We are all busy developing our skills nowadays. However, the business world is dynamic. So you have to stay alert on the current trends and practices. One good way, to keep track, is to notice the job requirements where you will see a common flow in the most demanding skill sets.
Here I am today to discuss the 4 Cs of 21st-century skills which is a must if you want to stay on top of your game.
1. Critical Thinking
Many times you would have to face certain problems when dealing with certain situations. It could be your clients having an issue, it could be your boss telling you to make a decision, and then again it could be your dilemma of what to do next?
In any kind of situation, you have to brainstorm which is basically critical thinking. If you can develop your critical thinking abilities, then you will also develop two more soft skills which are problem-solving and decision making. The combination of these three skills will be one of those reasons why people would hire you.
So how do you develop Critical Thinking?
TIP: You can solve the puzzles and analytical questions from GRE books. This will highly help you to brainstorm and be a quick critical thinker!
I would say this is the era of Creativity. The human attention span has been reduced to 8 seconds according to a study by Microsoft. To hold people’s attention, you have to be creative enough with whatever you do.
Suppose you are the team lead and you have to coordinate a group of people. You can either just be a boring boss and order around or you can be a strategic thinker and make people do the work in style. This is where creativity comes into action. Creativity will help you stand out amongst your rivals.
Creativity is applied in the slightest of things; From a social media caption to email marketing to personal branding, you would find a touch of creativity everywhere around you.
So here comes the next tips for practising creativity-
- Try to tell a story about everything. A story could even be a two-line story which could be a brand tagline itself. Storytelling is a good way to start anything to grab the attention of your audience.
- Stay updated on current trends and viral news. It could be your next idea for your marketing campaign.
Being an extrovert or an introvert has nothing to do with this point. I would define this point on a broader level by using the term NETWORKING.
Let’s go to a scenario where you are an amazing web designer and at the same time your neighbour next door needs a web developer for her new online business’s website. But she doesn’t know that you are there at her service because you never talk about your skills and what you do best. Your situation is termed as “Hidden Potential”.
In another scenario, there’s this very talkative person but he lacks in core skills. There’s no point in hiring such a person.
So you see there has to be a proper balance between your communication and core competencies. Communication is enormously essential when it comes to personal branding and networking.
Even if you are an introvert, it’s not like you have to talk to everyone you see on the road. You have to be expressive when needed at the right time. Be thoughtful of your network with people and communicate your skills through social media.
Remember, in the corporate world, you have to be a “Strategic Communicator” and not someone who just gets carried away with gossip.
Also, be aware of communication etiquette. Sometimes the wrong communication could land you in big trouble like the “Noam Chomsky Interview” incident.
TIP: Do a corporate grooming course.
If I stretch the previous point, then collaboration is surely the next step after you become a good communicator. Good communication will lead you to good collaboration.
The more you learn to collaborate with people of different places and backgrounds, the more sophisticated you will become.
Learn the essentials of collaboration. Open a LinkedIn account right away if you don’t have one. Enrich your networking and approach potential people. Learn how to write a proposal letter and even better if you create an MOU ( Memorandum of Understanding).
Last TIP: Analyze the benefits of the collaboration from both sides. Make sure that the partnership and benefits are fair enough.
Start practising from today. Remember “Plans are Nothing; Planning is Everything” – Dwight Eisenhower.
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Tasina Reema Jareen
Intern, Marketing & PR- YSSE