American Council of Engineering Companies of Oregon

Event Calendar

Thursday, April 27, 2017

Interviewing to Win: The Inside Scoop on Interviews (5314)

Start Date: 4/27/2017 8:00 AM EDT
End Date: 4/27/2017 10:00 AM EDT

Venue Name: David Evans and Associates

2100 SW River Parkway
Portland, OR  United States  97201

Organization Name: ACEC OR & SMPS OR

Merideth Webber
Phone: (503) 292-2348

Interviewing to Win: The Inside Scoop
How to Showcase your Firm’s
Talent and Expertise

SMPS is handling the registration, the link above (and below) will take you to their Eventbrite website where you can purchase tickets (using a credit card; however, it also reads, “Offline payments also available.”) 

SAVE $$! Register by April 18
$60 - Early bird for ACEC and SMPS members 

Nobody knows presentations and interviews in the world of AEC like Susan Murphy. She has spent the last twenty years helping architects, engineers and construction firms hone their presentation and interview skills. This session uses the best of her extensive experience and knowledge and gives you concrete professional information and shows you how to use it immediately.

This high-spirited and interactive program begins with helping you figure out what should go into your presentation or interview, stressing individual personality and talent. The secret is in finding out what works best for each individual and teaching each person how to produce that behavior on demand. What “bait” will get that desired client or audience to respond to your ideas? From colleagues to clients, you will learn how to communicate for results.

This is not a lecture program. Susan will guide you in developing proven skills in your own way. This is not personality dependent. You will leave this session with a new awareness of your skills as well as some newfound approaches to landing the big one.

Susan Murphy has in-depth knowledge and experience in the AEC industry. She teaches and coaches communication skills that allow clients and their support staff to become more productive speakers, negotiators, and colleagues.

Susan worked for Communispond, the world’s leading communication skills consultant at the time, and fate led her to a SMPS National Conference, where she filled-in for a cancelled speaker and was smitten by the industry. Later, Susan founded Murphy Motivation and Training to focus on the AEC world and thinks she is the luckiest woman on the planet to have found her niche.

She attended St. Louis University and went on to teach high school English before finding Murphy Motivation and Training. When she isn’t teaching, coaching or writing, she hikes with her husband, Ullrich Klamm, and her dog, Frankie, neither of which is very impressed with her training abilities.

“Susan Murphy takes the typically painful process (presentation training) and makes it fun! She provided our engineers and construction managers with effective tools for becoming more comfortable at presenting as well as for identifying a client-centered message.” 

“A dynamic presentation, beneficial to the 'professional' marketers, the 'rookie' marketers and especially the principals whose presentation skills are crucial to winning projects.” 

“The faculty were totally blown away by the professional, succinct way that Susan taught presentation skills and how quickly she got into the students’ heads. Our engineering grads are known for their technical competence, but not for their communication savvy. In one evening, Susan made them whole!! Engineering students TEND not to enjoy time spent on the softer skills such as written and oral communication. Susan sold them what they ordinarily don’t buy – hook, line, and sinker!!!!” 

More testimonials and more information about Susan can be found on her website:

$60 - Early bird for ACEC and SMPS members (until April 18)
$70 - Early bird for non-members (until April 18) 

8:00 a.m. - Arrival/Networking Breakfast
8:30 a.m. - Program begins
10:00 a.m. - Conclusion 

Program is good for 1.5 (one and a half) continuing professional development credits. 

David Evans and Associates, Inc. 
2100 SW River Parkway 
Portland, OR  97201

There are a few parking garages nearby: 

  • RiverPlace @ The Strand ($16 max.) 
    1852 SW River Drive 
  • City Center Parking ($16 max.)
    1875 SW River Drive  
  • Montgomery Garage ($10 max.) 
    309 SW Montgomery Street