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A Pocket Guide to Business for Engineers and Surveyors by H. Edmund Bergeron

By H. Edmund Bergeron

Pulling from his 30+ years of expertise operating his personal engineering and surveying  prone enterprise, Ed Bergeron gathers, in concise, sensible, and infrequently fun writing, the entire info an engineer or surveyor must recognize to develop their profession, extend their enterprise, deal with employees and initiatives, comprehend the monetary and criminal features in their paintings, and conduct themselves in a certified and moral demeanour while facing consumers and colleagues.  either the fields of surveying and engineering are making strides in the direction of advancing their stature through more and more requiring licensure, increasing carrying on with schooling choices, and including components perform into all degrees of education.  This ebook provides the talents that differentiate the technician from the pro, and should function a device for the development of the career.

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Edmund Bergeron Copyright 02009 by John Wiley & Sons, Inc. All rights reserved 3 COMMUNICATIONS “A communication takes place when there is a sender and receiver. ” According to the common definition of communications the answer is emphatically No! The tree was the sender of the communication, the sound of it breaking and falling, and possibly a big thump when it hit the ground was the message, but there was no one around to hear it, no receiver, therefore, no communication took place. Engineers and surveyors are almost universally known as poor communicators, and because of our mostly technical education, we should be.

The consequences of a poor presentation can be disastrous to the presenter, the client, and the firm. I recently attended a presentation to a client where a young engineer’s presentation contained too much technical detail and went far beyond the time allocated. He completely missed the signals of board members who were leaving the room for coffee, falling asleep, and shuffling their papers and closing their notebooks. Fortunately, the only consequence was a few members being late for their next meeting.

This signifies that all people do not achieve all five levels of Maslow’s needs. The need for self-esteem, respect, independence, freedom, competence, and mastery may only be achieved by supervisors, entrepreneurs, college professors, elite athletes, concert musicians, and others who have achieved a high level of success in their field. The highest level, the need for self-fulfillment, which is displayed at the top of the pyramid, signifies that few of us obtain this level of need fulfillment. Examples of those who do achieve this level are company CEOs, Olympic medal-winning athletes, and recording stars who sell a million albums.

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