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Research conducted by Harvard University, the Carnegie Foundation and Stanford Research Center has all concluded that 85% of job success comes from having well‐developed soft and people skills, and only 15% of job success comes from technical skills and knowledge (hard skills).
Soft skills can bring more than job and career success.
Soft skills could help bridge the economic divide.
MIT Sloan professor of information technology Erik Brynjolfsson said soft skills can help bridge the gap between poverty and wealth in the United States.
Soft skills can make a huge difference in the future of learning and education as well.
According to Forbes on Soft Skills being essential in the future of work,
Assessing soft skills should be an essential part of your hiring process for potential employees and contractors.
Soft skills strengthen other skills and abilities, and teams with these skills will be equipped to adapt more quickly and easily as the future of work continues to evolve.
Here are 10 micro-soft skills that are becoming more important every day that are crucial to your success.
Stories are everywhere and your ability to tell a story can make a huge difference in your career whether you have a 9 to 5 job or you're an entrepreneur.
When making apps, you solve problems. When you find a problem, you have to sell a story.
And when you sell a story, you build relationships with people.
You acquire customers.
2. Communicating your vision
If you boil down all the successful companies we have today, 88% of what contributed to the the success of the companies are the founders' visionary trait and their ability to communicate.
3. Productizing your skills
Productizing your skills means packaging what you know and what you can do as a sellable product. In part, you're also selling yourself.
Just like the old saying goes, "If you're good at it, don't do it for free."
This quote embodies the idea of productizing your skills To do this, understand what are your strengths are and figure out one way to make money out of it.
Jack Butcher explains this concept best. He said:
"Productization is the process of transferring your time and effort into an asset that can be sold repeatedly.
-Record a song, stream it 10m times.
-Write a book, print it 1m times.
-Build a digital product, distribute it 100m times.
-Build once, sell twice."
4. Constructive criticism
Few can give constructive criticism, meaning being able to give feedbacks and opinions without sounding offensive or rude. To do this, you can apply the hamburger method.
When giving feedback:
Acknowledge one good thing
Give the actual feedback
Acknowledge another good thing
This can make a difference both in work and learning environment.
5. Being mindful
Being mindful means allowing yourself to immerse in what you're currently doing.
Being aware of the current activity you're on and not allowing yourself to be distracted.
6. Selling yourself
How to sell yourself?
Focus on soft skills, because most people already have technical skills.
Instead of saying, "I'm great UX research and visual design...", say "I'm a great UX researcher because I have practiced becoming a great listener and observer which gives me a competitive edge over most people. "
7. Learning from failure
Trust me, failures will come on your way. The question is, what are you going to do when it happens?
The straightforward answer is:
Accept, learn, and figure out what you should do next.
8. Personal Branding
On an internet age driven by influencers, it has become more important to build a persona brand. You have to answer the question: Who are you without your expertise, skills, and experience?
Then, build on top of that.
Some tips for building your personal branding:
Figure out who you are.
Determine what you want to be known for.
Define your audience.
Research your desired industry and follow the experts.
Ask for informational interviews.
Ask for recommendations.
Grow your online presence
9. Engaged listening
Psychologists are great at this because they practice it for their job. Which is why they have a reputation of solving internal problems for their patients.
Well, good thing you don't have to be one to solve internal problems for the people you associate yourself with.
In a more digitalized world backed by machines and devices around us. People fight for attention. The best way grab people's attention is be a great copywriter.
According to Jeremy Mosser, with good copywriting, you can:
• Captivate readers
• Educate & motivate
• Monetize your value
And that copywriting is a foundational skill.
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