Hard Skills vs. Soft Skills: The Differences Between the Two + Examples

In business you need both hard skills and soft skills. Find out what the difference is between the two, plus we’ll look at examples of each.

Welcome to The Love of Business. I’m Crystal.

And I’m Sunshine. Let’s get to it.

So, Crystal, since we are talking about hard skills and soft skills today, will you enlighten us on what they are?

Absolutely. Let’s break them down one by one.

Hard Skills

So, let’s start with hard skills. Hard skills are teachable skill sets that can be quantified and measured. So, you’ve learned these skill sets in the classrooms, by training materials, and by on job, real life experience.

Can you give us some examples of actual hard skills?

Examples of Hard Skills

Sure. Hard skills can be getting a degree from a University. It could be learning how to operate a piece of machinery. Or it could be as simple as learning how to ride a bike.

Okay. So, now that we’ve covered the hard skills, I’m trying to get a better idea of what the soft skills are.

All right. So, let me explain.

Soft Skills

Soft skills are your people skills. It’s how well you connect with other people and interact with other people. Soft skills are a little bit harder to measure because they are very subjective in nature.

So, I kind of get it. People skills, soft skills. Can you give us a few examples of that?

Yeah, I think that will be helpful.

Examples of Soft Skills

So, let’s focus on some examples of soft skills today. Some of examples of soft skills would be patience, leadership, problem solving, and one’s motivation level.

Thank you for that Crystal.

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Crystal Shanks

Crystal Shanks, Certified Business Coach and CEO of Run Right Business Consulting, has been coaching business owners and executives around the world to achieve optimum results since 2009. Coach Crystal teaches her clients proven strategies to build thriving businesses and careers. She has worked with thousands of businesses and executives to generate substantial revenues and maximize profits.