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Professional Development month: Week 2 quiz

Business and behavioural skills Quiz

July 2021
1. Strategic insights
Caroline Stockmann’s series provides insights into workplace skills, such as communications and relationship-building skills and draws on her experience as a professional musician, youth development worker, internal and external auditor, senior finance professional and chief executive, as well as non-executive roles, across a span of different industries.

Question 1
In the podcast How to optimise your day what advice does Caroline provide on getting the most out of your day? 
2. Wellbeing
Wellbeing is defined as 'the state of being happy, comfortable or healthy'. Feelings of wellbeing are fundamental to your overall health, enabling you to develop and grow both professionally and personally. 

The pandemic has highlighted the importance of managing our mental and physical wellbeing.

Question 2
In the article How to master the art of optimism we look at what we need to do to remain positive.
According to this article, which of the following best describes the key areas of thinking that can help us evolve a more optimistic outlook?
3. Communication
Communication skills enable you to express yourself in a positive and clear way, and can be verbal or non-verbal. Demonstrating these skills involves conveying information in a simple, easy to understand manner without losing the core message.

Question 3
Being a great storyteller is an incredibly useful skill for any professional to have, and a relatively easy one to master. According to the Career Hub resource The value of storytelling, what are the ground rules to keep in mind when persuading people using storytelling?
4. Mentoring
Having an experienced, trusted supporter to give you valuable advice and help you realise your career, business or life goals is invaluable. The ACT provide support to members via their mentoring scheme, Mentor Me.

Question 4
According to the article How to make a mentoring relationship work what skills are recommended to get the most out of the relationship? Tick all those that apply.
5. Personal branding
Successful personal branding is about making sure your professional skills and attributes align with your interests so that you have a coherent and consistent message and come across as authentic.

Question 5
In the Career Hub resource Make over your personal brand in 5 steps, what actions can you use to ensure your personal brand comes across as authentic?
6. Problem solving
Problems can challenge us at any time. Many people try to solve problems as they arise, but it can be useful to have a problem-solving strategy prepared beforehand to make finding a solution easier.

Question 6
In the Career hub article, 6 steps to improve your problem solving, what steps are recommended to enable you to overcome problems calmly and quickly?