Rashid N. Kapadia is a Speaker, Author, Project Manager and Engineer.
He wrote the book Necessary Bridges: Public Speaking & Storytelling for Project Managers and Engineers. to bridge a wide and unnecessary gap between two worlds he inhabits--the world of Project Management & Engineering (PM&E) and the world of Public Speaking & Storytelling (PS&ST). He describes this work as the combination of a labor of love, a research project and a campaign manifesto.
He has been an engineer since 1983 and a project manager since 1997. He has led teams and departments since 1990
My public speaking mission: Share & Spread Valuable Knowledge. Laud Equanimity & Wisdom (over and above passion and action, though passion and action we certainly need). Build Necessary Bridges
- Necessary Bridges: Public Speaking and Storytelling for Project Managers & Engineers
- Necessary Bridges: Public Speaking and Storytelling for Citizens, Professionals and Leaders
- Necessary Bridges: Public Speaking and Storytelling for xx and yy
I envision that someday at least 100 thousand engineers (& STEM professionals) will be able and willing to speak as effectively and eloquently as 100 (or more) heads of state.
Engineers and STEM professionals: you are ambassadors of the greatest of professions: the time has come to Stand Up, Step Up & SPEAK! Public speaking is not tough. Public speaking can be exhilarating. The world of engineering is replete with spellbinding accomplishments which ought to be converted into mesmerizing talks.
I develop material that interests me–generated by extensive reading–and simultaneously solves human problems. I like to combine emerging knowledge, scientifically enlightened thinking, a duty of care, and being a detective, with speaking expertise to provide pragmatic human solutions to challenging issues.
- FLOW: The Final Performance Frontier (Alternate: Finding FLOW on Projects)
- Conflict Resolution: Harnessing the Power of Respect and Empathy – with Examples from History
- RISK Management: Insights & Ideas from Prospect Theory and Psychology
- Insights from Psychology for Business / Project / Education / xxx Success
- Effective Listening and Better Business Writing
- Evolution of Time Management: From Lists to FLOW
- 3 (new) Rs: Resilience, Reflection, Relationships
- The Paradox of Planning
- Harnessing the Power of Emotion in Public Speaking & Storytelling
- Understanding the Fear of Public Speaking, Harnessing its Energy, and Converting it to Exhilaration in Public Speaking
- Public Speaking is a Connection Enabler
- SUCCESS: Impulse Control (Willpower) is the best predictor of success
- Overview of Happiness
- Continuous Improvement in Project Scheduling
- Custom Developed Talk Based on Customer Needs and Requests
Rashid is an avid reader, reading over 50 non-fiction books each year, and a HBR (Harvard Business Review) article daily. He is constantly seeking new knowledge and spreading this new knowledge through public speaking and storytelling. He particularly enjoys converting his reading (new knowledge) to speeches and talks. To do this he follows a four step formula:
(1) synthesize: collect lot of knowledge from multiple sources
(2) simplify: reduce this new knowledge to key simple points--using the best practices of rhetoric
(3) storify: find stories to communicate key points (tell a story prior making a point)
(4) speak: bringing it all together
This approach allows him to cover a vast range of topics as new knowledge is appearing everywhere.
He has been a member of multiple Toastmasters Clubs and has given over 150 speeches in these clubs, and consistenly won speech contenst at all levels. (District, Division, Area and Club)