People Skills for Product People is a live course based on learning by doing to help you develop your soft/ EQ skills you’ll need to grow in your career.
As Product People, we tend to focus on technical skills (or hard skills) such as A/B testing, business models, KPIs, MVPs, strategy, roadmaps, etc. You know the ones I’m talking about.
However, as you grow in your careers you’ll realize People Skills are the difference between success or failure. In fact, according to Dr. Travis Bradberry people with a high degree of emotional intelligence make more money—an average of $29,000 per year more than people with a low degree of emotional intelligence.
Introducing People Skills for Product People
In People Skills for Product People, you will learn step-by-step strategies and tools to get your team working towards the same goals and expectations. While building trust, and understanding. Develop your mindset, leadership skills, and emotional intelligence to build products your users want to buy and use faster.
I’ve been thinking about this for a very long time. Do we need another course in the wild?
Yes, based on how I’ve seen students learn and actually enjoy learning. This will not be a traditional course. You’ll learn about and practice new skills in a simulated (and safe) environment.
Each module will have three components designed to help you learn by doing.
3. Chat with a pro
What does this mean?
Yes, there will be written and video content like other courses, however, we’ll discuss the module topic as a group, live. You know for understanding. Then you’ll have a fact pattern where you will have a chance to practice your soft skills and then debrief live. What went well, what didn’t. Finally, we’ll line up a product expert who knows that topic well. You’ll be able to ask questions and better understand the nuances live.
Why learn with me?
I’ve been leading/ facilitating workshops and teaching at a local university for over nine years. Check out some of the comments from past students and workshop customers here.
This course is designed to help you start your journey to improving your soft skills/ EQ. By the end, you’ll have a better understanding of what you are good at/ comfortable with and where you need to continue learning.
Who is People Skills for Product People for?
This course will be designed for Product People. If you work in a team and interact with internal and external team members and need to influence without authority. This course is for you.
– Afraid to ask for a raise or ask for more money during an interview?
– Unable to give feedback because you are not sure how to without it being taken negatively?
– Wanting to say no multiple times a day but end up saying yes?
– Avoiding that necessary yet uncomfortable conversation with an engineer/designer?
– Unable to deliver bad news?
Then this course is for you.
What will you get out of it?
Each week we’ll focus on a soft skill using the framework mentioned above. While the course length and topic choice are not finalized some of the topics might include:
Five things I wish I learned early in my career:
1. Negotiating in general and negotiating money issues
2. Communicating effectively (especially with leadership)
3. Having difficult conversations with team members
4. Building trust
5. Handling objections/ saying no
— Pradip Khakhar (@pradipcloud) July 23, 2020
Right now, I’m looking at a four-week course length (but open to suggestions).
Other topics we are considering including Empathy, Motivating the Team, Communication skills, Patience, Perseverance, Trust, Active Listening, Ability to Adapt, Critical Thinking, Body Language. There are so many to list.
Have a skill you are interested in let me know below.
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Let me know what you’d like to see in People Skills for Product People.