10-Hour RedVector AEC Success Certificate Program: A Comprehensive Professional Development Program for AEC Professionals

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Comprised of nine interactive video courses delivered by three of the most dynamic trainers in the AEC industry, the RedVector AEC Success Certificate Program provides in-depth, AEC-specific training on topics such as business development, sales, decision making, time management/billable hours, communication, networking and more. This modern, online training program will provide engineers, designers, project managers and other AEC Professionals with the “soft” skills and knowledge needed to advance their careers. Meanwhile, this online professional development program can help firms reduce costs and win more business in today’s highly-competitive market. Professionals who successfully complete this rigorous program will be awarded an official RedVector AEC Success Certificate of Completion, which can be proudly displayed in the workplace, documented on resumes and even utilized in a firm’s marketing collateral. (Fundamental – 10 hours).
 

The courses contained in this package are:
• AEC Professional Development and Leadership Training Program (RV-PGM147)
          AEC Success: 7 Steps for using LinkedIn Effectively
          AEC Success: Five Steps to Effective E-mail Management 
          AEC Success: How to Create a Focused, Productive and Low Stress Career and Life 
          AEC Success: How to Find and/or Become a Mentor 
• AEC Success: Business Development and Sales (RV-10869)
• AEC Success: Conflict Resolution in the Workplace (RV-11196)
• AEC Success: Effective Decision Making (RV-10867)
• AEC Success: How to Become a Top-Notch Industry Leader (RV-10775)
• AEC Success: How to Communicate and Present Effectively (RV-10776)
• AEC Success: Networking and Relationship Building (RV-10777)
• AEC Success: Strategies for a Successful Interview (RV-11143)
• AEC Success: Time Management and Billable Hours (RV-10868)

  • AEC Success: Business Development and Sales

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    In this course our discussion is going to be about developing the seller-doer in you. We'll give you the basics of business development so you can understand the process, technical skills such as communications and networking and how to take a business strategy and creating an effective plan of action.

    “Everyone lives by selling something.” Robert Louis Stevenson. In this course our discussion is going to be about developing the seller-doer in you. We'll give you the basics of business development so you can understand the process, technical skills such as communications and networking and how to take a business strategy and creating an effective plan of action. (Fundamental - 1 Hour)

    Christian Knutson, P.E., PgMP, PMP

    Christian Knutson, P.E., PgMP, PMP, is a senior civil engineer and program management practitioner, adjunct professor, author and podcaster.  His experience in infrastructure engineering, program delivery, facility management, leadership and international cooperation spans the globe with more than two decades in the military, civil service and the private sector and is shared routinely through his writings.

    Over Knutson’s career, he’s developed core skills to effectively lead teams and organizations, negotiate on projects and programs, and achieve success on high-stake infrastructure projects for clients in the U.S., Europe and the Middle East.

    Knutson is a U.S. Air Force civil engineer officer and holds an undergraduate degree in civil engineering from Michigan State University and a Masters, Business Administration from Colorado State University. You'll find his writings on LiquidPlanner.com Blog, The Engineering Career Coach and General Leadership websites. He is also the co-host of the popular Engineering Career Coach - cited by Forbes as one of the 15 most inspiring podcasts for professionals – and the Civil Engineering podcast.  He currently lives near Cambridge, England.

  • AEC Success: Conflict Resolution in the Workplace

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    This interactive online one-hour course will teach you five strategies for dealing with conflicts and two core skill that are necessary to successfully resolve conflicts.

    Team projects often result in conflicts that must be resolved between different parties. Learning to resolve a conflict is a very valuable skill that can be used in all endeavors of business and life. This interactive online course will teach you five strategies for dealing with conflicts. Additionally, you will learn two core skill that are necessary to successfully resolve conflicts. You will also learn about emotional awareness and how it can help you in certain situations. (Fundamental – 1 hour).

    LEARNING OBJECTIVES

    Upon completion of this course, you will be able to:
    • Define interpersonal conflict.
    • Select the best strategies of the five from the Thomas and Kilmann's conflict mode instrument. for dealing with conflict when presented with this scenario.
    • Name the two core skills that are necessary to successfully resolve conflict.
    • Describe emotional awareness and how it can help you in certain situations.

  • AEC Success: Effective Decision Making

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    This interactive online one-hour course provides you with tools and techniques that you can understand and easily apply to any decision you must make – at work or at home.

