What I've Learned From the Inventor of Soft Skills

On a farm in Missouri, a young man walked three miles each day to go to college. He was a smart boy, had good grades, and aspirations to become a great novelist. There was only one problem — he wasn’t any good. Nevertheless, the boy would end up writing one of the most influential books ever written. It wasn’t the next big American novel. Instead, he wrote a book about people....

May 23, 2020 · 12 min

Donald Trump — the Master Persuader

“Donald Trump is a rhetorical genius. People don’t like to hear that. Unfortunately, I’ve got bad news for you ’cause he is.” — Dr. Jennifer Mercieca, Communication Expert 2016 election night. Donald Trump faces Hillary Clinton in the fight for the presidency. The election was quite frankly a shitshow. Trump’s candidacy took everyone by surprise. People thought it was a joke. Maybe a cheap shot to gain some publicity for the Trump brand....

May 9, 2020 · 13 min

Crack the Human Code and Truly Understand People

Humans are social animals. Through the course of our lives it’s inevitable that we have to communicate and collaborate with others. We are constantly influencing each other, manipulating consciously or unconsciously the thoughts and decisions of those around us. This is not good or bad, it’s just the way humans function. If we want to perform together as a team to solve difficult problems, we need to avoid misunderstandings and conflicts that may halt our progress....

March 23, 2020 · 11 min

The Craft of a Storyteller

“For sale: baby shoes, never worn.” This six-word story, often attributed to Hemingway, is an emotional tragedy. With just six words a writer can communicate a whole story. What do you think of when you hear the term story? Probably books and movies come to mind. Long narratives of heroes and foes acting in their worlds. But story is more prevalent than that. Because our brains are wired to think in stories....

March 23, 2020 · 6 min

The Underrated Skill Set of Human Persuasion and Communication

Human communication and persuasion skills might be the most important skillset in life that I have come across so far. It is all the more valuable because there is no distinction necessary between work and the rest of life. What do I mean by communication and persuasion skills? Under my definition it includes all skills related to improving a person’s ability to communicate and collaborate with, as well as understand and convince other people....

March 23, 2020 · 5 min