The specific skills necessary to complete your job are often learned through on-the-job training or prior education and certification classes. Soft skills, on the other hand, are things like communication, negotiation, and other interpersonal skills. Traveling to countries that speak a foreign language enhances your ability to communicate effectively and creatively. The more and diverse people you meet and interact with, the more likely you are to be a good listener, pick up on social cues, and avoid or resolve conflicts. These “people skills” can’t be taught or measured, but management will take notice of them the next time they’re looking to promote someone.