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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.