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The most important skill

Discussion in 'Off Topic [BG]' started by Axtman, Mar 9, 2010.

  1. Axtman

    Axtman Supporting Member

    Mar 3, 2008
    Seattle, Washington
    Over the years I have come to the conclusion that people skills are the most important skill that a person can have. It can trump ability any day.

    To put it in music terms, you can be by far the absolute bass player that the world has ever known. But if you lack people skills, you won't go far in your career. On the flip side you can be a moderately competent bass player with great people skills and go far.
  2. TheDarkReaver

    TheDarkReaver Inactive

    Mar 20, 2006
    Lincolnshire, UK
  3. hover


    Oct 4, 2008
    ^ has no people skills.

    to the OP: agreed. no one wants to hang around with a dickhead. even a virtuoso dickhead.
  4. Chinwagging is the most highly paid profession on the planet, provided you are good at it.
  5. Fix'd it fer ya :D. But, yeah I definitely agree with the OPs statement. My mom did and still does try to impress upon me and my brother, the fact that people skills will take you very far in life. I'd like to think I turned out well in that regard but I'm still working at it.

    At my school especially, I've seen a lot of people with the smarts to solve any problem but a lot of them are about as socially adept as a moldy rock. Now I think I'm much better off in the latter but the former could use some work :).
  6. thus, sales people can sell people stuff they don't want, or need, or can afford. That's what they get paid for.
  7. People skills like how? I'm about as introverted as they come, but I can still hold a conversation. Has it held me back? Not really.
  8. Pilgrim

    Pilgrim Supporting Member

    Good salespeople don't. Jerks do.

    I've been in sales...and there are plenty of great people in various sales positions. I'm tired of blanket condemnations.
  9. sarcastro83


    Jul 27, 2007
    Toronto, ON
    People skills are good and all, but you'll have to have more than that if you're going to impress the Bobs...

  10. Doodaddy


    Jan 11, 2005
    West Monroe, LA
    Then you take someone like Lars Ulrich who not only sucks at drums, he sucks at life. :(
  11. People skills? And waste precious talent of people?
  12. I've been in sales too. Every boss I ever had encouraged upselling, suggesting more expensive items, etc. I'm not saying that one needs to lie to get a sale. I'm not saying you should be immoral to get a sale. But someone who can talk, does a lot better than those of us who can't. If you're trying to passively sell something, you'll lose your job.
  13. TortillaChip520


    Jun 3, 2008
    what would you say... YA do, around here?
  14. baalroo


    Mar 24, 2008
    Wichita, KS
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