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101 Reasons We LoveTechnical CommunicationPresented by Jamie GillenwaterMay 8, 2013 • STC Summit • Atlanta, GA
Image by darkmatterhttp://farm1.staticflickr.com/22/35919132_e5c0a661ad.jpg―For me as a technical writer, the act ofexplai...
Lending a helping handImage by darkmatterhttp://farm1.staticflickr.com/22/35919132_e5c0a661ad.jpg―I love it when things cl...
We‘re extroverts …―Working with creative people.‖—@gryphmount―Because I like working with geeks!‖—@clearwriter (said with ...
Our peers rock!―Working with intelligent colleagues.‖—@barriebyron―My colleagues know how to use semicolons.‖—@techcom―Qua...
Our industry―Creating the future of techcomm.‖—@joegenolf―The tremendous scope for growth.‖—@AmrutaRanade―The trends and e...
Image by vaXzinehttp://farm3.staticflickr.com/2007/2278300537_eed01c319b_o.jpgLeft Rightvs.―I get to think on my job.‖—@Te...
Image by vaXzinehttp://farm3.staticflickr.com/2007/2278300537_eed01c319b_o.jpgOr both―[I] take advantage of both myEnglish...
Image by TheeErinhttp://farm3.staticflickr.com/2491/3811571966_71863afe72_b.jpgWe never get bored!―Variety of projects‖ …—...
We have quite a hat collection―Technical communicators are web designers, writers, artists, socialmedia strategists, conte...
Challenging work―I love being able to make sense out of the senseless.‖—@gimli_the_kitty―This is one field where I know I ...
Little details―Ive become almostobsessed with typographicerrors. A typo seems tojump out … and I want tocorrect it. Orthog...
Hobbies―Nitpicking.‖—@larry_kunz―Getting to make the things I edit more ‗right‘.‖—@J_F_Grady―Making formatting work.‖—@jul...
We‘re professionalstudents―Im constantly learning.‖—@TechWriteNowX―I get to pretend Im a beginner. I get to askthe simple,...
Geeks are cool.―[I] love authoring software tools that are available.‖—@leahysheila70―Working with digital content.‖—@kwil...
Translating for the common man―Synthesis. It begins with listening, then continues with sifting, weighing,restating, quest...
Work perksImage by Roger Karlsson, © Free-Photo-Galler.orghttp://www.free-photo-gallery.org/photos/coffee-stain/―Well paid...
Among other reasons―I get to feed the insatiable appetite of my curiosity genes.‖—@kmdk―Playing with tools and application...
Now for someaudienceparticipation
―Technical communicators are superheroes indisguise. Or perhaps we are just the superninjas that fix everything under the ...
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  1. 1. 101 Reasons We LoveTechnical CommunicationPresented by Jamie GillenwaterMay 8, 2013 • STC Summit • Atlanta, GA
  2. 2. Image by darkmatterhttp://farm1.staticflickr.com/22/35919132_e5c0a661ad.jpg―For me as a technical writer, the act ofexplaining—and, by extension, helpingsomeone do something—is the veryheart of what I do.‖—@larry_kunz―I get to help people and businessessucceed.‖—@barriebyron―Im helping people understandcomplex subjects.‖—Paul Lockwood―I like to be helpful, its in my verybeing. My companys social mediapolicy is ‗Be helpful‘ which Im glad tostrive for, even with APIdocumentation.‖—@annegentle―Watching someone learn and grow asa result of what I wrote.‖—@thegreatauthorLending a helping hand
  3. 3. Lending a helping handImage by darkmatterhttp://farm1.staticflickr.com/22/35919132_e5c0a661ad.jpg―I love it when things click. … If I canproduce documentation that makes ausers life easier than its a good day forme.‖—@paharvey―Advocating for the user and solvingproblems.‖—@stubbornlywrite―I love that Im helping someonetransfer knowledge to others.‖—@ywsanchez―Making user look good and suck less!‖(Inspired by the much-missed KathySierra.)—@techwriterkai―Helping customers get as much useout of a product as we put into it.‖—@techwriterkai―My work helps people.‖—@RDHComm
  4. 4. We‘re extroverts …―Working with creative people.‖—@gryphmount―Because I like working with geeks!‖—@clearwriter (said with love)―Deal with people from different teams.‖—@jwax―Working with such a wide-range of people.‖—@jweaver4―It appealed to me much more than programming! I lovethe people interaction.‖—@cklinger… and introverts.―Not having to talk to stupid customers all the time.‖—@stubbornlywrite
