People often talk about transferable skills in the workplace. These are a set of practices which will be used across many different careers. There are three which will stand you in good shape regardless of what position you hold at work or what industry you work in, so make sure you brush up on yours and become the top dog of your trade.
You don’t have to be a salesman to benefit from sales techniques. In fact regardless of what you do, at some point you will be selling something to someone. Even if it is yourself. Familiarising yourself with the top techniques used by brilliant closers, will help you to push your career to the next level. Even nurses need to have a few tricks up their sleeves when selling the idea of heart health to patients.
There are loads of sales training techniques that you ought to brush up on. NLP and transactional analysis will help you to understand the person or company you are dealing with and teach you how to work with the individual to get the best results. You may find that particular people respond better to empathic approaches, whilst others need you to be direct and forward.
Pr and Marketing are vital for many different careers. You can use this to promote your company, promote yourself or even to turn a bad situation to your benefit. This can be a very useful commodity to have regardless of the industry. Even a baker may need a little PR spin if a hair is found in one of his buns or someone breaks a tooth on a piece of wheat. Don’t assume that you can’t go for a job just because you have a set of skills they aren’t advertising for. You need to know how to use your old skills to improve the current team in a new role. So look at the company, research them online, and then see how your skill set could help them achieve even more.
The last skill is really two but one works with the other. Employers often want to see someone who is both a leader and a team player. So you need to sharpen up your leadership and delegation qualities. Delegating is more of a leadership role but it shows that you understand having a strong team of people alongside you may mean others have strengths that you don’t. So by showing you understand the importance of delegation you are proving you know how a team works. This will also demonstrate your ability to lead the pack. Which is a great sign you have a level head and a good initiative. Even if you are used to being a manager and your new role involves you being part of a team, promote the fact you can work independently when needed.
Turning up to work with these 3 skills under your belt will make you shine above the rest and could even see you landing that promotion sooner than you had imagined.
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