People Skills – What are they?

August 18, 2014

People SkillsOne of the questions I ask students and graduates is; “what skills do you need to be successful”? A majority of them say people skills. When I ask them to define people skills, they have a difficult time telling me what they are.

Very simply, people skills are the skills required to meet, interact and get along with, earn support from and work with other people. Very often these skills are referred to as ‘interpersonal skills’, ‘life skills’ and even ‘soft skills’. It’s true these skills are needed to interact with other people and they are used all through life. However, they are certainly not soft! In fact, people skills should be learned and applyed…sooner, rather than later. Students with these skills have a competitive edge. Why? Because the skills are required in school, every job, type of work and all careers.

The increased application of technology and social media skills in school and business has resulted in people skills being de-emphasized. The fact is; many schools simply do not have the time to teach them.  Coincidently, businesses look for these skills in applicants, interns and employees. ( (

The question is; where can you learn people skills? You learn them at home or from family and friends. You can also learn them once you get into the real world … and you find out how important they are in social and business settings.

Or, you learn them in the HOPE® Skills Program. HOPE® Skills (i.e. ‘people skills) are 5 clearly defined, easily understood, building block skills. These ‘knowledge applied’ skills enhance academic, technology and STEM skills that are being taught in schools today. Any student can learn and apply them. And, as you grow, the skills grow with you, becoming more refined over time.

REMEMBER: It’s never too early to start learning skills you need for the competition you’ll be facing! 


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