SOFT SKILLS THE BIG DEAL

Imagine you not able to relate well with your team mates at college, struggling to network with others or pitching your great idea to potential investors because of a poor human connection or the fear of the unknown. Some of the most important professional skills are simply neglected or not taught in a classroom or tested to see the impact they have in a workplace for workers and employers alike. In our day to day life we demanded to perfom at our level best in our various endeavours hence these are a neccessity and they are call “Soft skills”.

What Are Soft Skills ?

Soft skills is a synonym for “people skills.” Unlike hard skills, which have measureable evidence, soft skills are intangible and difficult to quantify, yet equally important. The term describes personal characteristics, a high level of emotional intelligence. Unlike hard skills, which describe a person’s technical skill set and ability to perform specific tasks.

Why Soft Skills ?

Soft skills work and they serve as a useful tool in every domain and they help facilitate human connections. I quote: “Soft skills” are key to building relationships, gaining visibility, and creating more opportunities for advancement,” says Kathy Robinson, founder of Boston career-coaching firm TurningPoint.

Hey, you can be gifted, educated, talented or a guru at what you do, but if your soft skills aren’t on point, you’re limiting your chances of success in your career and all. The solution to this dilemma often begins with a shift in your culture, values, and how you articulate those values, so as to create a foundation on which to build skills. Training programs also help promote the importance of soft skills and a mandate of action thus; by daily reinforcment of positive soft skills habits.

3 Examples Of Soft Skills In Conclusion

1. Communication – skills boost your performance and markets how people perceive you.
One way to master the art of communication and your presentation skills is to join institutions like Toastmasters it offers public speaking workshops and other relevant seminars.

2. Team Player – Inorder to win you need others to win. Success is the result of many people working toward a common goal. I quote: To generate goodwill, lend a hand when you see a co-worker in need. (“Hey, I know you have a ton on your plate. How can I help?”) Another way to build rapport is to cover for a colleague while she’s on vacation, says business etiquette and career coach Karen Litzinger.

3. Problem Solving – What do you do when something goes wrong, do you complain or take action. Focus on solutions and seek to make the situation better but think it through before sharing your ideal solution.

All the best

Kuda Dube | E-book Author

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NO TO INFORMATION WASTING

When I was growing up you would also agree that you came across a line saying in a conversation saying “only time will tell and you will be wise with time”, that statement it’s not so accurate. Time doesn’t birth wisdom, its not an instructor, remember not all classrooms have walls in your life time. And growing up I found it a little hard to make the right wise decision, so we going to weave some thoughts together, stay with me.

In the world we exist in, there’s the paradox of choice. We surrounded with a lot of information, many choices that people get paralyzed and don’t even know what the right decision is. And for one to make a quality decision they require good information. The law of relationships indicates that if you treat everybody with respect and trust it decides access, so I charge you to take inventory of whom you listen to or the company you associate with.

All these relationships good or bad affect your mind even programs as well, my question to you is what you feeding your mind on? So wherever you are in life, the biggest danger to you is too much information. There so much fake news these days, don’t be a information waster.

FEED YOUR MIND

The mind is like a car it require the right fuel to move ahead, so your mind feeds on the following fuel:

1. Pictures – of what excites you and pictures attracts a certain focus which requires attention.
I personally work on my vision board, collection of pictures and color pads they are like the apple of my eye.

2. Conversation – quality programs, conversation, books and the internet these channels have an impact on your choices, decisions and thoughts

3. Heroes – auto biographies; no hero, no future, look for inspiration, impact and achievements big and small. Learn to identify those who overcame something and extract lessons from it.

4. Mentor – Here’s the advice that I follow:

a) Expert – Only listen to people who have tremendous skill in whatever area you are ask them advice in.

b) Experience – They should also have a lot of experience. You want to talk to someone who’s seen it all.

c) Empathy – You only want to listen to people who have your best interests at heart. As Charlie Munger says, “you know never ask salesman his advice on buying his own product.”

The most important accountability is your motivation.

All the best.

Yours

Kuda Dube | E-book Author

​A Spark Towards Change 

“Start where you are, use what you have, do what you can.”

In order to be successful or just win that war, one has to come to this place of honesty with self and also willing to change and remember success is using your time wisely. Priorities protects our time, decisions, disciplines it brings simplicity, and protects your gifts and talents. Success is not a day’s job, success in a daily job. 

