Having not been back to Hong Kong since 2007, I had the opportunity to present at the Hong Kong Polytechnic this week to 200 entrepreneurs.
This got me thinking about how important it is to have a skill set that allows you to help people anywhere in the world. For many years, I specialised in sales and once I achieved $1 Million worth of sales in just 1 week, I decided to focus on Marketing then specialised in digital marketing, followed by developing the skill of being able to present in a room of 1-15 people, and now to 100’s sometimes every week.
I have decided to share with you 5 skills that you can apply to help you get your perfect job or to start a new business, regardless of where you are in the world.
Good salespeople can generate and close deals constantly and adapt to any environment they are in which is why having sales a skill, is very handy. Regardless of where you are in the world, you can pick up the phone or send one email and the sale is yours. Gone are the days of constant face to face meetings, I always make sure my first point of contact is through a 30 minute phone call to understand what my potential client needs from me.
Marketing is one of the best skills you could possibly develop and take anywhere. As so much of marketing has now moved to the internet, you won’t have any problems keeping in touch with your clients through the likes of gMail, Skype and WhatsApp. Even though I spent a week in Hong Kong, I was able to not only keep in contact with my current clients, but also engage with new ones.
3. Social Media
Social media is similar to marketing in the sense that it is highly reliable on the internet. Social media management is one of the easiest things you could do remotely. If you have had the necessary meetings with clients and you know what you need to do, working anywhere in the world is easy. One thing I would say is that if you are taking a week or two week trip, make sure you are prepared when it comes to social media. We can easily get sidetracked!
4. Public Speaking/Training
I have been a public speaker for over 7 years now but regardless of where I am speaking or who I am presenting to, I always get nervous. If you are considering becoming a professional speaker and trainer, you first need to make sure you have the right people around you who are going to help you improve your stage presence. It may seem like an easy thing to do but trust me, a lot of hard work goes into a 45 minute presentation regardless of whether its to an audience of 15, or 200.
As part of building your online digital footprint, you will need to start writing. Start off small with one blog a week and work your way up from there. I not only write a blog for my own website, I also contribute to the likes of Social Media Today and Business2Community. I also get asked to write “how to” pieces for various magazines and online publications. This has definitely helped me build my online profile and will help you do the same. If writing isn’t something you are passionate about, have someone ghostwrite your blogs.
What skill do you use remotely?