4Q16 Special Issue of IEEE Transactions on Professional Communication on Entrepreneurship Communication

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The December 2016 special issue of the IEEE Transactions on Professional Communication on entrepreneurship communication has recently been published online. If you are a paper subscriber, you will receive the issue, printed together with the September issue, during the next month. Volume 59, Number 4, December 2016 Editorial— Introduction to … [Read more...]

The Impact of Indirect Speech Acts on Professional Communication

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We don't always say what we mean ... In fact, we often avoid direct speech acts – saying what we mean – in the service of politeness and conflict avoidance, relying instead on indirect speech to communicate complex thoughts. An indirect speech act, according to linguist John Searle, relies on more than simply the words of an utterance … [Read more...]

Greg Pogue on Entrepreneurial Communication

We asked Greg Pogue of the IC² Institute at the University of Texas at Austin, who, with Clay Spinuzzi, hosted a session and panel on entrepreneurial communication at ProComm 2016 about the fundamentals of making a good "pitch." Watch his response here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1jUtMknh14Q&t=1s … [Read more...]

Bruce Maylath on the Cult of Monolingualism

At the 2016 IEEE ProComm conference, we asked Bruce Maylath, winner of the 2016 Ronald S. Blicq award, about the cult of monolingualism and the dangers it presents to communicating technical work. Listen to his responses and examples in the video below to avoid the practical and ideological pitfalls of a monolingual approach to technical … [Read more...]

2016 Conference Recap and Awards!

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Thanks to all of the conference organizers and attendees for a great ProComm 2016 at the University of Texas in Austin, a fabulous city and conference venue! Bob Metcalfe kicked off the conference with a enlightening talk on entrepreneurship communication, outlining the various ways in which our words and actions can carry ourselves and our … [Read more...]

Workshop: Technical Communication for Engineers in the Globalization Age

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We are announcing a two day long workshop on Technical Communication for Engineers in the Globalization Age, in San Salvador, El Salvador, October 13-14th, 2016. Training Objective: To present the characteristics of communication in the globalization age, better use of the Spanish language in technical fields, its main tools, applications … [Read more...]

Ron Blicq: An Oral History of the Technical Communication Field and the IEEE Professional Communication Society

Ron Blicq has been integral to the development of technical writing as a field, and to the IEEE Professional Communication Society. It's no wonder that our award for Distinction in Technical Communication Education bears his name. In this 2007 interview, he describes his career as a Tech Comm. guru and his involvement in the IEEE PCS. His … [Read more...]

3Q16 Issue of IEEE Transactions on Professional Communication

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The September 2016 issue of the IEEE Transactions on Professional Communication has recently been published online. If you are a paper subscriber, you will receive the issue, printed together with the December issue, late this year. Click the link below to read about the articles included in this issue: … [Read more...]

IEEE PCS AdCom Members-at-Large Election: Candidate Bios and Procedure

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The IEEE Professional Communication Society election of Members-at-Large to the Administrative Committee for the Term 1 January 2017 - 31 December 2019 will open August 10th, 2016. We hope you will take the time to exercise your vote and help choose the future direction of the society.  Let’s increase last year’s voting percentage of 17.2% by … [Read more...]

Webinar: Communicating Effectively in Remote Teams

Pam Estes Brewer, author of the IEEE-Wiley book International Virtual Teams: Engineering Global Success, will be giving an IEEE-USA sponsored webinar titled "Teaming at a Distance: Learn How to Make Remote Teams Work for You and Your Company" on September 8th, 2016, 2:00-3:00pm. Remote teams are probably a part of your organization’s … [Read more...]