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Soft Skills: A series of conversations in the cloud

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What are soft skills? Why are they important?

 

Talking about soft skills, the job site Indeed says:

Soft skills are abilities that relate to how you work and interact with other people. Commonly noted soft skills include communication, teamwork and other interpersonal skills. Employers look for candidates with soft skills as these skills are hard to teach and are important for long-term success. Soft skills are different from hard skills, which are technical in nature and job-specific.

 

In their ‘HR Toolkit’ category, the website Workable blogs:

‘Soft skills are general traits not specific to any job, helping employees excel in any workplace. They include communication, teamwork, and adaptability, often termed as transferable or interpersonal skills. They’re essential for professional success.’

‘Essential.’

Let’s explore, then.

 


Soft skills vis-a-vis the conversation salon


I was happily writing my books for these last ten years, but it’s time to bring some of what I’ve learned from memoir-writing, namely, the work required to reflect, and deeply consider, multiple angles and listen for those (even 1:0, this matters), for others purposes, now. That’s why I’m going to invite anyone curious about soft skills to a ‘mini-conference.’ We’ll talk in a forum I’ll host on Zoom voice; no more than 4, because, it’s the way I like to host these open spaces. See more about Open Space Technology at the Wikipedia page for it.

So, whoever comes is the right people. It starts when it starts, it’s over when it’s over, and whatever happens is the only thing that could’ve. In a nutshell, that’s what ‘open space’ means. I’ve adapted it slightly, here and there, over these last 20 years for my conversation salons, roundtables, ‘parties’, and various get-togethers with new and different others convening for the ‘craic,’ as we would have said, in West Cork. There, and other places, like Seattle, Durham NC, Phnom Penh, are where I’ve spent chunks of time in a row (3-10 years), and where I’ve gotten to understand how other people explore, engage, invite, connect, and become part of a conversation that’s elegant, not just there.

 


Making space for ‘Soft Skills’ dialogues


Personally, I think Soft Skills come right into play in parallel with designing space for elegant conversation; that’s what I’d like to explore with HR professionals, this spring. The event is free to participate in, but application is required.

Apply here.

More from there if it’s a fit.


Connect with Kismuth


More there and perhaps on LinkedIn for Kismuth and Kismuth on Facebook. Let me look into how to make the best use of these channels, for 2024’s goals for Kismuth to connect leaders in HR. To be continued, in an empathetic, conversation-led way.

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The Mirror

Update: July, 2023

 

THE MIRROR.

It’s a place to talk. Mostly, 1:0, which means, solitude and space are good to have access to for this to make the best of it. Carve out some time fo yourself. Use the prompts you’ll get every week to get into the conversations that help you see what really matters.

I created these prompts from 20 years’ conversations with many people who have different learning styles, as well as some career work in journalism and brand identity design. Those were where I learned to ask questions that get us talking much more in detail about things, not so generally. After some time, in rich exchanges, you can uncover something cool. That you can only get to if you get into reflection. For real, not just talking about it. Doing it.

This is the place for you to explore and experience my way of finding things out, through writing, if you want to.

It’s a workshop that you cans hare your responses with me, through. At the end, I’ll send you a 1-page mini report which encapsulates what I heard you say. Some people have told me this is the most important piece of the workshop, for them. Seeing everything that they told me getting shared back, in a succinct way. Perhaps with some extra pieces to it, things to go and try, from there.

 

What is it?

This is what I offer, in The Mirror.

Eight prompts.

Over 8 weeks.

Its goal is to help you arrive at the center of this one important question:

‘What is it that I value? Truly, deeply, and that I decided was important to me.’

Discover it. The cost is USD160 for 8 weeks.

There is no fee to apply.

Apply here.

Selected candidates will be invited to register.

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