The cave you fear the enter holds the treasure you seek, fear kills a person more than a speeding bullet, so one needs a paradigm which is a culture a multiple habits you have to take up. The greatest prison people live in, is the fear of what other people think, tell you what just do it hence knowledge speaks, wisdom listens, action wins,  I exult you to go make a difference not a impression out there. 

My conclusion is treat everyday as gold, when you move on live a legacy behind. Everything good starts small; a spark into a fire.  

How to Position Yourself as a Thought Leader on Social Media (with Tactics & Examples)

Thought leadership continues to grow as a Google trend. The term itself maybe more than fifteen years old, having been coined by business expert and author Joel Kutzman in the early 1990’s, but it is still as relevant or even more so in today’s social media age. Today we call some of our thought-leaders social media influencers or expert authors.

Who is a thought leader
A thought leader is a futurist; someone who has a grasp of the subject matter in the present and can accurately predict trends before they happen. To quote marketing and tech expert Beth Kanter, a thought-leader is also someone who drives conversations online and otherwise, and can influence perceptions and shape thought-processes.

According to a bunch of other experts, thought leaders can –
Offer intelligent insights and well-formed opinionsAttract loyal followersChallenge and modify existing opinionsFoster and build relationshipsCommand respect and authority in a nicheDrive desired action
They’re also widely know for their unique ideas and thoughts that can have an impact on society as a whole. People may define thought leadership in different ways, but all the definitions reinforce the fact that thought leaders are capable of influencing their audience.

Thought leaders can be anybody. Influencers in your niche, your C-suite executives, teammates or you.

Why thought leadership should matter to your business
Thought leadership marketing isn’t a new concept, but few understand what it means for a business. The following are signs that this tactic is already being embraced by the biggest organizations.

According to IBM, every new social relationship is worth $948 in annualized revenueAccording to Corporate Visions, 74% B2B buyers choose the company that was first to provide insight and value to further their buying visions66% of marketers surveyed by Chute said social media influencers formed an integral part of their marketing strategies in 2016Forbes has over 1500 unpaid expert authors and publishes over 7000 pieces each month
Today’s media and market are noisier than ever, and businesses need thought leaders to provide them access to niche, targeted markets. Additionally, thought leaders can –

Position your brand as a leading authority on social mediaEstablish trust with your target marketBuild and nurture invaluable relationships with key peopleIncrease brand awarenessIntroduce your brand to consumers in natural, non-commercial conversationsImpact buyers in the pre-purchase, research phase
There are other nuance benefits that thought leaders probably lend to businesses they represent. You can understand them better by measuring the impact that yours create for you.

What makes for a social media thought leader
Before we delve into strategy and tactics, let us explore the characteristics or skills that needed to position yourself, or someone else as a thought leader on social media. You could begin by developing the following.

An understanding of marketing – A thought leader understands how marketing works and can weave his/her communication on social media to direct action that fulfils marketing goalsA grasp of subject matter in your niche – To become a go-to source for information in your niche, you must first be updated on the latest happenings and have an understanding of important conceptsA unique perspective – To lead, you must have a world-view, and a unique one at that. To be a thought leader, you have to stand apart from the crowd and have a new and insightful way of looking at important issues in your niche.Influence – The ultimate aim of thought leadership with respect to marketing, is influence. A thought leader needs to be capable of influencing audience behaviorCredibility – This goes without saying. Credibility is an important aspect of buying into a brand. Establishing this on social media is an absolute necessityCharisma – Thought leaders need to be charismatic to build and keep large followings engaged

How to establish yourself as a thought leader on social media
There are three esential steps in establishing yourself as a thought leader. You begin by defining your expertise, and follow it up by picking the right platform and building a presence on it.

Step 1: Define what you will contribute as a thought leader
Your contribution has got to be unique, to attract attention from your target audience. Ask yourself the following questions to understand what sets you apart from everyone else –

What do you do better than anyone else?
What are your core values?
What do people frequently commend you for?

There are four basic thought leadership personalities that you could assume when building a presence on social media, according to Beth Kanter. You could be more than one of them, but that might lead an identity conflict. For the best effect, pick one personality to strongly portray.

