7 Skills for the Future

(and right now too!)

The only seven soft skills you’ll ever need!

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  • The Seven Soft Skills: Short clips, exercises and videos to help you explore and put to use your innate soft skillset; updated once a fortnight.
  • Free webinars: our regular personal and professional development webinars help you to better understand the seven future skills and provide you with tips and tools to enhance your own soft skills. Every Tuesday 1 pm GMT
  • 7 Skills worksheets and exercises: If you have read Emma Sue’s book you might be looking for the associated worksheets for each of the seven future skills.
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If you haven’t read Emma Sue’s book, here’s why you should!

  • "I really appreciate your tone of voice in the book - the same as in the podcast: soothing and deep, like velvet. Exactly as I've known you in person.  I truly appreciate your authenticity. If I'll ever write a book myself, I'd love to be able to do just that. That's so inspiring."

  • "Anyone seeking support and guidance to grow personally – search no more! 7 Skills for the Future by Emma-Sue Prince is the only source you need to develop and improve your soft skills. Emma-Sue picks up on the skills she believes are most relevant to navigate through an increasingly complex world."

  • “A must-read for anyone seeking to develop personally and professionally, and not at the surface level but deep change that brings around lasting impact. As a coach, I’ll be adding this to my very select list of recommended reading for my clients, and I am confident it will positively impact them as it has me.”

    Chris Dudley, coach and licensed trainer

  • “As a coach and as a lecturer in Positive Psychology and Coaching Psychology, I can appreciate how Emma-Sue has been able to transform part of the cutting-edge theory into practice. She presents a text that may well help readers to raise their awareness and work towards the development of their adaptability, critical thinking, empathy, integrity, optimism, being proactive and resilience. These are the seven soft skills the author has chosen to help readers to take control, design and start living a purposeful life. A must read.”


  • “This book is a must-read for all of us right now, because, as the author says, the future is already here. Which are the vital skills we need to equip ourselves with? How can we get prepared? How should we practice them every single day? The answers to these (and many other) questions are in this beautifully written book. I highly appreciate the great collection of recent studies and research that the author effectively embedded into the text – very useful for anyone interested in bettering oneself. Also, theory and practice go very well hand in hand. There are lots of case studies, exercises, try-this sections, as the author is drawing on her resourcefulness and own experience as a trainer, with plenty of real-life examples and tips. So, the book is a very enjoyable read, while being thought-provoking, at the same time. Definitely a must-read!”

    Roxana P

  • "Emma-Sue Prince takes you one a personal journey. Her story creates an excellent starting point and includes details which make you want to understand how she changed her life around. The sections designed to make you stop and think and then consciously try out the techniques described are undoubtedly the most useful, but by far the most riveting parts are the case studies. There is so much to be gained by understanding how people have applied the coaching to their own lives. I had trouble locating the book after it arrived in my school, Wimbledon School of English, as my managers had already earmarked it as potential material for the "Young Leaders" course to be taught at our junior summer schools this year!"

    Mrs D

  • "What I really like about this book is its accessibilty. Like Emma-Sue herself, the book invites you in and inspires and challenges at the same time. Besides being a very useful and relevant self-help guide to develop critical soft skills for living in an increasingly complex, uncertain world, I believe this book should be prescribed as a text book for university business courses, particularly for leadership and management training. It is an insightful and practical resource for those looking to develop both personally and in their careers."

    Candy van Olst

  • "This very readable and well laid out book is about the “what, why and how” with more practical exercises to develop these skills. Now with a chapter on happiness this book pulls together the essence of what we each need to develop and use each day to live a fulfilled, rewarding and happy life. Whilst we can’t control what goes on around us we can control how we respond and navigate our way through life...we are masters of our own destiny! Highly recommended"


  • "A very accessible book which I found surprisingly helpful and practical. These are skills we think we know but Emma Sue brings a fresh take on them and gives you tips on how to develop them in your day to life. I really found the book motivating and inspiring. I also recommend her pod casts which have taken on a ‘life coach’ feel for me."

    Annelise Hetherington

  • "Great read, easy and accessible to understand and most importantly absolutely relevant! Once I picked it up I could not put it down and finished it with 3 days. I really liked the tips and exercises that help you develop the skills and I have been thinking how I can get my daughter to develop the skills as they are so important."

    Idorenyin Fowler-Utip

  • "What a wonderfully inspirational book. I can't put it down. Friends who have taken a peek at mine have bought it immediately."

    Sarah Williams

  • "Extremely thought provoking and enriching! You can open the book at any page and be immediately engaged. I enjoy the fact that I can dip into any chapter on a daily basis to challenge myself into becoming more self aware and reflective."

    Karen H


We all like to think we are adaptable but the reality is that we like to stay in our comfort zones where it’s safe and just easier. Our fast paced work and lives require us to be more adaptable than ever. The only way that’s going to happen is by placing ourselves more in “stretch”

Critical Thinking

How often do we question our assumptions, judgements and thinking skills? Not often enough. True critical thinking means less justifying of our actions and acceptance of information at face value and more curiosity and getting in the habit of asking far more questions than we do.


The ability to focus and give the gift of attention is one of the skills we are in danger of losing. Empathy is about listening, and being present in order to do this well. If we could put our empathy skills into action every day, we’d notice a massive surge in understanding, productivity and effectiveness.


Practise integrity and you will have great relationships, make decisions much more easily and sleep well at night! Living your values day-to-day is what integrity is all about. It’s so easy to break promises, tell white lies and hide behind technology. You could even say integrity is a fast-route to happiness.


Glass half full or half empty? Actually that does not matter. Optimism is less about positive thinking and much more about positive action. From finding reasons to be grateful to getting outside for a walk there are a hundred ways to build your happiness levels every day.

Research shows that optimism has a strong connection with being proactive and resilient. Focus on just one of these three will lead to strength in the others.

Being Proactive

When something is bugging us we’ll naturally put our energy on all of the things we can’t control. Being proactive and placing energy onto our attitudes and actions will influence the outcome though. As 98% of us are natural procrastinators the only way forward is to take action – even the tiniest step forward has an impact.


Do you stand or do you fall when setbacks and disappointments strike? Do you need to go through adversity to be resilient? That will depend on your unique genetics and life experiences. Build resilience by embracing failure and rejection and building strong networks. In a world of uncertainty your ability to be resilient is crucial.