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9 Skills You Need To Develop To Be Successful

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If you wish to withstand the tough competition in the talent-hungry market scenario and gain a respectable position that does justice to your degree or qualification, then you’ve got to master certain skills which can take you to places.

Irrespective of whichever field you choose, be it medical, legal, political or the business world; hiring and promotions are carried out largely on the basis of communication and interpersonal skills rather than on the degree or technical expertise.

Here are 9 skills you need to develop to be a professional:

1. Communication

There is hardly any job that does not require a worker to have communication skills, Communication could be verbal or written though this would also include listening skills. Having communication skills allows you to put forward your point succinctly. When at a job, you will need to communicate with different kind of people about various issues. The slightest of miscommunication can prove to be highly disastrous.

“To effectively communicate, we must realize that we are all different in the way we perceive the world and use this understanding as a guide to our communication with others.” – Tony Robbins

2. Presentation skills

This skill is closely related to communication skills, however it deserves separate attention because of the fact that effectively presenting your idea or a business success story formally to an audience that grabs their attention and keeps them engrossed is an achievement in itself.  Effective presentation is like motivating your audience to the extent that they start giving valuable input and start to act in accordance with your desired outcome. The more effectively you market yourself or your company the more positively publicity you gain, coming into limelight.

 

3. Reasoning

This is yet another skill of the highest importance. When you come across a problem, you obviously have to address it, and it is a challenge to handle problems efficiently. You will prove to be an asset to the company if you have logic skills and are good in this area.

 

4. Technical literacy

Most of the businesses require this of their workers. Some businesses are completely based on technology while others require it, more or less, for managing their work; but virtually every business uses computers. Considering this, it is very important that you have a basic know how of computers and technology without which you will hardly find any job in a business environment.

 

5. Analytical

 Analytical skills are required for you to be able to evaluate a situation and thus act accordingly. These research skills help you to look at the situation from various angles, find out more about the problem and see how you can solve it. In short, you are able to recognize, analyze, improve and simplify the matter at hand.

 

6. Leadership

This may not be a requirement for every job, but it surely adds to your personality. Having leadership skills helps you to manage your colleagues. Leadership skills ensure a productive environment which is important for motivating and guiding employees in order that they fulfill the organizational goals.

 

7. Flexibility

Being adaptable means you can manage various work environments and can deal with different tasks and/or conditions. Being flexible means you can handle it if your responsibilities are changed or increased.

 

8. Interpersonal

Even if your job does not require dealing with clients, you should be having interpersonal skills as these help you relate with your colleagues. It is important to build healthy relationships at your workplace and be able to work around conflicts among your colleagues.

 

9. Anger management

 You need to be able to control your anger for your own sake if not for the company and your colleagues, though that is important too. Suppose one worker gets on your nerves by coming short on their work, or maybe disrupting the workplace discipline or any other reason. You do not want to stress out or yell at them. It is not good for your heart, for one. Secondly, you would then be responsible for ruining the environment, which no one wants.

“Holding on to anger is like grasping a hot coal with the intent of throwing it at someone else; you are the one who gets burned.” – Buddha

Conclusion

A number of these skills are actually interlinked with each other. For instance, while it is apparent that you would need leadership skills to lead a team, interpersonal skills are also required if you want to be able to relate to your team members. Communication skills are essential if you wish to convey your point across your team. Analytical and problem solving skills are required to address any conflict your project or team meets.

Any investment in enhancing or bettering your  skills set is a worthwhile one. These may range from improving upon your verbal communication skills, working positively in the work environment or learning to work in collaboration as a team. The best part about mastering these skills is that they are ‘transferable’ from industry to industry and jobs as well. These skills will help you explore new avenues and build a strong professional career.

Which skill do you need to develop? Please leave your thoughts in the comment section below!

 

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  1. Tim Denning

    May 6, 2016 at 9:37 am

    The biggest skill I need to develop Zyana is more patience and being more mindful.

