Showing posts with label Skills. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Skills. Show all posts

Saturday 8 June 2019

10 Life Skills from Public Speaking

1. Increase in self-confidence
Public speaking will help you increase your self-confidence. By public speaking you are increasing your skill at communicating with others, making you more confident around people.
2. Makes you more comfortable around other people
Public speaking increases your comfort level around people. Whether it’s a small or large group you will learn to be more comfortable around people despite of group size.
3. One of the best ways to generate sales (or get a better job)
If you own a business or do some form of work on the side public speaking is one of the best ways to generate sales. Understanding how to effectively get your message across to another person can help you generate more sales for your company.
Public speaking skills are also important in securing a better job. It is how you present yourself at a job interview that will be the ultimate decider as to whether or not you land that higher paying job and whether or not you get paid in the higher bracket or lower bracket of pay rates.
4. At some point in your life you will need to do it
Almost every single person will need to speak in public at some point in their lives. Every public speaking opportunity is an opportunity to grow your leadership, your influence and your career.
By becoming a confident and capable public speaker you instantly put yourself above many other people who refuse to stand up and speak.
5. It will allow you to make a difference in your life, business, community, career
Every speaking opportunity is an opportunity to grow in leadership and influence. Having the opportunity to influence people’s thoughts put you in a position to create real positive change in people’s lives.
6. Skills learned can boost performance in other areas of life
Public speaking will improve your communication skills, your leadership skills, your confidence and your ability to read and understand people. There are multiple other skills you will learn when public speaking that can actually boost your performance and fulfilment in other areas of your life.
7. Public speaking allows you to demonstrate your knowledge
90% of people will avoid getting up in front of people to give a speech. By standing up and speaking to a crowd you are positioning yourself as an expert in your field and you have a great opportunity to share your knowledge.
8. Public speaking allows you to improve upon your knowledge
One of the best ways to learn is to teach, and public speaking is exactly that…an opportunity to teach. Public speaking is important because it helps you to improve your knowledge. The preparation that goes into a speech and the fact that you have to work out how to communicate to others effectively makes you understand your content that much better.
9. Public speaking differentiates you in the workforce
By having the confidence and ability to speak in public you can differentiate yourself in the workforce. This could put you in line for the next promotion or keep your head off the chopping block when the next redundancy rolls around.
10. Public speaking will help you form a tribe of supporters around you
By standing up in front of people and delivering a talk you can attract like-minded people around you. Seth Godin calls this a tribe and I think it is a great concept.

Wednesday 15 August 2018

Hard and Soft Skills

Have you ever heard come across the terms Hard and Soft skills?

These are 2 different types of skills that we acquire in order to perform and excel in a job, no matter the industry you're in.

Most of us would be familiar with Hard skills as we've been through them since young. In school, we're taught mostly Hard skills. Math, Science, History, Geography - these are all knowledge that can be quantified through the tests and assessments that you have to take. Typically, you'll learn hard skills in the classroom, through books or other training materials, or on the job. Your university degree or vocational training are all Hard skills that have enabled you to land the job you're now in.

However, as I'm sure many of you are that these days, having solid Hard skills doesn't necessarily guarantee you your dream job. Having a degree or two, or having a 4.0 GPA does not mean you'll score the job you've applied for.

And why is this so?

For starters, we're a progressive society. Things are ever changing, and as a result, the way in which we think of solutions to new problems and discoveries have to change constantly. This requires a lot of creative thinking, and flexibility that Hard skills do not always cover. The work culture in many younger companies and start ups these days also focus a lot more on strengths outside of the Hard skills that their employees have. As a result, you may realise that you can no longer succeed on Hard skills alone.

And that's where Soft skills come in!

Soft skills are subjective skills that are much harder to quantify. They're also known as people or interpersonal skills. They relate to the way you interact with other people. Some examples of soft skills include - Communication, Motivation, Problem Solving abilities, Creative Thinking, Time Management and Leadership. It may seem like skills that you naturally learn or know, yet these are skills that are sometimes overlooked. And that is why some people are more successful than others. It's because they're able to leverage on Soft skills to push progress towards their goals or in their jobs. They're able to hone in on their Soft skills to stand out from their peers and co workers.