Posts Tagged ‘connecting’

Communication involves transmitters and receivers

Wednesday, November 30th, 2011

As I started working as a systems and software engineer, I realized that building software was much more about communications than it was about engineering. Good writing and good speaking were clear differentiators in my superiors and the engineers who were the most valuable to our organization. They could sell an idea; they could convince and influence others; and they could build teams. Most of all, they could save time and money by avoiding scrap and rework caused by miscommunications. I developed a passion for the English language, including the power inherent in its effective usage and the humor associated with both its intentional and its unintentional misuse.


Dry-runs are dry

Friday, July 29th, 2011

Public speaking and presentations strike fear in many people. Most presenters use dry runs to practice, namely a run through of the presentation with a reviewer, before the intended live audience. While this is useful, there are better ways to hone your presentation skills.