Sunday, April 20, 2008

How to become a serial skiller

Employers respect only one word -- skill. And they understand only one language -- capability.

Therefore, to ensure his economic survival and financial success, a Linkedin user has to become a "serial skiller." That is, a person who's capable of learning and acquiring new skills rapidly and efficiently.

Since most people have a limited professional development budget, here's an idea to consider: join a group on Linkedin where people exchange skills with one another.

Better yet, create a group on your own (call it a "skills exchange club" or SEC) and invite your Linked connections to join the club, so everybody can share their skills with everybody else.

To make it fair, a member should talk (on the phone or in person) with another person for one hour. During the first 30 minutes, one person picks the other person's brain, and during the second 30 minutes, it's the other person's turn.

This is a good way to become a serial skiller and ensure your long-term professional success.

For example, if you have 100 people in your SEC, then every person could conceivably learn 99 different skills. Oh, and nobody pays anything!

Plus, every person will gain a greater awareness of what knowledge or skills he/she has which are really useful to others. He/she can then focus efforts on developing those skills or knowledge areas, thus increasing his/her own market value.