RE: Technical Writers Using Shorthand or Speedwriting

Subject: RE: Technical Writers Using Shorthand or Speedwriting
From: Lief Erickson <lerickson -at- mqsoftware -dot- com>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Thu, 22 Mar 2001 09:02:50 -0600

Paula Whitaker is having a harder time reading her handwriting nowadays, but
wants to use shorthand during meetings because

<<A more up-to-date approach would be to use a small tape recorder, but most
people are uncomfortable using it. I would like to be more discreet in my

I use a tape recorder. Of course I initially get a frightened look from a
developer who may not be used to working with me, but that tape recorder is
a very reliable tool for me. I explain the simple benefits to them. I tell
them that

1) I can concentrate on what you are saying instead of scribbling at a
feverish pace in my notebook,
2) I ask more intelligent follow-up questions because I am paying attention,
3) I don't have the ask you to repeat yourself (unless you mumble), because
I can just get it off the tape later. That saves you and me time because I
won't have to come back to you a second or third time to ask you want you

They're reassured and quickly forget the recorder is on the table.

My advice is buy a tape recorder and use it.



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