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12 Books to Equip You with the Soft Skills in Demand

12 Books to Equip You with the Soft Skills in Demand

Out there in the rat race known as “the corporate world”, having the right soft skills will determine whether you make it or fall off the track. Fear not! Having these skills will separate you from the competition and put you ahead of the chase. There are some great self-help books that will identify the soft skills that you already have and help you to develop new ones.

Nobody Can Survive in the Workplace Without Soft Skills

Soft skills are personal attributes that enable someone to interact effectively and harmoniously with other people. These are qualities such as communication, teamwork, adaptability, problem solving, critical observation, and conflict resolution. While you may already possess the foundations for these skills, there are a number of self-help books out there to help you hone your skills and acquire new ones. More often than not, you will be working with others which can at times be daunting. With a little light reading, you’ll be ahead of the game in no time!

Best Books To Start Honing Soft Skills

The Hard Truth About Soft Skills: Workplace Lessons Smart People Wished They’d Learned Sooner – by Peggy Klause

    Peggy Klause, a Fortune 500 Coach, has built her business by providing consultation to individuals with great technical skills but limited interpersonal skills. This is typically what holds back people in their careers rather than any lack in technical or practical capability. Her coaching provides the steps required to master communication, self-management, and social aspects of the workplace.

    Bridging the Soft Skills Gap: How to Teach the Missing Basics to Today’s Young Talent – by Bruce Tulgan

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      The most common issue challenging young people in the workplace is the lack of soft skills. The issue is becoming greater as time goes by and is hindering much young talent because they don’t know how to accurately express and carry themselves. This book teaches how to behave in the workplace in a proactive and professional manner.

      Soft Skills Training: A Workbook to Develop Skills for Employment – by Frederick H. Wentz

        Frederick Wentz was hired to teach recently-released offenders the skills necessary for employment. After going through the motions of resumes and mock interviews, he realized that to truly benefit his students he had to teach them the soft skills that are essential to getting a job. He wrote this book to give guidance to those who are new to the working class.

        Everyone Communicates, Few People Connect: What the Most Effective People do Differently – by John C. Maxwell

          Experience is not the most important quality in order to succeed. The most vital skill that you can possess is communication and connection with your listeners. You need to know how to get through to people and appeal to their interests in order to attain their attention and respect. Charisma can be a learned skill, and you can sharpen your communication without being an extrovert.

          How to Talk to Anyone: 92 Little Tricks to Have Big Success in Relationships – by Leil Lowndes

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            This book will teach you how to make a great first impression, work a room like a politician, master small talk, feed someone’s ego, and so much more! Leil Lowndes delves deeply into the different aspects of communication and how to use them to secure your success.

            Teamwork 101: What Every Leader Needs to Know – by John C. Maxwell

              Best-selling writer John C. Maxwell explains that in order to have a successful, healthy workplace, there needs to be a solid foundation of teamwork and team players. This requires a well-thought-out game-plan, positive energy in the work place, identification of negative members and their impact on the team, production, and creativity, and the ability to judge whether or not the team can fulfill the task at hand.

              Teamwork is an Individual Skill: Getting Your Work Done While Sharing Responsibility – by Christopher M. Avery, Meri Aaron Walker, and Erin O’Toole

                This book emphasizes the importance of being able to work well with others in order to excel in the workplace. Mastering teamwork requires five essential skills: assuming personal responsibility for productive relationships, creating powerful partnerships, aligning individuals around a shared purpose, discerning when something is “just right”, and developing a collaborative mindset.

                The Advantage: The 7 Soft Skills You Need to Stay Ahead – by Emma-Sue Prince

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                  The world is changing rapidly, and in order to stay ahead you need to change with it. You need these seven essential skills to make yourself stand out from the rest: adaptability, resilience, optimism, integrity, critical thinking, proactivity, and empathy. You might think that either you have these qualities or you don’t, but these qualities can be learned!

