3 remote technical writer lessons

Photo by Daria Nepriakhina on Unsplash I’ve become sort of a student of remote working because of my freelancing and consulting work. A special area of interest is the changes (both good and bad) in dynamics and project management that sometimes occur when a remote technical writer joins the team. While this post speaks more about… Continue reading 3 remote technical writer lessons

3 Microsoft Word template decisions to avoid

Microsoft Word templates can be an incredible productivity tool. Templates ensure a consistent look and feel across your documents. Using a template frees you up to focus on other things about the document you are writing. Yet, Microsoft Word templates can also be a productivity sinkhole if you aren’t careful. If you don’t put some… Continue reading 3 Microsoft Word template decisions to avoid

Building the Microsoft Word skills of non-writers in your organization

Throughout my career, I’ve had the opportunity to work with a lot of non-writers such as solution architects, trainers, instructional designers, and project managers. Often it meant coaching them through technical writing tasks and fixing their Microsoft Word issues. The experiences have given me insight into how regular folks use Microsoft Office. Even with templates… Continue reading Building the Microsoft Word skills of non-writers in your organization

Does Microsoft Office need an evangelist inside your enterprise?

Image from Microsoft News Center Often Microsoft Office suffers from a lack of credit (and support) despite the fact that it’s at the core of many business processes. It’s easy to brush it off as being Office. It’s important to consider that Microsoft Office as an application suite continues to grow from its humble beginnings as… Continue reading Does Microsoft Office need an evangelist inside your enterprise?

My Word template manifesto

For reasons that continue to elude me, I’ve come across a lot of Microsoft Word template issues in my time. Some templates were so bad that what should be a simple productivity tool ends up hobbling documentation efforts. Finding template issues is a never-ending source of disappointment for me. Perhaps it’s because I usually create… Continue reading My Word template manifesto

My Microsoft Word template manifesto

For reasons that continue to elude me, I’ve come across a lot of Microsoft Word template issues in my time. Some templates were so bad that what should be a simple productivity tool ends up hobbling documentation efforts. Finding template issues is a never-ending source of disappointment for me. Perhaps it’s because I usually create… Continue reading My Microsoft Word template manifesto

A few words about Microsoft Word and Track Changes

One of the most useful – yet potentially embarrassing – features of Microsoft Word is Track Changes. Using the Track Changes feature lets you electronically markup your Word documents with edits, additions, and revisions. Think of it as an electronic red pen so to speak. The potential embarrassment of the feature comes in when you… Continue reading A few words about Microsoft Word and Track Changes