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  • Writer's pictureRashidi Kabamba

LeapIn (Week 6)

"In a high IQ pool, soft skills like discipline, drive and empathy mark those who emerge as outstanding" - Daniel Goleman

LeapIn week 6 was exceptional. I learned so many different things from last week that I can't wait to apply to my business each and every week. We kicked off Tuesday, by going to Tech Alliance and having a special day allocated to meeting with their advisers and also get to work in their space in order to work on our own businesses. We had an amazing guest speaker in Melissa McInerey from TBK Creative who gave us an amazing lecture on how she started with TBK creative and she gave us so much insight on what it takes to succeed in business as well as market you brand. There were so many things which stuck out to me, but I am going to narrow it down for the sake of the blog.

One piece of advice she gave us which is vital is the importance surrounding soft skills. You must have soft skills in order to make it in business. If your soft skills are not up too par, you won't be able to sell your business to people and communicate your value. Without this ability you won't be able to understand how to get your business across to potential clients, investors, mentors, or advisers. Soft skills are one of the most crucial skills you must have at being an entrepreneur. According to some research on soft skills, "they are considered personal attributes that enable someone to interact effectively and harmoniously with other people." Here are some examples of soft skills which I am going to list below.

  • Clear communication

  • Listening skills

  • Self-Control

  • Positive Attitude

  • Assertiveness

  • Conflict Resolution

  • Empathy

  • Depersonalise

  • Taking Responsibility

  • A sense of humour

After hearing Melissa speak it was imperative that I did research on soft skills and look to implement these skills into my daily routine. Also we spoke to our own adviser and my meeting was fantastic. I had my meeting with Davie Lee who is a startup adviser that has sold his own company and has worked with various start-ups before, and even had a master class on selling to the government. The meeting that I had with Davie blew my mind because he straight up told me that my workshop was worth way more than I thought it was. Basically he told me that the price I was going to sell my workshop for was way too low for what I am offering and that I should increase substantially in order to actually make a profit and it made me realise that what I am offering is very valuable. This boosted my confidence and I am going to have a meeting with Davie on Tuesday in order for him to further expound on what I can do in order to start getting clients for my business.

The next two days we spoke over our customer interviews and what we learned over the course of the two weeks on how we can interview customers and start figuring out if our problems are valid. I was only able to actually get two interviews which were valid, but the other one was a classmate. I learned that my service is definitely needed within the economy and that exercises and activities to relieve stress are needed to alleviate burnout to enhance more productivity in the workforce. This week ultimately was an eye opener and a confidence booster and I can't wait to share more of my journey!! Have a great day and stay tuned for tomorrow's blog, peace!! :)

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