Author Archives: Bart Leahy

About Bart Leahy

Freelance Technical Writer, Science Cheerleader Event & Membership Director, and an all-around nice guy. Here to help.

Rereading Your Content

My primary job these days comprises writing and editing training and development materials. Every 3-6 months, the customer makes changes to the content, which can affect specific presentation slides or whole sections of the training materials. Accepting the changes is … Continue reading

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Working When You’re in Distress

Last week, I discussed using emotional intelligence to achieve a state of “radical candor” in the workplace. What I want to talk about today is how most emotional matters outside of work are handled in the professional workplace…at least as … Continue reading

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Emotional Intelligence in the Workplace

As I’ve noted in previous entries, I’m a rather emotional chap on occasion. My mentor D2 suggested a webinar on using emotional intelligence titled “How Emotional Intelligence Drives Candid Conversations and Improved Performance.” The presentation provided some useful insights on what … Continue reading

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Demonstrating Your Value

One of the sessions at the recent 2018 STC Summit was titled, “Communicate Your Value: How Analytics Can Transform Your Career.” This session was positioned at the last slot of the week before the concluding luncheon, so the presenter (Dustin Vaughn … Continue reading

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Dig a Hole, Fill It: The Nature of Repeat Work

While I am a huge fan of writing first drafts of content, I often end up doing a lot of repeat work. This isn’t because I’ve made mistakes and have to do the work over (though that has happened on … Continue reading

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Academic vs. Business Writing

During my time at the 2018 STC Summit, I asked knowledgable professionals about things that young professionals or fresh-out-of-school university students needed to work on to be more effective in the workplace. One topic that came up was using “academic-style” … Continue reading

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Reader Response: Is Technical Writing for Me?

This week I received an email from Camille, a reader who is a recent transplant to the U.S. who is hoping to make the jump from education to technical writing. Her message and my reply can be read below.

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