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Necessary Bridges: Public Speaking and Storytelling for Project Managers and Engineers

by Rashid N. Kapadia
(Houston TX)


Question: "What are the qualities of a Great Engineering Leader?"
Answer: To be a great engineering (or any other field) leader, one must be a good allrounder, and more important, one must be--at the very least--a good enough communicator.

Every project manager and engineer
can be a better project manager and engineer
by becoming a better / expert public speaker and storyteller

I had this epiphany years ago, after a conversation with a 360 degree evaluation / feedback facilitator.

I went on to write a book evangelizing public speaking to project managers, engineers, IT professionals, and all STEM professionals. www.NecessaryBridges.com

Here (https://youtu.be/02LhRONZ7YI) I make the case to an audience of project managers and engineers.

Engineers: Unless you are content to remain an "individual contributor" for your complete professional life, you ignore the power of public speaking at your own professional peril.

GOOD LUCK!
Warm regards.
Rashid N. Kapadia

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Feb 27, 2017
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Thanks Mark NEW
by: Rashid N. Kapadia

Hi Mark:

Thanks for your kind comments. Sorry for very late response.

Regarding QUOTE Out of interest, do you feel engineers are a little reluctant to demonstrate humour and personality (in order to build rapport), for fear of losing technical credibility? UNQUOTE

Not really. Not in my experience. Perhaps you have to a part of their "in-group" to get access to this side of their personalities. I've worked with many Finnish engineers, who have a (completely wrong) reputation of silence and no-humor. Not true. Once you tune in to them, they are great guys to be with, with a very normal sense of humor.

GOOD LUCK!

Jan 10, 2017
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The Power of Strong Communication and Public Speaking...
by: Mark

Hi Rashid,

I couldn't agree more! The best engineering managers and leaders inspire their teams, often with first class communication and motivational people skills. Once you've built a connection and demonstrated a collective cause, you are halfway there.

All the best with your book. You've definitely got my support. Your website is well worth a visit too. Do let us know how you get on.

I'm interested in the 'human' aspects of getting more out your technical team...

Out of interest, do you feel engineers are a little reluctant to demonstrate humour and personality (in order to build rapport), for fear of losing technical credibility?

Mark
Founder, Advice Manufacturing

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