  2. Kalpana Sharma

    Mar 30, 2016 at 3:48 pm

    Hi Zyana,
    This is an awesome article!
    These are really essential skills to develop our self as a professional. Communication and Presenting Skills are on the top among all these skills as they play vital role in professionalism.
    Overall a great article. Thank you for sharing 🙂

  3. Heitem Ak

    Mar 30, 2016 at 2:34 pm

    Nice one Zyana!

    I like the fact that these are all skills that can be learned, so no one should feel that they are at a disadvantage with any of these.

    Work on them and you will reap the rewards accordingly!

    Thanks for the article.

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Fear of Snakes

So I completed a Snake Handling course 6 years ago and during the final test of the course, we were asked to capture and bag 5 of Australia’s Deadliest snakes in a small confined room. The room had a Tiger Snake, Dugite, King Brown, Death Adder and a Red-Bellied Black Snake all slithering around at the same time. I couldn’t believe what I had got myself into.

Snakes were one of the biggest fears of mine. I would imagine a snake running underneath my feet from time to time and I would actually bring my feet up off the floor to avoid getting entangled or bitten by these imaginary snakes I had created in my mind. I would even have nightmares about snakes biting me and it would wake me up in sweats in the middle of the night.

I could have never imagined doing this in my life but I did it because I knew that I had to get passed this ridiculous fear I had of snakes, and I am grateful I was able to show up for it.

Checkout this podcast episode where I share how You can Master your Sub Conscious Programming around your fears in 2 Steps:

While attending this course, the subject of Fear was brought up and the presenter asked a number of people:

 

“What Are Your Top 5 Fears?”

– Public Speaking

– Cancer

– Sharks

– Snakes

– Heights

Were at the top of the list for most people.

 

The instructor carried on with a story of how he had just arrived back from a trip to the Northern Territory of Australia to visit an aboriginal community where he had met a 7-year-old boy who was absolutely scared to death of spiders and the dark.

Killer crocodile fearIt did not matter what kind of spider it is, he was scared and that was that. This boy would hunt crocodiles and lizards but was scared of even the non-venomous spiders.

All he had learned from a very young age was that spiders are dangerous and that they WILL kill you, yet the crocodiles and snakes that the boy would play with and hunt for are by far more deadly than most spiders that your everyday human would come across.

He was taught between the crucial years of 1-6 yrs old that the dark is full of evil happenings and that spiders are incredibly deadly and will kill him if he goes anywhere near them. So he was devastated to sleep in the dark and would jump on near by people just to get away from a spider nearby.

I’m not here to say that spiders aren’t dangerous, they are, and some out there have the potential to kill you. This boy was right to be cautious around spiders but where he lacked knowledge, or the right information about these creatures, eventually left him fearful of something he had never really understood.

This boy is just an example of many other people out there that are limited by their fears because of the little that they know. The less you know, the more fearful you are. This is only human and we are naturally scared of the unknown.

So the key thing here is we need more “KNOWLEDGE!” and it is in our best interest to want to understand how things work if we want to become less fearful of what the wild and wonderful world we live in has to offer.

You have to “EXPERIENCE” things to have a better understanding of the activity or whatever it is you are most scared of.

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Joel Brown – Certified Snake Handler

When you increase your knowledge you can grow to the level where your fear is set at, so when the two meet it creates a level called “RESPECT”.

This is the perfect level to be on because you will now have a respect for what you fear which will allow you to then work with it rather than being submissive and missing out on the wonderful feeling of successfully OWNING! the outer areas of your comfort zone.

Everybody has a fear of some sort and learning more about what you fear and even voyaging through your ‘un-comfortable zone‘ will prepare you for the hard knocks in life on your road to success.

 

I have a few more fears to conquer myself and I am happy to say that I have crossed ‘Snakes’ and a number of other top things off my list. I’m sharing this story with you in hopes that you too will face at least one or two of your fears. Not to say that “you did it“, but to prove that you can outgrow your own personal limitations.

Your fears could be holding you back, they could even be the final piece you need to experience a brand new lifestyle or a brave new world of fun.

 

So get out there, learn more and grow!

 

No matter the storm, may your Faith be stronger than your Fears – Joel Brown

 

 

Feature Image Original Source: Indiana Jones – Raiders Of The Lost Ark

 

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