2019 PharmSci 360
A growing body of evidence supports the claim that the so-called “soft” skills of communication, team leadership, and interpersonal skills are highly correlated with career success—perhaps even more so than technical skills. Yet, many scientists and other highly trained professionals either remain unaware of this finding or do not know how to build their skills in those areas.
In this 60-minute session, participants will hear about the latest research showing what soft skills are most in demand. They will learn about both internal and external soft skills, with a particular look at the intersection of two of them: growth mindset and communication skills. Many people fear they simply don’t have an effective persona on the speaking platform. The tools they will pick up in this session will help them overcome that fallacy and learn to connect more effectively with any audience, once they adopt a growth mindset.
Attendees will not only gain confidence in their skills, but they will also gain an awareness of where they might benefit from coaching or other avenues for improvement. People who don’t attend may lose out on job and promotion opportunities to someone who has similar technical skills but superior people skills.
An engineer by training, with degrees in physics and communication, presenter David P. Otey, MA, MBA, is the recognized thought leader on the topic of communication and leadership skills for technical professionals. He is the author of "The Speaker’s Quick Guide to Telling Better Stories" as well as numerous articles and technical works.