We heard answers from a handful of candidates. Teachers helping in the interviews were concerned when a candidate was too meek, too withholding, or too talkative. At the end of all of the interviews, the question arose about whether a direct answer was better or worse than a story leading to an answer. This reminded me of an article in Inc. magazine (online), headlined Public Speaking Is no Longer a 'Soft Skill': It's Your Key to Success in Any Field. The so-called soft skill of storytelling is discussed. One entrepreneur was quoted as follows:
If an entrepreneur can't tell a convincing story, I'm not investing. You call it soft. I call it fundamental.
The one easy way to become worth 50 percent more than you are now -- at least -- is to hone your communication skills -- both written and verbal.
In a world built on ideas, the persuaders -- the ones who can win hearts and change minds -- have a competitive edge.
Calling public speaking a "soft skill" diminishes its value in a world that cherishes the hard sciences. Public speaking isn't soft. It's the equivalent of cold, hard cash.