Sunday, 8 October 2017

Free Chapter ― Professor M.S.Rao’s Upcoming Book “Soft Skills: Breaking Barriers and Building Bridges”



Dear friends,

I am excited to share with you that I authored a book on soft skills which can be used for both academic and reference purposes. It is tentatively titled, “Soft Skills: Breaking Barriers and Building Bridges.” Here are the details about the book with a free chapter. I would appreciate if you could share your thoughts about this book on social media channels including Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and Google+.

About The Book

“You can make more friends in two months by becoming really interested in other people than you can in two years by trying to get other people interested in you. Which is just another way of saying that the way to make a friend is to be one.” — Dale Carnegie

This book strives to achieve sanctimonious status to the soft skills discipline. It explores soft skills in global organizations and educational institutions. It emphasizes the significance of soft skills and explains the methods to acquire soft skills.  It differentiates between soft and hard skills. It enlightens that a judicious blend of hard and soft skills is essential to achieve professional and leadership success. It crafts course curriculum for soft skills. It unveils the list of soft skills essential for leaders. It explores tools and techniques to measure soft skills. It coins an innovative evaluation tool―Meka’s Five-Level Model to measure soft skills training. It implores to build hard skills but mind soft skills. It calls for appreciating others to make a difference.  It is a universal book to improve your attitude, personality and behavior to achieve all-round success.

This book can be used for academic and reference purposes. It is a short course on soft skills to achieve your career and leadership success. You can easily toss the book into a briefcase or purse and read here and there as time allows. It is a quick reference guide for educators, executives, leaners and leaders to achieve personal and professional success.  


“With realization of one's own potential and self-confidence in one's ability, one can build a better world.” — Dalai Lama  

Most people talk about building confidence but they are not aware of the right tools and techniques to build confidence. In fact, confidence is the first step to achieve peace, happiness and success. Confidence is essential in every aspect of life throughout the day and every moment. Hence, we will discuss confidence; differentiate between confidence and overconfidence; and explore tools and techniques to build confidence.


Confidence versus Overconfidence

Confidence should not be confused with overconfidence. Confidence means when you think that you can execute the tasks effectively whereas overconfidence means when you think that you can alone execute the tasks effectively. Confident people are aware of their limitations while overconfident people ignore them. In my personal life, I made many decisions hastily resulting in lots of failures. I was overconfident and felt that things would fall into place automatically and would achieve the desired outcomes. But I failed miserably in many instances. The only solace is that I learned lessons from each failure and evolved as an educator and executive coach. My failures served as inspiring stories during my leadership training programs and coaching sessions. It is obvious that things will fall into place automatically reflects overconfidence. On the other hand, if people take risk factor into account and act with firmness and calmness, it reflects confidence. Currently I started making decisions slowly and cautiously because of my previous failures and the success rate is relatively higher now. Therefore, people must analyze, understand themselves and learn from their failures to excel as a confident person.


Tips to Build Your Confidence

It is easy to excel as a confident person, if you understand the tools and techniques. Here are some tools and techniques to build your confidence.
  • Believe in yourself. Unless you believe in yourself the world doesn’t believe in you.
  • Journal your feelings, emotions, egos and observations regularly. Analyze them.
  • Overcome your apprehensions and superstitions.
  • Silence your inner critic.
  • Maintain positive attitude.
  • Surround with positive people.
  • Praise others graciously and liberally.
  • Dress well with comfortable clothes and shoes.
  • Exercise regularly to energize your body.
  • Maintain positive body language.
  • Remain calm under uncertainty and stress.
  • Love yourself. Unless you love yourself, you cannot love others.
  • Set your goals in such a way that you feel uncomfortable to share with your friends and relatives about them.
  • Don’t compare with others. You are a unique gift to the world. Nobody can be like you.
  • Don’t focus too much on your weaknesses. Instead, focus on your strengths but guard from your weaknesses.
  • Stretch yourself by coming out of your comfort zone.
  • Execute tasks with thorough preparation without any fear. 
  • Anticipate distractions and failures. 
  • Don’t worry excessively about your mistakes. Mistakes are the learning lessons. Remember, everyone makes mistakes and nobody can grow without making mistakes.
  • Develop an attitude to understand the circumstances which are beyond your control.
  • Take feedback to identify your successes and especially failures.
  • Emphasize excellence, not perfection because perfection wastes a lot of your precious time, money and energy.

Visualize that you are successful. Entertain positive thoughts and downplay your negative thoughts. Remember that nobody is perfect in this world. Identify your inborn talents to leverage them. Build skills around them. Shift from a fixed mindset to a growth mindset. Learn from failures. Consult experts and seek their guidance. Don’t hesitate to learn from others irrespective of rank and position. Everyone is good at something. Identify, develop, and leverage them. Acquire and share your knowledge with others. Be creative to stand out from others. Be altruistic to make a difference in the lives of others.


Conclusion

We are born with certain gifts to change this world. Hence, nurture your nature. Identify what kind of seed in you, explore and exploit it completely.

Life is full of challenges. It throws both opportunities and threats. Don’t be overjoyed by opportunities and get upset by threats. Take challenges in your stride to build your confidence.

There is a thin line separating confidence and overconfidence. Understand the difference and raise your bar constantly by emphasizing excellence. Remember that overconfidence kills your opportunities. Hence, believe in yourself and be confident to achieve an amazing success in all aspects of your life.

Note: Here is the link to purchase my bestselling book ‘Soft Skills: Your Step-by-Step Guide to Overcome Workplace Challenges to Excel as a Leader URL: https://www.amazon.com/Soft-Skills-Overcome-Workplace-Challenges/dp/1628653035


Life is great!

Professor M.S.Rao
Founder of MSR Leadership Consultants India




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