Simplified Technical English and the Thumbs Up Technique (Step 3/3)

In his previous article, Ferry Vermeulen, MSc. showed us how to how to use the online STE-Dictionary to find approved usage of words. as Step #2 of the Thumbs Up Technique for Simplified Technical English. In this last  article, he discusses Step#3, modifying the sentences into simple and comprehensible language, based on the suggestions … [Read more...]

CFP: CPTSC 2016, October 6 to 8, Savannah, GA

Location: Georgia Coastal Conference Center in Savannah, GA Theme: (Re)Considering Programs in Terms of Methods, Methodologies, and Practices With such dramatic growth over the last fifteen years, it is important that we take time to be reflexive about the sustainability of our programs and how we can ensure they remain responsive to the … [Read more...]

Simplified Technical English and the Thumbs Up Technique (Step 2)

In his previous article, Ferry Vermeulen, MSc. showed us how to  determine relevant information and delete any non-relevant information as Step #1 of the Thumbs Up Technique for Simplified Technical English. In his second  article, he discusses Step#2, how to use the online STE-Dictionary to find approved usage of words. The words you … [Read more...]

How Engineers Will Save the World | Anthony Fasano

Watch Anthony Fasano's TEDx talk on How Engineers Will Save the World: https://youtu.be/VXEKadnTmsQ Anthony is the author of the IEEE-Wiley series book, Engineer Your Own Success: 7 Key Elements to Creating an Extraordinary Engineering Career, and strategies for improving communication skills in various formal and informal workplace … [Read more...]

Simplified Technical English and Clearer Documentation through the Thumbs Up Technique (1/3)

Simplified Technical English (STE) is generally considered as being of great importance for writing clear and unambiguous content, mainly for user instructions like maintenance manuals. However, many technical writers experience specific problems when implementing STE. Although theoretically possible, STE is not an easy language to learn by … [Read more...]

Using Numbers in Technical Documents

For engineers, like physicists, numbers are as important as words in reporting on their work, and carry much of the meaning behind their technical documents. However, how we write these numbers – and how we integrate them with text – may determine a reader’s understanding of that report. But remembering all the rules for numbers can  be … [Read more...]

Using Metacommunication to Create Better Teams: Pam Brewer

Communication is pivotal to effective team performance; however, establishing good communication practices can be challenging, especially with teams that interact virtually and span across cultures with different expectations for communication. That's where, Pam Brewer argues, metacommunication comes in. Metacommunication is communication about … [Read more...]

The Fully Integrated Engineer: Combining Technical Ability and Leadership Prowess

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The latest Wiley-IEEE Professional Communication Society book, The Fully Integrated Engineer: Combining Technical Ability and Leadership Prowess by Steven Cerri, is now out. College teaches you to be a good engineer. But it's likely that your college engineering courses didn't have time to teach you how to effectively contribute your ideas or … [Read more...]

“What Google Learned From Its Quest to Build the Perfect Team”: New York Times

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Most working engineers work in teams on a daily basis, making teams important to a company's productivity. Teams skills can be essential for improving and optimizing team performance. In fact, we've published several articles on team communication strategies over the last year, and in its 28 February 2016 issue, the New York Times … [Read more...]

Categorizing Audience Attitudes in Planning Professional and Technical Communication

Understanding your audience often discussed as one of the most important steps of the communication process; however, it is often the least well practiced and understood stage as well, largely because most documents (or other forms of communication) have multiple audiences, with multiple needs. In her Strategic Communication Framework, Debbie … [Read more...]