  5. 5. Our peers rock!―Working with intelligent colleagues.‖—@barriebyron―My colleagues know how to use semicolons.‖—@techcom―Quality of the people who work in the field.‖—@tek-right―Meeting the most diverse, interesting, international bunch of people I could everwant to work with.‖—@techwriterkai―Because the people in this industry are flat-out awesome.‖—@clearwriter―Were a funky bunch—an eclectic band of information design and developmentmisfits!‖—@vinokoor―The #techcomm discussions on Twitter.‖—@vinokoor―Tech writers are fun people to hang out with.‖—@cebrouillard―Getting to network with great colleagues around the world.‖—@benwoelkImage by Society for Technical Communicationhttps://sphotos-a.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-prn1/22121_411619035583244_504743903_n.jpg
  6. 6. Our industry―Creating the future of techcomm.‖—@joegenolf―The tremendous scope for growth.‖—@AmrutaRanade―The trends and evolution of the industry.‖—@vinokoor―Being at the forefront of information development and contentstrategy.‖—@scottabel―The fact that technical writing is not limited to one particular field -like software. It can be expanded to any field, which helps me learnnew things about new areas that I wouldnt have consideredearlier.‖—AmrutaRanade
  7. 7. Image by vaXzinehttp://farm3.staticflickr.com/2007/2278300537_eed01c319b_o.jpgLeft Rightvs.―I get to think on my job.‖—@TechWriteNowX―Digging around in HTML and CSS.‖—@gstuckey―I like being accountable tofacts, not marketing.‖—@clearwriter .―Tech comminvolves analyzingand solvingproblems.‖—@gryphmount―Living the life a wordie shouldlive.‖—@J_F_Grady―Sometimes you get to draw withpaper and colouredpencils (or Sharpies)!‖—@kmdk―I get to combine mylove of technologyand my love ofwriting.‖—@cebrouillard―I love working froma blank page,especially regardingdocument design.‖—Stephen Smith
  8. 8. Image by vaXzinehttp://farm3.staticflickr.com/2007/2278300537_eed01c319b_o.jpgOr both―[I] take advantage of both myEnglish and philosophy studies.‖—John Garrison―I get to be Arthur Conan-Doylefor a living: half my time asSherlock Holmes ferreting outclues and solving puzzles, andhalf as Dr. Watson writing itup for the edification ofothers.‖—John Garrison―I love the creative and designprocess involved in developingusable information.‖—@ywsanchez―It balances my left and rightbrain.‖—@cklinger
  9. 9. Image by TheeErinhttp://farm3.staticflickr.com/2491/3811571966_71863afe72_b.jpgWe never get bored!―Variety of projects‖ …— @gstuckey… ―in different fields.‖— @Tormaka―Just about everything that wework on is new. It must be new, orthey wouldnt needdocumentation.‖Anonymous―The work is often interesting.‖— @techcom―The challenges of meetingcustomer requirements.‖— @juliov27612―The job changes daily.‖— @techcom
  10. 10. We have quite a hat collection―Technical communicators are web designers, writers, artists, socialmedia strategists, content strategists, e-learning and m-learningspecialists– often all at the same time!‖—@techcommgeekmom―I get to pretend Im an expert, answer the complex questions, and notcome off as arrogant or pedantic.‖—@viqui_dill―I love being able to wear multiple hats. Sometimes, Im a writer.Sometimes, Im an editor. Sometimes, Im a graphic designer.Sometimes, Im a web designer.‖—@stubbornlywrite―Producing a variety of content (text, images, video).‖—@gryphmount―Wide range of tools, techniques and topics!‖—@tek-right
  11. 11. Challenging work―I love being able to make sense out of the senseless.‖—@gimli_the_kitty―This is one field where I know I have challenges in different areas of thebusiness.‖—@juliov27612―I get to explain hard things, using simple words, short sentences andeven pictures.‖—@viqui_dill―I have freedom in making design decisions for clients.‖—@juliov27612―Highly technical, challenging material.‖—@LoisRP
