From Data to Communication: The Journey of Engineers

Are you ready for a tale of challenges, triumphs, and growth? Let me share with you my experience handling Corporate Induction Training for a batch of 120 engineers newly recruited as Data Scientists in 2022.

The brief from the reputed company was straightforward: they knew their newly recruited engineering minds had ideas, but they were not expressing them. In the few cases where they would talk, they needed training on corporate decorum.

I put my heart and soul into every single communication training I conduct, but this one was particularly special.

You see, as an engineer, I know all too well the struggle of giving an opinion until I am fully convinced of the logic. That meant I often stayed silent, even in meetings where I had some pretty good ideas. Getting these people to appreciate the inescapable need to put their opinions out in the open was a challenge that I fully cherished.

But once we got past that hurdle, it was all about strategy and practice – and these engineers excelled at it. The training was completed with a lot of goodwill on both sides. Fast forward to 2023, and the company came back with another request: some of these engineers were now interacting with clients. They needed a Structured Consultant Communication Training.

I was thrilled to take on this challenge. I knew where my struggle would lie: convincing them of the need for this change. You see, a person who works with a lot of Data, when asked to sell the story to a client, needs an entirely different set of skills. But once I sold them on the concept, this batch took over the trainings with their inputs and questions, making sure they gleaned every bit of knowledge available with the trainer.

And let me tell you, it was an impressive batch. I spent the first two hours getting them to think like the client. Then I got them back into their own shoes (yes, empathy) and they were ready for the race. Yes, there was a time constraint. But these people come from some of the best colleges across India. They are not afraid of the work required when they see the necessity.

All in all, it was another interesting and exhaustive series of training, done and delivered. The growth and progress I saw in these engineers fills me with pride, and I’m thrilled to have been a part of their journey.

The one slide that carried with it hours worth of practice during the trainings.

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