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In Mastering the Art of Technical Writing, participants will learn...

  • How to properly organize technical documents
  • How to understand the target audience
  • The right way to achieve a professional-looking document
  • How to edit and proofread technical documents
  • The importance style plays in technical writing
  • How to use the best graphics to enhance technical documents

SkillPath Corporate Strategies’ training course Mastering the Art of Technical Writing will train your employees to translate complex scientific, medical or technical information into simple, easy-to-follow documents and reports that educate and entertain. They’ll learn how to organize documents; match the style to the reader to improve comprehension; use charts, graphs and other graphics; and proof their work. This training course also includes a review of the basics of technical writing—including formatting, grammar and how to properly word documents to avoid mistakes.

Who will benefit from this training

Writers of scientific, medical and technical documents
Editors who have to work with technical documents
Engineers, project managers, medical professionals, scientists and computer personnel who need to communicate their ideas effectively to a varied audience
Freelance writers who may have to deal with technical projects
Any employee required to explain complex ideas in simple, easy-to-understand language

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    Technical writing

    • What is technical writing and how to differentiate the good from the bad
    • A technical writing self-assessment for pinpointing strengths and weaknesses
    • Using the library and other resources to become a subject matter expert
    • 6 questions for knowing a reader of technical writing
    • Overcoming writer’s block: An easy way to generate ideas quickly
    • How “thinking small” can organize writing for maximum impact
    • 8 steps to make technical writing easy
    • The reader’s perspective and why it’s vitally important

    Projecting credibility and professionalism

    • The 2 sentence characteristics that determine whether a reader will comprehend the message
    • How to adapt writing tone to match the personality of readers
    • Bullets, underlining, lists and other formatting techniques that make technical writing easier to read
    • How to eliminate unnecessary words and redundant expressions
    • When it’s okay to break grammar rules
    • How to free writing from unintentional bias that can alienate readers
    • The power of persuasion—10 simple rules for getting readers to “see it your way”
    • Hard-and-fast rules when working with a team on a writing project

    Key concepts for technical writers

    • How to present complex information in a way that is easy for readers to understand
    • How to write procedures that are easy to follow
    • Special considerations to keep in mind when writing an abstract, journal article or white paper
    • How to use graphics to display technical information without overwhelming the reader
    • The art of writing crisp, clear instructions
    • The 12 most damaging blunders in technical writing—sidestep these at all costs
    • Don’t miss a single one of these 6 elements when writing a report … they’re all essential!

    Editing and proofing techniques

    • Editing techniques professionals use to turn out powerful and effective final drafts
    • 4 amazing proofreading secrets that will automatically push accuracy rates to 99%—or higher
    • Why it’s important to read to the end of a document before making any changes or corrections
    • Save hours of rewriting—7 questions for pinpointing the strengths and weaknesses of a first draft
    • Never-fail techniques for proofreading technical and financial data
    • How to accurately proofread foreign words
    • A checklist of key points for any written communication
    • How to avoid overlooking typos and other credibility-robbing errors