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How to Discover Your Best Skills

Updated on April 1, 2014

Know What Your Best Skills Are

It is really important to know what your best skills are! Why? Because then you can place your focus where you will be most successful. When you are doing what you are best at, you are more likely to enjoy your work.

I am going to take you through a list of twenty skills that are important aspects of the work world. Individually, they are very powerful, and when you possess two or three, you become a greater asset to the company you work for and / or the business you are in.

Knowing what your skills are is one piece of the success puzzle, and it is a big piece. The development and improvement your skill is critical to making money. When I worked for the Government, the more I trained and developed my skills – the more I got promoted and got paid. If you are not learning and growing, you should re-think what you are doing.

Make a Choice


Focus on One or Two Skills / Talents

You might be an individual with many skills, and do not know which one is your best. Life can be challenging when you possess a lot of talent. Sometimes you find yourself all over the place. Consider focusing on your Best skill. The truth is, your best skill may be under utilized. You will have to do some soul searching and find out what you want to achieve – then you can focus and develop who you really are.

I hear many people speak in terms of what they do, their job title, and not their skills. Begin to see yourself as being a skillful talented being.

The list is extensive, and I hope you will gain valuable insight into yourself and those around you. As you read the list, you will begin to note the skills and talents in people around you too.

Twenty Valuable Skills

  1. Negotiation. The reaching of agreement through discussion and compromise.
  2. Presentation. A performance, exhibition or demonstration put on before an audience.
  3. Technical Writing. Written communication done on the job, especially in fields with specialized vocabularies such as, science, engineering, technologies and the health sciences.
  4. Leadership. The ability to guide direct or influence people.
  5. Communication. The exchange of information between people, by means of speaking, writing, or by using a common system of signs or behaviors.
  6. Medical. Relating to, involved in or used in medicine or treatment given by doctors.
  7. Sales Manager. One who oversees the exchange of goods or services for an amount of money or its equivalent.
  8. Media. The various means of mass communication considered as a whole, including, television, radio, magazines, newspapers, together with the people involved in their production.
  9. Business. A particular trade or profession.
  10. Organizational. The act or process of organizing.
  11. Life skills coach. Ability to handle problems and questions commonly encountered in daily human life. Self
  12. Administration. The management of the affairs of a business, organization or institution.
  13. Management. The act of handling or controlling something successfully.
  14. Marketing. The business activity of presenting products or services in such a way as to make them desirable.
  15. IT. Information Technology is the acquisition, processing, storage and dissemination of vocal, pictorial, textural and numerical information by a microelectronics-based combination of computing and telecommunications. Wikipedia.
  16. Writing. The act of creating written works, especially as a job.
  17. Account Management. Set of summarized accounting data prepared and presented specifically for a firm’s management.
  18. Interpersonal. Concerning or involving relationships between people
  19. Office Management. Organizing and administering the activities that normally occur in any day-to-day business office environment.
  20. Report Writing. The act of gathering and analyzing information, and then presenting it appropriately to a target audience. ehow

Note: All definitions from Encarta World English Dictionary, unless indicated.

This list should give you an idea of what skill or skills you possess. After discovering your best skills, identify how you want to pursue your talents. For example, if your skills are in Marketing, learn what opportunities are available for your skills. In case you are not aware, lots of money is poured into Marketing. During major television presentations, companies have been known to pour millions of dollars into marketing their product.

Another example is Leadership. Do you enjoy motivating and supporting a team? If you like a high-energy atmosphere where production is priority, you might want to be a Call Center Coordinator/Leader.

Lastly, if you are good at Writing, Join HupPages where you can earn revenue for your writing. Write about topics you enjoy and that are useful to a broad audience. Check out more helpful articles below.


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  • Treasuresofheaven profile image

    Sima Ballinger 6 years ago from Michigan

    jagandelight, if you don't need the money right away - Do Not Take the Chef job. From what you say, Cheffing is not your Dream. If you are interested in being a Chef, only do it on your terms.

    Now as for HubPages, I take it you are a Google Adsense Affiliate; you love/like Writing, right? Then step it up here on HubPages. I know the road can get long and lonely somedays, but keep the faith - and see your Adsense Revenue grow!

    Lastly, place your focus on what you enjoy doing! Oh, take a personality test too - they are fun and revealing. There is no quick fix! You have some options: Ever thought about being a Consultant.

    Okay, I'm getting carried away. Thanks for commenting and question.

