Vocational + Real Skills

Vocational + Real Skills

by Michael Feeley September 14, 2023


AS A CAREER COACH, I talk with people about two kinds of skills – vocational skills such as accounting, web design, book editing, carpentry, cooking, hotel management, and what Seth Godin aptly calls real skills – human skills such as empathy, caring service, charisma, generosity, creativity, going beyond what’s expected, deep listening, finding solutions, patience, loyalty, relentlessness, honesty, forgiving, understanding. Everything that will help your work grow, and your employees or team do much better.

We often don’t think or care enough about real skills – training or inspiring others to work on them. They are harder to measure and hire by than vocational skills.

We usually learn real skills by accident or by observing people around us, like parents, our partner, friends, bosses, and places we buy things from.

Real skills can be learned and should be practiced and not left at your workplace door.

Real skills are deep, good choices you make. They are attitudes, and attitudes can be practiced.

You can be cold, or you can be kind.

You can be angry, or you can be grateful.

You can be tight, or you can be generous.

See the choice – the attitude you can live with and show to other people?

What do you think will happen at work and to your ‘self’ when you consciously combine vocational and real human skills?


Thanks – Michael (he, him)

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Michael has twenty years experience matching people with positions that allows them to reach their potential. Having worked with corporate decision makers, Michael has expertise in understanding organizational needs in multiple industries. He understands, experientially and intuitively, what gets people hired and what doesn’t. With a big heart and intellect to match, Michael Feeley is an authority on bringing the best out of business owners, executives, and entrepreneurs… he has such amazing energy, not to mention a terrific business background.

Libby Gill

Business Coach, Brand Strategist & Best Selling Author

…as a trainer I watched Michael Feeley become a masterful coach, being adept at many coaching skills… he is supportive, motivational, action-oriented, open minded, authentic, confident and compassionate… such a delight to work with… fun, high-energy, intuitive, spontaneous!… I have observed him to be very inspirational, empowering, and encouraging clients to go to greater depths in their lives. He is a true ambassador of the profession… Michael has heart and soul along with the ability to deliver!

Deborah Van de Grift – CPC, ELI-MP, PCC

Vice President iPEC – Institute for Professional Excellence in Coaching

You, my friend, are the Real Deal.

Matthew Carey

Host of Studio Time Podcast


Michael Feeley walks the walk and talks the talk. He is honest, authentic and incredibly generous in spirit. Michael’s deep commitment to service means his clients get his full attention and will benefit from his coaching skills, experience and wisdom.

Kathy Karn

Psychotherapist, Photographer and Storyteller /

London ON Canada

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