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Why does the world need technical communicators? (11 reasons)

That’s easy to answer. Ben Minson from Gryphon Mountain has a tidy list of the seven reasons your company needs a technical communicator. End Users Need Documentation Technical Communicators Look at the Product with a User Perspective Technical Communicators Help with Quality Assurance Having Quality Documentation Reflects Positively on Your Organization Documentation Provides a Record Documentation Saves on Support Costs Technical Writers Have a Versatile Skill Set He added four more reasons after posting the first seven. Technical Communicators’ Information Gathering Gets the Team to Think Critically Technical Communicators Are Specifically Trained Technical Communicators Lighten the Load Technical Communicators Can Provide Training and Support These are Ben’s 11 reasons in brief. Read the articles to learn the story behind each link. I like Ben’s reasons, but I wanted to test whether I could add my own – brief – interpretation to his reasons. End Users Need Documentation – Our work…

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My non-elevator pitch

Because I do dive into crazy tasks when I already have way too much to do, it is only natural that I dive into ProBlogger’s challenge to build a better blog in 31 days. The challenge of the first day is to write an elevator pitch. Ugh. This is not a business blog. However, as “we all know”, your online presence is used by people to form an opinion of what you do and who you are. I have lived in the virtual world for many years, meaning, I have participated in discussion lists online for many years and I have a website where I can post whatever I choose to post. I did freelance several years ago, and then my website was a business site. Now, it is just me. How do you say “I am me” in an elevator pitch and not sound like a fool? Elevator pitches…


iPhone blogging

This blog post is being written on an iPhone, which is definitely a motivator for short posts! Do you know what it is like to type with one finger? I would like the Shapewriter iPhone application to be incorporated into more tools – such as this WordPress application for the iPhone. “Drawing” the word is much easier than tapping. Just drag your finger from letter to letter to spell the words. Tapping out a post isn’t that bad. After all, I type out many tweets on Twitter. The hyperlinks appear challenging. That is why this post isn’t getting any! This is all very entertaining, but enough for now. I feel that the lesson learned is that I can create drafts of posts on my iPhone, but all the extras such as links or videos will be done on the computer. Now to upload this post and prove that this entire…

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