Training Descriptions

Engineer Professional Development Training

Summary of Training

Online Training

On-demand and Live webinars with hands on activities, limited attendees, handouts.  Time lengths 30, 60 and 90 min.

  • Demystifying the Engineer Career Path
  • Introduction to Engineer Career Growth Plan
  • Technical communication:
    • Walk Through an Audience Engineer Profile
    • Presenting Technical Content with Confidence
    • Engineering Presentations- Up the Engagement
    • Getting to Present

New topics and e-learning versions of the topics are planned. To keep breast of schedule and new topics, sign up for announcements here.

Corporate Training

Anne is available to provide training to engineers at your company. Use the contact form to inquire about bringing her engaging training to your workplace.

  • 1 to 1.5 hour webinar or in-person- limit 50 attendees
  • Engaging Engineering Presentations: 3-hour training on creating effective engineering presentations within the work environment
  • Getting to Present: an intensive 6-week course on the process (submission to presentation) for technical conference presentations. Each week includes a 1-hour training and 2-hour practicum/working session

Training offerings


Technical Leadership

Demystifying the Engineer Career Path: Define technical leader and discuss the common attributes. Discuss the differences between a management and a technical leader path for career growth. Present a 3-part model which includes: attributes of technical leaders, move from contributor to leader, build underlying skills. Assist attending engineers in navigating growth along an engineering career path.

Introduction to Engineer Growth Plan:  Provide an introduction to a 3-part model for your development as an engineer. Review the 1-page development plan.  This is an excerpt from the longer training- Demystifying the Engineer Career Path.

Technical Communication

In the human skills that support an engineer’s journey on a technical path, Communication informs half of the basic skills.

Walk Through an Audience Profile Exercise: Learn about a clear purpose and an audience profile to assist you in a successful technical presentation. Review of the handout. This is an excerpt from the longer training Presenting Technical Content with Confidence.

Presenting Technical Content with Confidence: Confidence comes from preparation and practice. This training will cover the 5 keys to presenting your technical content inside your company. The 5 keys: know your audience, have a purpose, consider slide deck design, illustrate with data, prepare for questions. With these keys you can communicate your technical results/proposal in a prepared manner that exudes competence, knowledge and understanding.

Engineering Presentations- Up the Engagement: Make your engineering presentations more engaging by applying best known practices based upon cognitive and communication research. Engage your peers and management with your content by increasing the use of images, data and graphs in a manner that focuses on your message. This training will provide an overview of the assertion by evidence format developed at Penn State. Additional content will be drawn from Tufte, Nossbaumer-Knaflic and Durate—well known advocates of clearer communication. You will have an opportunity to practice improving presentations.

Getting to Present: Educate listeners on the whole process of getting into a technical conference to present their technical ideas to their professional peers. As the process is discussed you will learn tactics, tips and strategies for navigating your journey to “Getting to Present.”

Engaging Engineering Presentations: Combine the five keys to preparing your technical content with the Assertion by Evidence format (developed at Penn State) and deliver a presentation that engages your audience. Focusing your presentation on messages instead of topic lends itself to a narrative approach to presentation. Our brains are wired for stories take advantage of this when presenting your engineering work and ideas. Introductions to the concepts on visual presentation, especially data graphs will result in more engaging and effective presentations.