Technical disciplines require extensive writing to a broad range of audiences, from fellow subject-matter experts concerned with methodology and processes to non-expert decision makers who are interested in cost and benefit analyses and change management process. The science-intensive focus of writing disciplines leaves little time for this key segment of the business population to focus on quality writing. But this fact does not change the hard reality that technical communicators spend much of their time drafting and presenting analyses, findings, and recommendations. It is a myth that they don’t need to write well, as effective writing will directly affect their influence within the company
Why Should You Attend:
Defining technical writing is a tricky proposition, depending on who is doing the asking. For sure, it is the documenting of technical briefings, descriptions, proposals, and reports; however, the level of content and formality of style will vary greatly based on the audience and business needs. Technical communicators must strike a balance between writing to subject-matter experts such as teammates and staff in cross-disciplines, and to less technical executives, internal or external clients, vendors, and regulators. Determining the content and style for diverse audiences can be the greatest challenge that technical writers face. And bad writing is just too costly. Nearly a third of all workplace writing is to clarify or to seek clarification of previously written content.
This webinar addresses the daunting task of conveying complex technical data clearly, concisely, and purposefully to technical and non-expert audiences alike. Writing examples from diverse technical fields make the webinar highly relevant. The program builds a foundation for learning by identifying the qualities of effective writing and the roadblocks to achieving them. Then the program shifts to principles and examples of two major styles of technical writing: formal, impersonal and informal, personal. This segment offers key insights into how to adapt a technical writing style to the reader’s needs. The next part of the webinar provides memorable tips for writing with clarity, conciseness, and power. Through a display of sentences and paragraphs before and after editing, the rewriting process of technical writing becomes evident. The program concludes with vital pointers on writing summaries, a must skill for business / financial communicators.
Areas Covered in this Webinar:
This webinar includes the following learning points:
Defining the qualities of effective technical writing
Employing diverse styles for audiences with specific needs
Achieving clarity and conciseness in documentation
Editing for power while maintaining objectivity
Using checklists to control the content of descriptive, analytical, or persuasive messages
Summarizing complex, detailed reports and proposals for decision makers
Collecting technical writing resources for further reference
Attending this webinar will enable you to:
Distinguish between formal and informal technical writing styles as the situation dictates
Jumpstart the writing process with a structured system
Create usable checklists to standardize documentation tasks
Summarize effectively for technical and executive audiences
Who Will Benefit:
This Technical Writing Essentials webinar will provide valuable assistance to students and working professionals in scientific or technical fields in the following disciplines:
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Philip Vassallo, Ed.D. has provided comprehensive communication consulting to over 25,000 employees across diverse professional disciplines. His services include teaching and coaching writing and presentation skills, designing interactive courses, assessing professional writing, and writing or editing for numerous organizations. He holds a B.A. in English (Baruch College), an M.S. in education (Lehman College), and a doctorate in educational theory (Rutgers University).
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