People skills training specifically for engineers
Most engineers receive adequate technical training as part of their core engineering curriculum but get virtually no help when it comes to their people skills. As a result, many engineers are grossly under prepared to face the interpersonal challenges they inevitably encounter while working alongside other engineers and engineering managers. People Skills for Engineers was created specifically to fill this training gap.
Don't learn the hard way, through repeated failures, when your career is on the line! People Skills for Engineers can help fill in the gaps in this crucial and often underdeveloped engineering skill set.
This book will help you with problems such as:
Feeling isolated and disconnected from others.
Problems with management or co-workers.
Poor performance at interviews or meetings.
Interaction regret or wishing you would have behaved differently in personal interactions.
Inability to properly lead and motivate others.
People Skills for Engineers is available in both paperback and Kindle formats at Amazon.com.
"People Skills for Engineers reminds us that being a technical leader isn't about what you do, but how you do it. Tony asks readers to take an introspective look at the kind of engineer they are today and shows them how improving communication skills can get them to the next level. Throughout the book he creates an introvert-friendly Human Interface API, pulling advice from great authors, real leaders, and his own experiences." -- Tiffany Greyson, Computer Engineer
"In People Skills for Engineers, Tony breaks down how people and our relationships with them effects our success as individuals and organizations. He then outlines practical and concrete ways to become a better engineer, team member and leader by increasing our effectiveness with people. He brings to the surface common mistakes that are potentially holding us back and provides ways these mistakes could be prevented or repaired. I think that the information Tony lays out in this book could help anyone seeking to improve themselves; not only as a team member but as an engineer; no matter how far into their career they are." -- Arthur Putnam, Software Engineer
“I instantly recognized some 'difficult engineer' behaviors I was guilty of myself. Tony gives real-world, practical advice that you can use to start improving yourself right now . It was both enlightening and motivating when he highlighted all of the things you could be leaving on the table by not improving these important skills.” -- Derek Wade, Mechanical Engineer
Frequently asked questions:
Q: How is this book different from all of the other people skills books available?
A: This is a book written by an engineer, for engineers. It deals specifically with situations engineers have to face as part of their technical professions. Instead of only addressing generic surface topics, the book delves deeper into subjects like dealing with difficult engineers, interactions with management, and leading/motivating teams of other technical people.
Q: Can this book really help my career?
A: Yes! Your skill with people directly impacts your pay, promotions, and future career opportunities. Many companies even rate engineers on things like communication and leadership skills, so there is a direct correlation between an engineer's people skills and their evaluated performance. Above average people skills will absolutely set you apart from the other engineers in your peer group.
Q: How much does the book cost?
A: $14.99 (paperback) and $4.99 (Kindle).
About the Author
Tony is a husband, father, and a software engineer currently residing in Boise,Idaho. He graduated from Washington State University in 2002 with a degree in computer science and has spent the last 16 years developing software professionally for Agilent Technologies, Hewlett-Packard,and Cradlepoint in numerous technical roles. In his free time he likes to write books, create music, and play video games.