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Communication in the Life of an Engineer

As an engineer, you know how important it is for computers and other wonderful gadgets to seamlessly communicate with each other. Tiny glitches can mean absolute failure. Yet you also know that these glitches can be discovered, understood, and fixed. Human communication is the same way.

For example, engineers are often very good at describing errors, bugs, weaknesses and problems in accurate detail. Being able to point out problems is an enormously important communication skill in a technical job where you need to design and create a flawless project. But what happens when you use this communication skill at home? Does your wife or teenager really want to know exactly what is wrong with all their ideas? Some communication skills, such as an ability to hone in on a flaw, are not useful in all situations.

Engineers and scientists are also often very good with data and information, and much of your job requires an accurate handle on facts. But there are also nearly always emotional undercurrents to whatever is being said. Sometimes those emotional undercurrents are significantly more important to the speaker than the facts that are being shared. If you don’t notice and prioritize the hidden emotional content, you may miss the most important part of the communication.


Emotional content and give-and-take in a conversation are often more important than the actual facts. Learning to accurately read unstated emotions and motivations during conversation can vastly increase your effectiveness. These are just a few examples of how incredibly useful it can be to increase your communication skills.

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