Business Skills and Communication for Engineers

One-Day Workshop


Engineers need a balanced skill-set that includes business acumen and the ability to tailor communication to the needs of stakeholders. Executives, customers, managers, colleagues, suppliers and other stakeholders have different business expectations and communication needs/preferences that must be well-understood by engineers. This workshop helps engineers and managers to quickly develop essential business and communication skills that are necessary for job success and advancement.

During the workshop participants learn to balance engineering competencies across these five areas: technical, communication, leadership, project management, and business fundamentals, with emphasis in the areas of business acumen and communication skills. Participants learn techniques for communicating clearly and concisely, engaging their audience, promoting progress, and understanding their audience through active listening.

Business fundamentals emphasized include stakeholder satisfaction, financial concerns, task/priority management, business process, and developing/presenting a business case for new ideas.

The Day in the Workshop

Real world examples, case studies, and interactive exercises help connect the topics to everyday job situations. During the workshop, you’ll create a personalized development plan that will equip you to develop skills systematically. You’ll also benefit from follow-up with the workshop leader.

After attending this workshop you will be enabled to:

  • Increase customer and stakeholder satisfaction
  • Communicate more concisely, clearly and efficiently
  • Continuously improve communication
  • Strengthen rapport with stakeholders
  • Manage changing priorities
  • Handle task overload and interruptions
  • Incorporate financial concerns into decision-making
  • Develop and present a strong business case for new ideas

All This in One Day?

This workshop was developed by Auxilium’s founder, Gary Hinkle, a world leader in creating interactive workshops for engineers and managers. The demands of engineering jobs make it difficult to find time for professional development, and we know that each day in the classroom must be highly productive. Since 2002, Gary has been focused on delivering successful one-day programs for the engineering community. Thousands of professionals have benefited from his workshops which include Leadership for Engineers, Project Management for Engineers, and Rapid Iterations Project Management.

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Pricing and Registration

Business Skills and Communication for Engineers Regular Price: $770
Early Registration: $539 (use Coupon/Promotion Code EARLY)
Group Rate: $539 each for groups of 4 or more.
Early Group Rate: $377 each for groups of 4 or more.

Workshops are limited to 24 people, and can fill up quickly.

On-site Workshops: Call for pricing and availability.

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Bloomington, MN April 23, 2018 through 4/13 after 4/13
Austin, TX May 15, 2018 through 5/1 after 5/1
Novi, MI June 5, 2018 through 5/22 after 5/22
Houston, TX July 17, 2018 through 7/3 after 7/3
Natick, MA August 21, 2018 through 8/7 after 8/7
San Jose, CA September 18, 2018 through 9/4 after 9/4
Denver, CO October 30, 2018 through 10/16 after 10/16

The best way to guarantee your enrollment is to register online with a credit card. We accept Visa, MasterCard, American Express, and Discover cards. If paying by check, make payable to Auxilium, Inc. Email purchase orders here.


Auxilium, Inc. federal tax ID number: 01-0666217

Register by Phone: Call 800-577-3528 or 971-222-6234 to enroll individuals or groups using a credit card.

Dates and Locations

Bloomington, MN
April 23, 2018
Hilton Garden Inn
1601 American Blvd. E.
Bloomington, MN, 55425

Austin, TX
May 15, 2018
Courtyard by Marriott Austin NW/Arboretum
9409 Stonelake Blvd.
Austin, TX, 78759

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Workshop Leader

02WEBElectronics, mechanical and software engineering are all part of Gary Hinkle’s background, working in design and management of communication equipment, industrial controls, telemetry systems, consumer audio, avionics, computers, test & measurement, among other industries. Today, he’s principal consultant at Auxilium, a company he founded in 2002 to help engineering-oriented businesses increase productivity.

Throughout his career Gary has worked with thousands of managers and engineers at hundreds of companies – leading projects and teams, helping to improve processes, and helping technical leaders develop leadership and management competencies. Much of Gary’s knowledge comes from working directly with customers and learning from them. He has experienced what works and what doesn’t work within hundreds of businesses. Consulting clients and participants in his workshops benefit from this experience. (More)


If for any reason you are not satisfied, write to us within 30 days after attending the workshop, return the materials, and we’ll arrange for you to receive a full refund – hassle-free!

Who Should Attend

  1. Engineers working in R&D, design, manufacturing, testing, software development, applications/support, IT
  2. Technical Project Leaders
  3. Technical Project Managers
  4. Engineering Managers
  5. Chief Technologists

Participants’ Feedback

“The workshop inspired me to include more business focus when presenting to management.”
– Bob Tomihiro, Noregon Systems

“Many good tips and tools to help me progress in a technical lead role.”
– Jeff Zeak, Sr. Hardware Engineer, Xyratex

“The tools, techniques and tips will help me improve my concentration when listening, organize my daily agenda, and overcome distractions.”
– Justin Kretschmar, R&D Engineer, Teledyne Oil & Gas

More Details

Continuing Education Credits: 6.5 PDHs/PDUs

Offer This Workshop Onsite

All of Auxilium’s workshops are available for onsite delivery. Call today and let us customize this program for you.

Logistics and Details

Cancellations and substitutions
Payment is required in advance but is refundable, less a $50 processing fee, if your cancellation is received 5 full business days before the course. If you fail to attend and do not notify us in advance, the fee is not refunded. Substitutes are welcome. Simply send the substitute on the day of the course and notify the instructor of the change on arrival.

Directions to the site will be provided after the registration is processed.

We begin at 9:00 a.m. sharp and wrap up at about 5:15 p.m.
Check-in begins at 8:30 AM. Lunch and refreshments will be provided. Lunch is from approximately 12:30 to 1:30 PM. Dress is casual.

Course content and availability are subject to change without notice. We reserve the right to cancel a course for any reason or change the venue. If we must cancel a course, liability is limited to a refund of the paid registration fee.

Call 800-577-3528 or 971-222-6234 between 9:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. Pacific Time or email.