#2 | The “Multiplying Skills”

Everyone thinks that hard and soft skills are the end all to success in security. Sure, you could be a decent employee with those.

But if you want a real edge over others in your field, you need to pursue the “multiplying skills.” The “multiplying skills” are any skill that in a multiplying fashion supports your overall pursuit.

Example: The security consultant that is an excellent conversationalist. OR the executive protection specialist who is a great public speaker and influencer.

Here’s a short list of “multiplying skills” identified by (entrepreneur) Derek Sivers

  • speaking
  • writing
  • psychology
  • design
  • conversation
  • foreign language
  • persuasion
  • programming
  • meditation/focus

Are you stuck in the soft/hard skill paradigm?

What’s more useful, putting bullets in the black or communicating effectively with team members and being a leader?


This is one of the best books I’ve read lately about communication & influence. Influence: The Psychology Of Persuasion by Robert Cialdini PH.D.

(Yes, this book is part of the public domain)

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