TechWhirl (TECHWR-L) is a resource for technical writing and technical communications professionals of all experience levels and in all industries to share their experiences and acquire information.
For two decades, technical communicators have turned to TechWhirl to ask and answer questions about the always-changing world of technical communications, such as tools, skills, career paths, methodologies, and emerging industries. The TechWhirl Archives and magazine, created for, by and about technical writers, offer a wealth of knowledge to everyone with an interest in any aspect of technical communications.
Subject:Re: note taking From:Arlen -dot- P -dot- Walker -at- JCI -dot- COM Date:Wed, 24 Jul 1996 13:23:00 -0600
_re: note taking...
I've been reading these posts with some amusement. Obviously, some
of you have an inflated sense of professional self worth (oh stop it!
I'm not bashing anyone.)
<sounds of loud applause>
Finally someone with perspective! The bottom line is you do whatever it
takes to get the job done. Period. It's not the job of anyone else involved
in that meeting to take the notes, either. And, if your company has enough
extra money lying around to hire an extra body simply to take notes at your
meetings, well all I can say is I hope you're competing with us, 'cause we
can use all the high-overhead competition we can get!
"I will do this much and no more" is an attitude that doesn't belong in a
professional environment. You recognize that some things need to get done,
so you do them, no matter who is supposed to do them. And when you're
overloaded, you call for help, and those whose can will pitch in.
Yes, everything works smoother when there is a specialist for every task.
But no company in the real world can afford that many specialists. In my
time on this job I've done everything from writing to computer repair to
swapping batteries in cars under test.
The bottom line is you do whatever it takes to get the job done. Period.
Anything less is just a bid for failure and the unemployment line.
Sorry if my self control isn't up to Michael's standards. But I won't have
any prima donnas around here.
Chief Managing Director In Charge, Department of Redundancy Department
Arlen -dot- P -dot- Walker -at- JCI -dot- Com
In God we trust; all others must provide data.
Opinions expressed are mine and mine alone.
If JCI had an opinion on this, they'd hire someone else to deliver it.
TECHWR-L List Information
To send a message about technical communication to 2500+ list readers,
E-mail to TECHWR-L -at- LISTSERV -dot- OKSTATE -dot- EDU -dot- Send administrative commands
ALL other questions or problems concerning the list
should go to the listowner, Eric Ray, at ejray -at- ionet -dot- net -dot-