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TechWhirl: Technical Communications Recap for June 1, 2012
Subject:TechWhirl: Technical Communications Recap for June 1, 2012 From:INKtopia Admin <admin -at- inktopia -dot- net> To:Techwr-l <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com> Date:Fri, 1 Jun 2012 11:31:14 -0400
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At TechWhirl, we’re well into our second full year of ownership, and when
we reflect on how far we come in 14 months, we can honestly say “what a
journey it’s been.” So often what happens on and around TechWhirl
parallels what happens in technical communication—implementing new
technologies and an evolving content strategy, collaborating with
remarkable people around the globe, researching, designing, and, of course,
writing. In all honesty, we’ve made some missteps, particularly on that
implementing technology front. But we’ve gotten a lot right as well, at
least judging by the feedback and conversations we have. These experiences
are the kind of stuff you can’t learn in school, undergraduate or
graduate. It’s constant on-the-job training for both Al and me.
And perhaps it’s part of the reason we’re devoting the month of June to
“Skills to Survive and Thrive.” We want to understand and share what it
takes beyond “book learning” and tools skills to be successful in the
technical communication field in general, and in our organizations in
particular. There’s a flock of new graduates in technical communication
eager to soak up what the old pros can offer, and even the old pros have
enough sponge in them to gain something from their peers. We’d love to
hear from you as to the kinds of skills you think are necessary in today’s
business world and your resources for learning and honing them. The folks
on the Special Writers Unit are ready to go with articles that take a look
at these skills, but we encourage you to drop us a note via the email
a comment on this post, or a direct email, to share what you know…or what
you want to know.