Breaking the Rules: “Don’t Let Good Grammar Spoil Good Writing” and Passive/Active Voice

  Oldies can be goodies: one of the wonderful things about the IEEE PCS Newsletters Archive is that much of its advice to writers remains valid. Philip Yaffe's "Don't Let Good Grammar Spoil Good Writing," from the April 2009 IEEE PCS Newsletter, tells us why breaking grammar rules can create positive results, depending on context and … [Read more...]

ProComm 2017 Author Resources

For accepted work, please use these templates to format your drafts and final versions. When you click on the link, you will get a Word Doc to edit.  Follow the directions closely! Brief Papers Extended Abstracts Full Papers IEEE Style Guide (with citation help)  … [Read more...]

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

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

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...]

2016 Conference Recap and Awards!

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...]

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...]

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

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...]

‘What’ are my team members? Getting engineers to see the ‘who’: Part Three

In my last post, I talked about some team process development strategies for teams that are coming together to create effective ways of working together. The focus of these posts has been on getting to see ‘who’ your team members are, and learning to understand them (their interests, their objectives, and their behaviours) in a way that allows … [Read more...]

Cutting the Fluff from your Writing

Good professional technical writing involves a struggle between conciseness and completeness. Writers need to provide the evidence and reasoning to justify their claims in the shortest space possible. Cutting too much or the wrong things, however, can damage your ability to support your decisions. It's important, then, to be able to differentiate … [Read more...]

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

As discussed in the beginning of this first article, 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. In this series of three articles, Ferry Vermeulen, MSc. will show three steps that will help to apply … [Read more...]