A skill is the ability to do something well, a certain competence or proficiency. Skills are typically acquired or developed through direct experiences and training, and they can require sustained effort. Therefore, personal skills are simply those skills that you possess and consider your strengths.
Personal skills are things we are good at - our strengths, abilities, and attributes. This training gives an in-depth understanding of what will help you better understand your own selling points.
Personal Skills Defined
Are you the first person your friends come to when they need advice? Do you tend to speak up in groups and easily share your ideas? If you answered yes, then you can count interpersonal skills and leadership as two of your personal skills. These types of skills can be abilities we are born with, our natural talents, or things we develop through our experiences and deliberate practice. Whether an innate aptitude or a developed capability, knowing what our own personal skills are is very useful in both our personal and professional lives.
Personal Skills for Body and Mind
Perhaps the most fundamental of all skills are those concerned with self-preservation - that is, staying healthy in both body and mind. Without good personal (or intra-personal) skills, you are less likely to be able to develop good interpersonal, presentation or leadership skills.
Our training programs on Personal Development and Personal Empowerment provide a framework for setting personal goals and achieving your potential in life.
Become more self-aware, and learn to recognize your strengths and weaknesses and those of other people, for example, by developing habits of Reflective Practice.
Learn how to use language positively to encourage self-empowerment in our pages on Positive Thinking and Neuro-Linguistic Programming, and also to help empower others. Remove the barriers to learning and developing yourself by discovering the Importance of Mindset and start to develop new skills today. And if you find personal change hard, take a look at our pages on Personal Change Management Skills and Self-Motivation for some ideas to get you started.
Personal Core Values
Deciding What's Most Important in Life
Your values are the things that you believe are important in the way you live and work.
They (should) determine your priorities, and, deep down, they're probably the measures you use to tell if your life is turning out the way you want it to.
When the things that you do and the way you behave match your values, life is usually good – you're satisfied and content. But when these don't align with your personal values, that's when things feel... wrong. This can be a real source of unhappiness.
This is why making a conscious effort to identify your values is so important.
How Values Help You
Values exist, whether you recognize them or not. Life can be much easier when you acknowledge your values – and when you make plans and decisions that honor them.
If you value family, but you have to work 70-hour weeks in your job, will you feel internal stress and conflict? And if you don't value competition, and you work in a highly competitive sales environment, are you likely to be satisfied with your job?
Soft & Hard Skills
Before we can truly answer what a personal skill is, we must first define what a skill is in general. A skill is the ability to do something well, a certain competence or proficiency. Skills are typically acquired or developed through direct experiences and training, and they can require sustained effort. Therefore, personal skills are simply those skills that you possess and consider your strengths. But how do we know what these are?
To answer this question, you can categorize personal skills in two ways: soft and hard skills.
Soft skills are more general, intangible qualities or attributes we possess that enhance our interactions with others. They can be related to our attitude, personality, emotions, habits, communication style, and social manners. Successful development of soft skills happens during our interactions with others (family, friends, and co-workers) and are fundamental to how well we build and manage our relationships.
In contrast, hard skills are more specific and are often associated with a task or activity, most times job-related. They include certain abilities and knowledge about an area of focus and can be easily quantified and evaluated. Mostly learned through education, training, and on-the-job experience, hard skills can include computer literacy, project management, editing, or proficiency in a foreign language. These types of skills make us employable and allow us to tackle our job responsibilities. Soft and hard skills complement each other and make up our arsenal of personal skills that demonstrate our capabilities.
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