Ladies and gentlemen, I... er...

Subject: Ladies and gentlemen, I... er...
From: "Mark L. Levinson" <markl -at- gilian -dot- com>
To: TechWr-L <TECHWR-L -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Sun, 19 Dec 1999 12:40:31 +0200

The boss wants me to speak to the employees for half
an hour or so. He's not sure he has a subject to
recommend, but he wants me to speak, evidently in
order to broaden their understanding. (The last guy
to give such a speech was the company lawyer, but
that was before I was hired.)

As the sole writer at the company, I think that
if I devote the speech to myself, my travails, and my
accomplishments, I will sound like Tommy the Pinball
Wizard in an arrogant attempt to proselytize or in
a wimpish plea to see me, feel me.

I prefer not to devote the time to tips on better
English because most of these folks are not native
speakers of the language and the best they can do for
the company is to leave the writing to others. They
already have too much confidence in themselves as
writers rather than too little.

I prefer not to start an open-ended dialog in real
time if I'll have trouble keeping control of it, so
I don't want to concentrate on a subject where
everyone's a self-appointed expert, like GUI design.

Anyone have good ideas for content? What does an
experienced writer know that the rest of a high-tech
company would like to hear about?

Mark L. Levinson - nosnivel -at- netvision -dot- net -dot- il
Please don't quote my whole message in your reply.

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