Business Skills - Top 3 Soft Skills For Every Professional
Soft skills are your behavioral skills. If you're not familiar with this term, maybe you've heard about 'interpersonal skills', or even 'people skills'. Talking about everything related to soft skills is beyond the scope of this article. So let's just talk about the top 3 soft skills for every professional.
Here's the list:
1. Communication Skills.
The main feature of communication skills is to be able to convey your message successfully. Whether you're negotiating a deal with your clients, speaking to your boss about a possible raise or promotion, or even talking to your team member about a project, you need to be able to make the other person(s) understand what you're trying to say.
Most times, highly-qualified professionals stop short from climbing up the success ladder because they're unable to convey their message effectively. Hence you can understand how important communication is as part of your soft skills.
2. Team Building.
Whether small business, or huge cooperation, team work is the key. No successful professional can boast about being a lone ranger, and still climb up the corporate ladder of success. There has to be team, and there has to be team building, or team spirit among the members of the team to successful complete a project.
As a team member, you need to be willing to work with others together on a project, and be able to handle criticism about you, or your work, and not let it affect your work. After all, that's the team spirit - looking at the big picture, and overcoming the small hassles like politics, arguments, etc.
3. Business Etiquette.
Do you know what not to say when you're working with a team member of the opposite gender? Yes, your manners won't allow you to spew off inappropriate jokes in front of team members of the opposite gender. But what if that team member is also your friend? Does that give you the right to be yourself, even at work?
And no, it's never appropriate to make inappropriate jokes at work, no matter how social you are with your team members after work. You never know who might get upset with such behavior, and you end up risking your job.
Remember, these are just a few of the top soft skills for every professional. If you answer 'yes' to all three soft skills mentioned above, it doesn't mean you're done for the day. There are many more soft skills you need to master for success at your workplace.
By Ankitaa G. Dalmia
Photography by Rick Becker-leckrone
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