RE: Real Writers - WRITE

Subject: RE: Real Writers - WRITE
From: Jim Shaeffer <jims -at- spsi -dot- com>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Fri, 27 Oct 2000 16:52:19 -0400

I can manipulate information in lots of ways, most of which will obscure the
content, not communicate it.

I succeed if my audience gets the knowledge that _they_ need when _they_
need it.

By this definition of success, it matters not one whit if I understand beans
about my subject. All that matters is that that my presentation communicates
the knowledge to my audience.

The knowledge in my mind is irrelevant. The knowledge imparted to my
audience is what matters. Isn't that what usability testing is all about?

(Some people even argue that knowing too much about one's topic means that
one loses the 'mind of the learner'. Then, the writer becomes just another
SME spouting convoluted jargon.)

Jim Shaeffer
jims -at- spsi -dot- com

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