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Podcast 28: Using Soft Skills to Get Your Cover Letter and Resume Noticed

1/17/2018
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Soft skills can hold important role in getting noticed in a job search, especially when integrated into your cover letter and resume. We’ll discuss how to get that notice by beefing up your soft skills in these materials. As employers and organizations look more at soft skills, applicants need to articulate their soft skills in... Read More

Duration: 00:23:37


Podcast 27: Using Soft Skills Effectively in Your Job Search

1/10/2018
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In the second week of the Six Weeks of Serious Soft Skills Strategy, Dr. Tobin Porterfield and Bob Graham talk about integrating soft skills into cover letters and resumes. Most employers continue to focus on technical skills, which are critical in their hiring decisions. But applicants who look for matches and exploit those matches... Read More

Duration: 00:17:49


Podcast 26: The 55 Soft Skills Book Launch Starts Six Weeks of Serious Soft Skills Strategy

1/3/2018
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To launch the Six Weeks of Serious Soft Skills Strategy, Dr. Tobin Porterfield and Bob Graham discuss their new book, The 55 Soft Skills that Guide Employee and Organizational Success, its origins and how it will help every employee and leader be more effective this year. Hosts Dr. Tobin Porterfield and Bob Graham have released... Read More

Duration: 00:15:51


Podcast 25: Is Soft Skills the Right Name for These Critical Employee Skills?

12/27/2017
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A discussion of the pros and cons of the name “soft skills” and whether other names are better and avoid relegating them to second-class status in the workplace. Hosts Dr. Tobin Porterfield and Bob Graham explore the name “soft skills” and if it’s a good moniker for all of the skills employees and organizations... Read More

Duration: 00:16:59


Podcast 24: Why Good Writers Are Their Readers’ Advocate

12/20/2017
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Written communication is an important skill, for it is often our first — and potentially — lasting impression of a person. We’ll discuss good writing and give tips for how to write better. Hosts Dr. Tobin Porterfield and Bob Graham talk about the important soft skill of written communication in this episode. Among the... Read More

Duration: 00:20:08


Podcast 23: Does Collaboration Spark Innovative Problem-Solving or Curtail Creativity?

12/13/2017
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Some see the soft skill of collaboration as a valuable soft skill, while others say it stunts creativity. The hosts give their views on these divergent points of view. osts Dr. Tobin Porterfield and Bob Graham explore the various views regarding the soft skill of collaboration as a followup to their discussion in Episode... Read More

Duration: 00:20:06


Podcast 22: The Soft Skill of Collaboration: The Rallying Point and Other Keys to Success

12/6/2017
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Collaboration among workers can be the jet fuel for teams, pushing them to solve problems and achieve results that they could not have accomplished separately. Hosts Dr. Tobin Porterfield and Bob Graham discuss what collaboration is, why it is so beneficial to organizations and what it can deliver to teams and organizations. Topics discussed... Read More

Duration: 00:10:37


Podcast 21: Should Being Appreciative Be a Soft Skill?

11/29/2017
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Just in time for Thanksgiving and the holidays, a listener suggests that we add being appreciative to the list of 55 soft skills and how it affects organizational culture. Dr. Tobin Porterfield and Bob Graham weigh whether being appreciative or thankful should be added to the list of 55 soft skills. Topics they address... Read More

Duration: 00:13:17


Podcast 20: Being Persuasive Is a Soft Skill Every Employee Must Use

11/15/2017
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Being persuasive is a foundational soft skill that everyone in an organization has a responsibility to use, although it’s vitally important to being a successful leader. Dr. Tobin Porterfield and Bob Graham discuss the soft skill of being persuasive and how it use can spur an organization’s growth. Among the topics they discuss... Read More

Duration: 00:17:17


Podcast 19: How Intentionality Sparks Good Delegation and How to Avoid the Monkey

11/8/2017
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Delegation, one of the 55 soft skills, helps determine which human resources to delegate to specific tasks to ensure organizational effectiveness. In this episode, the hosts, Dr. Tobin Porterfield and Bob Graham, discuss: What delegation is The intentionality of delegation How return on assets (ROA) plays into deciding when to delegate How delegation can build... Read More

Duration: 00:18:37


Podcast 18: The Important Function of Environment in Using Soft Skills

11/1/2017
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Environment, while not a soft skill, plays a critical role in which soft skills we use and how we use them. Hosts Dr. Tobin Porterfield and Bob Graham discuss the role of environment in this episode. Environment is not a soft skill, but it performs an important role in determining which soft skills to... Read More

