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DWCAU - Become the Expert of You - Power Skills for Personal Development


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We hear the term “soft skills” as the definition of personal attributes that enable us to interact effectively and harmoniously with other people.

Top soft skills employers look for are:
work ethic
self-confidence and include your personal brand
presentation/meeting techniques and pitching
However, there is nothing soft about mastering these skills; there is “strength” in the practice of developing these “Power” skills that are more intangible but critical to your working and interacting with the people around you effectively.

Join Microsoft MVP, personal development leader and Chief Marketing Officer of Content Panda, Heather Newman as she takes you five skills that are essential to each of us becoming stronger employees but also better humans. We will discuss leadership, communication, presentation skills, public persona (LinkedIn & social media), and self-confidence.

The best investment you can make is in yourself and practicing power skills helps you produce the results you want at work, at home, and in the world, building that expertise in the most critical person in your life, you.

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DWCAU - Become the Expert of You - Power Skills for Personal Development

  3. 3. Tweet this Talk @heddanewman @contentpanda @SPSNashville #SPSNashville Heather Newman
  4. 4. Connect with your fellow attendees Event Maven Tip — Quick Connections — Leverage the LinkedIN App Find Nearby Feature - @heddanewman on Slide courtesy of @meetdux
  5. 5. Gratefulness 1. Food 2. Clean water 3. Clean clothes 4. A roof over your head 5. A kind heart 6. People you count as friends 7. You continue to dream 8. You care for other people and they care for you 9. A job or work that you care about 10. You are alive
  6. 6. Every day we get 24 hours 1,440 minutes 86,400 seconds Are you spending your time or are you investing it in you?
  7. 7. What is a power skill? A power skill is the rephrasing of the term “soft skills” used in job descriptions and by human resources. There is nothing “soft” about becoming the expert of you and developing your skills.
  8. 8. The Maven Principle – Becoming the Expert of You The mapping of power skills to our five basic needs helps us move closer to finding our purpose and to become the expert of you – a maven of self.
  9. 9. The Maven Principle - Build power skills to become the expert of you
  10. 10. Self-care. Sleep. Hydration. Nature.
  11. 11. Self-Care “Caring for myself is not self-indulgence. It is self-preservation, and that is an act of political warfare.“ – Audre Lorde
  12. 12. Sleep Sleep is just as important as eating healthy and exercising and we do not get enough of it.
  13. 13. Hydration Most of us are thirsty, right now and dehydrated. You lose water each day when you go to the bathroom, sweat, and even when you breathe.
  14. 14. Nature Changing your state by simply going outside for a short time every day helps us to be creative, to feel connected to nature and allows us to settle our minds.
  15. 15. Meaningful work. Creativity. Finances. Problem Solving.
  16. 16. Meaningful work We all want to feel meaning with “what we do” and that can be being a barista or being a CEO. We long for feeling like we are contributing to a greater good. When we do not we feel inadequate and depressed.
  17. 17. Creativity Creativity is defined as the tendency to generate or recognize ideas, alternatives, or possibilities that may be useful in solving problems, communicating with others, and entertaining ourselves and others. Robert E Franken, Human Motivation.
  18. 18. Finances We don’t often run our own lives like a business, we think of tomorrow instead of today living outside of our means. Becoming smarter and giving full of care to our finances keep our stress levels at bay.
  19. 19. Problem solving Solving problems are a part of our everyday work lives. They can be external for clients or internal to our business. Having confidence about providing ideas in the face of problems helps us feel like we are bringing value to the situation.
  20. 20. Teamwork. Friends. Networking. Communication.
  21. 21. Teamwork Teamwork creates a sense of belonging, connectedness, a sense of security and being a part of a team is something we all long for in all aspects of our lives.
  22. 22. Friends One of the most important things we can do is develop deep intimate friendships with other people. We don’t choose our families, but we choose our friends. At work having allies is so important and helps us to be productive, happy and creative.
  23. 23. Networking Yes, networking does take time, effort, practice and many people detest it. However, the more people you know, the more options you have when you need something: a new job, a contact for a task or a mentor.
  24. 24. Communication Effectively communicating through speaking, writing, deep listening, and clear speech creates a positive culture whether it is at work or home.
  25. 25. Confidence. Leadership. Work Ethic. Presentation Skills.
  26. 26. Confidence Showing up both in person, digitally, and on-record with confidence and strong sense of who you are and what you believe.
  27. 27. Leadership Each one of us has leadership qualities that can inspire teams to accomplish amazing things. We lead in everything we do by our example, by our actions and by what we believe.
  28. 28. Work Ethic Good habits and your values combined create your work ethic. Employers want to see this behavior not just on your resume, the proof in in your actions, not just your words.
  29. 29. Presentation Skills Be prepared, practice, practice, practice, tell a story, be yourself, and smile your audience is always rooting for you.
  30. 30. Self-love. Kindness. Forgiveness. Compassion.
  31. 31. Self-love “Self-love/compassion involves treating yourself with the same kindness, concern, and support you’d show to a good friend. When faced with difficult life struggles, or confronting personal mistakes, failures, and inadequacies, self-compassion responds with kindness rather than harsh self- judgment, recognizing that imperfection is part of the shared human experience.”
  32. 32. Kindness “The positive effects of kindness are experienced in the brain of everyone who witnessed the act, improving their mood and making them significantly more likely to “pay it forward.” This means one good deed in a crowded area can create a domino effect and improve the day of dozens of people!”
  33. 33. Forgiveness Many times when we are in need of forgiving some one else, we actually need to forgive ourselves as well. To err is human, to forgive is divine.
  34. 34. Compassion Showing kindness, caring and a willingness to help others is a positive emotion that has connection to being thoughtful, decent and showing empathy to everyone.
  35. 35. @heddanewman
  36. 36. @heddanewman
  37. 37. Heather Newman CMO, Co-Founder, Maven, Speaker, Human in Tech Email: Marketing Consulting: Software: Podcast: Blog: Twitter/Instagram: @heddanewman
  38. 38. Bonus Materials
  39. 39. Watch David JP Phillips TEDxStockholm Salon
  40. 40. @heddanewman
  41. 41. Alicia Dara – Public Speaking Bootcamp for Women Mavens Do It Better Podcast: egory/25+ALICIA+DARA
  42. 42. April Wensel Compassionate Coding Compassionate Coding ™️ is a new approach to software development that emphasizes emotional intelligence and ethics. m/ Mavens Do It Better Podcast: https://www.mavensdoitbetter.c om/podcast/2019/7/25/episode -47-compassionate-maven-april- wensel
  43. 43. The Maven Principle - Build power skills to become the expert of you Free Webinar to share with colleagues: Thursday September 12th 11:00am PST All who register will be able to view on-demand. Bonuses for those who attend in person. Blog series and online class coming this Fall.
  44. 44. Exhibitor Boothcamp