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Freelancing: A Great Life or Not?

I’ve been a freelance technical writer since the start of 2014. I’ve learned quite a few things about the profession and myself in the last 4.5 years. Today I thought I’d share a few more of those insights (you can … Continue reading

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Delegation vs. Laziness

While I’m rather forgiving of customer requests, I’m less patient with coworkers who attempt to delegate their tasks to me. I have even pushed back with managers, though this is not always a great idea because delegating tasks is in their … Continue reading

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Positive Self-Talk in the Workplace

Among the science fiction, history, and philosophy stuff on my shelves, there are also a lot of self-improvement books. One thing several of these books state is that your brain operates based on whatever input you give it. It’s a … Continue reading

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Risk Taking in Technical Communication

At the recommendation of a friend, this week I took the time to read Feel the Fear…and Do It Anyway! by Susan Jeffers. The book is directed at individuals who are stuck at some point in their life–personal or professional–because of … 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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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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