Business and STEM leaders have repeatedly stated that learning to  communicate well is a key skill needed to be successful (Jensen, 2012).  “Research carried out by the Carnegie Institute of Technology shows that  85 percent of your financial success is due to . . . your personality  and ability to communicate, negotiate, and lead . . . only 15 percent is  due to technical knowledge” (Nelson, n.d.).


To complete this activity, write a short paper based on the claim  that information technology professionals should excel in their  communication skills.

In your paper:

  • Define academic, professional, and technical communication in your own words, using at least two examples.
  • Discuss whether you believe the ability to communicate well is the most important skill for a STEM professional to learn.

Resources are not required, but any resources used must be  appropriately cited using APA style. While all course materials are  valuable resources for this project, the following resource may directly  help support your work on this project:

  • Shapiro Library –

Guidelines for Submission

Submit a Word document or PDF file of your short paper. Your paper must:

  • Be at least 500 words
  • Be double spaced
  • Address all of the requirements in the Prompt section


Jensen, K. (2012, April 12). Intelligence is overrated: What you really need to succeed. Forbes.  Retrieved from  https://www.forbes.com/sites/keldjensen/2012/04/12/intelligence-is-overrated-what-you-really-need-to-succeed/#563997cab6d2

Nelson, B. (n.d.). Three billionaires reveal the underrated skill you really need to succeed (and it’s not intelligence). Reader’s Digest. Retrieved from https://www.rd.com/advice/work-career/secret-to-success-billionaires/

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