Techniques

Sound Off!

Sound Off!

Robert Hershenow is an incoming assistant co-manager of the Instructional Design and Learning (IDL) special interest group (SIG) of the STC. He’s also a member of the famous ‘garage’ band that plays annually at the STC Summit, the Rough Drafts. Recently, Robert gave a very informative webinar for the IDL-SIG called “Making Great Voice Recordings”…

Reflecting on International Plain Language Day

Reflecting on International Plain Language Day

As the 20th anniversary conference of the Plain Language Association InterNational, PLAIN2013, drew to a close in Vancouver, International Plain Language Day was celebrated with a free public event on October 13. This marked a perfect opportunity to reflect on the international movement to adopt plain language. So, what exactly is plain language? It is…

A Networking Strategy for Introverts

A Networking Strategy for Introverts

Job hunting is challenging. Networking and informational interviews were foreign concepts to me when I started in the field and I broke into a sweat just thinking about them. However, I’ve found it to be the best way to find jobs that I love to do, especially since moving to Vancouver. I want to share…

Something about ePublishing—Part 2

Something about ePublishing—Part 2

This is the second in a series of articles about Electronic Publishing (EPUB). What is EPUB? In her book EPUB Straight to the Point: Creating ebooks for the Apple iPad and other ereaders, Elizabeth Castro talks about the EPUB format. It is the most widely accepted format for ebooks today and is developed and maintained…

Something About ePublishing—Part 1

Something About ePublishing—Part 1

This is the first in what I hope is a series of articles about Electronic Publishing (EPUB). What is the difference between an ebook and a regular book?  In her book, “EPUB Straight to the Point: Creating ebooks for the Apple iPad and other ereaders,” Elizabeth Castro talks about how ebooks and print books overlap…

Classroom to Online: A Common Training Challenge

Classroom to Online: A Common Training Challenge

Business faces many training challenges. What style of training? What are the important topics? How much will it cost? Each question leads down another overwhelming rabbit hole. One of my clients is training engineers and scientists about technical writing principles. Previously, this was classroom training. However, the company’s many international offices make this type of…

What Does an Editor Do?

What Does an Editor Do?

I’m an editor. — Really? For which newspaper? I’m an editor. — You mean, like, you work in the movie business? I’m an editor. — Gee, I’d better watch what I say or you’ll correct my grammar. I evaluate written material, help people organize their thoughts, and reduce masses of confusing blather to short, clear,…

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