RE: If you had 15 minutes...

Subject: RE: If you had 15 minutes...
From: "Kieran Sullivan" <ksullivan -at- tssg -dot- org>
To: "'Suzette Leeming'" <suzette -dot- leeming -at- gmail -dot- com>, "'Viv Crawford'" <viv_crawford -at- hotmail -dot- com>
Date: Tue, 27 Apr 2010 12:25:53 +0100

I'd probably do something similar and talk about the absolute necessity of
clearly written, well laid out documents.



A metaphor I've used in front of general audiences to show what technical
writing achieves is that of someone speaking with a hand over their mouth.
Technical writers/communicators don't change what the speaker is saying -
they just remove the hand so that listener doesn't have to work so hard to
hear what's being said.



Regards,

Kieran.



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If it were me, I would present on the value of technical communications in a

company. In my company, there isn't much respect for what I do, and I accept

that that's my fault - I haven't sold myself and my skills enough. They like

the end result, but have no appreciation for what it took to get there.



Suzette Leeming







On Tue, Apr 27, 2010 at 6:32 AM, Viv Crawford
<viv_crawford -at- hotmail -dot- com>wrote:



>

> to present something to your entire company, what would you present?

>

>

>

> Every morning, one of us presents a 'something'. Often developers do show

> and tells of whatever they've developed recently, or tools or technologies

> they are investigating or implementing. Managers and account managers will

> update us on how various opportunities are progressing. The admin people

> will periodically update us on the procedures we should be following.

>

>

>

> Normally, when I present, because I'm fairly new in post, I'm able to

> preset a new thing. First time, I showed the tool I was intending to buy.

> Next time round I showed some prototype output I'd made with said tool.
The

> next time I used this slot to get developer buy-in and feedback on how I
was

> intending to refer to various UI elements (hemidemisemisubtabs etc...) in

> the forthcoming manual.

>

>

>

> I'm due to present again next week and am wondering, if you could talk to

> your entire company for 15 to 20 minutes about anything at all, what would

> you tell 'em?

>

>

>

> Would love to hear,

>

> Thanks!

>

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If you had 15 minutes...: From: Viv Crawford
Re: If you had 15 minutes...: From: Suzette Leeming

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