What’s the most important skill in today’s economy?
The most valuable thing you can learn?
Well, that’s always going to be subjective. It’s not even a properly defined question.
Is it the skill that pays the best?
The one that’ll help you design your lifestyle better?
One that will take you from where you are in your career to the next level?
One that’ll help you pivot to something better?
Or is it a low hanging skill – the sort that takes a little while to master, while paying off for years…
I don’t know. Punch the question into your favourite search engine and you’ll see a lot of technical skills. AI. UX. Blockchain. Cloud computing.
That list changes a little each year, and a lot each decade.
What doesn’t change?
The so-called soft skills.
Those haven’t gone out of fashion for a long time.
And one of the best skills to learn?
Call it relationships, networking, influence or persuasion.
If you don’t see the value in that, it’d take more than this article to convince you – so I’m going to assume you know how influence threads through everything worthwhile.
Now, this is something you can spend decades learning.
Yet, you’d be surprised what you can do in just a few days.
Or even a few hours.
Learn this framework and you’ll see what I mean: