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#PlantLife – The Mobile Office

As an automation engineer at Avanceon, I spend a lot of time visiting customer facilities. These visits include a wide range of activities: sales visits, site inspections, project meetings, commissioning, etc. Because of the frequent time spent away from the Avanceon headquarters, my laptop bag has become my mobile office, packed with everything I need on or off site. Here are some of the items that I always keep in my bag, to be prepared for whatever #PlantLife throws at me:
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Bring Your Training Out of the Dark Ages

Compared with the luxuries of our current age, Medieval Europe doesn’t seem very enticing.  But despite rampant disease and famine, the craftsmen of the Middle Ages were able to pass on skills and knowledge vital to their survival and ensure a steady stream of skilled artisans through apprenticeships. The word apprentice literally means “someone learning,” and a Medieval apprentice acquired both hands-on techniques and mental habits from years of training from a master.
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Women in Engineering

Women have always been a part of engineering.  Take Edith Clarke, the first woman to earn an electrical engineering degree in 1918, overcoming both a learning disability and becoming an orphan at age 12.  In 1921, she received her first patent for the Clarke Calculator; she was inducted into the National Inventors Hall of Fame for this advancement in 2015.   When Edith was hired by GE in 1923, she became the first—the only—woman professionally employed as an electrical engineer in the country.
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Business Relationship Training for Parents and Professionals

Negotiation.  Persuasion.  Persistence.  Parents utilize these sales skills daily, whether it’s getting a toddler to try broccoli or a teenager to meet his curfew.  Many of the common Business Relationship Training Systems (we use Sandler) are a great tool to have in any type of role that requires you to engage with clients or even your own coworkers.  And yes, parents can use these techniques as well.  If you’re interested in broadening your persuasive skills at home and in the office, read on!
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So You Wanna be a Rock Star?

To starry-eyed teenagers, rock stars can seem super-human, living a dream filled with fame and fortune. When I was younger, my perception of a rock star was just that. As I grew up and realized that a rock star is just another human being, I then asked myself how an ordinary person could achieve rock star status. Well, being a talented musician helps, as does discipline, creativity and maybe a little luck. Behind every successful rock star is also a team of people including production managers and highly skilled engineers making sure all the technical details are handled. An invisible team bathes the rocker in the best light and crystallizes their every note, not to mention the stylists and PR teams who craft a rock star’s image.
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