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ENGINEERING
COMMUNICATION
SKILLS
BY MAX SWAHN
MAXSWAHN.COM
While it’s easy for people to assume that most
engineers are holed up working on research or
their next major build, in re...
There are always varied levels of
understanding. In some
situations, you will be speaking
to your engineering peers who
un...
THE ENGINEER
“If there’s a risk they’re unfamiliar with
technical details and jargon then keep it
simple at first – you ca...
PRACTICE MAKES PERFECT
If you aren’t comfortable with your current level of
communication skills, practice. The more often...
Between emails, briefs, and
proposals, written
communication is equally as
important as oral
communication if not more in
...
Enthusiasm is contagious. While it’s important to
practice proper communication and make a clear
argument, passion is ofte...
THANK
YOU!
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Essential Components for Engineering Communication Skills

Max Swahn discusses the importance of strong communication skills in the engineering industry. For the full post visit MaxSwahn.com.

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Essential Components for Engineering Communication Skills

  1. 1. ENGINEERING COMMUNICATION SKILLS BY MAX SWAHN MAXSWAHN.COM
  2. 2. While it’s easy for people to assume that most engineers are holed up working on research or their next major build, in reality, engineering requires a lot of communication skills as well. I previously touched on why communication is essential to a career in engineering. Now I’m going to discuss the ‘what’ part of communication ENGINEERING REQUIRES A LOT OF COMMUNICATION SKILLS
  3. 3. There are always varied levels of understanding. In some situations, you will be speaking to your engineering peers who understand the high-level jargon of the field. Other times you will be working with coworkers from other departments who aren’t familiar with the same concepts you are. Consider your audience before planning a speech or information session. KNOW YOUR AUDIENCE
  4. 4. THE ENGINEER “If there’s a risk they’re unfamiliar with technical details and jargon then keep it simple at first – you can always add more detail in later. And if you do mention terms or concepts they may not have encountered before then make sure you explain them in clear language.”
  5. 5. PRACTICE MAKES PERFECT If you aren’t comfortable with your current level of communication skills, practice. The more often you use and hone those skills, the more comfortable and confident you will be. Consider taking advantage of a program like Toastmasters International where you can practice in a private, controlled environment.
  6. 6. Between emails, briefs, and proposals, written communication is equally as important as oral communication if not more in the workplace. You use it every day for nearly every task. Use proper grammar. Practice the same understanding for your audience when you write as you do when you speak. Don’t over complicate things and be sure you are direct. THE WRITTEN WORD
  7. 7. Enthusiasm is contagious. While it’s important to practice proper communication and make a clear argument, passion is often the clearest message. As Mitch Maimain describes, “Engineers do not necessarily need to become card-carrying sales people, however, they do need to be able to sell their ideas.” If you can clearly display your argument and show people how excited you feel about it, the more likely people are to respond to it. WHEN ALL ELSE FAILS - ENTHUSIASM
  8. 8. THANK YOU! For the full post visit MAXSWAHN.COM

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