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DatGermanDude97

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Hello everyone!

Im currently 24 years old and getting started as an employed business consultant in a local small company soon. I want to learn first from a seasoned mentor before I get started on my own and want to improve crucial skills in my free-time. I study in a business administration part-time program in Frankfurt (yes I German) and I want to either improve my communication and negotiation skills or get started in coding. My question is this: Which skill is more valuable in a consulting and finances environment (I started out as a banker and turn to consulting now): Coding or negotiation and people-skills? If coding, what should I learn first? I always fell asleep in school-days as we learned basic HTML because our teacher was as exciting as watching paint dry...

Im definitely dedicated to put in the hours, I would set aside about 6-8 hours per week for learning this specific skill since I work full-time in consulting and do my besides-job degree or however that stuff is called in proper language.

Thanks in advance everyone! I appreciate any kind of help and please call me out if you think I am a slowlaner!

P.S: Excuse broken englisch if I did some typos, had my last proper englisch-lesson 6 years ago so please have mercy
 

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Hello

I would have thought communication and negotiation is more important than coding but then again I have no interest at all in doing technical work so completely biased.

By the way a friend of mine used to lead a Dept who watched paint dry. When he showed us we all looked with an interest that did not exist 30 seconds before he explained. So you never know....*

Dan

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DatGermanDude97

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Aug 19, 2021
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Hello

I would have thought communication and negotiation is more important than coding but then again I have no interest at all in doing technical work so completely biased.

By the way a friend of mine used to lead a Dept who watched paint dry. When he showed us we all looked with an interest that did not exist 30 seconds before he explained. So you never know....*

Dan

* Think intercontinental missiles and the reduction of friction to enable them to arrive closer to target.
Hey man!

Thank you very much!

I also prefer negotiation from a interest standpoint tbh but coding gets recommended so much from big guys as a meta skill and it offers the advantage of being learnable in my comfy underpants late in the evening without the hassle of speaking to real people... But besides reading books of course, is there a practical way to train negotiating-skills in free-time without buying trash or being creepy?

Best regards! Tobi
 

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Go to a restaurant and see what you can get them to give you or change to a menu you can get them to make.

It might seem like a small thing but negotiation is simply asking for what you want while keeping a straight face. Or a cheeky smile if that suits your personality.

Start getting used to it in small steps.

Dan
 

psgroup

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Hello

I would have thought communication and negotiation is more important than coding but then again I have no interest at all in doing technical work so completely biased.

By the way a friend of mine used to lead a Dept who watched paint dry. When he showed us we all looked with an interest that did not exist 30 seconds before he explained. So you never know....*

Dan

* Think intercontinental missiles and the reduction of friction to enable them to arrive closer to target.
I would also prefer to go for communication and negotiation.
This is what many of us don't know or say what should we say and how to say to please the opposition and many organizations have special team which is working in sales or BD team to crack a deal with the client. and that makes you more valuable to your organization.
If any thing went wrong then this will also help you to understand and negotiate in much better way.
 

Mark98

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Hello everyone!

Im currently 24 years old and getting started as an employed business consultant in a local small company soon. I want to learn first from a seasoned mentor before I get started on my own and want to improve crucial skills in my free-time. I study in a business administration part-time program in Frankfurt (yes I German) and I want to either improve my communication and negotiation skills or get started in coding. My question is this: Which skill is more valuable in a consulting and finances environment (I started out as a banker and turn to consulting now): Coding or negotiation and people-skills? If coding, what should I learn first? I always fell asleep in school-days as we learned basic HTML because our teacher was as exciting as watching paint dry...

Im definitely dedicated to put in the hours, I would set aside about 6-8 hours per week for learning this specific skill since I work full-time in consulting and do my besides-job degree or however that stuff is called in proper language.

Thanks in advance everyone! I appreciate any kind of help and please call me out if you think I am a slowlaner!

P.S: Excuse broken englisch if I did some typos, had my last proper englisch-lesson 6 years ago so please have mercy
Hey @ DatGermanDude97-check out this video. It speaks to your situation and can help provide the clarity you are seeking.

View: https://youtu.be/jiKiU706j7I
 

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