Good engineers are at the heart of the oil and gas industry. They are the ones designing engineering marvels and leading the industry to new heights. Engineers need to be excellent in their communication skills to ensure efficiency at work. One of the most valued soft skills in the industry, strong communication forms the core of effective project execution. Communication skills for engineers is an extremely important attribute of their work and goes a long way in determining the impact of their work.
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Communication Skills for Engineers that make a difference
Clarity and Cohesion
Is good communication just about saying the right thing? If you are not clear and concise in your speech, would saying the right thing make any difference?
Engineers who are clear in their communication are aware of what to expect from it. It is because they want to make an impact. Simply knowing the right way of doing things and not communicating it effectively, would not lead to the desired outcome. One of the most important communication skills for engineers, clarity and cohesion makes a huge difference in work.
You show confidence in your work, your co-workers are confident about working with you. Because you believe in what you are doing, everyone around shows confidence in your work.
Be over-confident or under-confident and you ruin the rhythm of work. It is all about having the right amount of confidence.
Without being aggressive, speak clearly and firmly. The way you communicate must reflect that you are a solution-oriented person. That’s a quality oil and gas employers are looking for. People are more receptive to you when you are confident but not arrogant. It is perfectly normal to feel nervous at times but the trick is to act like you are confident. Give yourself a chance to believe in your work, more than everyone else.
“Emotional intelligence is not the opposite of intelligence, it is not the triumph of heart over head- it is the unique intersection of both.”
One of the most valued communication skills for engineers and professionals, emotional intelligence is a skill that is learned over time. Certainly, it cannot be acquired instantly. When you are emotionally intelligent, you have the ability to understand and manage your emotions for effective communication.
Self-awareness, self-management, social awareness and relationship management, form the foundation of emotional intelligence.
Each of these aspects is unique and important in its own way. Emotional Intelligence empowers you to communicate confidently with other oil and gas professionals.
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Developing good communication skills is like building a bridge. And it takes both sides to build a bridge.
Being good at communicating also involves being great at listening to others. Actively listening to your colleagues can open new doors for approaching an existing challenge.
As engineers, you will be leading major projects in the industry. With strong communication skills, active listening, and team spirit, you can make a huge impact.
Being curious and asking good questions
If you are focused on enhancing the outcome, you have to be proactive and ask relevant questions.
Adding to it, if you can explain the “why” and “what” behind your work, you will find that people would be more receptive to your solutions. It is all a part of a strong communication framework. The whole objective of communicating is to convey something and to make an impact. Engineers have prepared the foundation of the oil and gas industry and to take this legacy forward, the industry needs engineers who can make a difference with their ideas and approach.
(The views and opinions expressed in this article are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of Energy Dais.)