Re: First Technical Writer

Subject: Re: First Technical Writer
From: Mike Starr <mike -at- writestarr -dot- com>
To: techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com
Date: Thu, 11 Mar 2010 14:10:11 -0600

I have to disagree with devoting time to immediately creating a company-specific style guide. As the *only* technical writer, Melissa *is* the style guide. What she needs to do is hit the ground running and show them immediate real productivity. It's not in the company's immediate best interests to create a style guide for a department of one.
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Chris Morton wrote:
> Congrats, Melissa.
>
> My suggestion is to start by creating a company-specific style guide that
> addresses common errors you see in the current documentation (and any stuff
> that is client-facing, e.g., marketing pieces). This (friendly) guide could
> eventually be distributed on a wide scale when the timing and perceived
> reception are right (no one wants something shoved down their throat from
> the "know-it-all new kid"). The guidee might also incorporate usage of
> company collateral such as its logo, etc.
>
> Another way in which you could make an immediate mark is to create a
> corporate PowerPoint template for all to use. The Techwr-l archives also
> contain PPT presentation tips you could adopt and pass along to those who
> might make use of such info. If you can't find these and would like a copy,
> send me a private e-mail and I'll forward a copy.
>
> Best of luck!
>
>> Chris
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References:
RE: First Technical Writer: From: Richard Melanson
RE: First Technical Writer: From: Keith Hood
Re: First Technical Writer: From: Chris Morton

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