now browsing by author


Aug 26- Empower the Community Weekend- Presentation on Soft Skills

On August 26, 2017, I’m scheduled to present on soft skills twice (@1: 30 pm and 3: 30 pm) for 30 minutes each on soft skills. This is a great event filled with outstanding speakers and jam-packed programs. If you’re in the metro area, don’t miss it. For detail including to purchase your ticket, schedule, location, and so on., visit


Upcoming Events on Soft Skills:

  1. Guest FacilitatorOrganizer: 21st C Community. Event: Weekly Career Success Webinars. Dates: August 16, 23, and 30, 2017. Time: 9 – 10 pm EST. To sign-up and attend the webinars, go to this page: audio recording of August 16, 2017, webinar on soft skills. Part 2 is on Aug 23 @ 9 pm EST: Part I- Increasing Self-awareness
  2. Facilitating a 2-day workshopOrganizer: Sholla Corporation. Event: 2-day boot camp style intensive workshop. Date: Saturday and Sunday, September 2 – 3, 2017. Time: 9 – 5 pm. Place: For more, check out this link:


Interview with Charles Britt on Soft Skills

Report on the 2-hr workshop on soft skills

The workshop on August 19th was very successful. Within 2-hr, participants could be able to:

  • Appreciate the importance of soft skills for their career success
  • Which soft skills are vital to develop personal mastery, get along with and lead others
  • Got some latest insights, tools, stories to them work on their soft skills
  • And more.

The workshop was held at Sholla, downtown Silver Spring, for the company’s current students, trainers, and alumni. Here is a YouTube photo slideshow to watch some of the pics taken from the event:


The next big event you shouldn’t miss is the 2-day boot camp style workshop on the top 12 soft skills based on the recently published book “Soft Skills That Make or Break Your Success”. For more, check this page:

By the way, we have so many requests for sponsorship. Many immigrants who cannot afford to pay for the event are asking for help. If you would like to sponsor one or more participants to this life transforming event, please reach out to us.

Interviewed by a local TV station based on my new book

The Ethiopian TV and Radio (ESAT)’s Reeyot interviewed me based on my new book. The interview wasn’t conducted in English. It’s in Amharic…

ESAT Yetsehafian Dimtsoch Reeyot with Dr Assegid Habtewold Thur 17 Aug 2017

2-Hour Workshop on the top 12 soft skills

Sholla presents a boot camp style 2-day intensive workshop on September 2 – 3, 2017 based on the newly published book entitled ‘Soft Skills That Make or Break Your Success: 12 soft skills to master self, get along with, and lead others successfully’. The facilitator of the workshop is Dr. Assegid Habtewold, the author of the book. He has been a trainer for some government agencies and corporations since 2007. Entrance fee is 300 USD/person. Only 20 attendees are admitted for the first batch. To learn more, check this link:

However, Sholla would like to invite Dr. Assegid to facilitate a 2-hour fast paced workshop exclusive to Sholla current students and Alumni for free on August 19, 2017, @4 – 6 pm at Sholla (8204 Fenton St, Silver Spring, MD 20910). We have, nonetheless, some seats reserved for guests.

Please note that research conducted by Harvard University, the Carnegie Foundation, and Stanford Research Center revealed, “85% of job success comes from having welldeveloped soft and people skills, and only 15% of job success comes from technical skills and knowledge (hard skills). Unfortunately, many professionals, especially technical professionals in IT, Science, Engineering, and so on over depend on their technical expertise. Accordingly, they neglect to develop their soft skills proactively, and in turn, many struggles to get jobs that match their skills, many of those who set their feet in may lose their jobs because of their inability to get along with diverse people. Since having well-developed soft skills is a requirement to become a supervisor or a manager and succeed in these leadership positions, many technically savvy professionals unable to advance in their careers, and watch from the sidelines while others with average technical expertise climb the corporate ladder.

These shall not be your fate. You can develop your soft skills proactively to complement your technical skills, and take your career to the next level. It’s possible, and we’re here to help you.

You’re hardworking with an outstanding personality. You have excellent technical skills as IT professionals. Nonetheless, to succeed in the US, get promoted, and climb the corporate ladder, you need to hone your soft skills. This 2-hour workshop on August 19, 2017, @4 – 6 pm is packed with great insights, tools, and processes that will empower you to develop the 12 top soft skills that make or break your career success.

Please confirm your attendance of this invaluable workshop on August 19 by writing email @ or calling at 301-588-3893. Since we have limited space, first come first served.

Report on August 11th conference

The Skilled Immigrants annual conference in Alexandria on August 11th was very successful. As part of the first panel, I shared my experience as an immigrant, and the soft skills necessary for immigrants to succeed in the US.

A couple of sponsors donated over 35 Soft Skills That Make or Break Your Success book to participants.

