Technical Writing: The Three Things I Wish Someone Had Told Me When I Started (Technical Writing)

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A presentation for aspiring technical writers, originally given at Mt. Mercy University in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.

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Technical Writing: The Three Things I Wish Someone Had Told Me When I Started (Technical Writing)

  1. 1. The Three Things I Wish Someone Had Told Me When I Started… MICHAEL O’NEILL, TECHNICAL WRITER
  2. 2. About Michael Michael O’Neill – Technical Writer Geonetric, Inc. Michael O'Neill is a certified scrum master and technical writer who works with agile software development teams to produce innovative help systems, capture product knowledge and promote solutions in the market. An active blogger and contributing writer for technology trade publications, Michael currently works full time with Geonetric, a Cedar Rapids based company that provides software and marketing services to hospitals and health systems. Michael comes to the area from New England, where he worked as a university professor and technical writer for HewlettPackard and Compaq. Michael is also a Twitter fiend– follow him at @mojoneill
  3. 3. Disclaimer • The views and opinions expressed here are my own and not those of Geonetric.
  4. 4. What is Geonetric? • Geonetric is my employer. • Geonetric is a healthcare marketing agency and software developer providing online marketing strategy, campaigns and content management systems for hospitals, physician practices and healthcare organizations.
  5. 5. How I Got Started
  6. 6. How I Got Started
  7. 7. The First Thing
  8. 8. Technical Writing is NOT One Thing
  9. 9. The Second Thing
  10. 10. Never Let Your 9-5 Be The Sole Source of Your Professional Validation
  11. 11. The Third Thing
  12. 12. It’s About The Learning…
  13. 13. @mojoneill

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