James Trevelyan

What mistake have you made that you learnt the most from?

Until I learned about active listening, I made the mistake of assuming that hearing was equivalent to listening.
Since I learned to listen attentively, and contextually, I have learned more than I ever dreamed of. There’s a great book that I have used extensively: “People Skills” by Robert Bolton. I recommend that because it’s far more useful than a recent and more popular book “Crucial Conversations”. Much of what is popularly described as Emotional Intelligence can be learned from Bolton’s book.

About James Trevelyan

James Trevelyan is an engineer, educator, researcher and start-up entrepreneur. As founder and inventor of Close Comfort, he is introducing new energy-saving, low emissions air conditioning technology for a global market. His research on engineering practice helped define the Engineers Australia professional competencies for chartered engineers. His books “The Making of an Expert Engineer” and “Learning Engineering Practice” are influencing the future of engineering education in universities and workplaces. He is best known internationally for pioneering research on sheep shearing robots from 1975 till 1993 and for the first industrial robot that could be remotely operated via the internet in 1994. He has worked as an expert witness on several significant intellectual property matters in Australia and internationally. He has also managed his family investment portfolio for several decades and has advised family investment companies in the UK and Australia.

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