Technical skills or Communication skills

Since Day one of my career I had this argument about the “Importance of Communication Skills over Technical Skills” with many people in different positions of the organization. There were so many different opinions and arguments that I heard depending on individuals perspective. But since day one I have been saying that “You need communication skills to support your technical expertise”.

In my view right from cracking the interview to performing the job, you need support of communication skills more than technical expertise. You cannot impress the interviewer with correct answers but with bad communication skills. You can argue the other way round also, but I would say that the percentage of skills that we need in communication is more than what we need technically to succeed in the job.

Below are some of the arguments that I used to support my statement:

– A good solution if cannot be communicated properly will not help. But a bad solution with good communication skills can buy some time.

– You can always attract the right kind of attention needed.

– You can use your communication skills to get the response you want.

– As a lead you can be assertive with your fellows rather than being intimidating.

– You can apply communication skills to sell your ideas to the group

– Once you know what you speak, you can give constructive criticism and positive reinforcement

Finally I would say that to make others understand a technical solution needs effective communication.


One comment

  1. Communication skills is not a matter of choice but a must. But at the same time if a person is too good in technical skills, it doesnt matter if he has sound communication skills or not. Just my 2 cents.

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