Why should I focus on my communication skills?

Because in every field–and especially in technical fields–you will stand out most if you are both competent in your field and credible in your communications.

At the University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Engineering, students can add a Technical Communications Certificate to their degree.  While I was at Wisconsin I cheerfully completed the Technical Communication Program and have never regretted adding those extra courses to my packed course calendar.

In 2006 I was featured in a story for the College of Engineering’s Perspective Magazine.  The editors wanted to market the benefits of the Technical Communication Certificate to engineering students and I was happy to help the editors (plus it was great publicity for my employer).

What I said in the article is even more true today: the communication skills I honed in the Technical Communications program have made all the difference in my career.

What have you done lately to improve your writing or speaking skills?

Are you taking advantage of communications classes at work? Will you in 2010?

Do you have a friend that’s a good writer or speaker than can coach you or give you good feedback?

Have you considered joining Toastmasters?

Like the blog tagline above says, “Stop waiting.  Start driving the change you want.”

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