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Is This Really Necessary? Expediting Work Procedures in Times of Crisis

Some of you already know this, but I was infamous during my corporate career for raising my hand in meetings and asking if some new, additional meeting or procedure was really actually needed. I got so predictable that at one … Continue reading

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Coronavirus, Technical Writing, and You

I was hoping to avoid this, but the worldwide coronavirus situation has required me to address its effect(s) on technical communicators. I’ll try to keep this short and to the point.

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Conveying Urgency Through Style

Depending on the situation, my writing style can be terse or exceptionally “fluffy” (full of extra pleasantries). Today I’m in a terse mood because I have work to do, so I’ll keep this short and to the point.

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Unwanted Gadgets and The Island of Misfit Toys

In one of the stop-motion Christmas specials I grew up with, Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer visits the Island of Misfit Toys, a mythical place where awkwardly developed or unwanted toys go to spend the rest of their existence. I must … Continue reading

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Communication Up and Down the Chain of Command

When I worked in a corporate environment, I emailed a weekly report to my immediate supervisors. It often seemed like a tiresome chore or waste of time. I would send my report to my supervisor, and my supervisors and the … Continue reading

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