Benoit Chalifoux is an international speaker on soft skills, motivation, sales and diversity in the world of business in Canada, in Africa, and Europe. In the faculty of management of the University of Quebec in Montreal (ESG UQAM), he is the deputy director of international affairs, lecturer and manager. He also taught across the globe while supporting various start-ups. He is the co-author of a book combining entrepreneurship and sport entitled "Saisir sa chance" (Seize your chance). Graduated from the University Paris Dauphine with an Executive Master in Business (EMBA), he also has an MBA and a BAA of ESG UQAM.
Developing your Soft Skills : an essential asset to succeed
Managers were formed to manage budgets, products, and processes, but fewer were formed to manage humans. It is indeed easier to teach techniques and methods (hard skills) rather than ways of behaving (soft skills). However, humans are at the center of any organization, whether they are CEOs, employees, clients, or shareholders. The current context of a hyper-competitive world leads companies to focus their efforts on productivity and forget about the human aspect of their organization. More than ever, interpersonal relationships are a crucial factor in the success or the failure of an organization but also in the fulfillment of its individuals. Far away from being an easy competence to develop, "soft skills" might be the determining factor that will make the difference in your professional career.
What if the best method of selling is not selling at all?
Let’s face it, people do business with those they know, like, and trust.
Have you ever noticed that when there is a lack of trust, transactions tend to be drawn out, and communication is halted? The opposite is equally true; if two parties trust each other, transactions are quick, and communication is simple. But before arriving at that point, your clients first need to know who you are and you have to quickly develop a memorable experience so that trust can be established over time.
The question is, how do you get to that point? How do you gain recognition? What is the “magic formula” to create powerful bonds with others so that they desire to do business with you?
What if diversity is your best asset?
Businesses everywhere are looking for team members that are creative, motivated and engaged to come on board and promote their mission and goals. In this context, diversity should not only be embraced and part of the company culture, but also developed and maintained.
Recent research supports the fact that diversity in all its forms indeed leads to more effective business practices. So, to capitalize on this fact, businesses need to be in the practice of encouraging their employees to cultivate a diversity mindset. Not only will this aid in the mutual comprehension and adoption of this mindset but will also lead to more productivity and an increased sense of well-being at the workplace.
More than ever before, the human factor along with interpersonal relationships play a crucial role in the success or failure of an organization, as well as the growth of individuals themselves.
This conference will empower you and challenge you to reflect on the importance of diversity within your organization.
Benoit is an amazing speaker, full of energy, a great sense of humour and has a very relevant and inspirational message to share. Benoit was our keynote speaker at our leadership conference on Soft Skills in September 2019. The appreciative part was that he took the time to really understand what we were looking for and customized to our needs. The feedback from the managers was overwhelming positive. We felt very lucky to have him on stage at our leadership conference. We would highly recommend him.
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