As described by Wikipedia, people skills are “the cluster of personality traits, social graces, communication, language habits, friendliness and optimism that characterizes relationships with other people.”
With the few success profiles that I have posted thus far, it is clear that people skills are critical to success, despite whatever else may be missing in our life. But how does one develop people skills such as optimism, problem solving, relationship building and networking? Employers highly value and measure such skills; skills which have become even more important in the era of technology. For example, if we put in our job application that we have good interpersonal skills, an employer today may measure if we know how to communicate effectively on the internet.
With the internet included, it’s a different ball game, and many of us will likely strike out. I personally don’t like striking out, and do all I can to help myself and others get a home run. Given that people learn best when learning is in a multi-media format, I am developing a series of people skills courses to be launched on this blog by next Monday.
To enable me to make this change, there will be a short interruption in posts. Other than a new success profile to be posted by Friday, no additional post will be made until Monday. During this time, further changes will be made to the blog to strengthen its focus. Though I love the topic of healthy bodies, its inclusion in this blog makes the focus too broad. Therefore it will be discontinued.
Look out next Monday for the first module of the course “People Skills for Success in Today’s Economy”.