Duration: 00:14:47


Podcast 17: Facilitating Better Meetings is about More than Just a Soft Skill

10/24/2017
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Meeting facilitation may not seem like a soft skill, but it can easy serve as a gateway to more productivity and opportunity for leaders, managers and organizations. Hosts Dr. Tobin Porterfield and Bob Graham discuss the cost and culture surrounding ineffective meetings and why good meetings really do require strong soft skills. In this... Read More

Duration: 00:19:08


Episode 16: Soft Skills: The True Differentiator for Employees, Job Seekers and Organizations

10/17/2017
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Soft skills are the true differentiator that helps people with strong technical skills earn jobs and transform their organizations, the hosts explain while answering listener questions. Introduction Bob Graham (‘0:20’): Welcome to Serious Soft Skills, Episode 16. With me is Dr. Tobin Porterfield. For you newcomers and those of you who have been with us... Read More

Duration: 00:18:16


Podcast 15: The Soft Skill of Patience and Its Many Rewards

10/11/2017
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Patience makes the list of soft skills. We’ll explain why and how it fosters opportunities at work and in careers. Introduction Dr. Tobin Porterfield (‘0:20’): Welcome to Serious Soft Skills, Episode 15. With me is Bob Graham. For you newcomers, welcome. Let’s set the stage. We have uncovered a list of 55 soft skills... Read More

Duration: 00:18:16


Podcast 14: How Self Reflection ‘Fast-Tracks’ Soft Skills Development

10/4/2017
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Self-reflection, while not a soft skill, plays an important role in how we develop our soft skills over time. Introduction Bob Graham (‘0:20’): Hello, I am Bob Graham and with me as always is Dr. Tobin Porterfield. We teach college, we research soft skills and we help our students develop these skills and have seen... Read More The post Podcast 14: How Self Reflection ‘Fast-Tracks’ Soft Skills Development appeared first on Serious Soft Skills.

Duration: 00:17:37


Podcast 13: Interview Part 2 on How Customer Service, Cultural Awareness Stoke Success

9/26/2017
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Exploring the role customer service as a soft skill plays in the success of an organization om an interview with customer service expert Neal Woodson. Introduction Dr. Tobin Porterfield (‘0:21’): Welcome to Episode 13 of Serious Soft Skills. I am your host, Dr. Tobin Porterfield. Today we will have the second of a two-part... Read More The post Podcast 13: Interview Part 2 on How Customer Service, Cultural Awareness Stoke Success appeared first on Serious Soft Skills.

Duration: 00:14:44


Podcast 12: Interview on How Everyone Has a Customer-Service Job

9/20/2017
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The soft skill of customer service is often misunderstood. Serious Soft Skills Cohost Bob Graham interviews Neal Woodson, a customer service expert, in the first part of a two-part interview on the topic. Neal’s view is that customer service is the most important aspect of what organizations provide, and it ultimately is what is necessary... Read More The post Podcast 12: Interview on How Everyone Has a Customer-Service Job appeared first on Serious Soft Skills.

Duration: 00:13:56


Podcast 11: The Debate about Project Management as a Soft Skill

9/12/2017
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Project management is not always considered a soft skill. Hosts Dr. Tobin Porterfield and Bob Graham discuss its role as a soft skill and discuss the criticism. What Project Management Is Bob Graham ‘1:06’: We should probably start out first off with defining what project management is and explaining why it fits into our list... Read More The post Podcast 11: The Debate about Project Management as a Soft Skill appeared first on Serious Soft Skills.

Duration: 00:18:09


Podcast 10: How Perseverance or Persistence Helps Entrepreneurs, Organizations

9/5/2017
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Hosts Dr. Tobin Porterfield and Bob Graham discuss perseverance or persistence, and why it plays a critical role in group dynamics. Introduction Graham ‘0:21’: Welcome to Episode 10 of Serious Soft Skills. I’m Bob Graham and with me as always, at least so far, is Dr. Tobin Porterfield. We each teach college; we collaborate on... Read More The post Podcast 10: How Perseverance or Persistence Helps Entrepreneurs, Organizations appeared first on Serious Soft Skills.

Duration: 00:15:24


Podcast 9: How Empathy Builds Trust, Teams

8/29/2017
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Hosts Dr. Tobin Porterfield and Bob Graham discuss empathy, a soft skill that everyone can benefit from, but it’s a soft skill that is poorly understood and often overlooked. Introduction Graham ‘0:24’: Welcome to Episode 9 of Serious Soft Skills. I’m Bob Graham and with me as always, at least so far, is Dr. Tobin... Read More The post Podcast 9: How Empathy Builds Trust, Teams appeared first on Serious Soft Skills.

Duration: 00:19:24

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