What’s exercising your brain at the moment?
What are you thinking about at the moment? My recent musings are on the usefulness of technical communication skills to other people. By that I mean that people other than technical writers would benefit from learning core technical communication skills.
For example, organising information into chunks is a useful skill for all sorts of situations, including:
- Compiling your resumé.
- Writing an executive overview of your project.
- Asking people to take action on something, based on your email message or a post to a social group.
Clarity and direct language are useful in all the above situations, and also in the following:
- Putting your point of view in a fast-moving debate, or even in an argument at a dinner table. 😉
- Communicating with people who speak your language at only a basic or intermediate level.
Short sentences and indeed short docs are useful when:
- You or your readers are in a hurry. I guess that includes most situations these days!
- Your words need to fit into a small space, such as a poster on a door, or a book review, or a Facebook page.
And so on.
Do you have any rambling thoughts to share, tech comm wise? (I’m enjoying the ambiguity of the last part of the previous sentence.)