Re: Fear and Loathing at the Job Site

Subject: Re: Fear and Loathing at the Job Site
From: Jo Francis Byrd <jbyrd -at- byrdwrites -dot- com>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Fri, 09 May 2003 07:47:02 -0500

These myths persist because of the "grain of truth" contained in them. Being a good trainer/speller/writer makes it EASIER for you to do your job well. Because you can already write well, be a good trainer, you don't have to worry about that skill, you can concentrate on learning the material to write about, to train others on.

Not sure which is worse: someone who knows the subject inside and out but can't impart it clearly, or someone who can impart it with the best but doesn't know squat about it!

Jo Byrd

Bruce Byfield wrote:

Diane Newbury wrote:

The most common and
most frustrating comment that I hear again and again is: "A good trainer can
train anything."

Or, in alternate forms, "A good seller can sell anything," or "A good writer can write about anything."

I put all of these into the subclass of half-truths that flourish because our culture seems unable to handle ambiguity or subtlety of thought. It's a half-truth because, no matter what you teach, sell, or write, there is a body of transferable skills that can help you adjust quickly to most situations. But, as I'm sure you know, it's also half a lie, because the key to all these activities is to know your subject. But people latch on to the half-truth, and nothing seems to shake their devotion to it.


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RE: Fear and Loathing at the Job Site: From: Diane Newbury
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