Re: Tech Writers As Trainers

Subject: Re: Tech Writers As Trainers
From: Kathleen Padova <kpadova -at- ASICENTRAL -dot- COM>
Date: Fri, 22 Aug 1997 17:01:00 -0500

At a previous job, I was often asked to help with training materials.
I liked the break from my regular writing, and writing in a different
voice often helped me focus when I returned to writing user docs.

The hardest part of writing/editing training material was that I had
never given any trainings. The training manager asked if I would like
to help with the trainings or even give them myself. If not for a huge
case of stage fright I probably would have taken her up on her offer.

I did sit in on several of her trainings for software I was currently
writing for. Often I would come back and rewrite much of what I had
written because I had learned alot about who was using the program and
how they were using it.

Maybe if you ask to be involved in training on a trial basis; you'll
be able to report exactly how beneficial it was to you. And maybe your
boss needs to see you in action before it can become a permanent

Good luck!

kpadova -at- millstar -dot- com

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