Writing and Speaking in the Technology Professions: A Practical Guide / Edition 2

Writing and Speaking in the Technology Professions: A Practical Guide / Edition 2

by David F. Beer
     
 

ISBN-10: 0471444731

ISBN-13: 9780471444732

Pub. Date: 07/04/2003

Publisher: Wiley

An updated edition of the classic guide to technical communication

Consider that 20 to 50 percent of a technology professional's time is spent communicating with others. Whether writing a memo, preparing a set of procedures, or making an oral presentation, effective communication is vital to your professional success. This anthology delivers concrete advice from

Overview

An updated edition of the classic guide to technical communication

Consider that 20 to 50 percent of a technology professional's time is spent communicating with others. Whether writing a memo, preparing a set of procedures, or making an oral presentation, effective communication is vital to your professional success. This anthology delivers concrete advice from the foremost experts on how to communicate more effectively in the workplace.

The revised and expanded second edition of this popular book completely updates the original, providing authoritative guidance on communicating via modern technology in the contemporary work environment. Two new sections on global communication and the Internet address communicating effectively in the context of increased e-mail and web usage. As in the original, David Beer's Second Edition discusses a variety of approaches, such as:

• Writing technical documents that are clear and effective

• Giving oral presentations more confidently

• Using graphics and other visual aids judiciously

• Holding productive meetings

• Becoming an effective listener

The new edition also includes updated articles on working with others to get results and on giving directions that work. Each article is aimed specifically at the needs of engineers and others in the technology professions, and is written by a practicing engineer or a technical communicator. Technical engineers, IEEE society members, and technical writing teachers will find this updated edition of David Beer's classic Writing and Speaking in the Technology Professions an invaluable guide to successful communication.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780471444732
Publisher:
Wiley
Publication date:
07/04/2003
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
536
Product dimensions:
8.52(w) x 11.06(h) x 0.96(d)

Table of Contents

INITIAL APPROACHES: WRITING YOUR FIRST DRAFTS.
Can Engineers Write (J. Knapp)?
Ready, Aim--Write (R. Savakinas)!
Writing for "The Audience" (M. Cosgrove).
Correctness vs. Communication (D. Bush).
The Economics of Writing (Y. Day).
An Engineer's Guide to Clear Language (R. Nailen).
Put Clarity in Your Writing (D. Mueller).
Add Style to Your Technical Writing (D. Plung).
Create Time to Write Reports (J. Borchardt).
TEXT AND GRAPHICS: PRESENTING INFORMATION VISUALLY.
Writing Visually: Design Consideration in Technical Publications (P. Benson).
A Guide to Choosing the Right Chart Type (K. Szoka).
Table Constrution: Do's and Don'ts (E. Dukes).
Lists: The Ultimate Organizer for Engineering Writing (S. Carliner).
Safety Labels: What to Put in Them, How to Write Them, and Where to Place Them (C. Velotta).
Rules to Acronyms (J. Mancuso).
Editing Math: What to Do with the Symbols (B. Burton).
CONSTRUCTION AND ORGANIZATION: PUTTING SOME DOCUMENTS TOGETHER.
Why and What for (Four): The Basis for Writing a Good Introduction (E. Papadakis).
Write a Good Technical Report (G. Ulrich).
Writing a Trip Report (M. Petty).
Clarifying Specifications (T. Whalen).
Job Hunting: Sharpening Your Competitive Edge (R. Blicq(.
How to Write a Recommendation (A. Wilcox).
Eight Steps to Better Newsletters (J. Potvin).
Writing to Persuade (J. Gilsdorf).
Some Guidance on Preparing Technical Articles for Publication (R. Manley, et al.).
MANUALS AND INSTRUCTIONS: GIVING DIRECTIONS THAT WORK.
What Should You Write: A User's Guide, Tutorial, Reference Manual, or Standard Operating Procedure (J.Major)?
Manual Writing Made Easier (D. Reddout).
Designing and Writing Operating Manuals (L. Lopinto).
Manual Dexterity--What Makes Instructional Manuals Usable (J. Gleason & J. Wackerman).
The ABCs of New-Look Publications (B. Meyer).
The User Edit: Making Manuals Easier to Use (M. Atlas).
Preparing Instruction Manuals for Non-English Readers (S. Sanderlin).
PROPOSALS: WRITING TO WIN THE CUSTOMER.
Fifteen Questions to Help You Write Winning Proposals (T. Georges).
Training Proposals That Sell Themselves (S. Sweetnam).
The Short Proposal: Versatile Tool for Communicating Corporate Culture in Competitive Climates (B. Budish & L. Saudhusen).
Technical Writing and Illustrating Strategies for Winning Government Contracts (R. Greenly).
Storyboarding Can Help Your Proposal (R. Barakat).
Clarification Questions That Work (A. Reilly).
Proposals: Write to Win (C. Beck).
REVISING AND EDITING: REFINING YOUR DOCUMENT.
A Writing Report Card (G. Blake).
Some Tips for Clear Writing (H. Lippincott).
Theory and Practice of Editing Processes in Technical Communication (R. Masse).
The Final Step: Perfecting a Document (H. Chytil).
Collaborative Writing in the Workplace (C. Stratton).
Reverse Engineering: The Outline As Document Restructuring Tool (D. Rathjens).
How Writing Helps R&D Work (H. Michaelson).
ORAL PRESENTATIONS: SPEAKING EFFECTIVELY TO GROUPS.
Making an Effective Technical Presentation (R. Wismer).
A Good Speech Is Worth a Thousand (Written) Words (B. Decker).
Friends, Romans, Cost Engineers...Can We Talk (S. Pritchard)?
The Engineering Presentation--Some Ideas on How to Approach and Present It (R. Rosenburg).
Improving Oral Marketing Presentations in the Technology-Based Company (M. Warlum).
Authenticity Beats Eloquence (S. Dressel & J. Chew).
How to Speak So Facts Come Alive (M. Stettner).
Handling a Hostile Audience--With Your Eyes (G. Carle).
How to Overcome Errors in Public Speaking (J. Baird).
MEETING, DISPUTING, LISTENING: WORKING WITH OTHERS TO GET RESULTS.
What's Wrong with Your Meetings (R. Beary)?
Great Meeting: How to Make Them Happen (R. Beary).
Meetings: How to Make Them Better (T. Gautschi).
Toward Better Meetings: A Psychologist's View (E. Raudsepp).
Presenting the Successful Technical Seminar (T. Ealey).
When and How You Argue (W. Delaney).
Becoming and Effective Listener (M. Haynes).
Effective Listening (B. Emery & K. Klamm).
Author Index.
Subject Index.
Editor's Biography.

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