Side Chat: Why hard skills vs. soft skills is a BS debate

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Introvert vs. extrovert. Type A vs. type B. Hard skills vs. soft skills.

Labels can be helpful shortcuts for understanding ourselves better and giving other people a quick snapshot of how we operate.

But more often than not, the debate around “are you THIS type of person or THAT type of person?” is wayyy too limiting.

No one is 100% introverted (even Rachel, one of the most introvertiest introverts can only boast 80% on the spectrum). No one is JUST “type A” (whatever that means). And no one has ONLY soft skills.

But we think of ourselves like that, don’t we? We assume because we’re a “soft skills person” that what we have is less valuable, and that people will treat us, hire us, and pay us accordingly.

There is a WHOLE lot wrong with the “hard skills vs. soft skills” debate, and in this month’s brand-new side chat, we’re setting the record straight. We got into:

  • The traditional definition of hard and soft skills (and why we don’t fully agree!).
  • Why people tend to pay more attention to hard skills and (seemingly) value them more.
  • How to identify soft skills you didn’t realize you had.
  • If you’re having a difficult time at work, why your ratio of hard/soft skills may be the culprit.
  • How to impress someone with your soft skills (and make them want to hire you).

After you’ve listened, leave a comment below to share what some of your hard/soft skills are, and your take on this debate!


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