                  FLIPP the Switch: Strengthen Executive Function Skills – by Sheri Wilkins and Carol Burmeister

                    A book written by parents and educators for parents and educators. This book focuses on young people who have trouble focusing and communicating, are disorganized and impulsive, and struggle with planning or problem solving. Although this book is written with adolescents in mind, young adults could find this book incredibly beneficial to improve these skills.

                    On Adaptability…

                    AdaptAbility: How to Survive Change You Didn’t Ask For – by M.J. Ryan

                      Whether you’ve found yourself displaced from a job, struggling to stay current as you age and your coworkers keep getting younger, or are faced with the reality that your company is outdated and in danger of being phased out. We all need to learn how to deal with change and use it to our advantage.

                      On Conflict Resolution…

                      Perfect Phrases for Conflict Resolution – by Lawrence Polsky and Antoine Gerschel

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                        In the workplace you’re bound to face conflict at some point no matter how nice or easy going you are. The result of the conflict depends on how it is handled and how carefully you choose your words. This book will equip you with conflict-diffusing phrases that can cool down any situation and stop it in its tracks before it gets out of control.

                        Conflict Communication: A New Paradigm in Conscious Communication – by Rory Miller

                          Learn how to control and manipulate situations to avoid and diffuse a conflict before it become a huge issue. This book covers conflict dynamics in the workplace as well as at home so that you’re always in control of a situation.

                          These books will equip you with the soft skills needed in the workplace. Learning them will be an advantage. The importance of being able to work well with others in the workplace cannot be overemphasized, so what are you waiting for? Start reading!

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                          Last Updated on February 11, 2021

                          20 Amazing Facts About Dreams that You Might Not Know About

                          20 Amazing Facts About Dreams that You Might Not Know About

                          Dreams — Mysterious, bewildering, eye-opening and sometimes a nightmarish living hell. Dreams are all that and much more.

                          Here are 20 amazing facts about dreams that you might have never heard about:

                          Fact #1: You can’t read while dreaming, or tell the time

                            If you are unsure whether you are dreaming or not, try reading something. The vast majority of people are incapable of reading in their dreams.

                            The same goes for clocks: each time you look at a clock it will tell a different time and the hands on the clock won’t appear to be moving as reported by lucid dreamers.

                            Fact #2: Lucid dreaming

                            There is a whole subculture of people practicing what is called lucid or conscious dreaming. Using various techniques, these people have supposedly learned to assume control of their dreams and do amazing things like flying, passing through walls, and traveling to different dimensions or even back in time.

                            Want to learn how to control your dreams? You can try these tips:

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                            Lucid Dreaming: This Is How You Can Control Your Dreams

                            Fact #3: Inventions inspired by dreams

                            Dreams are responsible for many of the greatest inventions of mankind. A few examples include:

                            • The idea for Google -Larry Page
                            • Alternating current generator -Tesla
                            • DNA’s double helix spiral form -James Watson
                            • The sewing machine -Elias Howe
                            • Periodic table -Dimitri Mendeleyev

                            …and many, many more.

                            Fact #4: Premonition dreams

                            There are some astounding cases where people actually dreamt about things which happened to them later, in the exact same ways they dreamed about.

                            You could say they got a glimpse of the future, or it might have just been coincidence. The fact remains that this is some seriously interesting and bizarre phenomena. Some of the most famous premonition dreams include:

                            • Abraham Lincoln dreamt of His Assassination
                            • Many of the victims of 9/11 had dreams warning them about the catastrophe
                            • Mark Twain’s dream of his brother’s demise
                            • 19 verified precognitive dreams about the Titanic catastrophe

                            Fact #5: Sleep paralysis

                            Hell is real and it is called sleep paralysis. It’s the stuff of true nightmares. I’ve been a sleep paralysis sufferer as a kid and I can attest to how truly horrible it is.

