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4 Soft skills necessary for Entrepreneurs

Every enterprise has its technique skill set qualification to work with however learning the particular skill for any enterprise is as simple as your mind can allow. There are other important skills that you must learn as they are necessary within and outside the periscope of your certifications to get ahead in this ever changing world of enterprise building and employment scheme. These skills are called soft skills. Let’s relax and take this one step at a time, all this mention of skills can be quite overwhelming.

Soft skills according to Alison Doyle, are the personal attributes, personality traits, inherent social cues, and communication abilities needed for success on a job. Soft skills typically characterize how a person interacts in his or her relationships with others. These are one of the most basic skills need to foster trust and build a relationship whether in business, on a job or building your own business or enterprise. These surpasses your technical skills on some days.

Here are some soft skills you will need to put up in the coming year and as time evolves (they come in no particular order). Please note that soft skills are not set in stone and you shouldn’t be seen are trying too much with them.

Understanding/Compassion:

For the business individual or someone who is on a job, empathetic feelings makes you listen more, create a beautiful customer service experience that comes from a position of understanding. As an enterprise owner, it can support and motivate your employees to perform at the best level. On a side note compassion makes you more relatable to your customers so they are able to understand when you can’t meet a particular deal date.

 

Leadership:

Being a boss and being a leader are two different things. We rationally want to be bosses because it has a prestige. Being a leader is more difficult than being a boss and yes it is more honorable too. Leadership as a skill entails; showing a willingness to work as hard as anybody on your team. Supporting a truly open communication .Giving feedback that is fair, timely, and constructive and basically understanding the intrinsic and extrinsic factors that motivates each member of your team. These skills take time to develop and there may be hurdles on the way too. Like the saying goes, practice makes perfection.

 

Public speaking:

Public speaking is a tough one for most of us and yes, we most likely dread it but heading into the coming year this is one skill set that actually sells what you are, who you are and your value system to every other person. Very few people are natural public speakers and there are some that learn this skill, (you can be one too). One particular lesson every public speaker knows is this, learn your voice- that aspect of you that connects with the other person. Learn that voice and build your confidence. You can practice talking to people in your close circle about what you do and see where they connect with most and what aspects you need to improve on, this also helps when you want to pitch an idea to potential investors.

Time management:

Time management is simply using your time in a way that is most productive to you and your organization. In order for this to be successfully done you must, prioritize your activities, stay organized and on top of things, work hard during your most productive times, be self-disciplined to avoid wasting time, learn what helps you be efficient, delegate tasks where necessary and give yourself breaks when you truly need them.

If you learn efficient time management, you will become more productive, and you will make the people on your team feel as if their time is also valued and respected. Time management is one of the most essential skills that all successful entrepreneurs have developed already in life. Without this habit, you cannot expect to succeed in business or at a job you work at.

About the author

Sandra Chinedu

Chinedu Sandra is an Entrepreneur within the I.C.T space and loves blogging. She is on the Honour list of GEM, a World Bank Project for start-ups in Africa.

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