Conversationalist – Someone who initiates conversations on with fans, peers or experts.
Example – Gary Vaynerchuk [Twitter – @garyvee]Amplifier – Someone who re-shares content created by other influencers, brands and fans
Example – Ed Leake [Twitter – @EdLeake]Content curator – Someone who collates the best content in a niche, summarizes it, and shares it with followers
Example – Madalyn Sklar [Twitter – @MadalynSklar]Responder – Someone who is active on communities and answers questions asked by members in that community
Example – Vipul Naik [ Quora – Vipul Naik]
It is a good idea to clarify your area of expertise and role before you begin to build your presence on a social platform or community.

Step 2: Choose your platforms carefully
Establishing thought leadership takes time, it is not an overnight effort. If you plan to invest time and effort to this end, you shouldn’t do it on a platform that might disappear in a year or two. At some point, digital “experts” deemed that email was dead. According to a study, 24% of Americans feel they check their inboxes “way too much”.

MySpace isn’t what it was back in the day, and RSS failed to “take over the world”. So, it is a good idea to do your due research before committing to any platform(s). Pick a platform that –

Actually has your target audience. Don’t be deluded by a platform that has only your misguided peers. Study the demographics of each possible platformIs likely to beat the social media heat and stick it out for the long runSupports your brand requirements (for instance, if your focus is on community marketing, you may want to choose Facebook and LinkedIn over Twitter or SnapChat

Step 3: Be seen and establish your expertise
There are a number of tactics that you could use to begin setting yourself up as a thought leader.

Observe and emulate other influencers – you could discern what’s working for other influencers in your niche and apply those tactics to your approach. Notice which communities they are a part of and which ones they get the most traction on. Learn how they started off and work those insights into your plan.Attend offline networking events – look for opportunities to speak. Network and build relationships with people offline to supplement your efforts online.Answer questions left unanswered – most marketers focus on answering common questions that consumers ask by rewriting what others have already published. Few venture into the unknown to answer tougher questions. With data mining and conversations with customers, you can identify unique and unanswered questions and work on answering them to catch the attention of your target audience.Get published often, and on authoritative sites – you could begin by self-publishing on LinkedIn and Medium before you pitch to publications like Forbes and Inc. Create a target list of blogs and move your way up from the easiest to the hardest target. Get published regularly so you can attract a group of regular readers. Write in-depth posts on important industry issues with your unique perspectives and insights.Steer clear of selling – this is particularly important in the initial phases when people are just getting to know you. Backing a brand right from the start can cause distrust and make your audience less receptive. You can add subtle suggestions to your content after you have built a presence for yourself on social. Most successful thought leaders write about industry and societal news and trends, and stay away from overt selling.Make yourself look approachable – experts are generally considered unapproachable and distant. You can add a personal touch to everything you share to endear and connect with your audience. Use personal anecdotes to communicate insights and useful information. Be candid, but with enough reserve to be seen as a professional.Listen – it is crucial to listen to your peers and fans, because as a thought leader, you are never done learning and there is always something new to add to your collection of ideas. Listening is also an important part of building a loyal following and initiating valuable relationships.Keep an eye out for opportunities – one of Arnand Mahindra, Mahindra Chairman’s followers once tweeted his horror at a gang rape incident and suggested that the company create an app with GPS tracking that can send an SOS message during an emergency. Mahindra responded to the tweet with the app, and the gesture was well received by the online community. Keep an eye out for opportunities where your company can help fulfil an important need.Participate in key conversations – influence comes from an engaged and enthusiastic following. To build such a following, you need to set time aside to interact with your audience. Successful thought leaders wholeheartedly share their knowledge and opinions with followers. It doesn’t have to be exclusively on your primary platform. You can converse with people anywhere (social networks, communities, blog comments) and direct them back to your primary platform.Keep yourself updated – industries are forever evolving. As a thought leader, you need to have an opinion about the latest developments in an industry so you can contribute to conversations and write about it on industry blogs. Being the first to talk about it can earn you extra-props. Further, you need to be aware of the micro-forces are work in your industry so you can predict industry trends and solve actual problems. You also need to be in-tune with marketing dynamics, so you can leverage them to expand your influence.Be consistent in your efforts – work may force you to ignore your thought leadership building efforts from time to time, but you can’t let that affect your consistency because it is necessary to build a powerful personal brand. You can seek help from your team, or use an app to take come of the work of your plate. You can use a social media scheduling and content curation app to keep your posting consistent, even when you are too busy to work at it.Speak at every given opportunity – there’s something about an in-person presence that can’t be matched by an online presence. When given the opportunity, make sure to speak at events that your target audience frequents. Reinforce your core value wherever you speak, so your audience will remember you for it.Giveaway valuable insights and ideas for free – you can create different types of engaging content for social media like ebooks, blog posts, guides, podcasts, videos and infographics and deliver them to your audience. The more valuable and premium your content is, the more authoritative the brand you establish. By giving away ebooks, you can not only earn your audience’s favor, but also add them to your email list and eventually sell to them.Share your story – once you have established a presence on social media and built a following, you can share your story of how you achieved what you did. People love it when leaders reveal themselves in small ways. It could be that you’re also a baseball fan, in addition to being a financial consultant, or that you love golfing on the weekends. When you inject personalized tidbits of information into your writing, people begin to connect with you and relate to you on a whole different level.Measure your impact and refine your approach – it is important to measure the cause-effect relation of every piece you write or event you participate in. Social media analytics tools can help. You can use them to measure your reach, engagement and identify your best posts to replicate their approach in the rest of your content.

