Best Want To Fast-track Your Career? Build Soft Skills

Best Want To Fast-track Your Career? Build Soft Skills

Want to fast-track your career? Build your soft skills to clog the meeting calendars, get you noticed, and become indispensable at work.


Soft talents unclog congested calendars jammed with meeting gunk. These are the soft talents you should develop to advance your career and help others do the same (no extra university needed).


Develop a positive attitude with zeal


Debbie Downers abound in the office.

They despise their work. They despise their superior. They despise their boss. They are unconvinced by the goods and services that their employer offers. It's simple to adopt a pessimistic mindset.

My positive attitude set me apart from the pack. I confessed to reading far too many self-help books and idolizing Tony Robbins' ideas. Nonetheless, don't dismiss optimism.

How to stay away from negativity:

  • If you keep complaining and blaming, you'll become a bore.

    Keep your distance from company politics and rumors.
  • Be less critical of yourself. It's difficult to succeed in business. People make mistakes. You're unlikely to fare much better than the ones you condemn.
  • If you don't like someone in your company, talk to others about what they ARE good at. Everyone you meet is talented in some way.


Make a concerted effort to improve your emotional intelligence
At work, I encountered a lot of people with high IQs.
Most of them were jerks.
They could recite corporate facts and information obtained from an MBA, but they lacked emotional intelligence and irritated everyone they encountered. Their bosses would spend hours cleaning up their awkward social connections. You're capable of much more.

Think about people's sentiments before you say something stupid, according to emotional intelligence work norms.

Before you act on a situation that someone else has created, you should sleep on it. The next day, you should have a clearer head and a more positive attitude.

Leave your irrational thoughts at home. Telling people at work what you think of them can be more addicting than crack cocaine. Don’t. It is ineffective. When you give in to temptation, opportunities hidden behind conference room doors will vanish.


Update your communication skills
In business, standard communication is ridiculously loud.

I took public speaking classes with Toastmasters. They instilled in me three lessons:
  • Shut up and pay attention. If you talk over the top of a client or stakeholder, you won't be able to hear what they're saying. The answers to business challenges can be found in what isn't expressed. Your role is to listen to the hidden problem that is rarely discussed openly.

    Change your voice's pitch. A lot of corporate conversation quickly devolves into smartass discourse. The key is to speak in a cheerful tone of voice. Go from talking down to talking up to them. Promote the company where you work. Allow them to hear your optimism rather than your lazy negativity.
  • Assume the role of a colossus. The Toastmasters judges were ruthless. They referred to me as a sloucher. When I'm giving a speech, I like to lean on whatever I can. They instilled in me the importance of paying attention to my body language. You sound more confident when you stand straight and pull your shoulders back. The business folks you're speaking with are either distracted or inspired by your physique.  


Learn the delicate art of persuasion
Most of the jobs I’ve worked have been in and around sales.
Learn how to persuade others through the subtle art of persuasion.

I've worked in and around sales for the majority of my career.

I soon learned to figure out what was important to customers and stakeholders. Their reasons for making a judgment were frequently obscure. But once I figured out what they truly wanted from me, getting results was a breeze. Storytelling became my x-factor.

I learned to use tales instead of PowerPoint or pitch decks to influence people.
Personal experiences forged strange bonds. I'd infuse them with genuine feelings by telling them how I felt.

It's unusual for people to share their emotions in the workplace.

I also contextualized the stories by checking up on people I dealt with on LinkedIn beforehand to get a sense of their personalities, needs, ambitions, and objectives.

Business stories allowed me to demonstrate why I was the best person to help them with their problem.
One of the most difficult obstacles I faced was a lack of time. The majority of the people I interacted with had packed schedules and little time. I developed a knack for getting straight to the point. I skipped the small talk and went straight to the meat of the conversation.

I kept my stories short and sweet, and I made sure I didn't go over the allotted time. In fact, by being concise, I became adept at reclaiming time in their calendar.

Giving more benefit to the other side is the key to earning a yes in business.


Build smart relationships
People provide you with chances that are out of your reach. Reread what you just read.

I did things for others at work without asking anything in return, which was one of the secrets to my quick career success.
  • Colleagues will attend training sessions to improve their skills.
  • Future trends presentations to other business units
  • People can learn about the power of LinkedIn by attending social media sessions.
  • I received no gain from introductions between two people.
Long before you ask for a value, demonstrate it.

Make a name for yourself as a people connector.

Look for things you have in common. Bring people together around those common interests. LinkedIn is the glue that holds these connections together. You can start by posting a short thought on LinkedIn every day for a year.

Keep an eye out for the perfect folks to rush towards you like a freight train.


Work should be treated like an Olympic team sport, not the Hunger Games.
Workplaces can be hostile environments. Particularly with jocks who are passionate about sports and allow their fitness hobbies to interfere with their employment.

Pro tip: delegate all credit.

There is no such thing as a one-person accomplishment. The people you surround yourself with play a role in your overall success. Keep in mind. Nothing makes people happier at work than receiving recognition for their efforts.

Please give it to them.
Keeping credit for oneself does not entitle you to opportunities. You can't pay bills with the credit you withheld at work, and you can't buy back your spare time either. Allow it to go.

Giving credit necessitates recognition. Your coworkers and stakeholders will pull off some impressive feats. It's something to rejoice over. Make a big deal out of it.


Become a time management badass
The harsh reality is that most people in business are terrible at managing their time.

It's why meeting sludge has filled corporate calendars. Those locked in those gatherings are unable to move. They're stuck in meeting quicksand, which is steadily robbing them of the hours they need to complete meaningful work.

You can improve.
The ability to say no is a skill that can be learned.

Download and save "No" templates to your inbox. When you receive a pointless request for your time, respond using a template (I found some you can steal here).

Assume the role of the CEO when delegating.

Many of your time requests aren't intended for you.

The problem is that you're given a lot of chores since the owner can't locate the correct place for them. Don't turn your house into a stray dog's home. Make wise decisions about who does what.

People appreciate it when you can correctly point them, and you get to keep your valuable time. As the cool suits say, it's a win-win situation.


Prioritize as if your life depends on it

There are a million things you have to do. A lot of people do the wrong things at work. Learn to rank items on your to-do list.

Even better, say to yourself “what’s the most important task I must do today?” Start with that.

You can’t get every work task done anyway, just like you can’t answer every email you get. So expect to drop the ball on some things, and focus on doing the right things.


The last skill you must learn for career success
There’s one soft skill I never see get discussed.

Learned *NOT* to give up easily.
Many people in their professional lives let troubles consume them. Alternatively, they may be impatient and want everything to happen in an hour as if it were an Amazon Prime delivery.

The most important thing I did to advance in my career was to take it slowly.
I learned how to be obstinate to the point of insanity. For almost a year, I followed up with some possibilities. I worked with product managers for a long time to persuade them to develop additional features.
You gain an unfair advantage if you are persistent and follow up regularly. Don't be too quick to give up. Continue on your current path. Take advantage of possibilities that others failed to pursue because they gave up too quickly.

That's how you advance your profession and gain access to ridiculously difficult-to-acquire possibilities. None of this can be found in an MBA program.

Logan Archer

Others exclaimed, "Hold your tongue!" If it's okay with you, we'll burn the house down.