“Do the thing you're good at. Not many people are lucky enough to be so good at something.”- John Green, The Fault in Our Stars
There is different type of skills according to the niche in which one is working. Right from public speaking to communication and technical to computer skills, people are undoubtedly benefited if there are adequate skills in a person.
Once there were two wood cutters. They used to cut the wood and bring the wood for selling in the market. First wood cutter always brought about 10 pieces of sizable wood, but the second wood cutter always brought more than 20 pieces of same kind of wood pieces. The merchant asked to the second wood cutter how he was able to bring double the wood than his counterpart. He said very calmly that when his friend was continuously cutting the wood for whole, I use to cut for half of the time and for half of the time I sharpened my axe. The combination of cutting and sharpening the tool made him to earn double the money. In the same way if you sharpen your knowledge and improve your skills you can make the difference.
When the computerization was in initial stage in the banking in India, I had bought a system at home, all though it was costly during that time. I learned operating systems, MS Office and web designing, MS Visual FoxPro and Visual Basics and C++. I was working in the branch which was inside the Reliance Industry township in Gujarat (India). The branch required to send information of tax deducted at source on deposit in simple word document but there was very little time for sending letters to highly paid salaried employees of the industry. I had learned the skills of mail merge and the data base was already available in MS excel and MS Access and even in FoxPro tables, it was very easy task for me to connect them to word document. At present it is a very simple task and even primary school students know this task but at that moment my supervisor gave me one-week time to prepare and send 3000 letters. I took the challenge and asked, “If I complete the task in one day, what incentive I may get?” He said I can give you 3 days off from the duties. I finished the task and enjoyed three days holiday with family.
In another instance, controlling office declared incentive for the branches for opening a greater number of accounts. The database of bank was Oracle based and I converted the data of physical forms with the help of Visual FoxPro and opened 476 accounts with a single click. The act was not only appreciated but resulted to make me a branch manager. Any type of skills does not only give highest satisfaction but also save lot of man power and time. Any type of skill that are learnt may not only useful for the individual but also it is beneficial for the organization. The communication skill and different types of psychological skills which I have narrated in this book has enormously help me to solve problems at various stages.
Communication skill is ability that is used while giving and receiving different kinds of information. Effective and communications always have great effects and outcome. Learning from great communicators around us and actively practicing ways to improve your communications over time will certainly support your efforts to achieve various personal and professional results.
Any form of communication skill where verbal, nonverbal, written or visual, people will always appreciate your thoughtful means of communication and will be more likely to respond positively to you.
We can make our communication skill standing out in following manner,
1. Match your skills to the job. Analyze the job listing, paying special attention to the hard and soft skills that are highlighted in the job description. Then, personalize your resume and cover letter to match their requirements.
2. Familiarize yourself with other in-demand skills. Soft skills like communication may not get a direct nod in a job description, but they’re still highly desired by hiring managers.
3. Use job interviews to your advantage. Job interviews provide an opportunity to show the hiring manager that you have the verbal communication skills necessary to succeed in a job, rather than just telling them that you do. Prepare for your interview, practice beforehand, and don’t be afraid to pause before answering their questions – or to ask for clarification if you need it.
4. Don’t stop when you get the job. Want to make a lasting impression on your colleagues after you’re hired? Use your communication skills at work. Whether it's participating in a company meeting or talking with a client, you'll have many opportunities to show how well you communicate.
1.The greatest communication skill is paying value to others.
2.The highest skill is the true judgment of values.
-Francois Alexandre Frederic