Skill or Technique

I got a phone call from my bank. When she said the name of the bank, I had a bad feeling. Several months ago, I got a phone call from the same bank. The speaker said many things, but she was not “talking” to me but obviously “reading” something. I told her that I was running out of time, but she did not stop reading it. Finally I told her to send “the document” through email instead of wasting my time. She took offence and hung up the phone. She did not have a communication skill. Unlike that one, the speaker this time was friendly and actually “talked” to me; we had a conversation. I don’t know whether she is a friendly person or has a technique to talk friendly, but she has a good communication skill anyway.

A few days ago, I wrote about skills and expertise. I wondered if what I wrote makes sense, and looked up some words in my dictionary. According to Longman, skill means “an ability to do something well, especially because you have learned and practiced it”. [1] Expertise means “special skills or knowledge in a particular subject”. [1] ¬†And technique means “a special skill or way of doing something, especially one that has to be learned”. [1] All of those attributes are a kind of “skill”. By the way, talent means “a special natural ability or skill” [1], and ability means “something that you are able to do, especially because you have a particular mental or physical skill”. [1] English is a funny language.

Anyways, my job hunting will go on to get a job to use my design skill, technique and expertise in design.

[1] Longman Group Ltd, Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English, Harlow, England: Pearson Education Limited, 1995.

April 15, 2013Permalink