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Thinking of your Presentation as a Performance

By Lydia Wilkinson

Oral presentations can strike fear into the hearts of many an engineer. This discomfort is something all actors have had to deal with at some point, and that the discipline has developed strategies to address. Performers think of their body and voices as instruments that are used and manipulated to send particular messages to their audience. Their training techniques can help us to develop and improve our own performance effectiveness, by actively considering how we plan to convey our message, and developing the tools to support our approach. For example, experimenting with creative physical and vocal exercises, such as finding your neutral stance, understanding your physicality, and enacting different emotions through physical gesture, can help you to develop confidence and an awareness of performance as a skill you can master.   Below are five performance based techniques for improving your oral presentations. You can hear more about these at ProComm 2018 [Continue reading]

Updated Due Date: Special Issue on User-Generated Content and Its Effects on the Profession (December 2019)

Proposals for the IEEE Transactions on Professional Communication Special Issue on User-Generated Content and Its Effects on the Profession (December 2019) are now due June 15th, 2018. Please see the original CFP for more information. … [Continue reading]

Do “I-statements” Help or Hinder Communication in Professional Contexts?

In her internationally best-selling book, Lean In: Women, Work and the Will to Lead, Sheryl Sandberg, Chief Operating Officer at Facebook, advises women to “speak your truth” but to do so in an appropriate, yet non-threatening way—to be “not brutally … [Continue reading]

How we understand, teach, and learn about engineering ethics

Ethics has long been acknowledged as central to engineering education; yet current approaches to teaching engineering ethics fail to understand the the psychological and philosophical literature about how ethics are learned. The three dominant modes … [Continue reading]

IEEE Transactions on Professional Communication Call for Submissions: Special Issue on User-Generated Content and Its Effects on the Profession (December 2019)

Guest editors: Josephine Walwema (Oakland University), Hilary Sarat-St. Peter (Columbia College Chicago), and Felicia Chong (Oakland University) A smartphone user types “extend smartphone battery life” into a browser search box; the results … [Continue reading]

Joanna Wolfe on Gender Dynamics in Engineering Teams

In engineering teams, gender dynamics can disproportionately impact women, limiting or circumscribing their roles in those team environments.  At our last conference in Madison,  Joanna Wolfe - Director of the Global Communication Center, Teaching … [Continue reading]

1Q18 Issue of IEEE Transactions on Professional Communication

The March 2018 issue of the IEEE Transactions on Professional Communication has recently been published online. If you are a paper subscriber, you will receive the issue, printed together with the June issue, in early June. Volume 61, Number 1, … [Continue reading]

Podcast: George Hayhoe interviews Guest Editors of the Special Issue on Plain Language in the IEEE Transactions on Professional Communication

Listen to George Hayhoe interview the three guest editors of the IEEE Transactions on Professional Communication special issue on Plain Language - Nataliya Mateeva, Michelle Moosally, and Russell Willerton - as they discuss the role, the history, and … [Continue reading]

Reminder: ProComm 2018 Abstracts due Feb 5th, 2018 … and here’s some tips on how to write a good one!

We're really looking forward to seeing you all in Toronto in July for ProComm 2018, so here's a quick reminder about the abstract due date and process, available on our Call for Papers page. Writing an abstract can sometimes be an intimidating task, … [Continue reading]

Ryan Boettger, Editor of the IEEE PCS-Wiley Book Series, interviewed on the challenges of integrating and engaging with Millennials in engineering organizations

Ryan Boettger, editor of the IEEE PCS-Wiley Book Series, was recently interviewed in Supply & Chain Demand Executive. He spoke on the challenges of integrating and engaging with Millennials in engineering organizations, nothing that “when Baby … [Continue reading]