CAREERSKILLS
On-demand Soft Skills Career Lectures!


The CareerSkills lecture series will introduce you to career authors who will remind you of the soft skills you need to advance your career.  Authors will introduce you to timely and relevant soft skills, like ethics, leadership, teamwork, communication, public speaking, creative thinking, problem solving, and more!

The Fine Art of Small Talk
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Debra Fine

Nationally recognized communication expert Debra Fine reveals the techniques and strategies anyone can use to make small talk in any situation. 

  • Do you spend an abnormal amount of time hiding out in the bathroom or hanging out at the buffet table at social gatherings?
  • Does the thought of striking up a conversation with a stranger make your stomach do flip-flops? 
  • Do you sit nervously through job interviews waiting for the other person to speak? 
  • Are you a "Nervous Ned or Nellie" when it comes to networking? 

Then you should sit in with Debra today.

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Managing UP, How to Move UP and Win at Work with ANY Type of Boss
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Mary Abbajay

Managing up will be the most valuable 'soft skill' you can develop!

It's not about sucking up or brown-nosing; it's about figuring out who you are, who your boss is, and finding where you meet. It's about building real relationships with people who have influence over your career. 

Managing up is good for you, good for your boss, and good for the organization as a whole. Mary will share strategies for developing these all-important connections and building more than rapport; you will become able to quickly assess situations, and determine which actions will move you forward; you will become your own talent manager, and your boss's top choice for that new opportunity.

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How to Think Like Leonardo da Vinci
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Michael Gelb

Genius is made, not born. Human beings are gifted with an almost unlimited potential for learning and creativity. Now you can uncover your own hidden abilities, sharpen your senses, and liberate your unique intelligence by following the example of the greatest genius of all time: Leonardo da Vinci. 

Michael will show you how you can expand your mind to accomplish more than you ever thought possible. Drawing on Da Vinci's notebooks, inventions, and legendary works of art, Michael will introduce Seven Da Vincian Principles—the essential elements of genius—from curiosity--the insatiably curious approach to life-- to connessione--the appreciation for the interconnectedness of all things.

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The 55 Soft Skills That Guide Employee and Organizational Success
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Tobin Porterfield

Most people have heard of soft skills and perhaps can list one or two. Dr. Tobin Porterfield and Bob Graham, both university professors with extensive business backgrounds, have uncovered a list of 55 soft skills that employees and organizations are increasingly unleashing to spur innovation and growth. 

By blending soft skills with people's technical skills, those aptitudes, competencies and expertise most education focuses on, employees and organizations can overcome challenges in today's complex workplace. As organizations, and the leaders and employees that work for them, seek a new edge to achieve greater productivity and innovation, focusing greater attention on soft skills could be the difference maker.

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A Swift Kick in the Can'ts
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Elaina Zuker

If you want to increase your productivity, enhance your earning power, achieve your goals, and reach more overall success in your life, then read on. Peer Mentoring™ is a system in which two people agree to support each other based on complementary skills and needs, and the partners create a 'contract.'  

The purpose of this process is to create a  'buddy system' to help both of you achieve your individual goals. There have been numerous books and articles about mentoring, finding someone senior to you in your field who will help, advise, consult, and coach you to realize your potential.

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Leadership Step by Step
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Joshua Spodek

Leadership literature is full of principles and ideas--but they rarely leave the page. Practice is what turns abstract concepts into useful skills.

Joshua walks readers through what to do and how to do it in an integrated and comprehensive progression of exercises designed to cultivate key abilities, behaviors, and beliefs through experience. Joshua will share exercises to help you accomplish the inner work and gain the social skills required for great leadership.

Joshua will demonstrate leadership skills--and then guide you through the process of developing it.

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The Warrior the Strategist and YOU
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Floyd Woodrow

You’ve been wanting to start your own gig, so here’s your chance to get some inside information and advice from someone who knows small business!

Floyd will help you:

  • Understand your personal drivers, allowing you to generate ideas that achieve your goals.
  • Find your personal motivation to actually see your ideas through to reality.
  • Evaluate your small business ideas and side hustles against real-world criteria to determine success potential.

Floyd will show you how to make much more money on your own, spend time how you want, build a simple business, and quit your day job.

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Communicate or Die: Getting Results Through Speaking and Listening
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Dr. Thomas Zweifel

Frustrated by blame games, mistrust endless meetings, lack of alignment, toxic colleagues, turf wars, and/or weak performance?


Is there a tug-of-war, with everyone pulling in different directions?  But most of us fly blind in our communications. Simply because we never systematically trained our speaking and listening muscles. Dr. Zweifel, former CEO, Columbia leadership professor and award-winning author of bestsellers like Strategy-In-Action, has trained and coached 5,000+ executives in the art and science of effective communication.  It's your turn to learn well documented strategies!


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Be Bad First: Get Good at Things FAST to Stay Ready for the Future

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Erika Andersen

We are operating in a world defined by constant connection, rapid change, and abundant choices. News that once took months, even years, to spread now reaches across the globe in seconds. Advances in medicine and science are pushing boundaries with gene therapy and stem cell transplants.

And decisions about where and how to work and live are nearly endless.  As new knowledge--and the possibilities that arise from that knowledge--propels us forward, leadership readiness expert and renowned author Erika Andersen suggests that success in today's world requires the ability to acquire new knowledge and skills quickly and continuously--in spite of our mixed feelings about being a novice.

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Introverts: Leverage Your Strengths for an Effective Job Search
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Gabriela Casineanu

The Stanford Shyness clinic has conducted research that found nearly 60 percent of the population considers themselves shy.  

Gabriela will provide tips and strategies to help anyone who considers themselves an introvert to shift the perception from feeling a victim to creating a strategy mix that meets the employer midway while staying true to their introverted nature.

You will gain confidence and learn how to become the project manager of your own job search project and make it more effective by using your strengths.

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Art Thinking: How to Carve Out Creative Space in a World of Schedules, Budgets, and Bosses
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Amy Whitaker

An indispensable and inspiring guide to creativity in the workplace and beyond, drawing on art, psychology, science, sports, law, business, and technology to help you land big ideas in the practical world.

Anyone from CEO to freelancer knows how hard it is to think big, let alone follow up, while under pressure to get things done. Art Thinking offers practical principles, inspiration, and a healthy dose of pragmatism to help you navigate the difficulties of balancing creative thinking with driving toward results.


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Robots Will Steal Your Job, but that's OK! How to Survive the Economic Collapse and be Happy!
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Federico Pistono

You are about to become obsolete. You think you are special, unique, and that whatever it is that you are doing is impossible to replace.  You are wrong.

As we speak, millions of algorithms created by computer scientists are frantically running on servers all over the world, with one sole purpose: do whatever humans can do, but better.

This is the argument for a phenomenon called technological unemployment, one that is pervading modern society. You will gain an understanding of:

  • What technology will be capable of doing in just a few short years
  • How rapidly these technological advancements will replace white collar jobs
  • What jobs will be hard to replace with technology

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