    Do you know that making too many decisions can wear you out? How do you make decisions? Do you have a process, or do you typically go with your gut? This interactive online course provides you with tools and techniques that you can understand and easily apply to any decision you must make – at work or at home. (Fundamental – 1 hour).

    LEARNING OBJECTIVES

    Upon the completion of this course, you will be able to:
    • Describe what critical thinking and decision-making are and why they are important for engineers to develop as complementary skills.
    • Define and describe the challenges to critical thinking and decision-making that you’ll encounter.
    • Describe and apply techniques for critical thinking and decision-making as an individual or as part of a team.
    • Define decision fatigue is and choose tactics you can employ to reduce the negative effects it can have on you.

  • AEC Success: Strategies for a Successful Interview

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    During this online interactive one-hour course you will learn what to research before the interview, how to observe and analyze the environment of the interview location, a strategic sitting layout and how to use all of this to your advantage prior to the interview.

    We have all been through the interview process, either through applying for a job/promotion or chasing a project. We also often follow established templates that almost everyone uses which result in eye rolling by the interviewers. This online interactive course can help you get out of this rut so that you can develop a fresh look for your next interview in pursuit of a project. You will learn what to research before the interview, how to observe and analyze the environment of the interview location, a strategic sitting layout and how to use all of this to your advantage prior to the interview. This course will show you how to manage the pace of the interview and how to answer tough questions. Finally, you'll learn how to elegantly end the interview and which follow-up activities will help you stand out among the thundering herd. Learn what to do and what not to do to subtly manage your client interview to ensure you and your team members shine! (Fundamental – 1 hour).

    LEARNING OBJECTIVES

    Upon completion of this course, you will be able to:
    • Describe your team to your advantage.
    • Define the steps to prepare for the interview.
    • Explain your agenda and the flow of the meeting.
    • Craft the close of your interview.

  • AEC Success: Time Management and Billable Hours

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    In this interactive online one-hour course, we will cover multi-tasking, delegating, and back-to-back scheduling.

    Unlike money or aptitude, time is the one commodity that every person on the earth has the exact same amount of each day. What is needed is a new way of thinking about managing our time. In this interactive online course, we will cover multi-tasking, delegating, and back-to-back scheduling. You will get tactics and tools to make the most of your time and what's most important to you. (Fundamental – 1 hour).

    LEARNING OBJECTIVES

    Upon completion of this course, you will be able to:
    • Describe the basic concepts of time management and the importance of viewing time as a non-renewable resource.
    • Explain the importance of having a personal time investment strategy and be knowledgeable to employ this type of strategy in your life so you use your time on the most important things and live proactively versus reactively.
    • Define the concept of equanimity from a time management perspective and why aiming for balance in your life is not only outdated, it’s impossible.
    • Employ the seven tactics for scheduling your ideal week, using your time investment strategy and the concept of equanimity.
    • Describe how a time management strategy can apply to billable hours in a firm.

  • AEC Success: How to Become a Top-Notch Industry Leader

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    This course will give you strategies for becoming an exceptional leader. One that inspires his or her team into taking action towards a common goal. In this course, we will challenge you to make an opportunistic mind shift.

    Are you a positive powerful leader? Most engineers and other technical professionals strive to become a "manager" and in many cases when they do, they micromanage the details of every project to no avail. This course will give you strategies for becoming an exceptional leader. One that inspires his or her team into taking action towards a common goal. In this course, we will challenge you to make an opportunistic mind shift. (Fundamental - 1 Hour)

    At the end of this course, you will be able to:
    • Develop leadership abilities
    • Adopt a positive outlook
    • Find opportunity in every situation
    • Define your role
    • Delegate responsibilities effectively
    • Earn trust and respect
    • Put team needs first

    Christian Knutson, P.E., PgMP, PMP

    Christian Knutson, P.E., PgMP, PMP, is a senior civil engineer and program management practitioner, adjunct professor, author and podcaster.  His experience in infrastructure engineering, program delivery, facility management, leadership and international cooperation spans the globe with more than two decades in the military, civil service and the private sector and is shared routinely through his writings.

    Over Knutson’s career, he’s developed core skills to effectively lead teams and organizations, negotiate on projects and programs, and achieve success on high-stake infrastructure projects for clients in the U.S., Europe and the Middle East.

    Knutson is a U.S. Air Force civil engineer officer and holds an undergraduate degree in civil engineering from Michigan State University and a Masters, Business Administration from Colorado State University. You'll find his writings on LiquidPlanner.com Blog, The Engineering Career Coach and General Leadership websites. He is also the co-host of the popular Engineering Career Coach - cited by Forbes as one of the 15 most inspiring podcasts for professionals – and the Civil Engineering podcast.  He currently lives near Cambridge, England.