  12. 12. Little details―Ive become almostobsessed with typographicerrors. A typo seems tojump out … and I want tocorrect it. Orthography is myobsession.‖—Rob Miller (via LarryKunz‘s blog)―Deal with big picture +details.‖—@jwaxImage by Nics eventshttp://www.flickr.com/photos/nics_events/2349632625/sizes/o/in/photostream/―Enjoying measurable,tangible results.‖—@barriebyron―Ill start with a concept, honeit, move things around, hone itsome more until Ive reachedthe finished product.‖—Stephen Smith (via LarryKunz‘s blog)―Outlining and organizinginformation.‖—@kwilter87
  13. 13. Hobbies―Nitpicking.‖—@larry_kunz―Getting to make the things I edit more ‗right‘.‖—@J_F_Grady―Making formatting work.‖—@juliov27612―I can be inventive and experiment with newtechnology (mobile delivery) and old standards(DocBook XML).‖—@annegentle―l like research.‖—@leahysheila70―You can wrestle and tussle with language to get yourpoint across clearly, concisely and in an aestheticallyappealing way.‖—Sarah MaddoxImage by Felix7634http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/8/80/M%C3%A9rignies_golf_putting_green.gif/1280px-M%C3%A9rignies_golf_putting_green.gif
  14. 14. We‘re professionalstudents―Im constantly learning.‖—@TechWriteNowX―I get to pretend Im a beginner. I get to askthe simple, obvious questions, and not feelbad about it.‖—@viqui_dill―I love the challenge of constantly having tolearn something new.‖—@ywsanchez―Learn new products, methodologies,processes, and technology all the time.‖—@jwax―Learning something new every day.‖—@J_F_Grady
  15. 15. Geeks are cool.―[I] love authoring software tools that are available.‖—@leahysheila70―Working with digital content.‖—@kwilter87―Its one of those geek jobs that, in the end, is actually cool.‖—@techcommgeekmom―Getting to play with technology. Inner Geek.‖—@benwoelk―Love finding new ways, other than books, to convey ideas,such as interactive Flash movies.‖—@lancerobert―All the other geeks are jealous because they can do reallyfantastic stuff, but they cant write or create a web page, oranything like that. They need us as their translators, whichmakes us more omnipotent!‖—@techcommgeekmomImage by dullhunkhttp://www.flickr.com/photos/dullhunk/7378166158/
  16. 16. Translating for the common man―Synthesis. It begins with listening, then continues with sifting, weighing,restating, questioning, and reshaping to form a whole that is greater thanthe sum of its parts.‖John Hawkins (from Larry Kunz‘s blog)―Making the world a better place through enlightened understanding fromreading technical communication.‖—@thegreatauthor―Converting arcane technobabble into information people can actuallyuse and understand.‖—@lancerobert―The ability to make technology understandable for the layperson.‖—@benwoelk
  17. 17. Work perksImage by Roger Karlsson, © Free-Photo-Galler.orghttp://www.free-photo-gallery.org/photos/coffee-stain/―Well paid (can be, at any rate).‖—@tek-right―Tech pay without the tech hours.‖—@davewilks―I love it when I see an aircraft, and Ican turn to the person next to meand say, ‗Yeah, I wrote the manualsfor that.‘‖Anonymous―I can justify business trips aroundthe world.‖—@j_gillenwater―Benefits, paid vacation.‖—@normanconquest―Working primarily from home, itallows me to balance my home andprofessional priorities.‖—@cklinger―Flexibility.‖—@LoisRP
  18. 18. Among other reasons―I get to feed the insatiable appetite of my curiosity genes.‖—@kmdk―Playing with tools and applications and simplifying them forothers.‖—@shweta_hardikar―Uncovering what the real underlying design of a clientsinformation should be.‖—@juliov27612―I love it when Im on an airliner, the passenger next to me isnervous, and I can say ‗Relax, the plane is safe. I wrote themanuals for it.‘‖Anonymous―Contributing to cool and innovative software.‖—@davewilks
  19. 19. Now for someaudienceparticipation
  20. 20. ―Technical communicators are superheroes indisguise. Or perhaps we are just the superninjas that fix everything under the surface ofall content in the world.‖—@techcommgeekmomImages by Vegas Bleeds Neonhttp://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/c/cd/Placeholder_male_superhero_c.pnghttp://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/d/d5/Placeholder_female_superhero_c.png

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