Final word
Thought leadership is first about educating and last about selling. While your intent maybe to expand your brand awareness, you can’t go in focusing on those outcomes. Work at providing your audience with unseen and intelligent insights and helping them overcome real barriers in their careers and the rest of the benefits will follow.

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Enlightenment To My Darkness.

For thou wilt light my candle: the LORD my God will enlighten my darkness. (Psalm 18:28)

The earth is a haven for darkness and the things that lurk and creep. Foul is the world and thick is its shadow. The dim murk of this fallen land threatens all that is living and fair. We would be swallowed and bound in slavery to that dark roiling but that we are become children of light. The Father of Light guides our paths and so our ways become clear. His Son is the Light of the world and the darkness flees from before His glory! Abide in Him, dear believer, and rejoice that you can now see! 

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He Kept My Works

And he that overcometh, and keepeth my works unto the end, to him will I give power over the nations: And he shall rule them with a rod of iron; as the vessels of a potter shall they be broken to shivers: even as I received of my Father. (Revelation 2:26-27)

Even now the believer tastes the fruit of this glorious promise. Since our life and soul are caught up in the very life and soul of our Lord Jesus Christ, we gain every conceivable blessing! And as even now we are reigning at the Lord’s right hand in the heavenly places (Ephesians 2:6), so then shall those who are of the name of the Lord reign in majesty and honor at His glorious coming! Rejoice in the Lord’s goodness, O people of God!

Still More Consequences of Accessing Grace through Faith

Who through faith…escaped the edge of the sword, out of weakness were made strong, became valiant in battle. (Hebrews 11:34)


We have seen that by trusting in the Lord, His people “subdued kingdoms, worked righteousness, obtained promises, stopped the mouths of lions, quenched the violence of fire” (Hebrews 11:33-34a). Other testimonies indicate that there are still more consequences of accessing grace through faith.

By faith, some of God’s servants “escaped the edge of the sword.” The prophet Elisha experienced this. The king of Syria sent his army to encompass the city. “There was an army, surrounding the city with horses and chariots. And his servant said to him, ‘Alas, my master! What shall we do?'” (2 Kings 6:15). Elisha saw the true situation by the eye of faith, so he prayed. ” ‘LORD, I pray, open his eyes that he may see.’ Then the LORD opened the eyes of the young man, and he saw. And behold, the mountain was full of horses and chariots of fire all around Elisha” (2 Kings 6:17). Then, the Lord struck the enemy forces with blindness and delivered His people.

Others of God’s people “out of weakness were made strong.” King Jehoshaphat showed what this meant. “The people of Moab with the people of Ammon, and others…came to battle against Jehoshaphat” (2 Chronicles 20:1). In weakness, the king cried out to the Lord. “We have no power against this great multitude that is coming against us…but our eyes are upon You” (2 Chronicles 20:12). The Lord assured them of His victory. “The battle is not yours, but God’s…You will not need to fight in this battle…stand still and see the salvation of the LORD, who is with you” (2 Chronicles 20:15, 17). Strengthened by faith and filled with expectation, they marched out to watch the enemy armies destroy one another.

