Apr 8, 2015 11:00 PM
We've all heard – and we've even said it ourselves, that “soft skills” make a critical difference in an engineer's career. Oddly, despite this recognition of their importance, the whole cluster of soft skill competencies are rarely given more than lip service. With the April 9 meeting, the NEJUG will make a multi-faceted push to rectify this short fall.
In a series of short presentations, experienced professionals from a range of companies will each focus on one or two specific soft skills, such as Integrity in Work, Listening, Cooperation and Alignment, Technical Writing, Leadership, Public Speaking, and others. Each presenter will give their perspective on the importance of their skill topic, share in detail how it makes a real difference, and – most importantly, provide a specific technique for developing that skill. Where appropriate, a live demonstration of the technique will be made, possibly including a short in situ exercise.
After about 5 of such mini-presentations, we will switch to a panel discussion format. One or two prepared questions will get the ball rolling, after which we will take questions from the floor. As time allows, the panel should have at least 20 – 30 minutes to deepen this very important conversation.