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Communication Skill for Engineers

Instructor(s): Pathak, Mr. Navin
Pathak, Mr. Navin

Title: Senior Partner

Company: Entry India

Contact Information:


Navin Pathak is a co-founder of Entry India, LLC and serves as a Senior Partner with the firm. Navin is an expert in identifying opportunities in India and successfully connecting them with investors.

Co-editor of Entry India's well acclaimed 'India Business and Travel Guide', Navin has also served as a guest speaker at several business events both in the U.S. and in India.

Navin began his business career with a start-up Egenex Business Services where he focused on business development and strategic planning for the firm. Prior to Egenex, Navin worked with premier companies like ITT Industries and Cable & Wireless.

Navin holds a masters in Engineering Management with core focus on Information Security from George Washington University and a bachelors in Electrical Engineering from George Mason University.

, Pratap, Dr. Mahendra
Pratap, Dr. Mahendra

Title: CEO

Company: Progia


Mahendra has a distinguished background as a scientist and as an entrepreneur. Mahendra was employed with AT&T and Lucent Technologies for 20 years where he specialized in video communications, personal computer design, ATM and IP networking.

Mahendra has a PhD in Nuclear Physics and has authored over 2 dozen scientific papers.

Course Description:

A crash course covering the basics of communication skill, team work and managing cross cultural differences.

Course Sessions:
  • Why Communication Skill Matters
  • Content Author(s): Brian Tracy

    Session Description:

    Everything is communication and communication is everything. It matters not only what we say but how we say it. It matters if you are a good listener.

    In this session Technical hiring managers tell what they look for in new employees. Good communication skills top the list for technicians and engineers. No matter how technical a job description, good communication and teamwork skills are required in order to get hired or promoted.

    Your ability to practice elements of effective communication will significantly increase your success at work place or get you hired for a position. This is your special competitive edge over others.

    How employers rate the importance of various skills in their employees is presented as the session handout.

  • How Communication Works (The core class)
  • Content Author(s): Matt from Alanis

    Session Description:

    Matt from Alanis Business Academy presents how the communication process works and provides examples to reinforce the concepts discussed.

    Elements of Communication Process are

    • Context
    • Sender
    • Message
    • Message encoding
    • Channel
    • Message decoding
    • Receiver
    • Feedback

    This session will present details for each of these elements.

    Handout #2 summarizes the communication process in text format.

    Handout #1 presents guidelines for communicating effectively at the work place.

  • Minding cultural differences
  • Content Author(s):

    Session Description:

    In this session, Snéha Khilay, a trainer from communication skills experts Speak First presents important tips for communicating successfully with people from different cultures. She gives several examples of how people behave differently due to their different curltural backgrounds. In each case, she suggests what you may do to embrace (and respect) cultural diversity and communicate with cultural awareness.

    The handout presents an overview of communicating  effectively at a diverse work place.

  • 3 simple techniques to listen effectively
  • Content Author(s): Professor Eleanor Earl

    Session Description:

    Professor Eleanor Earl says "Before you can be a dynamic communicator, you need to be a dynamic listener". She shares 4 simple techniques for improving listening skills:

    • Keep a daily list of things that you need to do. Check off things as you complete them.
    • Listen for details
    • Self-assess your listening skills. Are there some things you can improve upon?
    • Don't talk as much as you listen.


  • Influence of Nonverbal Cues
  • Content Author(s):

    Session Description:

    In this session, Willard (from his Self-Awareness 101 series) stresses that non-verbal cues (both of ourselves and of others) are the most influential part of communication.

    He shows how to recognize what your body is saying to you using "non-verbal cues", and how you can use this knowledge to make simple shifts for successful communication.

  • What Makes an Effective Team Member
  • Content Author(s): Navin Pathak, Mahendra Pratap, Nikki Lamb of NeilSquireSociety

    Session Description:

    What are the desired attributes of an effective team member? What actions should an effective team member take? What skills are important to be an effective team member? The video lecture is presented by Nikki Lamb of NeilSquireSociety.

    An effective strategy to minimize conflicts is to separate content from presentation style: An example is "I like the substance of your work. Let us discuss it".

  • Test your Learning
  • Content Author(s): Navin Pathak, Dr. Mahendra Pratap

    Session Description:

    Check what you have learnt in this course. Want to know more? Take a look at other resources on this site, for instance the course titled "Common English Expressions and How to Use Them"

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