Upcoming Webinars

11 Ways Consultants “Overpay” on their Taxes and How to Stop It Now!

Presenter: John E. Walters, MBA, EA
When: : 18 January 2018, 2:00-3:00 PM ET

Tax strategy topics to be covered:

  1. Tax Preparation, Tax Projections, or Tax Planning: Who’s really in charge of Your Checkbook?
  2. Choosing the Wrong Business Structure Can Crumble Your Dreams and Cost You Money
  3. Why Selecting the Right Tax Professional for Your Business is like Dating!
  4. Tax Strategies for New Entrepreneurs\Consultants
  5. Discover the Buried Treasure Hidden in Your Business
  6. Eat Hearty! How to Maximize Your Meals and Entertainment Deductions
  7. Planes, Trains, and Automobiles: Maximize Your Transportation Deductions
  8. Understanding the Costs of Healthcare
  9. Real Estate Investments to Boost Your Bottom Line
  10. Hire Your Kids and Lower Your Taxes!
  11. The Biggest Mistake of All: Failing to Plan!

About the Presenter

John E. Walters, MBA, EA, is a specialist in Pro-Active Tax and Financial Strategies that custom fit your needs. He is the Managing Member at LeWalt Consulting Groupe, LLC, serving the Tampa Bay area. John is also an Electrical Engineer, which qualifies him to speak to our profession in matters that affect us with respect to taxes.


So You Want to be a Consultant?

Presenter: Daryl Gerke, P.E.
When: 8 February 2018, 2:00-3:00 PM ET

Curious about consulting? How to get started? Joins us as a veteran consulting engineer shares the secrets of starting, building, and maintaining a small part-time or full-time consulting firm. We’ll address four key questions: How do you get leads? How do you set fees? How do you decide what to consult about? And last but not least — How do I get started? This talk has been shared at several technical conferences.

About the Presenter

Daryl-GerkeDaryl Gerke (PE) is the surviving partner of Kimmel Gerke Associates, an engineering firm that specializes in EMI/EMC design, troubleshooting and training. For forty years (ten part-time/thirty full-time), Daryl and the late Bill Kimmel (PE) made their living as consulting engineers. Now semi-retired, Daryl shares his knowledge and experience through his blog (JumpToConsulting.com), presentations, and a soon-to-be-released e-book. His avowed goal is to help interested engineering colleagues enjoy the consulting life as he has. Daryl has a BSEE from the University of Nebraska, and is NARTE Certified EMC Engineer and a Registered Professional Engineer (PE). He and his wife, Mary, reside in Mesa, Arizona.


Don’t Speak Like An Engineer – Think Like One!

Presenter: Mark Kretschmar
When – 22 February 2018, 2:00-3:00 PM ET

It’s not your technical skills that limit your career and success; it’s your communication skills.

Give your engineers and other technical staff an engineering lens from which to view presentations. This inspiring overview of the EngineerSpeak model empowers them with familiar tools such as:

  • Input and output states
  • Emotional calculus
  • Material science of the human brain
  • Cognitive duty cycle
  • Creating and working from a presentation spec sheet

Approaching presentations from this viewpoint and with some specific how-tos, you can expect shorter presentations that are more on point and people remember – less rehashing and regurgitating of content in the hallways and office doorways later.Smoother projects, better impressions on customers and corporate VIPs.

About the Presenter

Unlike any other speaker or mentor, Mark uses engineering tools and viewpoints to understand and dissect communication problems and he can show his fellow engineers how to do the same. When communication is viewed as a problem to be solved, suddenly it falls into the engineer’s area of expertise. Engineers are amazing problem solvers – therefore they can be amazing communicators and speakers.

This fusion of engineering and research-based communication principals has engineers from the world’s biggest brands talking about “drastic change,” “helpful algorithms,” “time well spent,” and Mark’s “deep domain knowledge.” As a skeptical engineer and adjunct professor of communication studies, he bases his content on academic research rather than current fads or unfounded opinions.

Mark works with successful engineers, engineering leaders, and other technical types who understand the value of continuous improvement in their professional skills – those who realize their ability to perform and advance includes more than their engineering skills. He has done workshops for IEEE, ASME, SAME, ASCE and other engineering societies and has worked with people from numerous big-name corporations like Medtronic, Bosch, 3M, St. Jude Medical, Par Systems, Infor, MTS and more.

Participants in Mark’s programs benefit from his sought-after leadership and speaking skills. In his local area he has served on the board of the Association for Talent Development (ATD) and as president of the International Association of Business Communicators (IABC) where he was awarded for his improvements to the organization’s ability to engage members and produce revenue. IABC has also certified him as an Accredited Business Communicator and awarded him with Bronze, Silver, and Gold Quill awards for his work in corporate communication. He is also a winner of multiple awards from Toastmasters not only as a speaker, but for his ability to evaluate and improve others’ speaking skills.

