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why study with us?
Soft skills training grounded in reality.
We teach you how to get specific, quantifiable results, however small. Not just "how to feel confident"; confidence without results is a delusion.
Designed for "nerds"
Our curriculum has been designed for rational adults who want step-by-step explanations. None of this "just be natural and follow your intuition" nonsense.
We only teach what we have tried ourselves. These techniques have helped real people achieve permanent social results.
The ability to deal with people is as purchasable a commodity as sugar or coffee and I will pay more for that ability than for any other under the sun.
John D. Rockefeller
What are soft skills?
Soft skills can be described as the ability to deal with people.
The nuanced distinction between soft skills and social or interpersonal skills is unimportant.
Empathy is only a building block for soft skills. While for a neuroscientist merely being able to imagine another person's emotion is a skill, our focus is on practical outcomes such as new friendships or completed business projects.
Soft skills training comprises educational approaches to improving soft skills of a person or a group of people. Gems of wisdom can be found in "How to win friends and influence people" by Dale Carnegie or on this website. However, most people do not change their behavior no matter how many books or blogs they may have read. A more systematic training approach and a dedicated, sustained effort over time are required to create a lasting change.
Why soft skills training?
Explain the same idea in half the time. Understand what is implied but not said. These and many other superpowers are soft skills in action.
Prepare for a promotion
If you lack the character traits for becoming a manager, do something about it.
Work on your terms
Do you know how to ask for what you need without drama and ultimatums? We only teach win/win strategies.
Soft skills training can change your entire life. Make a stranger feel understood, and you have a new friend, spouse, or business partner.
WHO WE ARE
Sergey Orshanskiy is a Data Scientist with a Ph.D. in Math. He has created a food recommendation system acquired by Seamless/Grubhub (ack-to-hire). He knows, how easy it is for programmers to over-focus on their craft while neglecting social life.
After 15 years of studying non-technical fields, from dance to philosophy, Sergey has concluded that soft skills training is the missing ingredient that can skyrocket the effectiveness of organizations and individual programmers alike.
What people say about Sergey
Apart from his outstanding technical skills, Sergey is a great team leader and a unique person. He has brilliant communication and tutor skills. It was a great experience to work with him together!
Sergey is one of the best mentors I ever had and he guided me not only from a technical and interview point of view, but as a whole person. He spotted my lackings and weaknesses and guided me how I can overcome those.
Not only as a mentor but as a person too, he is very nice and I learnt a lot from him and I am very grateful.
Beta Microsoft student partner
Sergey was a CTO in a startup where I was a mobile developer. We have worked together for almost two years. Communicating with him was one hundred percent transparent, productive and helpful.
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