May 2016

Building a Personal Brand and Selling Skills for Engineers & Geoscientists

Status: This seminar has been postponed. A new date is to be announced.
Date: Thursday, May 12, 2016
Time: 8:30 AM-9:00 AM: Registration and Continental Breakfast
9:00 AM-4:30 PM: Building a Personal Brand & Selling Skills for Engineers
Location: Vancouver, BC
Presenter: Mr. Ralph Kison
Credit: 7 Formal Professional Development Hours (PDH)
Cost: Early Bird Price Engineers and Geoscientists BC Member: $399.00 + GST = $418.95 until Apr 28, 2016

Engineers and Geoscientists BC Member and EIT/GIT Regular Price: $499.00 + GST = $523.95

Non-Member Price: $499.00 + GST = $523.95

Student Member Price: $249.50 + GST = $261.98

Member and EIT/GIT Late Price: $499.99 + GST = $524.99
Please Note: *A minimum number of registrations are needed by April 28, 2016 to proceed with this seminar. Please register early to avoid cancellation.
**All prices are subject to applicable taxes.
Contact: Emma Talbott | Diversity Outreach Coordinator
Direct: 604.412.4880
Toll Free: 1.888.430.8035 ext.4880
Fax: 604.639.8180
Email: [email protected]
Personal branding involves more than effective networking and self-promotion using social media, it includes leveraging your experience, talents and unique skill-set to differentiate yourself in a manner that will attract brand supporters, advocates and champions. Most engineers and geoscientists define their brand in terms of their technical expertise and specialized knowledge; the most successful however, also utilize their personal values and passion to differentiate themselves in a more distinctive and memorable manner.

Beyond building a strong personal brand, engineers and geoscientists are also realizing that the skill of business development is essential not only for maintaining existing clients and securing new work, but also for moving into senior leadership roles. Industry trends are revealing that non-technical business developers are on the decline. Engineers and geoscientists face the reality of not only doing the work but also selling it. Understanding the business development process and learning the associated skills to secure new work, retain existing clients and increase scope on existing projects are becoming the new core competencies.

After attending the Branding/BD workshop, you will be able to:
  • Develop a powerful personal brand.
  • Leverage your brand to achieve higher levels of success and advance your career.
  • Creating  a personal Unique Value Proposition (UVP).
  • Sell and market your services and expertise by differentiating you and your firm on value.
  • Leverage existing relationships in your network to secure new work and obtain referrals.
  • Reach decision makers and economic buyers and avoid internal business blockers.
  • Know when to say no and stop pursuing RFP’s and competitive bids that weaken your brand and reduce fees.
  • Lead clients to make an informed buying decision that creates satisfaction and loyalty.
Ralph’s workshop is interactive and hands-on; you will acquire the skills to present yourself and your firm in a professional, logical and non-manipulative manner and secure profitable business based on your value proposition and by building strong relationships.


Ralph Kison
President,  Kison Inc.

Ralph Kison, President of Kison Inc., Professional Development Specialists and Growth Through Learning Inc., an online business development/sales training company, works with organizations across North America in business-to-business and professional services environments.
Ralph assists organizations focusing on employee and organizational development in the areas of: Training and Development, Leadership and Management Coaching, Succession Planning, and Facilitating Planning and Partnering Sessions.

He brings passion, commitment and experience to each project. He leads and directs organizations and their employees to achieve their full potential by acquiring skills and applying proven business development processes and techniques.

Ralph’s career spans over 25 years in sales, online learning, management and consulting with extensive experience in the engineering, architectural, construction, distribution and insurance industries. Ralph has taught professional sales courses at the British Columbia Institute of Technology (BCIT) and the VANSEC I program for Sales and Marketing Executives International of Vancouver (SMEI).

In 2010 Ralph launched myKISON, an online learning site to offer the Sales Diamond™ selling program to clients and individuals committed to professional development.

Education and Memberships

Ralph is a graduate of the University of British Columbia Marketing and Sales Management Program. He is a Certified Marketing Executive (CME) and Certified Sales Executive (CSE).

Ralph is a member and past President (1993 - 1994) of SMEI Vancouver, member and past President (2003 – 2005) of the Canadian Society for Marketing Professional Services (CSMPS) and a member of the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers, Inc. (ASHRAE)


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