Monday 9th March 2020
It’s time for a rethink about the language of skill development. For too long, ‘soft skills’ have been the poor relative of ‘technical skills’, neglected in training plans and languishing somewhere near the bottom of a busy lawyer’s to-do list.
What if we rebranded them ‘performance skills’?
After all, in a highly competitive marketplace where it’s increasingly difficult to differentiate between law firms, the unique strengths and capabilities of individual lawyers are surely what sets firms apart? Expert technical advice is a given, but crystal-clear communication skills, commercial acumen and responsiveness are surely what keeps clients coming back.
It’s not hard to see how performance skills have great relevance to legal practice – here are just a few examples:
Spending time developing these and other performance skills will reap handsome rewards in the long term. Building confidence in yourself will enable you to strengthen your relationships with others, whether colleagues or clients.
Make time for your own performance development in 2020 and explore Central Law Training’s extensive range of online and face-to-face personal skills training.
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