As another year ends, it’s time to take stock of how the blog fared and what Soft Skills Studio has been up to. From being featured in the newspaper to an interesting stint with Toastmasters, here are the top highlights of the year:
Soft Skills Studio was started as a blog to share my experiences in training and expertise in skill building. After a lot of research, I figured that there was need for a training blog that talks about skill building tips and other related areas. And it has been 3 eventful years – it completed 3 years recently – and I have written about a variety of topics related to communication and soft skills. From the series on speaking skills and vocabulary building to stand alone posts on productivity, listening skills, writing skills, effective communication, training, coaching. There have been book reviews, event reviews, Twitter activity updates, TED videos and what not! In fact, it is hard to capture the essence of the blog in a few lines. And yesterday, on 3rd October, the readers proved that the effort that goes into writing this blog is indeed worthwhile! The blog got the highest ever views on a single day, in 3 years. And there’s another interesting thing about this piece of statistic…
As the sun sets on 2016, it is time again for the customary round up post summarising the main events of the year. A lot of exciting things happened this year – on the blog and off it – to make the year eventful. There were books reviews, blogging events, videos were shot and posted for the first time and the the blog posts here went on to be published on other esteemed platforms. Here’s a quick summary:
To begin with, there were quite a few book reviews through the year culminating in a list of brilliant books I read in 2016. Coaching was an important part of the posts this year. I also finished my first stint with iOwn, India’s first social change movement through coaching. It was a great experience working with my client and bring her to a level where the difference was evident to both of us.
It’s been a journey that completes 2 years this month. July 2014 – a milestone in my life when this blog was conceived and I set out to share my knowledge and experiences on this blog. And I can’t thank all of you enough for the love, support and encouragement you all have shown to this blog. Even though posting on a blog and setting up a thriving training business is hard, I have thoroughly enjoyed pursuing my passion. It has had it’s own ups and downs and I thought this is a good time to look back on them.
It’s scary to traverse unchartered territories when you start something new on your own. It is stepping out of your comfort zone and bid adieu to the predictability of life. You can follow others for inspiration but one’s own journey turns out to be unique and different. It is waking up every morning and taking the next step forward without letting the mammoth journey ahead intimidate you. Easy as it sounds, some days arrive ponderously with self doubt that refuses to go. But ploughing on is the only choice. When I look back, there are a few things that come to mind that might help you in your journey too. So, here they are in no specific order:
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It’s been a fortnight of milestones and firsts at Soft Skills Studio. The streak began with the Facebook page hitting 500 likes!
And then the blog itself completed 100 posts.
And while we were still jumping for joy – you, the awesome readers of the blog gave us the highest ever views at 250 from just 90+ plus visitors!
We can’t thank you all enough for your readership and encouragement to keep coming back with more brilliant content week after week. Since you all have been so important to our success, we have decided to celebrate these milestones with freebies just for you! We have 5 free coaching sessions of an hour each to give away. These free sessions could also lead to more surprises from the treasure box we have for you!! Watch this space for more. Also, like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter for more updates on this.