From the “you can teach an old dog new tricks” department

listen observe acknowldge rotated 300x289 From the you can teach an old dog new tricks departmentInfluential business writer and management consultant Peter Drucker said this about learning the soft skills required in business, “It’s not magic, it’s not mysterious, and it has nothing to do with genes. It’s a discipline, and like any discipline, it can be learned.”I believe this holds for most “soft skills” or people skills.  With a few techniques and a little practice, most geeks can become fairly proficient in engaging others.
Listening
and observing are perhaps the most valuable skills in a geek’s armory.  As described in  an earlier post about Active Listening, real listening is a skill and a way of thinking that certainly can be learned and practiced. The same goes for observation.  If we can let our guards down and listen and watch, we can really get a sense of what people are thinking and feeling. Couple those skills with acknowledgement, and you’re well on the way to  supergeek-dom.
Read more about important skills for entrepreneurs in Martin Zwilling’s post on BusinessInsider.com “7 Skills Not Found At Birth In Most Entrepreneurs

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