Thursday, 28 June 2012
Honing your soft skills to a sharp point
Julia Hobsbawm, daughter of unrepentant stinking rich Stalinist Eric Hobsbawm, has been appointed the "first ever" Professor of Networking. How has the world managed for so long without one? From the BBC:
[In] the era of digital buttonholing, is traditional schmoozing still important? And can it be taught?
The appointment of Julia Hobsbawm as the "world's first visiting professor in networking" at London's Cass Business School might suggest so. Hobsbawm believes networking should be a core skill, like driving or computer literacy.
"In a time of recession, people need their soft skills honed every bit as sharp as their hard skills. Networking is poised to become the most valuable soft skill on a CV," Hobsbawm says.
By the same token, are we to let our sharp and pointy skills go limp?
So do the hours we spend on social media sites like Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn on a daily basis count towards our networking quota?
"Face-to-face contact is much more important in the 'Facebook age' because technology can create isolation despite its many benefits," argues Hobsbawm.
"Trust is the biggest single asset a person can have and face-to-face contact provides this better than any other form of engagement. But everyone needs to be connected on social media too. The more blended your information sources, the better."
Rest assured, we at New English Review will be blending our sources, honing our soft skillsets and girding our competences on a daily, nay, hourly basis.
So how do you get to be Professor of Networking? Well, it isn't what you know but who you know.
Posted on 06/28/2012 6:39 AM by Mary Jackson
28 Jun 2012
I would fein criticize my sovereign for her recent socialist networking with Martin McGuiness and she should have at a monarchal minimum afforded her right honourable appendage the protection due any Tom, Dick or hairy John Thomas when shaking hands with the Devil's wankers, to wit, a caput anglais - not to put too fein a point onnit.
In my humble opinion, Mary Jackson's insights are nothing to sneeze* at and her comments are outstanding* and if it's all the same* to you, long may be her reign*.
And in closing, I'd like to direct her attention to the accounting of losses and gains in growing the Lion-taming business on netnet.net even if it gives her, Nabokov and those nice young men in their clean white coats an Andrew Field day on bigbutterflynet.net
Giving You The Paisley Shirt Off My Back,
cc Dr. Demento
* see gesundheit.net, reich.net, gleich.net, ausgeseichtnet.net
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