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The following audio files are available to all AIAA members as part of the AIAA Work-Force Development Program.
The offerings on this page will continue to be added to and updated over time so you might want to check this page regularly.

You may listen to these files on this page or you may download the audio files.
Please keep them within the AIAA family since they are part of the AIAA Work-Force Development Program.

If you would like to make any suggestions or have questions or comments please send them to: steven@stevencerri.com

Thank you and I hope you find these files useful.

Steven Cerri



Available audio file titles and quick-links to more information:

Audio File #1: “Effective Human Communication Models” … Learn more

Audio File #2: “What Can You Expect From Your Engineering Career: Engineering or Management?”… Learn more

Audio File #3:“The Art and Skill of Delegation”… Learn more

Audio File #4:“Effective Communication Tools for Engineers, Scientists, Technical Professionals, and Technical Managers” … Learn more

Audio File #5:“How to Successfully Retire After a Long Aerospace Career” … Learn more

Audio File #6 plus PowerPoint/PDF of Presentation:“How to Successfully Transition from Technical to Managerial” … Learn more




Audio File #1:

“Effective Human Communication Models”
Some different ways to think about human communication

File #1 audio duration: 45 minutes
Audio File #1 format and size: MP3, 25.9MB
Presenter: Steven Cerri, STCerri International
Copyright: Steven Cerri, 2008

Description:
Most engineers think about human communication as a giant unknown. Human communication seems to have not rhyme or reason. People seem to be totally unpredictable. How easily we can deal with them seems to vary with blood sugar levels, what side of the bed they got up from at the beginning of the day, or even the phase of the moon. Well, as common as such perceptions are, they are not true. People are really quite predictable in their communication processes when we know what to look for. This presentation will give you some different and new ways to think about human communication. The models presented will give you new ways to think about how to interact with your colleagues, managers, and customers in your engineering community.

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(MP3, 25.9MB)
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Audio File #2:

“What Can You Expect From Your Engineering Career: Engineering or management?”

AIAA Panel Discussion, San Francisco Section, August 20, 2008

File #2a audio duration: 45 minutes
File #2b audio duration: 45 minutes

Audio File 2a format and size: MP3, 21.3MB
Audio File 2b format and size: MP3, 20.7MB

Panel members: Dorothy McKinney (Lockheed Martin), Jim Noble, (Lockheed Martin), Paul Munninghoff (Loral Space Systems)

Moderated by: Steven Cerri, STCerri International

Description:
Two consistent question for engineers as they attempt to advance in their careers is “What is expected of me?” and “Should I move into management or stay an engineer?” In this AIAA panel discussion we ask these questions of three senior managers in two of aerospace’s major corporations. We find out how important they think soft-skills, communication, and people skills are to the advancement of engineers and engineering managers. This is an hour panel discussion filled with information from the people who make the decisions affecting the careers of engineers and engineering managers.

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(MP3, 21.3MB)
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(MP3, 20.7MB)
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Audio File #3:

“The Art and Skill of Delegation”

Learn how to effectively and successfully delegate to anyone in your technical organization

File #3 audio duration: 50 minutes
Audio file format and size: MP3, 33.5MB
Presenter: Steven Cerri
Copyright: Steven Cerri, 2008

Description:
Everyone says it is important to know how to delegate. Delegate! we are told. But how do you decide who to delegate to? Do you select whomever is available? And how is successful delegation really performed? How do you delegate and monitor enough but not too much? How do you ensure success while not micromanaging? This audio file will present a completely new and extremely effective way of delegating that you can apply immediately.

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(MP3, 33.5MB)
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Audio File #4:
“Communication is Everything!”
Inter-Personal Communication Tools for Engineers, Scientists, Technical Professionals, and Technical Managers

File #4 audio duration: 50 minutes
Audio file format and size: MP3, 22.5MB
Presenter: Steven Cerri, STCerri International
Copyright: Steven Cerri, 2008

Description:
We assume your are technically competent. That is what your college education provided. Now the next necessary step required for your career success is your ability to communicate effectively. Your ability to communicate effectively will determine how rapidly you advance in your career because what your company wants is that you know your technology AND are able to communicate and interact effectively with colleagues, superiors, and customers. This audio file will start you on the path to successful communication.

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(MP3, 22.5MB)
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Audio File #5:
“How to Successfully Retire After a Long Aerospace Career”
A real-world example of how to retire successfully and happily after a long aerospace career

File #5 audio duration: 40 minutes
Audio file format and size: MP3, 48MB
Presenter: Retired aerospace engineer from large aerospace firm in Bay Area, California interviewed by Steven Cerri

Description:
John (not his real name) retired successfully from a large aerospace corporation over a year ago. In this interview, he details the process he went through to retire, the decisions he made that were important, and the outcomes of those decisions. In this interview, you will learn what actions he took, why he took them, how he implemented them, and what the outcomes were. This interview should be invaluable to anyone who is within a few years of their own retirement.

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(MP3, 48MB)
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Audio File #6:
“AIAA ASM Nashville: Transitioning from Technical to Managerial”
The pitfalls to avoid in transitioning from engineer to manager

File #6 audio duration: 50 minutes
Audio file format and size: MP3, 48MB
Presenter: Steven Cerri presents the behaviors and attitudes to avoid and what to have instead in order to make a successful transition from engineer to manager.

Description:
It is often the case that good engineers are offered management or lead positions just because they are good at their technical work. The concept is, “If you can perform your engineering work well you can obviously lead people doing the same work.” Unfortunately that is not the case. In this presentation given as a Career and Workforce Development Workshop at the 50th AIAA Aerospace Sciences Meeting, January 2012, in Nashville, Tennessee, Steven presents the behaviors that, while making us successful engineers may well interfere with our successful move into management.

Audio File
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(MP3, 48MB)
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PDF of PowerPoint Presentation
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