How to Recognize Cranks in Your Research

Ever get assigned a random market research task? You might be researching a new business area, current literature on a cutting-edge topic, or just performing a survey of the state of your industry. As you’re sifting through the electronic fever swamps of the internet, you are bound to encounter posts that sound set off your liberal arts major’s balderdash detector, even if you’re not a scientist or engineer, even if you can’t quite put your finger on it. Here are some tips to help you sort out the wheat from the chaff. Continue reading

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How Full is Your Inbox?

The Empty Inbox: It does happen!

Apparently my ability to occasionally clear out my email inbox–personal or professional–is something of a rarity. I honestly don’t understand this, but a friend suggested I share my “secrets” for making this phenomenon occur. Happy to oblige. Continue reading

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School’s In…Any Questions?

It’s been a while since I posted this notice. I’ve seen several universities linking to this site, which is great–you’re my target audience! My question for professors or students is: do you have any topics you’d like me to cover in more depth? I’ll also appear as a virtual “guest speaker,” if needed. The specialty of the house is the business side of technical writing: mostly the things not covered in a university setting. Let me know, I’m here to help.

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Down Sides of Freelancing

Full-time jobs usually have a primary virtue not found in the freelance world: consistency of working hours and pay. In a word, security. Freelancing? Not so much. Is freelancing for you? Here are some thoughts for you as you weigh the possibilities in an expanding “gig economy.” Continue reading

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Presentations: Writing for the Ear, Not Just the Eyes

I’m in the process of drafting a presentation I’ll be giving next month. The first draft is always the roughest, but I got a first cut of the content written, and then a couple minor revisions. However, upon starting to rehearse the content aloud, I realized I still had work to do. Why? Because I was writing for the eyes, not the ears, of my audience. Continue reading

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