Others “became valiant in battle.” Samson exemplified this. “The Philistines came shouting against him. Then the Spirit of the LORD came mightily upon him…and his bonds broke loose from his hands. He found a fresh jawbone of a donkey…and killed a thousand men with it” (Judges 15:14-15).

We may face many imminent threats, but we can trust the Lord to provide His escape. “The Lord will deliver me from every evil work” (2 Timothy 4:18). The Lord provides His strength, even when we are weak. “For My strength is made perfect in weakness” (2 Corinthians 12:9). Our God can also make us valiant in battle. “Take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day” (Ephesians 6:13).

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Refuge From The Eternal 

The eternal God is thy refuge.

—Deuteronomy 33:27

The word refuge may be translated “mansion,” or “abiding-place,” which gives the thought thatGod is our abode, our home. There is a fulness and sweetness in the metaphor, for dear to our hearts is our home, although it be the humblest cottage, or the scantiest garret; and dearer far is our blessed God, in whom we live, and move, and have our being. It is at home that we feel safe: we shut the world out and dwell in quiet security. So when we are with our God we “fear no evil.” He is our shelter and retreat, our abiding refuge. At home, we take our rest; it is there we find repose after the fatigue and toil of the day. And so our hearts find rest in God, when, wearied with life’s conflict, we turn to Him, and our soul dwells at ease. At home, also, we let our hearts loose; we are not afraid of being misunderstood, nor of our words being misconstrued. So when we are with God we can commune freely with Him, laying open all our hidden desires; for if the “secret of the Lord is with them that fear Him,” the secrets of them that fear Him ought to be, and must be, with their Lord. Home, too, is the place of our truest and purest happiness: and it is in God that our hearts find their deepest delight. We have joy in Him which far surpasses all other joy. It is also for home that we work and labour. The thought of it gives strength to bear the daily burden, and quickens the fingers to perform the task; and in this sense we may also say that God is our home. Love to Him strengthens us. We think of Him in the person of His dear Son; and a glimpse of the suffering face of the Redeemer constrains us to labour in His cause. We feel that we must work, for we have brethren yet to be saved, and we have our Father’s heart to make glad by bringing home His wandering sons; we would fill with holy mirth the sacred family among whom we dwell. Happy are those who have thus the God of Jacob for their refuge!
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The Holy Spirit, He Got This!

Likewise the Spirit also helpeth our infirmities: for we know not what we should pray for as we ought: but the Spirit itself maketh intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered. (Romans 8:26)

The gift of God’s Spirit is truly miraculous and sure sign of His evident mercy. Though uncomprehending His work or power, ever will He aid us in our multiplied weakness. He is working in us daily causing us to be conformed to the image of Christ Himself. Praise the Lord for this Helper all you people of God!

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Power Of Association ! 

Them also which sleep in Jesus will God bring with Him.

—1 Thessalonians 4:14

Let us not imagine that the soul sleeps in insensibility. “Today shalt thou be with me in paradise,” is the whisper of Christ to every dying saint. They “sleep in Jesus,” but their souls are before the throne of God, praising Him day and night in His temple, singing hallelujahs to Him who washed them from their sins in His blood. The body sleeps in its lonely bed of earth, beneath the coverlet of grass. But what is this sleep? The idea connected with sleep is “rest,” and that is the thought which the Spirit of God would convey to us. Sleep makes each night a Sabbath for the day. Sleep shuts fast the door of the soul, and bids all intruders tarry for a while, that the life within may enter its summer garden of ease. The toil-worn believer quietly sleeps, as does the weary child when it slumbers on its mother’s breast. Oh! happy they who die in the Lord; they rest from their labours, and their works do follow them. Their quiet repose shall never be broken until God shall rouse them to give them their full reward. Guarded by angel watchers, curtained by eternal mysteries, they sleep on, the heritors of glory, till the fulness of time shall bring the fulness of redemption. What an awaking shall be theirs! They were laid in their last resting place, weary and worn, but such they shall not rise. They went to their rest with the furrowed brow, and the wasted features, but they wake up in beauty and glory. The shrivelled seed, so destitute of form and comeliness, rises from the dust a beauteous flower. The winter of the grave gives way to the spring of redemption and the summer of glory. Blessed is death, since it, through the divine power, disrobes us of this work-day garment, to clothe us with the wedding garment of incorruption. Blessed are those who “sleep in Jesus.”

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