The other day I was in a meeting where another engineer attempted to explain how to use a new tool. Granted, we both work in the same engineering space but it was extremely hard to follow the presentation. I found myself getting frustrated because I was nowhere near understanding what was going on. So today’s
Everyone knows that one person with whom you cannot have a short conversation. This is the person whom no one wants to talk to for fear of getting drawn into a lengthy conversation. You wind up standing there just nodding and hoping that someone you know will walk by so you can pretend you need
You may be wondering why techies would need to learn how to communicate effectively. “The reason I chose to study Engineering is so I wouldn’t have to deal with people,” you might say. I don’t want to be insensitive but I feel I should remind you of a fact of life: no one reaches success
Let me ask you a question: would you pay to go to the theater if the actors just stood on stage and read from their scripts? What about the movies? Do you think that Tom Hanks would have won an Oscar for Forest Gump if he’d just read the script in a Southern drawl? No.
How many times have you heard a speaker start on a topic then suddenly go off on a tangent, never to return? In software parlance, the speaker “went off into the weeds”. Well I’m here to tell you that the worst thing you can do to your audience is build up anticipation for an ending