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mrdon   9/21/2014 3:44:29 PM
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Pubudu

I agree. I like to add, "Do the basics right and be consistent" as well.

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Pubudu   8/30/2014 3:39:21 PM
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True a2, there will not be a market for our ideas if there is no demand, so it is  must to consider the customers ideas. 

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Pubudu   8/30/2014 3:23:09 PM
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Very true Greg M, get involvement is the first step of experiencing. 

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Pubudu   8/30/2014 3:16:58 PM
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Dave, Fist thing that comes to mind is "Do the basics right" simple tips but change the life for sure. 

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Greg M. Jung   8/29/2014 11:26:42 PM
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@Dave: IPRO sounds like a great program.  Wish we had something like this back in the day when I was in school.

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Greg M. Jung   8/29/2014 11:24:13 PM
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@a2:  Good point about considering customer ideas first.  As they say, 'seek first to understand' is always an effective method.

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Dave Palmer   8/29/2014 1:41:31 PM
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@Greg: Good points about public speaking and business concepts.  I never had the opportunity to take a speech class, but my daughter took one while she was working on her associate's degree, and I think it was a good experience for her.   Also, several engineering graduate students I know joined Toastmasters International to get more experience with public speaking.  My "public speaking" experience while I was in college was teaching math in an inner city high school.  It was definitely a case of "trial by fire," but greatly improved my self-confidence and speaking abilities.

IIT has a program called IPRO (Intraprofessional Research Opportunity); all students are required to participate in at least two IPRO projects prior to graduation.  I wrote about this in Design News back in 2012; I'd link to the article if DN weren't blocking URLs.  In the this program, students from different majors work together on real world design problems.  All of the projects have at least some business aspect (in some cases, they've actually led to successful start-ups), and the students have to present their work publically at the end of the semester.  It's a good way to learn and practice the skills you mentioned.

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a.saji   8/29/2014 6:48:13 AM
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@Greg: Agreed but who is going to decide and on what basis it will be measured ? 

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a2   8/28/2014 11:15:42 PM
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@Greg: Yes we do have to sell our ideas to customers but what I feel is that we should consider the customer ideas too. Analyse and then re-write the ideas before selling

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a2   8/28/2014 11:09:48 PM
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@Dave: Yes one should understand its capability and handle accordingly. 

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