Category Archives: workplace

Slow Down, You Move Too Fast…

I’ve had managers and coworkers note how quickly I think, work, and crank out prose, even on short notice. Ninety percent of the time, the content is even of high quality and able to be used right out of the … Continue reading

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Are You Building Your Network Through Friendships or Transactional Relationships?

We all have some notion of what it means to form a friendship, on or off the job. But what, you might ask, is a “transactional relationship?” That, my friends, is a relationship you cultivate for the sole purpose of … Continue reading

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Approaching Life Like a Scientist

My friend the scientist tells me that I’m really a scientist at heart. I’m a tad dubious about such a broad statement (a former employer thought I was an engineer at heart); however, it is likely that I have learned … Continue reading

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Introverts and Extroverts in the Workplace

Thanks in part to the book Quiet: The Power of Introverts in A World That Can’t Stop Talking by Susan Cain, it’s become more common for businesses and managers to talk about introversion and extroversion in the workplace. Being a borderline … Continue reading

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What is Documentation Like?

Just because I don’t talk about documentation much doesn’t mean I’ve never done it. And usually when people hear the term “technical writer,” that’s what they assume that you do. So what is documentation and what’s the job like? Let’s … Continue reading

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How to Apologize

“You know they can teach you everything about being a cop except how to live with a mistake.” –Al Powell, Die Hard Making a bad mistake with a coworker or client doesn’t happen very often with me, but often when I … Continue reading

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Handling Last-Minute Requests

We all get them, even if we’re not technical writers in our professions. Is there a sensible way to deal with last-minute requests? Fortunately, yes. Is there such a thing as hard-and-fast rule that covers every situation? Alas, no. But … Continue reading

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