10 Easy Ways to Get Hard Skills

  1. Project Management—setting goals, due dates, running meetings, driving consensus, and overall managing people, leading people, and helping teams of people be a success.
  2. Software Engineering—Almost everything has a tech component these days. Building your own software is a critical skill in any business (Software Engineer).
  3. Data Analysis—Whether it is building a financial model, making sense of marketing web traffic data, designing a survey, or analyzing the efficiency of a supply chain, every business needs its workers to know the fundamentals (and expertise) in data analysis.
  4. Design & User Experience—Every business has a visual or human-interaction component. From visual ads and the brand, to how the product or factory is designed, to how the website looks and works, the skill of design and user experience is critical.
  5. Marketing & Sales—Every business has to sell itself to people, so the hard skill of building a sales pipeline and handling objections or creating a marketing funnel and tracking and optimizing for conversions is critical.

Project Management

  • Throw an event for a community, business, or school. Could be a volunteer day, a party, or a musical event.
  • Make a mini conference like an unconference or a hackathon
  1. Airtable—to track things and make sign up forms and surveys
  2. Google Docs—to make shared documents and spreadsheets
  3. Trello—to track tasks as “Todo”, “Doing”, and “Done”
  1. Radical Candor
  2. First Break All The Rules
  3. First Time Manager
  4. The Coaching Habit
  5. How to Make Friends and Influence People

Software Engineering

Data Analysis

Design & User Interaction

Marketing & Sales

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