5 Easy Tips for Easy Collaboration

Working with others is definitely unavoidable and sometimes necessary—but it doesn't have to be difficult! Here are some collaboration tips that will make your next group effort go as smoothly as possible. Establish a Common Goal What is it that you're trying to accomplish? Whether it be a big project with a large group or …

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Effective Presentation Design

I believe that the way information is presented has a lot to do with how it is received, so learning how to make better presentations should be an important consideration in relaying information. I edit training presentations at my job, so I have been able to see firsthand what works best and what distracts from …

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Why Be a Technical Writer?

What are the advantages of becoming a technical writer? It’s a profession with a daunting name. As I discussed in an earlier post, it can be unclear whether the emphasis is on “technical” or “writer”. It’s actually on both. There’s also an emphasis on creativity, collaboration, new experiences, and job security. Technical writing is a …

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Advice from Experienced Technical Writers

I recently had the opportunity to job shadow the technical writing group at Thomson Reuters. Many of the technical writers there have worked in the field for more than fifteen years, and I was excited to talk with these experienced technical writers about various concerns and questions I had. We addressed a few main themes, …

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Balancing Content and Design

In Kristen Welch’s article "Poetry, Visual Design, and the How-To Manual: Creativity in the Teaching of Technical Writing”, she described her experiences as a professor teaching students technical writing. Although this article is an explanation of the teaching process, I found it to be a useful piece in thinking about technical writing and design, and …

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