My job frequently required me to train engineers in what, for them, was their second or third language. I thus was forced to slow down how fast I spoke and I particularly had to choose the simplest words possible to describe what I wanted to explain. I always tried to speak Queen’s English (or BBC English as it used to be before regional accents came into fashion), making it easy for my students to follow what I was saying.
Recently, I have been asked by a number of different organisations to speak about the work that I used to do and many of the people in my audiences are not familiar with all the technical words I use in everyday life, so I have found it quite easy to take what I learned from my engineering into after-dinner-speaking.
Yes. The technical bits come in everynow and than. Another day we have been setting a new outboard engine to work on our inflatable boat at the diving club, and we needed to use a metal pin to hold it in place when towing the boat around on a trailer. I had to do a quick calculation to make sure that the pin is strong enough and will hold it when we go over a speed bump.
This weekend I am managing a diver training weekend with the uni diving club. There are 26 people on it. And we plan to do some 130 man-dives. To make all this happen smoothly and safely I need to coordinate things well and delegate. A lot of the things that I learned at managing projects at my work come in handy when running dive trips. Being able to estimate costs is very useful to.