commpraxis: The community for successful IT professionals

Hi there, thanks for stopping by! Whether you’re a recent graduate or a seasoned professional, there’s always room to polish your soft skills.

I’m Ian Selvarajah and I created this site because, as a “techie”, I found it frustrating to witness my colleagues, despite their depth of knowledge, fail to achieve their potential due to a lack of soft skills. If you’re an ambitious professional and ever wondered how you can:

  • Be more confident, charismatic and engaging
  • Get your message across effectively
  • Be an inspiring leader, coach or manager
  • Develop an extensive, supportive network of contacts

Then you’ve come to the right place!

Minor modifications, major results

The slightest tweaks in body language, tone of voice or words used can have significantly different outcomes. Conveying the right image and message can be the difference between:

  • Landing your dream job or settling for mediocrity
  • Getting a double digit raise, the usual 2% or even no raise at all
  • Accepting the first offer or negotiating additional salary, vacation time and perks
  • Having a strong, supportive network or a bunch of acquaintances

Soft skills can be learned, practiced and polished

You may find yourself saying things like: “I’m not a natural speaker.”, “I’m an introvert.”, “I’m shy and get really nervous.”, “I feel fake.” Don’t worry; we’ve all felt that way at some point. I’ve coached successful professionals who…

  • Took anxiety pills before presentations … now present comfortably, naturally and convincingly
  • Couldn’t approach strangers … now go out and make several new contacts easily
  • Had difficulty being concise … now cut through the fluff and get straight to the point
  • Would accept an initial offer … now comfortable negotiating more favourable terms

These are obvious confidence boosters, but practically speaking, they have also received substantial financial benefits– my clients have saved or earned tens of thousands of extra dollars thanks to their polished soft skills.

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