Pitching Yourself, Part 2: Energize your Resume

  In a previous post, I wrote about your job application as an argument, and showed how we could use a rhetorical framework established by Stephen Toulmin to help your cover letters do a more effective job of connecting your evidence to the job requirements. In this post, I want to apply the ACR (Action-Context-Result) framework in order to … [Read more...]

The Impact of Indirect Speech Acts on Professional Communication

We don't always say what we mean ... In fact, we often avoid direct speech acts – saying what we mean – in the service of politeness and conflict avoidance, relying instead on indirect speech to communicate complex thoughts. An indirect speech act, according to linguist John Searle, relies on more than simply the words of an utterance to … [Read more...]

Greg Pogue on Entrepreneurial Communication

We asked Greg Pogue of the IC² Institute at the University of Texas at Austin, who, with Clay Spinuzzi, hosted a session and panel on entrepreneurial communication at ProComm 2016 about the fundamentals of making a good "pitch." Watch his response here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1jUtMknh14Q&t=1s … [Read more...]

“What Google Learned From Its Quest to Build the Perfect Team”: New York Times

Most working engineers work in teams on a daily basis, making teams important to a company's productivity. Teams skills can be essential for improving and optimizing team performance. In fact, we've published several articles on team communication strategies over the last year, and in its 28 February 2016 issue, the New York Times … [Read more...]

The Role of Emotional Intelligence and Engineering Communication

Dr. Alex Ilyasova, Director of the Professional and Technical Writing Program at the University of Colorado, Colorado Springs, defines emotional intelligence and describes the important role that it plays in engineering work, particularly in communication within teams. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g0Ynt3pzjpQ Her research on this topic was … [Read more...]

IEEE USA Webinar: Difficult Conversations

IEEE USA will be presenting a webinar, led by Dr. Julia Williams, on "Difficult Conversations — Strategies that can help make you a better listener, a better speaker, and a better person!" Date: 30 October 2014, Time: 2:00 - 3:00 PM EDT URL: http://www.ieeeusa.org/careers/webinars/2014/webinar-10-30-14.html Engineers need to take leadership … [Read more...]

Podcast: Establishing Effective Communities of Practice (CoP)

Jon Scharer introduces us to Communities of Practice (CoP) in this podcast. Communities of Practice, both for management and practitioners, have, for a variety of reasons, become more valued of late in the workplace. Listen as Scharer highlights two key factors necessary for ensuring the establishment and maintenance of an effective CoP. … [Read more...]

eLearning Course: Thinking and Interacting Like a Leader

Are you interested in becoming a more competent manager? If so, then the IEEE Expert Now course, Thinking and Interacting Like a Leader, is for you. This course was developed by Dr. Kim Sydow Campbell, Professor of Management Communication and Derrell Thomas Teaching Excellence Faculty Fellow in the Culverhouse College of Commerce at the University … [Read more...]