  • AEC Success: How to Communicate and Present Effectively

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    This course will give you tips to help you transform into a comfortable, confident communicator.

    Do you communicate effectively? Engineers and other technical professionals typically work on teams and projects that require constant communication. Your ability to communicate effectively will impact your relationships and your results, both professionally and personally. This course will give you tips to help you transform into a comfortable, confident communicator. (Fundamental - 1 Hour)

    At the end of this course, you will be able to:
    • Determine which form of communication is best for each project situation
    • Effectively communicate with team members, clients and end-users
    • Increase your likability through honesty
    • Build confidence in your presentation skills
    • “Listen” for cues to better communication skills
    • Respond to issues in a timely manner

    Anthony Fasano, P.E., LEED AP, ACC

    Engineering Career Coach, Bestselling Author & Speaker

    Anthony Fasano, P.E., author of the bestselling book Engineer Your Own Success: 7 Key Elements to Creating an Extraordinary Engineering Career, is a nationally recognized professional coach and inspirational speaker specializing in the areas of business and career growth and development as well as leadership. Anthony uses his highly effective coaching and speaking techniques to help engineers and other technical professionals work through blocks, prioritize effectively, set clear goals and achieve their maximum potential. 

    Fasano found success as an engineer at a young age and has since left his engineering career to travel the world inspiring engineers. His company website called the Engineering Management Institute (previously known as The Engineering Career Coach) is loaded with free resources including two popular iTunes podcasts for engineers (one recently cited by Forbes) which are downloaded over 1,000 times per day. His Amazon.com-bestselling book Engineer Your Own Success was recently published by IEEE-Wiley Press as an updated and expanded second edition. 

    Fasano received a B.S. and a M.S. in Civil Engineering from Lafayette College and Columbia University respectively and his coaching certificate from the Institute of Professional Excellence in Coaching. 

  • AEC Success: Networking and Relationship Building

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    Too many engineers and technical professionals think of networking as collecting business cards. Networking is all about building relationships. In this course you will learn the importance of networking and receive strategies that you can start to use to build strong relationships today!

    Too many engineers and technical professionals think of networking as collecting business cards - WRONG! Networking is all about building relationships. In this course you will learn the importance of networking and receive strategies that you can start to use to build strong relationships today! Not just 'business card' relationships, but ones that will yield enjoyment and opportunities for years to come. (Fundamental - 1 Hour)

    At the end of this course, you will be able to:
    • Define networking and its importance
    • Build lasting relationships
    • Determine with whom and where to network
    • Find and develop project leads
    • Identify relationship opportunities
    • Create a networking plan
    • Overcome low confidence and language barriers
    • Use social networking appropriately and effectively
  • AEC Success: Five Steps to Effective E-Mail Management

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    This interactive online 30-minute course - part of the AEC Professional Development and Leadership Training Program - will teach you email processing, management steps to help you simplify your email filing system, and seven steps to writing more productive emails.

    Poor email management can kill productivity and cause you to be stressed. Implementing a proper email system will help you be more productive, more billable, and give you more time to do deep meaningful work. This interactive online 30-minute course will teach you email processing and management steps to help you simplify your email filing system. You will also learn seven steps to writing more productive emails. (Fundamental - 30 minutes).

    LEARNING OBJECTIVES

    Upon completion of this course, you will be able to:
    • List five steps to effectively manage emails.
    • Describe how to process emails in your inbox to reduce stress.
    • Sequence the 7 steps to writing more productive emails.
    • Describe the appropriate times to use the "Reply All" feature.

  • AEC Success: How to Create a Focused, Productive and Low Stress Career and Life

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    This interactive online 30-minute course - part of the AEC Professional Development and Leadership Training Program - will teach you how to improve time management efforts to bring more balance and focus to your career and life.

    Being unorganized can lead to a stressful and less productive career and life. This interactive online 30-minute course will teach you how to improve time management efforts to bring more balance and focus to your career and life. You will learn three specific rules for effective time management and better work life balance. You will also learn seven things you can do to increase your ability to focus. (Fundamental - 30 minutes).

    LEARNING OBJECTIVES

    Upon completion of this course, you will be able to:
    • Differentiate between efficiency and effectiveness.
    • List the three rules to time management and work-life balance.
    • Describe how the 80/20 Rule works.
    • Identify seven things you can do to increase your ability to focus.