                            Two characteristics of sleep paralysis are the inability to move (hence paralysis) and a sense of an extremely evil presence in the room with you. It doesn’t feel like a dream, but 100% real. Studies show that during an attack, sleep paralysis sufferers show an overwhelming amygdala activity. The amygdala is responsible for the “fight or flight” instinct and the emotions of fear, terror and anxiety. Enough said!

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                            Fact #6: REM sleep disorder

                            In the state of REM (rapid-eye-movement) stage of your sleep your body is normally paralyzed. In rare cases, however, people act out their dreams. These have resulted in broken arms, legs, broken furniture, and in at least one reported case, a house burnt down.

                            Fact #7: Sexual dreams

                            The very scientifically-named “nocturnal penile tumescence” is a very well documented phenomena. In laymen’s term, it simply means that you get a stiffy while you sleep. Actually, studies indicate that men get up to 20 erections per dream.

                            Fact #8: Unbelievable sleepwalkers

                              Sleepwalking is a very rare and potentially dangerous sleep disorder. It is an extreme form of REM sleep disorder, and these people don’t just act out their dreams, but go on real adventures at night.

                              Lee Hadwin is a nurse by profession, but in his dreams he is an artist. Literally. He “sleepdraws” gorgeous portraits, of which he has no recollection afterwards. Strange sleepwalking “adventures” include:

                              • A woman having sex with strangers while sleepwalking
                              • A man who drove 22 miles and killed his cousin while sleepwalking
                              • A sleepwalker who walked out of the window from the third floor, and barely survived

                              Fact #9: Dream drug

                              There are actually people who like dreaming and dreams so much that they never want to wake up. They want to continue on dreaming even during the day, so they take an illegal and extremely potent hallucinogenic drug called Dimethyltryptamine. It is actually only an isolated and synthetic form of the chemical our brains produce naturally during dreaming.

                              Fact #10 Dream-catcher

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                                The dream-catcher is one of the most well-known Native American symbols. It is a loose web or webs woven around a hoop and decorated with sacred objects meant to protect against nightmares.

                                Fact #11: Increased brain activity

                                You would associate sleeping with peace and quiet, but actually our brains are more active during sleep than during the day.

                                Fact #12: Creativity and dreams

                                As we mentioned before, dreams are responsible for inventions, great artworks and are generally just incredibly interesting. They are also “recharging” our creativity.

                                Scientists also say that keeping a dream diary helps with creativity.

                                In rare cases of REM disorder, people actually don’t dream at all. These people suffer from significantly decreased creativity and perform badly at tasks requiring creative problem solving.

                                Fact #13: Pets dream too

                                  Our animal companions dream as well. Watch a dog or a cat sleep and you can see that they are moving their paws and making noises like they were chasing something. Go get ’em buddy!

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                                  Fact #14: You always dream—you just don’t remember it

                                  Many people claim that they don’t dream at all, but that’s not true: we all dream, but up to 60% of people don’t remember their dreams at all.

                                  Fact #15: Blind people dream too

                                  Blind people who were not born blind see images in their dreams but people who were born blind don’t see anything at all. They still dream, and their dreams are just as intense and interesting, but they involve the other senses beside sight.

                                  Fact #16: In your dreams, you only see faces that you already know

                                    It is proven that in dreams, we can only see faces that we have seen in real life before. So beware: that scary-looking old lady next to you on the bus might as well be in your next nightmare.

                                    Fact #17: Dreams tend to be negative

                                    Surprisingly, dreams are more often negative than positive. The three most widely reported emotions felt during dreaming are anger, sadness and fear.

                                    Fact #18: Multiple dreams per night

                                    You can have up to seven different dreams per night depending on how many REM cycles you have. We only dream during the REM period of sleep, and the average person dreams one to two hours every night.

                                    Fact #19: Gender differences

                                    Interestingly, 70% of all the characters in a man’s dream are other men, but women’s dream contain an equal amount of women and men. Also men’s dreams contain a lot more aggression. Both women and men dream about sexual themes equally often.

                                    Fact #20: Not everyone dreams in color

                                    As much as 12% of people only dream in black and white.

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