Archived Webinars

Selling Technical Sales to Engineering Learners

Presenters: Daniel P. Bumblauskas, Ph.D., Adam R. Carberry, Ph.D., and David P. Sly, Ph.D. – Recorded 10-5-2017
Sales engineering or technical sales programs bridge engineering and business to educate engineering students in sales specific to their discipline. Students develop business awareness through such programs, providing the sales workforce with technically knowledgeable salespeople. The following study analyzed cohorts of students enrolled in a technical sales for engineers course to assess the changing perceptions and attitudes of engineering students toward technical sales. Students reported statistically significant changes in perceptions regarding interest, need, and rank of current ability toward technical sales and social skills after completing the course. Student perceptions of sales skills being innate and ingrained decreased. Group analysis – enrollment in the sales minor or previous sales experience – revealed expected differences including higher ranked prior ability and initial interest in sales. A separate analysis of 20 technical sales skills at the end of the course was used to highlight the level students perceived they had achieved each skill.

IEEE Resume Lab

Julie Bernicker, Online Community Specialist, IEEE Member & Geographic Activities – Date Recorded: 9-13-2017
The IEEE ResumeLab is an online service that allows IEEE members to develop a resume or curriculum vitae using a wide array of resume templates. Members can also perform mock interviews using over 900 potential interview questions or develop letters, portfolios, and skills assessments to use during the interview process. Best of all, the information developed on IEEE ResumeLab is easily shared with potential employers, mentors, or colleagues via a personalized website.

Palpitations, Perspiration, VR and … Career Outlook

Kristopher J. Blom, Ph.D. – Recorded: 8-3-2017
Public speaking is a critical skill in the business world. Avoiding it often equates to a stagnant career. The path to competency is daunting when looking from the outside and a point of fear. In this talk Dr. Blom will explain on why you should proactively undertake to improve your public speaking. He’ll talk about how to make the task less daunting, for instance by using VR. Get a kickstart on the journey to an improved career outlook and stand out as the Engineer who speaks competently to an audience.

What are HR Professionals Looking in a Resume?

Nathalie H. Thompson – Recorded 6-28-2017
Your resume is an advertisement for you. In the marketing world it would be a piece of “collateral.” Your resume needs to clearly communicate to the reader your product, features, benefits and supporting evidence. Preparing and writing your résumé is a key step in preparing to interview. The process of writing a targeted, market-ready résumé ensures that you have identified: Your desired position, companies and industries; The key knowledge, skills, abilities and experience required for your desired position; and Key accomplishments—results and impacts you have made, actions you have taken and knowledge and abilities you have demonstrated Being able to articulate your key accomplishments during an interview is critical to demonstrating your qualifications for a position.

Job Seeker or Opportunity Magnet?

Michael B. Junge, Talent Acquisition and Career Expert – Recorded 14 June 2017
In this presentation you will learn: Why most job seekers waste huge amounts of time and what you can do differently; Where top companies hunt for talent and what you can do to help catch their attention; Three simple job search strategies that consistently deliver exceptional results; and What really distinguishes an opportunity magnet from a job seeker – and how you can become one.

Pitfalls of a Perfect Life, and Advantages of Letting Go

Nancy Martin, Manager, Technical Development, GE Global Research – Recorded 3-2 2017
Perfectionism served many of us well while we grew up. It allowed us to go to the best schools and get the best jobs. Yet, once we are in the “real” world, perfectionism often leads us to a life of working too hard, enjoying too little, and feeling like nothing is ever good enough. Add to that that “perfect” is now measured in more subjective ways (we don’t take tests at work), and you can find yourself working more than ever before.

Taking Challenges to Opportunities: Tips and Tricks to Own Your Career

Tim Worboys, LinkedIn – Recorded 11-10- 2016
Whether you are a student, new graduate or seasoned professional, being able to take ownership of your career is often challenging. Colleagues, managers, and peers often feel like they might be getting in the way of our success. In reality, however, we control a lot more than we think, and we’re likely getting in our own way! In this session, LinkedIn software engineering manager and Future Leaders Forum speaker Tim Worboys will talk about how he has worked through challenges and changes in his career and turned them into opportunities. Tim will share a handful of simple tips he has developed (or fallen into by accident) by working with mentors and peers to solve the many challenges encountered in his career path.

Knowing the Secret to Being a World Changer

Walt Disney Imagineers Leo Szeto and Jonathan Chew – Recorded 9-22-2016
Want to know the secret to being a world changer? Walt Disney Imagineers Leo Szeto and Jonathan Chew will delve into the fundamental forces of leadership, and how their interactions paint a clear set of characteristics that create a blueprint for being a great leader. Learn the very basic elements that you can adapt right away to become the leader you want to be!

Landing Your Dream Job in Today’s Competitive Landscape

John Collins, Microsoft Hololens – 9-7-2016
John Collins has his dream job, creating the future of augmented reality with HoloLens. But the path to get there wasn’t well defined and he had to adapt to roadblocks along the way. John will share his story, starting from college to now working at Microsoft on the HoloLens, including his time at Xbox and at Apple on the latest battery technologies. Top job openings can receive thousands of applications from around the world, gain insight into landing your dream job in this competitive landscape.

FULL IEEE-USA Webinar Library

IEEE-USA offers an extensive collection of webinars designed to help you find your next job, maintain your career, negotiate an appropriate salary, understand ethical considerations in the workplace and learn about other career-building strategies.

Visit our Full library of past and upcoming webinars here: http://ieeeusa.org/careers/webinars.

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