Key Concept Archive

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Inside Out or Outside In

From the company’s perspective, it is important to clearly document and describe how each of the functions and features work. From the users perspective it is important they understand how to use the technology to benefit themselves. The challenge for…

The Art of Minimalism

When is a little too little and when is too much too much? Answering this question can lead to confusion and frustration for writers. If you are feeling this way, you are not alone. But what can the arts teach…

Accessibility Basics for Professional and Technical Writers

As we move forward to create a more diverse and inclusive world, delivering accessible content becomes increasingly important. But what do we mean by “accessibility” and why should accessibility be important to professional and technical writers? In this session, Bob…

Chart Busters!

It’s Weird Chart Day! In this TC Dojo we explore good charts gone bad! Sometimes it is easier to learn by example and some of the best lessons can be learned from bad examples. Sara Doan walks through some stunning…

Ethics in Technical Communications

Room 42 is where practitioners and academics meet to share knowledge about breaking research. In this episode, Sam Dragga discusses ethical practices in developing research projects, writing and revising manuscripts, and interacting with editors and reviewers. Season 1, Episode 1…

Navigating Tech Comm with Geoffrey Chaucer

Most people know Geoffrey Chaucer as the author of The Canterbury Tales, a group of stories so naughty that schoolbooks still censor them now, over 600 years later. Many are surprised to learn that Geoffrey Chaucer also wrote one of…

Why Shifting the Way We Think Revolutionizes How We Communicate

Room 42 is where practitioners and academics meet to share knowledge about breaking research. In this episode, Joanna Schreiber explains how rethinking and reimagining traditional processes can have wide-ranging impact on communications knowledge and practices. Season 1, Episode 4 |…

Top 5 Ways to Better Whiteboard Collaboration on Remote Conference Calls

Solving the Whiteboard Problem – Working Remote Like a Pro One of the things that’s hardest for remote teams to adapt to is no longer having access to the collaborative “draw it on the whiteboard” meeting. Drawing something out is…