Soft Skills 101 – Life Skills For A Digital Age

Soft Skills 101: Life Skills for a Digital Age

It’s a well-known adage in the business world that you are hired for your hard skills and fired for your soft skills. It might be a well-known adage, but what exactly are hard and soft skills?  

  • Hard skills are easily measurable and quantifiable skills, such as welding or heart surgery.
  • Soft skills are the personal attributes that enable someone to interact effectively, harmoniously and productively with other people.

Welcome to Soft Skills 101: Life Skills for a Digital Age, sponsored by the Ultimate Homeschool Radio Network and True North Homeschool Academy! My name is Lisa Nehring and I will be your host, with regular appearances by my husband, Dr. David Nehring. Together we have homeschooled our 5 kids for the past 27 years, and are passionately committed to resourcing and connecting fellow homeschoolers and Christians with the tools and resources necessary to navigate a complex world in need of a Savior.

Each month we will focus on a particular soft skill, including the “4 C’s of Education*” such as

  • Team work/ Collaboration*
  • Integrity
  • Critical thinking*
  • Creativity*
  • Work Ethic
  • Leadership Skills
  • Time & Distraction Management Skills
  • Flexibility and Adaptability
  • Communication*

Over the course of each month we will:

  • Define specific aspects of the soft skill we are focusing on
  • Dive deep into how to implement these skills in your own life
  • Offer practical tips, helps, curriculum and books.
  • Interview guest experts and learn from those who are implementing these skills in their own lives.
  • Provide you with show notes that equip you with awesome resources

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Soft Skills 101 Podcasts

Flexibility and Adaptability: Interview with Vicki Tillman, of Seven Sisters

In this show Vicki Tillman, of Seven Sisters, shares insight into flexibility and adaptability. “Anything worth doing is worth doing badly.” G.K.Cheserton Resiliency- the ability to jump back when disappointments and failure hit. Failure is not an end point- we need to teach our kids to get back up and try again. Often failure ends […]

Flexibility and Adaptability: Part II of Interview with Ali Thomas of NiHao Chinese

In this episode we talk about foreign language, scholarships and Chinese in particular with Ali Thomas of NiHao Chinese. Be sure and check out part 1 of this interview here if you missed it! Colleges may no longer expect foreign language for admittance, but proficiency in a foreign language can equal scholarship money and international […]

Flexibility and Adaptability: Foreign Language Adaptability with Ali Thomas of NiHao Chinese

Guest Ali Thomas, co-owner of NiHao Chinese, is here with us today talking about Flexibility and Adaptability, especially in regards to Foreign Language Acquisition. Learning a foreign language and international travel helps you understand people and cultures different than yourself- develops flexibility and adaptability as well as empathy and compassion. When Ali was a young […]

The Soft Skills of Flexibility and Adaptability

Introducing the Soft Skills of Flexibility and Adaptability! These soft skills are more important than ever before in the fast paced, quickly changing, international world our kids will be navigating. In this show we’ll talk about the importance of strategizing for your children’s future as they launch into adulthood, including taking a look at rising […]

Integrity within a Family with Dr. David Nehring (Part 2)

Dr. David Nehring joins us for this episode to finish our series on Integrity. Bible Verse: Ephesians 5:21 Submit to one another out of reverence for Christ James 1:4 So don’t try to get out of anything prematurely. Let it do its work so you become mature and well-developed, not deficient in any way. Books/ […]

Integrity with Dr. David Nehring

Dr. David Nehring joins us for this episode, focusing on Integrity.   Integrity is about God. Most importantly it is about ME in relationship to a living, Holy God.  Who are “we”? – “We” as people of the Book. Q: What is the value system of the Book? A: Holiness, Kinship & Purity: the good, the […]

Integrity: The Role of a Parent with Rabbi Pesach Wolicki

This week on Soft Skills 101 podcast, we are joined by Rabbi Pesach Wolicki for the next episode in our integrity series. The main topic of this podcast is the role of the parent. Here is a brief outline of what we discussed: Bible Verse: Proverbs 22:6; Deuteronomy 11:19 Role of the Parent – teaching […]

Integrity Interview with Justin Warfel – Part 2

Can you be a Christian and walk with integrity while being involved in Politics? Living with Integrity, despite one’s vocational choice, takes intentionality. It is easier to see a lack of integrity on the part of others, than ourselves, or “our side.” We want to think the best of ourselves while we think more critically/ […]

