An effective database expert nowadays should not only fix the day to day technical problems but also provide efficient IT solutions, present them properly and, based on the management decisions, implement them. To accomplish this, a modern database expert should not concentrate only on technical training but also improve his soft skills.
Seriously, I know good database developers and DBAs that are professionals in their areas but for many of them it’s hard to communicate properly, negotiate with counterparts, propose valuable solutions or give a solid presentation to IT management. Some IT gurus simply ignore this and do not like to participate neither in strategic company discussion nor in this type of soft skills training. From my point of view, this is a big mistake. Besides, I think communication and negotiation topics are very exciting areas where you can train yourself, practise and as a result of that, improve not only soft skills but also your overall IT proficiency.
Recently I had a chance to attend a very interesting 2 days training class on negotiations topics. There I learned and what is really important could practice different negotiation techniques and strategies. Read more »