justSayIT, Technical Writers' LAUGH

justSayIT, Technical Writers' LAUGH

Experience a comedy club atmosphere with palatable bites of wisdom (10-mins.) on topics directed at the technical writing community but suitable for anyone. Content is wry humour coated to balance the hype of new technology with everyday work-place reality.

Episodes

August 3, 2020 9 min

Adding Wisdom to the 5 W’s

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How to Look & Sound Intelligent in Meetings.

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August 3, 2020 7 min

Jargon & Buzzwords.

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August 3, 2020 7 min

It's More than Manners.

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August 3, 2020 8 min

A Communication Style

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August 3, 2020 8 min

Is Failure a Great Teacher?

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September 25, 2020 10 min

Just say "No" more often in the workplace: consider these points on how and why you need to do it. 

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October 21, 2020 10 min

Talk about missteps; as tech-writers we unsuspectingly stumble upon information landmines. Leverage your combined knowledge; be united in purpose and vision, providing a single source of truth throughout the enterprise.

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January 13, 2021 9 min

What is Plain Language and Global English and why is it important to all writers? Create an Information Scent that your readers will pursue to reach their goal. 

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February 1, 2021 10 min

Teams need to recognize the importance of having a common understanding of the definition of done, then the strategies required to finish can be applied and everyone can move on. 

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March 2, 2021 10 min

There are times, especially in our careers, when we need someone with more experience to guide us. The term for this is Mentorship. Total commitment is essential: consider these keys to securing a Mentor and being a Protégé.

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March 30, 2021 11 min

Is curiosity a good trait or one that betrays us; instilling prying behaviour that’s harmful, leading to risk-taking and danger? As writers, how do we apply curiosity to content and meet the needs of our readers?

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May 6, 2021 10 min

What does the Rebus Principle and ancient Incas Khipus have to do with changes to technical writing? Aren’t writing basics and tools much the same?

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June 6, 2021 12 min

From a different angle, let’s look at three familiar models that we use as standards to either imitate or compare.

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July 4, 2021 10 min

It’s a lot to swallow but if nature can automate the many reflexes used in swallowing then why are technical writers so slow to apply automation to documentation? 

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August 6, 2021 12 min

How does the honour system work when part of a team? What is the language of trust and how can we use it well?

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September 1, 2021 11 min

How can we be careful with words yet provoke thought with wild words? Context is everything!

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October 3, 2021 11 min

Myths in technical writing? Let’s bust three common ones. Technology is rapidly changing our profession, yet we must keep our sanity, meet these myths head-on and kick them to the curb!

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November 2, 2021 10 min

There’s much to be learned from puzzles and their "unpuzzling". They can relieve stress and even increase our IQ. How do they affect technical writing?

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December 1, 2021 11 min

Popularized by Alfred Hitchcock, the master of suspense in horror films, could this plot device be used in technical writing?

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