Prioritizing Your Work

Okay, so I’m late again. My apologies. The past seven days have been a bit hectic, as I’ve been taking on a new corporate client with a lot of complex content, as well as all my other commitments. Something had to give, and it turned out to be this blog. Why, if I consider this blog so important, did I let it slip? Because life happens. How do you make those calls on what to do vs. what to put off? I’ve talked about this on a strategic level, but what about on a day-to-day, tactical basis? I’ll take a shot at answering that this morning. 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 scientific and engineering thinking through osmosis. Today I’ll be talking about science as a way of thinking about life, work, and even your business. Continue reading

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One of Those Days

Ever have one of those days where you don’t have anything to say? Yeah, for me, that’d be today. My apologies. However, to keep you fine folks entertained, here are some links to times when I have had more to say and more time to say it. Continue reading

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Literature as a Technical Writing Aid

I’ve mentioned before that while I am a bill-paying member of the technical writing profession, I have a less-than-secret desire to read and write fiction. This is my inner English major clamoring to write “something for me.” However, can reading fiction and even poetry help the working technical writer as well? I say yes. Unconvinced? Read on. Continue reading

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The Important vs. The Urgent

Another last-minute blog post this morning; these things happen, folks. As a friend of mine puts it, “Life happens,” and life can be messy. What on Earth could possibly keep me from remembering to do something so important as write for you fine people every Monday and Thursday morning? Allow me to share. Perhaps you can relate. 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 case (part introverted, part extroverted), I believe I have a good feel for how introverts and extroverts function in the workplace and how their individual and collective behaviors can directly affect it. Today I’ll take some time to sort out those behaviors. Continue reading

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Blockchain and Technical Writing: What’s the Connection?

As part of my ongoing effort to respond to friends’ topic suggestions, today I’m taking on, as my friend Ashley put it, “Block Chain – the invisible technology changing the world.” But me being who I am and this blog being what it is, I can’t just talk about Blockchain, I have to explain how or why it would be of interest to technical communicators. Let’s dive in, shall we? Continue reading

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