Integrity Interview with Justin Warfel – Part 1

This week on Soft Skills 101 Podcast, we interview Justin Warfel about Integrity.  Lack of Integrity in language- “I feel” vs. “I think.” = intentional thoughts based on thinking vs. feelings demands critical thinking skills. Reactivity is a result of basing actions and thoughts on feelings vs. thinking. Lack of Integrity can be found in […]

The Soft Skill of Integrity with Cindy Rollins of Mere Motherhood

In today’s episode we kick off talking about the Soft Skill of Integrity with author of Mere Motherhood, Cindy Rollins. Cindy is a long-time homeschooler, author, podcaster, Mom of many, friend and mentor. Cindy shares how stories, histories and the Biblical narrative can be the voice of conscious in the lives of children, how reading […]

Teamwork: Assessment

Assessment is integral to creating solid teams- both internal and external. This requires looking at thing truthfully and objectively. Truth is not my perception, truth is measurable and both internal (if we are saved as the Spirit of the Living God dwells within us) and external. Peter’s failure in Gethsemane is turned into a redemption […]

Teamwork Part 4: SMART Goals

SMART goals allow you to manage roles and responsibilities, as well as expectations of yourself and others. Time to learn about SMART Goals for teams! Bible Verse: Eph 4:11″And he gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers.” Acts 15- AD 55 –James, Peter and Paul and the Council of […]

Teamwork: Clarifying Your Purpose

To create great teams we must clarify our purpose. Bible Verse: Quote: “Talent wins games but teamwork and intelligence wins championships.” Michael Jordan  Details of Show: Clarify your purpose Vision –the state of begin able to see the long view Misson- the outcome or assignment Meaning- the art of experience Each of our lives is […]

Teamwork: Wilderness Adventure (Part 2)

This podcast recounts a trip to the High Unitas Wilderness area Lisa Nehring took the summer before she started college. Hiking and living together with a small group of people required serious teamwork as they navigated trails, illness and adventure! Bible Verse: Two are better than one for they have a good return for their […]

Teamwork: Part 1

Soft Skills 101 topic this week is teamwork. Definition: team·work the combined action of a group of people, especially when effective and efficient. Quote: As Andrew Carnegie once noted, teamwork “is the fuel that allows common people to attain uncommon results.” Scripture Ecclesiastes 4:9 -4:12. The family is the first “team” a child is a […]

Electronic Media and Family: Interview with Bj Pramman and Rachelle Green

This week on Soft Skills 101 we are interviewing BJ Pramman and Rachelle Green!  We have a great lineup of topics in this interview focusing on how to manage electronic media and family. Quote: Nothing is better than going home to family and eating good food and relaxing. Irina Shayk  Details of Show: Respect and […]

How To Learn To Communicate Well In a Changing World: Interview with Ron Brumbarger

This week on Soft Skills 101 Podcast, we interview Ron Brumbarger!  We discuss how to learn to communicate well in a changing world. Bible Verse: Colossians 3:23 Whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men Quote: “Failure is not bad, it’s just failure. Keep taking risks, keep trying.” Ron Brumbarger […]

Communication Week 3: Modes of Electronic Communication: Netiquette

This week on Soft Skills 101, join us for a discussion about modes of electronic communication, what we like to call “Netiquette.”  Learn a few tips on how to teach your kids some life skills in this area! Bible Verse: Honor Your Father and Mother Exodus20:12 Honor Everyone. Lover the brotherhood. Fear God. 1 Peter […]

Communication Week 2: Respect and Connection in Electronic Media

Bible Verse: Romans 12:13 ESV / 5 helpful votes Contribute to the needs of the saints and seek to show hospitality.   Quote: Nothing is better than going home to family and eating good food and relaxing. Irina Shayk    Details of Show: Respect and Connection in Electronic Media, Conformity now, conformity then Front porches and […]

Communication

This week on Soft Skills 101 podcast, we talk about the #1 soft skill – communication. Bible Verse: Proverbs 25:11 says, “A word fitly spoken is like apples of gold in a setting of silver” Quote: Lee Iacocca admonishes, ‘You can have brilliant ideas, but if you can’t get them across, they won’t get you […]

Introducing Soft Skills 101

Soft Skills 101: Life Skills for a Digital Age Welcome to Soft Skills 101: Life Skills for a Digital Age, sponsored by the Ultimate Homeschool Radio Network and True North Homeschool Academy! My name is Lisa Nehring and I will be your host, with regular appearances by my husband, Dr. David Nehring. Together we have […]

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