In this episode, we talk with Farnoosh Brock about the importance of leadership and engineering communication skills. She emphasizes the need for engineers to close the gap between technical and leadership skills to advance in their careers. Farnoosh highlights the significance of confidence and voice in effective communication and leadership. She also discusses the role of mindset in professional development and provides strategies for building confidence and improving communication skills. Farnoosh encourages engineers to have conversations on issues they avoid taking action on and improve their skills.
The video version of this episode can be viewed here.
Here Are Some of the Key Points Discussed About How Communication Skills Can Propel Your Engineering Career Forward:
- Engineers initially rely on intelligence and hard work, but to excel in advanced roles, connecting beyond the technical is crucial. Mastering communication, leadership, emotional intelligence, and confidence is essential for lasting success and impactful contributions.
- Understanding the importance of good leadership and communication skills is important. If there was a time you felt not appreciated after not getting a promised promotion and found it hard to respond without causing issues, then getting better at these skills is a must. Being able to handle these conversations well is key to staying motivated and making sure your career moves forward successfully.
- Engineers, whether in technical or management roles, need strong leadership skills. Executives often seek confidence in communication from engineers at higher levels. It’s crucial to build confidence in both speaking and writing, especially for introverted engineers. In essence, honing confidence and voice mastery is foundational for engineers to boost their leadership skills significantly.
- When tackling mindset challenges, watch out for absolute terms like “I never” or “I always,” which indicate a fixed mindset limiting opportunities. Instead, adopt a curiosity mindset using phrases like “I wonder” and “I’m curious about.” This shift encourages openness to possibilities, making you more at ease, taking calculated risks, and creating opportunities for success. It’s a way to break free from self-imposed limitations and unlock your true potential.
- To communicate better, begin with a clear summary, avoid assuming shared knowledge, and test your approach with non-tech individuals. Boost confidence by practicing presentations regularly in different settings, building assurance with each action.
- To improve your leadership and communication skills quickly, look at your company’s internal resources like leadership programs and retreats. Advocating for participation aligns with company support, potentially boosting performance reviews and career advancement. Focus on areas like emotional intelligence within these internal resources for effective skill development. Starting with accessible internal options is a practical and impactful way to enhance your skills.
More in This Episode…
In the Take Action Today segment of the show, Farnoosh talks about how to address and navigate challenging conversations that you have been avoiding.
About the Guest, Farnoosh Brock
Farnoosh Brock is an electrical engineer (BS and MS) with a 12-year corporate IT career plus 13 years as a coach, trainer, and speaker. She started her company in 2011 to help engineering and IT professionals elevate their success with Mindset, Leadership, and Communication skills. Her latest book, “The Serving Mindset,” and her Google Talk share a refreshing approach to business growth without selling. She regularly does workshops at universities such as Johns Hopkins, Northwestern, Duke, Wake Forest, Campbell, and James Madison as well as in corporate and for associations. She is passionate about developing the Leader Engineers of tomorrow.
About the Host, Jeff Perry, MBA
Jeff Perry is a leadership/career coach for engineers, building mindsets, leadership, and career intentions to unlock hidden potential and remove self-imposed roadblocks for career and life. For years, he has had the pleasure of supporting engineers and software pros, from new grads to director level. Having been on the front lines in the technical world, he has been able to map out the necessary skills for becoming a quality leader in the field.
You can connect with Jeff on LinkedIn at https://www.linkedin.com/in/jeffcperry/ or visit his website, https://morethan-engineering.com. Jeff also has a new, FREE, on-demand training course for engineers who are job searching or in job transitions. You can see it at https://engineeringcareeraccelerator.com.
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To your success,
Jeff Perry, MBA
Host of The Engineering Career Coach Podcast