Brexit: The Soft Skills you Would Need to Negotiate your own Deal

It is reportedly ‘a key moment in Brexit negotiations’ which would suggest that an agreement between the UK and the EU could be finalised any day now. Yet it appears that any solution could also be far from being on the horizon and those optimistic for a decision to be made soon will likely have to continue to be patient.

Awaiting an agreement has likely caused a number of us to think: “If I just got on and did this myself this would all be over in time for tea!”’

Let’s imagine you did. Of course, it would require some specific hard skills such as an education in Politics, International Affairs and maybe Finance. But let’s discuss the Soft Skills you would need if you were to step in and negotiate your Brexit deal before the UK says see EU later.

Communication Skills
No matter which side of the Brexit coin you agree with, if you are going to negotiate your terms you are going to have to effectively communicate your position.

In his eBook Soft Skills, Bookboon Author Manmohan Joshi refers to the Three Key Elements of Communication:

You: You will need to bring your strengths, experience, and opinions to the table.

Your Audience: Communicating your position will require distinguishing who you are speaking to, how they like to consume information and how to best address them.

Your Message: Determining what you want to say is crucial but communicating your message effectively is just as important. The Key Characteristics of Effective Communication are quite simple; Ensure your message is Clear, Complete and Correct.

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