Guest Post By Neil Nilchian

This is a guest post by Neil Nilchian, PE


Neil NilchianNeil Nilchian, PE is the former Riverside County Transportation Department’s Transportation Engineering Project Manager and Emergency Manager. (Please see his full biography on the Meeting’s Guest Speaker-page found here)


“After & Before” rather than “Before & After”!

For so many years, we have always  seen, heard, used  and/or  follow the term “Before & After” to convey a message in persuading  an audience  about  advantageous of a certain method or procedure for comparison purposes . However, in my Power Point Presentation of a very exceptional project (Development of the First Largest Group of 10-Existing Road Improvements in 20-2011) on October 25, 2012, I thought to do something different, in order to leave a long lasting memory of the presentation for the audience. Therefore, I began from the last slide-shot # 39 toward the beginning which happens to become “After & Before” photos and messages rather than the normal “Before & After”.   Subsequently, this method of “After & Before” worked out very well, since audience did not leave the room during my presentation and also some of the students posed a number of very good questions to me after the event. Accordingly, I would like to encourage students to consider using an out of “Norm” approach in their projects and have an audacity to be a pioneer, as much as possible.

Thank you for your attention.

Neil Nilchian, PE


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