RE: When the term "Technical Writer" just doesn't cut it

Subject: RE: When the term "Technical Writer" just doesn't cut it
From: "Michael West" <mbwest -at- bigpond -dot- com>
To: <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>
Date: Sun, 22 Feb 2009 08:15:23 +1100

Connie wrote:

> You have hit it almost squarely, but I don't think of it as logistic as
much
> as holistic. [...]
>
> The tagline I've used for my business for nearly ten years is "the right
> words for the right audience in the right medium"--so very close to how
you
> summarize it!


"Holistic" is bit too new-agey for me. I work for hard-headed engineers who
build really big stuff all over the world. But yes, your tagline is
remarkably close to what I've just come up with.

One thing I'd like to stress again for the benefit of people new to this
profession is that a good technical communications solution may or may not
involve "writing". The slideshow project I worked on with the CIO was very
well received and yet contained no written text -- only pictures. Not a
single bullet point in the whole thing. The words were provided by the
speaker at run-time. My role was to find or create strong images that
conveyed his ideas and messages. This was his idea, which I enthusiastically
endorsed, and one which paid off handsomely in an environment in which Death
By PowerPoint is an occupational hazard.

Is that technical writing? Maybe, maybe not -- but a technical writer who
wants to be recession-proof had better be thinking about playing a
communications role, not just a writing role.

Designing and delivering effective communications will get you farther than
"documenting software" ever will.

--
Mike West


^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^

ComponentOne Doc-To-Help 2009 is your all-in-one authoring and publishing
solution. Author in Doc-To-Help's XML-based editor, Microsoft Word or
HTML and publish to the Web, Help systems or printed manuals.
http://www.doctohelp.com

Help & Manual 5: The complete help authoring tool for individual
authors and teams. Professional power, intuitive interface. Write
once, publish to 8 formats. Multi-user authoring and version control! http://www.helpandmanual.com/

---
You are currently subscribed to TECHWR-L as archive -at- web -dot- techwr-l -dot- com -dot-

To unsubscribe send a blank email to
techwr-l-unsubscribe -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com
or visit http://lists.techwr-l.com/mailman/options/techwr-l/archive%40web.techwr-l.com


To subscribe, send a blank email to techwr-l-join -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com

Send administrative questions to admin -at- techwr-l -dot- com -dot- Visit
http://www.techwr-l.com/ for more resources and info.

Please move off-topic discussions to the Chat list, at:
http://lists.techwr-l.com/mailman/listinfo/techwr-l-chat


Follow-Ups:

References:
When the term "Technical Writer" just doesn't cut it: From: Michael West
RE: When the term "Technical Writer" just doesn't cut it: From: Connie Giordano

Previous by Author: When the term "Technical Writer" just doesn't cut it
Next by Author: RE: When the term "Technical Writer" just doesn't cut it
Previous by Thread: Re: When the term "Technical Writer" just doesn't cut it
Next by Thread: RE: When the term "Technical Writer" just doesn't cut it


What this post helpful? Share it with friends and colleagues:

Sponsored Ads


Sponsored Ads