Archive for October, 2010

The Best Skill

What do you think is the most valuable skill to employers after your technical ability?

Sure, teamwork is great, hard work, presentation skills and so on. There is one skill though which will always be at a premium and make you an invaluable resource.

The ability to listen without interrupting others.

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Ready – Fire – Aim

I prefer to take action more than planning. I find that you learn more by doing and then you can come back to your plan after getting some initial feedback.

I’m not condoning jumping into stuff feet first without some thought or idea of what you are doing or why but I do see one issue which seems to freeze people to the spot. Paralysis by Analysis.

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How to Make People Instantly Like You

Being liked is a very useful thing.

It is the grease which makes our personal and business relationships work. We’ve all worked with people who were unlikeable and it makes going to work a real drag.

What if there was a way to become instantly likeable? What if we could use this skill whenever we needed it and what if it was free?

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Do You Have a Card?

I talk a lot about networking with other people on this site, mainly in the training videos.

Networking is the best way to get a job or contract because of the sheer power of work of mouth marketing.

Now Imagine you get to meet or even bump into somebody who runs an IT department and they are interesting in speaking to you again. At the end of the conversation they ask for your business card. What would you say?

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Do Your Homework

So you have been called for an interview with a company. You have prepared all your technical knowledge, got a nice suit and a decent haircut.

All ready to go then. But have you done your research?

Do you actually know what the company does? What it stands for? The latest news release or why they are even hiring?

If you don’t then you need to find out.

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