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Skills Library

Our skills library is full of useful information. You can search for keywords in the boxes below, and even filter what kind of medium you like while learning. Are you interested in one topic in particular? Visit our guided learnings about teamwork, presenting and writing. You can always check out the upcoming workshops to see if the skill you want to improve is available this quarter.

Blog Iris Huisman: Why skills are so important for career success

Technical skills are far more tangible than soft skills, but nonetheless soft skills are crucial for your career. You may believe that there is nothing wrong with your soft skills, and probably you are right. During your life your soft skills have been developed by your environment from birth onwards. However, have you deliberately developed one soft skill more than another? Not always!

10 steps to effective listening
In today’s high-tech, high-speed, high-stress world, communication is more important than ever, yet we seem to devote less and less time to really listen to one another.
Blog Nienke Rovers: Feedback? Yes, please!
A couple of weeks ago, we received an e-mail from Rob Leijssen (a recently graduated student from BIS) with his findings on TU/e SkillsLab. He told us that even though he really liked SkillsLab and appreciated the initiative, he also missed some important content. Since we value any kind of feedback highly, we asked Rob if he wanted to drink a cup of coffee with us and chat about his e-mail and other suggestions he has for SkillsLab.
Effective communication
This guide describes key communication skills: listening, non-verbal communication, managing of stress and emotional awareness.
Guided Learning: Collaboration

Collaboration is more than simply working together. If you want to say that you have mastered the skill of collaboration, you will have to be able to positively influence the team atmosphere and to make teamwork enjoyable for every team member. If you want to further develop or master this skill, please use this topic guide.

Guided Learning: Communication

Do you consider yourself a good communicator? Or is there room for some improvement? Good communication is key to good collaboration. Read this topic guide to learn why.

Guided Learning: Providing and receiving feedback
Interested in learning more about giving and receiving feedback? Read and watch the content of this topic guide to discover the use and the ground rules of feedback and learn how to conduct a peer review professionally.
Handout about feedback rules
This handout gives you a quick overview of some ground rules for giving and receiving feedback.
Handout about giving and receiving feedback, and the Johari Window

Giving and receiving feedback can help you to gain insight. It means that people who are communicating inform each other about the effects of the other person’s behavior.

How to conduct a good peer review
This web lecture shows you ways and examples of how to conduct a peer review properly and how to handle emotions.