more;

Give this a try!      

 

5) TEAMWORK:  To explain teamwork in one sentence, Your body! Your mind can not work if your body refuses its decision, every single part of your body helps the mind to achieve the decision taken by the brain.

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Soft Skills : Get rid of lack of soft skills once and for all !

Teamwork is one of the most important soft skills which can increase your possibility to achieve success, every single player is credited for the goal in the football match, every single cricketer is responsible for winning the match, similarly, when you win, give credits to your whole team including the janitor 🙂

“It is literally true that you can succeed best and quickest by helping others to succeed

-Napolean Hill 

6) PROBLEM SOLVING:

Problem-solving does not just require analytical, creative, and critical skills, but a particular mindset and those who can approach a problem with a cool and level head will often reach a solution more efficiently than those who cannot.

This is a soft skill which can often rely on strong teamwork too.

Problems need not always be solved alone. The ability to know who can help you reach a solution, and how they can do it, can be a great advantage.

Always remember this:

“You are paid in direct proportion to the difficulty of the problems you solve

-Elon Musk 

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Hence, one must try to find a solution to every problem instead of being stressed about the problem!

7) DECISIVENESS:

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Knowing the distinction between decisiveness and recklessness implies a soft skill in itself.

 

Decisiveness combines a number of different abilities: the ability to put things into perspective, to weigh up the options, to assess all relevant information, and, crucially, to anticipate the consequences, good and bad.

8) UTILIZE PRESSURE:

 

Believe me or not, those who acquired success, fame, money in their life, they know this secret of Utilizing pressure to favor their situation.

This is the most important soft skills along with others because most successful leaders face losses just because they cannot cope up with stress with pressure and therefore they let the pressure to overcome them mentally and decreases their productivity!

“Remember, Pressure is what that turns a lump of coal into a diamond”

HOW TO UTILIZE PRESSURE TO BENEFIT YOU?

As per me, Control your mind and it will control your situation, and the best way to control your mind is Meditation. I know it sounds boring but that’s the basic.

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Meditation helps you to grow mentally as well as physically!

Meditation is the only way I believe that can control your mind, which can increase your productivity and control the situation as you want and as a result it decrease your stress and your pressure!

Trust me, I won’t tell you anything to do that I have not experienced personally and  doing meditation is a very easy process.

“There is a saying, Instead of reacting to the situation, start responding it!”

Also to make it more special, I would love to suggest some important points given by Sir Irrfan Khan!

9) FLEXIBILITY:

Naturally, people can be wary of leaving the comfort zone formed by their repertoire of hard skills.

Flexibility is an important soft skill since it demonstrates an ability and willingness to acquire new hard skills and open-mindedness to new tasks and new challenges.

Employers often seek candidates who can show a willing and upbeat attitude, since many jobs come with the possibility of secondments.

Last but not least,

10) NEGOTIATION AND CONFLICT RESOLUTION:

This is another of those soft skills which employers look for in potential leaders.

To be an adept negotiator is to know how to be persuasive and exert influence, while sensitively seeking a solution which will benefit all parties.

Similarly, conflict resolution depends on strong interpersonal skills and the ability to establish a rapport with colleagues and clients alike.

If you know how to negotiate with a person, your half battle is won which means  that no matter which field you are in, you are going to create a good influence on others!

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Lets Conclude:

Friends, I just realized that this became a little bit bigger than I thought but don’t worry I will still explain the rest but in the next part, so the next part will consist of

How to develop soft skills? In what ways can I put these skills in the resume? Can  I apply it practically? ] and many other questions 😉

Till then,

you can reach me directly through instagram and I am most active there and we can discuss any problems of yours if it is feasible, and yes, would love to hear from you and STAY TUNED!

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