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Networking tips: 6 tips for successful networking

Networking, especially if you are new to it, can be a daunting concept. Speaking to strangers while trying to pitch a product, service or yourself can feel unnatural and, frankly, scary! However, networking is one of the most effective ways to engage new clients, increase engagement and awareness of a brand, and grow as a business. Here are 6 tips for successful networking at corporate events. 

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The next Prime Minister: 6 soft skills for the UK’s next leader

Following the recent stepping down of Conservative leader Theresa May, the UK will see a new politician move into the role of Prime Minister this week. While there is still some speculation over to who will fill May’s shoes, Britains next PM will require a specific set of skills to get the job done. Regardless of who becomes the next PM, we thought it would be interesting to think about which of our books could help him fulfill the role Here are the 6 soft skills the UK’s next Prime Minister will need. 

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The 7 most essential soft skills for techies

There has long been a misconception surrounding the skills of those in tech roles. When depicted in entertainment they are shown as nerdy, brainiacs with little to no social skills. While it may be humorous on-screen, this incorrect depiction of employees in technical roles has caused real-life consequences for those working them. The idea that people in tech do not possess or need soft skills is not only present in the education systems that lack soft skills curriculums but in those in charge of hiring for companies as well.   

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4 Reasons businesses should prioritise developing soft skills as much as developing technology

Over the last two decades, companies have seen incredible development in technology across all sectors. Tech has made it possible to expand globally, build state-of-the-art websites and promote our brands to the digital world. But this wave of tech has caused companies to forget who is behind the screens of all this innovation: people. Companies have moved too far towards being data-centric and away from a human focus and it will be detrimental for our future. 

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How not to be replaced by a robot

‘The Robot Revolution’, ‘Computerisation’ or ‘Automation’; whatever you prefer to call it, technology isn’t going anywhere any time soon, but our jobs just might be.

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Soft skills beat software: Why humans will be the future of tech

soft skillsIt powers the homes we live in; it gets us to and from the office; it allows you to read this article. It’s technology and it’s everywhere. Next to no other sector can compete with the booming growth the world has seen of the tech industry. This development didn’t come from nowhere, however. It has been powered by the hard-working and creative innovators that continue to pursue new heights and break new borders. These individuals have always been at the heart of the industry but have recently begun to be recognised as more than coding machines and data analysers but as the people that through their drive, imagination and emotional intelligence will secure the future of technology. The tech industry is beginning to realise the value and necessity of soft skills and human interaction, not just internally but externally and is continuing to put people more at the core of everything they do, and it’s about time.   (more..)

7 ways to measure the ROI of soft skills learning initiatives

Measuring ROIAlthough many L&D professionals know and argue that businesses cannot afford not to invest in the soft skills development of their employees, budgets, especially surrounding soft skills learning initiatives, are all too often the first to be cut. This lack of funding is frequently caused by the difficulty of proving an ROI of soft skills versus hard or technical skills.

Here are some examples of areas you can measure to prove just how impactful soft skills are to a business. (more..)

Interpersonal skills: Definition and why they’re important

interpersonal skills definitionInterpersonal skills are becoming increasingly important and in higher demand, as we move towards the future workplace. More and more companies are starting to move focus away from hiring for and training in technical skills and shifting focus towards individuals with strong interpersonal skills. Let’s define interpersonal skills and find out why they are being held in such high regard by businesses everywhere. 

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Creative problem solving: 4 problem solving techniques

Creative problem solvingProblems and conflicts are an inevitable part of every employee’s professional and personal lives. Avoiding conflict is neither realistic or beneficial to individuals or businesses alike. Creative problem-solving, a very in-demand skill among hiring managers, means using techniques and skills to brainstorm and come up with unique solutions to the problems life throws at you. Let’s look at 4 problem-solving techniques to help you manage when conflict comes your way.  (more..)

Soft skills: The top 4 soft skills to put on your CV

soft skills cvSo, you’re looking for a job? No matter the position you’re applying for, your CV will likely be your potential future employer’s first impression of who you are and what you will bring to the position. Of course, it is important to list the technical skills that make you a suitable and relevant hire for the position, but many hiring managers and companies alike are beginning to switch focus and make hiring decisions based less on hard skills but more on the soft skills that make you who you are.  (more..)