I’ve noticed a trend where ‘soft skills’ are becoming more valuable. Soft Skills are things like creative thinking, problem solving, and ‘people skills’ like empathy, active listening and enthusiasm. Basically, the things that make us human.
Self-directed learning is also important in today’s economy. Technology is changing faster than ever and the only way to keep up is to keep learning. A combination of specialist knowledge and expertise mixed with strong soft skills makes you rare and valuable.
As a result, I’ve been working on developing my sketch-noting ability. Here’s why:
To improve my self-directed learning, the following techniques have been helpful:
- Learn within the context of a project
- Build on the shoulders of giants by following prompts from people experienced in your field
- Go to a class or try an online workshop
- Share your work and learn from feedback
What skill do you want to develop and why?