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    jagandelight 6 years ago from Florida

    I needed to read this hub because I don't really know my skills apart from the nursing world.I was just offered a job as a fill in Chef, what do I do with this? I love the idea but I have often said that cooking in the kitchen 7-days per week was not for me. I love to cook sometimes and on my turf, but can I hack this one? This certainly will be a challenge and its an opportunity to expand and evolve, to see what God have for me down the road. What do you think?

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    Sima Ballinger 7 years ago from Michigan

    DjBryle, thank you for the vote and seeing this hub as a treasure. You are kind!

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    DjBryle 7 years ago from Somewhere in the LINES of your MIND, and HOPEFULLY at the RIPPLES of your HEART. =)

    Wow! This one is really a treasure from heaven! Thanks for sharing! Voted up for a useful hub! =)

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    Sima Ballinger 7 years ago from Michigan

    Truckstop Sally, Glad to see you, it takes alot to be successful. If we can delegate, that would be great.

    Hi BobbiRant, thank you so much. I tried to get to the point.

    Avesel, good suggestion about writing down skills one needs to develop. Thanks for coming by, and nice meeting you!

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    Avesel 7 years ago

    An excellent list for almost any professional.

    I suggest people write the skills they need to develop down and note down what activities they do in a given day that helps build them.

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    BobbiRant 7 years ago from New York

    Excellent down to earth advice. Great hub.

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    Truckstop Sally 7 years ago

    Great compilation of traits/skills for success. It does take a village . . .

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    Sima Ballinger 7 years ago from Michigan

    LadyE, thanks for coming here today. I am delighted to see your comments of "inspiring and motivating." I look to you for inspiration.

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    Elena 7 years ago from London, UK

    Very inspiring and motivating - I will share it.

    Also, I think I need to add to my skills. :)


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    Sima Ballinger 7 years ago from Michigan

    Dee, you have something not on the list (additionally), a Heart of Compassion!

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    Sima Ballinger 7 years ago from Michigan

    Dian'swords4u, in our demanding world, we have to know how to do many things/tasks. We seem to be bombarded with new stuff coming at us to learn - which forces us to function in ways we do not feel comfortable. Just because we can do something does not mean we should be doing know what I mean.

    Think in terms of what you are skilled at and enjoy doing. I don't think we have the capacity to do much that we attempt. I like to focus on where my strengths are. For example, on HubPages - do you do everything that is offered here, probably not.

    Dian'swords4u, I do thank you for stopping by, you always bring comments worthy of further discussion.

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    Dian'swords4u 7 years ago from North Carolina

    That was a real inspiration to me. I have been blessed with many talents and skills and sometimes I feel that I am just spinning my wheels and not getting anywhere. Thanks so muc for the information.

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    Dee aka Nonna 7 years ago

    You really got me to thinking this morning. I am now retired but I often think back on those times with great love and fondness, but this morning you got me to thinking about one person who was on my team..just before I retired who did everything she could to undermine the work of the team and of me. To put it mildly she tried to "stab me in the back" but I had something and someone greater on my side that stood in the gap for me. You got me to thinking about her so I said a prayer hoping that she is OK. Treasuresofheaven you really blessed me today.

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    Dee aka Nonna 7 years ago

    Not sure if you are asking me or asking in general, but after spending close to 40 years in various senior management positions 17 of those as a CEO many of those skills were just part of me....some evolved...some eveloped...because it was a non-profit organization I because a really good technical writer, grant writer, report writer, but I think the one that I have been told is that I could inspire people to go the extra mile when they thought they couldn't. Relationship building is something I love. I love turning a group of unrelated, unalike people into a team. For what it's worth...

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    Sima Ballinger 7 years ago from Michigan

    Hi Dee, thanks for coming by. You make an interesting point about the list of skills - "It should also serve as a way for leaders to access their team." Glad you loved it.

    Do you know your strongest / greatest skill?

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    Dee aka Nonna 7 years ago

    I agree, excellent list of skills. We should all stop and access or reaccess self from time to time. It should also serve as a way for leaders to access their team. Love this one.

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    Sima Ballinger 7 years ago from Michigan

    Hello revmjm, glad you took time to stop by. I am not surprised how skilled you are. Glad you brought your skills to HubPages.

    Happy Valentines Day/Night!!

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    Margaret Minnicks 7 years ago from Richmond, VA

    Treasuresofheaven: That was an excellent list of valuable skills. I went down the list and mentally checked off which ones I have. I could zip right through most of them; however, I must admit I did have to wonder if I was up to par on a few of them.

    Your list gave me a good idea of the skills I have and those I need to work on.