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Improving Communication in Existing Groups: Three Strategies

Patricia SheridanIn Patricia Sheridan’s last post, she discussed some team process development strategies for teams that are coming together to create effective ways of working together. But: what can an individual engineer do to make group communication happen easily/better when they aren’t starting a new team?

In this post, she explores some strategies individuals can use to get to see more of ‘who’ their team members are and how to use this to improve group communication in their teamwork by:

  1. Acknowledging different approaches and perspectives
  2. Disagreeing by using questions rather than statements
  3. Using multiple modes of communication

Read about how to put these strategies for effective group communication to work in your current teams here.

1Q16 and 2Q16 Issues of IEEE Transactions on Professional Communication

Two issues of the IEEE Transactions on Professional Communication have recently been published and should be reaching your mailbox soon if you are a paper subscriber. The March 2016 issue provides a special issue on content management; the June … [Continue reading]

Cutting the “Fluff”

Good professional technical writing involves a struggle between conciseness and completeness. Writers need to provide the evidence and reasoning to justify their claims in the shortest space possible. Cutting too much or the wrong things, however, … [Continue reading]

Five Ways Engineers Can Improve Their Writing


Our expertise and resources are on display this month in The Institute, IEEE's news magazine. A few weeks ago, Richard House, our society's president, and Jessica Livingston, one of his co-authors on The Engineering Communication Manual, spoke … [Continue reading]

Sliding Into Excellence: Improving Technical Presentations for Higher Visibility, by Traci Nathans-Kelly


Traci Nathans-Kelly, co-author of the Wiley-IEEE PCS book, Slide Rules: Design, Build, and Archive Presentations in the Engineering and Technical Fields, is giving a live webinar on presentation design, July 28th, 1:00-2:30pm. Sliding Into … [Continue reading]