TechWhirl: Technical Communication Recap for October 24, 2014

technical communication recapThe last two weeks have put the “whirl” in TechWhirl, and it’s been pretty darn cool if I do say so. We have been privileged (a bit jet-lagged but privileged nonetheless) to take very active part in LavaCon 2014, and Information Development World. And we finish up this run inspired by some truly amazing thought leaders, engaged with many fascinating, friendly and helpful peers, and completely jazzed by the energy and excitement of the very first winners of the Customer Experience Recognition Awards.

In between we found time to publish great articles and moderate a few meaty discussions on the the email discussion list and community forum.  You’ll see a lot of coverage of both conferences in the coming weeks, which should inspire you to put both on your 2015 calendar.  They’re already on ours!

Have a great weekend!

-Connie and the gang at TechWhirl

 blank business card

The Help Files: Recruiter Special

Like Harold Ramis and Bill Murray in “Stripes,” you, too, have finally figured out that you need to call in some kind of help. But, unlike the guys in the film, you can’t just walk into a job recruiter’s office and tell them how willing you are to learn and get all signed up. Those headhunters need to find you.

 eggs-unhappy-150

Users’ Advocate: Blame the Author If Communication Fails?

Rather than taking the entire burden of communication on our own shoulders, we must accept that the reader is fundamentally responsible for their own learning. Their aim to understand something useful about the real world.

 soap logo

Conference Review: soap! Offers a Clean Start in Poland

I was not surprised to find that Poland has a growing technical communication community who author primarily in English. The soap! Conference in Krakow, Poland on October 2-3 offered me the chance to meet many of these technical writers and other IT professionals.

 Choosing

The Answer Lady: Optimize Your LinkedIn Profile

Let’s start with the basics. You can provide a lot of information on your LinkedIn profile to give a potential employer or connection a well-rounded look at what you bring to the table.

 binary and spheres150

Leveraging New Disciplines in Tech Comm and CXM (poll)

So where does the content professional fit in this brave new world of big data, analytics, journey mapping and customer engagement? We’re just as curious as you, so we’ve come up with a new poll question designed to spark some deep thinking and debate.

Social Media and the Chance to Follow TechWhirl:

Connie Giordano

Connie Giordano is a partner in INKtopia Limited and editor of TechWhirl's Tech Writer Today online magazine. She has been a list member and contributor since the days when 14,400 baud was high speed communications, and Windows 95 was state-of-the-art.

Read more articles from Connie Giordano

Connect with her on Twitter