While hard skills teach us what to do, soft skills tell us how to apply our hard skills in a social environment. The focus of the course is to develop a wide variety of soft skills starting from communication, to working in different environments, developing emotional sensitivity, learning creative and critical decision making, developing awareness of how to work with and negotiate with people and to resolve stress and conflict in ourselves and others.
Would you like to take up a new hobby, improve yourself, study better or find a new job? ALISON’s Personal Development & Soft Skills courses are for learners who want to enrich their personal and professional lives. The Personal Development & Soft Skills category includes personal development courses. For students under-going a course of study, there are courses in smarter learning, study skills and resume writing, while, for job hunters, there are courses in career planning and job hunting.


Basic knowledge in communication and a good understanding of English.

Course duration : 08 weeks
Course layout

Week 1:
Communication skills 1: The basics

Topics to be covered:

i. Understanding the communicative environment-I
ii. Understanding the communicative environment-II
iii. What to listen for and why
iv. When to speak and how
v. Starting and sustaining a conversation
Week 2:
Communication skills 2 : Presentation and interaction

Topics to be covered:

i. What to present and how – I
ii. What to present and how – II
iii. Multimedia presentation: Understanding the basics
iv. Communication styles
v. Speaking in groups
Week 3:
Communication skills 3: Visual, nonverbal and aural communication

Topics to be covered:

i. The world of visual culture
ii. Visual perception
ii. The aural: Its relevance and impact
iv. The body and the way it communicates
v. The face, its expressions and what it says
Week 4:
Interpersonal communication 1: Individuals, groups and cultures

i. Building Relationships
ii. Understanding Group Dynamics- I
iii. Understanding Group Dynamics- II
iv. Groups, Conflicts and their Resolution
v. Social Network, Media and Extending Our Identities
Week 5:
Interpersonal communication 2: Emotional and social skills
Week 6:
Developing key traits 1: Creativity, critical thinking and problem solving
Week 7:
Developing key traits 2: Motivation, persuasion, negotiation and leadership

i. Motivating oneself
ii.The art of persuasion-I
iii.The art of persuasion-II
iv. From persuasion to negotiation
v. Leadership and motivating others
Week 8:
Essential and vocational skills: survival strategies

i. Managing time
ii. Managing stress
iii. Resilience
iv. Work-life balance
v. Applying soft-skills to workplace