I wrote a post entitled Confessions of a dyslexic technical writer about how I use my dyslexia as an advantage as a writer. The post still draws some feedback from other adult dyslexics. Here are some other confessions I’d add to the post if I wrote it today:
I work in an industry that’s hungry to have their VPs, directors, and senior technical staff to become thought leaders. Informed opinion leaders and the go-to people in their field of expertise. They are trusted sources who move and inspire people with innovative ideas; turn ideas into reality and know and show how to replicate… Continue reading Is there a thought leadership double standard for writers?
I took an interest in editorial reviews early in my career. That interest drove me to become a technical reviewer in the computer book industry for several years. I’m not sure they even have that role anymore. At the least publishers may not pay for that review anymore. Sitting through curt and incomplete document reviews… Continue reading In defense of kindness in the editorial review cycle
Photo by Sebastian Herrmann on Unsplash I regularly discuss with a colleague the state of the cloud and how to make cloud messages resonate with readers He’s a solutions architect. I’m a technical writer. We work in allied professions, but he sees things I don’t see. What I came to see after a few discussions with… Continue reading How cloud issues can trickle down to content development
Photo by Shane Rounce on Unsplash The longer I spend in the IT industry as a technical writer, the more I come to see my job is more about people than ever before. By that, I mean that the technology part is easy. The people part can be complex, so I try to lead with empathy… Continue reading Empathy and the technical writer
Photo by Kaleidico on Unsplash I follow enterprise collaboration both as a long time technical writer in the IT industry and as somebody who has written about collaboration platforms over the years for online publications. It can be too easy to wreck collaboration in my mind. I’ve seen it many times happen during my career, giving… Continue reading 5 things I believe about enterprise collaboration
Photo by Markus Spiske on Unsplash My work as a technical writer sometimes means that I have to coach solutions architects and other technical people in the fine arts of writing. It’s a part of my work that I’ve come to find a new appreciation for over the past few years. Here are some lessons I’ve… Continue reading 5 lessons I’ve learned from coaching writing