The Math of Success in Packaging

Like many other subjects, packaging is also one of the service functions and so just knowledge of packaging as a technology is not sufficient to succeed at work place. May a time professionals do many additional part-time evening courses or correspondence courses. The courses cover part-time MBA, supply chain, retail, finance etc. Really speaking all these additional courses are of little help to support the core function of packaging that we study and companies take us to perform. So we are neither here nor there.

transf-skillsSo quiet often I had been asked what should young packaging professionals be doing to improve the success at work place as simple subject knowledge is not sufficient. Over the years, I had been observing and discussing it with other professionals too.   And the list of skills that are essential to be an effective packaging professional is given below:


  1. Public speaking
  2. Basic knowledge of psychology
  3. Business writing skills
  4. The basics of design
  5. Proper grammar
  6. The art of persuasion
  7. Some other technology as hobby in addition to packaging
  8. Bit of acting & voice control (theatre skills)
  9. Good working knowledge of Excel/PowerPoint etc say Microsoft Office
  10. Some basic knowledge of database management like Microsoft Access
  11. Project Management skills
  12. Social networking skills
  13. Visibility management
  14. Some foreign language
  15. Any outdoor sports
  16. Some basic knowledge of softwares like photo shop, corel draw etc
  17. Know the art of storey telling
  18. Bring some spirituality in life as it pays
  19. Join some NGO kind of group to support social cause
  20. Learn to teach/coach


25_IS_2243703_boboling_2x1The moment you will start acquiring these skills, your chances would improve dramatically and you will be amazed with yourselves.  Don’t be satisfied with dissatisfaction,  Just try!


2 thoughts on “The Math of Success in Packaging

  1. Chhavi Goel on Reply

    Interesting. This is called “packaging yoga”. A set of activities to achieve perfect as a “packaging technologist”.

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