The Communicating with FINESSE Guest Insights of 2023

18 accomplished professionals shared insights on being effective communicators and propelling your career.

JD Solomon
3 min readJan 8, 2024
Is your career moving the right direction? Are you Communicating with FINESSE?
Is your career moving the right direction? Are you Communicating with FINESSE?

There are a lot of outstanding insights in the 2023 guest articles for improving communication and facilitation skills. Many gold nuggets will benefit all types of technical professionals as they seek to improve their careers.

A Different Approach for Guest Insights

In 2022, we asked some of the best communicators we knew to provide their best communication insight. In 2023, we focused on a specific monthly topic and asked two seasoned experts to give us their communication insights.

How Did the New Approach Work?

We got a lot of good feedback on the new approach. Most people liked seeing that every technical specialty has the same basic problems with communication and facilitation. And many noted that the same solutions apply to different sectors.

As expected, the impact was greatest in areas like facilities and infrastructure, where CWF has a strong following. The impact was less in areas like agriculture and land conservation where CWF has less following. However, doing some insights in those areas grows our reach and shows the commonalities across all disciplines.

Our Guest Contributors in 2023

Guest articles ranged from presidents of companies to technically trained professionals on the front lines. The common attributes of the writers were experience and success.

Guest contributors came from various market sectors, geographies, and experiences. All had the freedom to choose an experience and a writing style that reflected their perspectives on effective communication.

The Guest Insights of 2023

Decision Making

Joe Mantua My Top 3 Tips for Moving Communication to a Decision Point


Gustavo Vinueza 6 Tips That Improve Business Presentations from Dashboard and UX Design

Reliability Programs

Michael Guns Leadership, Legacy, and Longevity: Starting A Maintenance Reliability Journey

Michael Guns Leadership, Legacy, and Longevity: Part 2: Communicating for Your Reliability Journey


Doug Newton To Be or Not To Be? Communicating and Implementing Cover Crops

Maggie Monast Supporting Farmers to Build Resilience to Climate Change: The Power of Communication

Infrastructure Project Funding

Angie Mettlen Helping Local Leaders Grasp Funding Programs through Clear Communication

Rebecca Bowyer Powerful Tips on Communicating Funding Alternatives to Board Members

Land Conservation, Restoration, and Preservation

Bill Holman The Journey of Communicating the Benefits of Land Conservation and Watershed Protection

Dean Moss The Magic of Communicating the Benefits and Complexities of Land Conservation

Intergenerational Communication

Kamber Parker Embracing Intergenerational Communication In The Office

LaRhonda Julien Effective Communication Across Generations and Cultures

Physical Barriers

Amelia Loken Bridging Communication Gaps with Google Live Transcribe


Tom Moriarty How to Get Senior Leaders to Do Their Jobs (and keep accountability where it belongs)

John Parker Career Success Depends on Effective Communication with Executive Leaders


Jim Oldach How to Communicate the Value of Asset Criticality to Senior Management

Language Barriers

Jeff O’Dea Language Barriers: What Is the Goal of Communication?

Anteneh Zewde My Experience in Removing Language Barriers

Monte Carlo Analysis

Fernando Hernandez Communicating Collections of Risks with Horizon Charts and Monte Carlo Simulations

Gustavo Vinueza Two Communication Approaches Improve Monte Carlo Simulations

Applying the Insights

If you want to communicate with FINESSE, read this collection of insights and make a few notes. Then, start mapping your key takeaways to the FINESSE fishbone diagram. Apply those insights through FINESSE, and you will see your communication become more effective.

Let us know if you want to share a “5-paragraph” guest article on a topic or a real-world story in 2024. Collaborating with other technically trained professionals is a core aspect of the community.

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