Report on August 4th workshop

The workshop on August 4th was very successful. Within 1-hr, participants could be able to:

  • Appreciate the importance of soft skills for their success
  • Which soft skills are vital to develop personal mastery, get along with and lead others
  • And more.

The workshop was held at Veterans Plaza, downtown Silver Spring. Here is a YouTube photo slideshow to watch some of the pics taken from the event:


Interview with Eric Rasch on Soft Skills

2-Day Boot Camp Style Intensive Workshop

Sholla presents a boot camp style 2-day intensive workshop based on the newly published book entitled ‘Soft Skills That Make or Break Your Success: 12 soft skills to master self, get along with, and lead others successfully’. Here is a link to read the synopsis of the book, press release, and to download the first part and the conclusion of the book for free:

Learning Objectives:

This workshop gives you the necessary insights, processes, and tools to develop your soft skills that empower you to take your life, career, and business to the next level. The workshop has five over-arching objectives. At the end of the course, participants will be able to:

  • Understand the vital roles soft skills play in mastering self, getting along with and leading others
  • Discover the soft skills necessary to succeed in managerial positions
  • Assess which soft skills have been missing that deterred them from attaining personal mastery, getting along with, and leading others successfully
  • Identify tools, processes, and approaches that enable them to improve their soft skills that equip them to master self, get along with, and lead others
  • Develop action plans to practice what they learned right away when they return to the workplace


Course outline:

Part I: Soft skills to master self:

Soft Skill 1: Increasing self-awareness

Soft Skill 2: Regulating Emotions Wittingly

Soft Skill 3: Managing Time and Energy Wisely

Soft Skill 4: Solving Problems & Making Right Decisions


Part II: Soft skills to get along with others successfully:

Soft Skill 5: Playing Teamwork

Soft Skill 6: Communicating Effectively

Soft Skill 7: Promoting Diversity & Embracing Inclusiveness

Soft Skill 8: Turning Conflicts into Opportunities


Part III: Soft skills to lead others successfully:

Soft Skill 9: Motivating Others to Aim High

Soft Skill 10: Coaching & Mentoring to Empower Others

Soft Skill 11: Negotiating With Others for Win-Win Deals

Soft Skill 12: Leading Others Through Change Smoothly


About the author and Trainer of this workshop

Assegid (AZ) Habtewold wrote three books including his latest book entitled ‘Soft Skills That Make or Break Your Success’. He has been serving some Government agencies [National Institutes of Health (NIH), General Services Administration (GSA), US Department of Agriculture (USDA), Forest Services, and National Cancer Institute], Public Schools, Fuji Films, Everis, Westat, Per Scholas, and so on. AZ has also been working with world-class management consulting companies such as CI International and ICATT Consulting. He has been facilitating workshops on the 12 themes incorporated in his third book. He also has been working as a contractor to provide public seminars and on-site workshops for seminar companies such as SkillPath, and National Seminars. AZ has the following degrees: Doctor of Strategic Leadership, Master’s in Computer Science, and Doctor of Veterinary Medicine. He has over 20 years hands on leadership experience that began as a youth and student leader. He has been providing training and facilitating workshops for more than nine years in the US. AZ came to the US in 2005, is a US citizen, and lives in Silver Spring, MD.



  1. We have limited seats. 20 participants for the first batch. First come, first served.
  2. Each participant gets a copy of the book for free.
  3. Handouts will be sent once you register for the boot camp.

If you may have any question or need explanation, please call at 703-895-4551 or 240-429-1445 Email:

To register, go to Eventbrite:

The Pope of Soft Skills

On August 4th, 2017, just before facilitating a workshop based on my new book at Veterans Plaza, Silver Spring MD

If you’re wondering why I’m called the Pope of Soft Skills, check this brief video clip from yesterday’s presentation at Veterans Plaza

My next presentation is going to be on August 11th, 2017 in Alexandria VA. The event is organized by A Consortium of Northern Virginia Workforce Development Organizations.

Theme: Workforce Conference: Rebuilding Your Professional Career in the US’.

This is especially important if you’re an immigrant who would like to take your career to the next level. This kind of opportunity comes once in awhile. Use the opportunity to jumpstart your new career you’ve been dreaming to launch for a very long period of time. If you intend to revitalize, relaunch, rebuild, and/or make a career change, this conference equips you with the necessary info, tips, and guidances.

If you know someone from your family, among your friends, and colleagues who may benefit from this conference, please inform them to attend this vital event.

Don’t quote me 🙂 I heard that some companies have already ordered my book to give to participants. I’m not yet sure how many copies. If I were you, I’d go there early and get a copy. This is a fantastic book so use the opportunity, of course, to hear many great speakers, and it doesn’t hurt to get a great book for free. 

To learn more about the time, place, and most importantly to register, please check out this link: