Communicating About Space: Pitfalls & Priorities

Flyer GraphicAs promised, I’m sharing the presentation I gave to the joint HAL5/STC meeting in Huntsville, Alabama on Thursday, May 9. I had an audience of around 25 people, which wasn’t too shabby. I appreciated the opportunity to talk people from both groups.

A video of the talk can be found on a friend’s site, though he did add some commentary to the front end. My talk starts at around 9:00: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VJkwgh_5Zag 

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Talking About Space

Today I’ll be giving a talk in Huntsville, Alabama titled “Communicating About Space: Pitfalls and Priorities.” This will be an interesting experiment for me and my audience, as this will be a joint meeting of HAL5, the local chapter of the National Space Society (NSS) and the local chapter of the Society for Technical Communication (STC). Oddly enough, I made the short list for crossover presenters. I won’t be giving spoilers here, but I will provide a brief preview about why I chose this particular topic. Continue reading

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Evaluating Persuasive Writing: Am I Making a Difference?

This post is a response to another friend’s suggestion (reminder to my readers: I do take requests). My buddy Chuck suggested I take on “social engineering on a budget.” He was joking, as it turned out, but what he meant was talking about how effective technical communicators are at changing hearts and minds. I covered some of this in my master’s thesis, so I’ll give it a go, keeping in mind that things have changed a bit in the–egad–17 years since it was published. Continue reading

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Recovering After Starting Off Badly

We all have those moments where our first impression is not quite our best. We show up to meet the new clients only to discover we’ve worn two different-colored shoes or we forget an assignment from a new customer or we call assuming someone is a “Mr.” when they’re in fact a “Ms.” Today’s topic (courtesy of my mentor D2) addresses how to handle getting back on track if you start off on the wrong foot. The good news is, most of the time, these situations are not fatal for your business relationships. Continue reading

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Writing With Purpose

As part of my ongoing effort to respond to requests, today’s topic comes via my friend Kimberly, who suggested I blog about “Writing for a purpose. I’m generally bad at choosing a topic.” More specifically, she was seeking inputs on “Finding a deeper sense of purpose in technical writing. Staying inspired to share knowledge in a somewhat rigid context.” Repeating yourself can wear you down if there’s not a lot of room for creativity, but I have thoughts anyway. Hope this helps, Kimberly! Continue reading

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