The Secret of Success - By Jim Watson, IEEE National Speaker

#communications #career #softskills

The secret of success in our careers can be summarized in one word - balance.   This includes balancing the development of technical and non-technical skills. Two of the most important non-technical skills are project management and communication.  This workshop will focus on common sense, proven methods of developing and applying professional skills to significantly increase career success. It includes a brief self-evaluation exercise to help you be more effective as a member of project and other teams in future career opportunities. The workshop will be conducted by an IEEE National Speaker, Jim Watson, PE. 

  Date and Time




  • Date: 11 Nov 2023
  • Time: 10:30 AM to 12:00 PM
  • All times are (UTC-05:00) Eastern Time (US & Canada)
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  • 6050 Oak Tree Boulevard
  • Checkpoint Surgical
  • Independence, Ohio
  • United States 44131
  • Room Number: Basement Conference Room

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  • Starts 10 October 2023 10:24 AM
  • Ends 10 November 2023 05:00 PM
  • All times are (UTC-05:00) Eastern Time (US & Canada)
  • 4 in-person spaces left!
  • No Admission Charge


Jim Watson


The Secret of Success


Jim is a Registered Professional Engineer and a Life-Senior Member of IEEE.  Following a 36-year engineering and management career with Ohio Edison, he founded Watson Associates to incorporate professional skill development within existing university engineering technical classes. He has directed the use of this program for more than 26,000 students at 7 major engineering universities.

Jim received numerous awards from IEEE in recognition for his volunteer activities including the Robert S. Walleigh Distinguished Contributions to Engineering Professionalism, the highest IEEE-USA award for volunteer activities.

In 2011, IEEE-USA established the “IEEE-USA Jim Watson Student Professional Awareness Award” to recognize key individuals for their contributions to Student Professional Awareness Achievement Activities in the United States.

Jim has delivered 2,227 presentations in the United States, Canada, Europe, and Asia to a total audience of over 110,000.  This includes 75,000 students at 203 different universities.

 Jim is also a co-author with Dr. Charles Alexander of the textbook “Engineering Skills for Career Success” published by McGraw-Hill


Address:United States


Registration, Networking and Welcome (30 minutes)

Communication Connection (20 minutes)

One-page self-evaluation exercise (10-15 minutes)

Project management (20 minutes)