Soft Skills in a World of Hard Data

Tips to strengthen your communication and leadership skills and make a lasting impact.

 By Lynne Friedmann



Shortly after being promoted to chief engineer at the public television station in Austin, Texas, in the early 1990s, David Otey eagerly accepted the opportunity to speak at a national conference of broadcast engineers. He delivered his paper to a near-empty room where he stood in the dark using projected slides “as a crutch.”

A decade later, Otey’s communication and leadership skills made him the top choice to design and run a multi-year, multi-million-dollar project to train 10,000 TV engineers and technicians in new digital technology. Today, he is a motivational speaker and trainer to scientists and engineers.

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Professional Development
February 2018