Many soft job skills still involve how well you work with others, even if you're not seeing colleagues in person. Professional soft skills, such as being able to navigate and manage relationships, are especially important if you're managing projects and people remotely. You must also be able to connect and engage with colleagues across departments if you are to successfully advance any deliverable, whether it's a large project that's strategic to the future of the business or ensuring that employees and suppliers are paid on time.
While effective leaders will seek to minimize unnecessary meetings, there will be occasions when meetings are necessary. One of the most important soft job skills is presenting to a group, which now, in the new remote hybrid work environment, means mastering delivery via videoconferencing. Effectively presenting and participating in a meeting remotely requires its own set of soft skills. Regardless of your role with the organization, always keep the audience in mind. Since videoconferencing is a visual medium, leverage available technology to tell a story and encourage interactivity to keep attendees engaged.
Ensuring you are appropriately prepared for a meeting is crucial to success. This means making sure you are briefed on the necessary materials and you share any important information with decision makers ahead of time to allow for decisions to be made in a timely manner. Setting—and keeping—reasonable time limits for both individual agenda items and entire meetings is also an important skill to hone.