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

Paperback (Print)
Used and New from Other Sellers
Used and New from Other Sellers
from $1.99
Usually ships in 1-2 business days
(Save 97%)
Other sellers (Paperback)
  • All (21) from $1.99   
  • New (7) from $81.23   
  • Used (14) from $1.99   

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.

Did you know that technology professionals spend 20 percent to 50 percent of their time communicating with others? This book delivers concrete advice from foremost experts on how to write technical documents that are clear and effect ive, give oral presentations more confidently, present information visually using graphics, and much more.

Read More Show Less

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
"I wish I had known of this publication years ago. It would have made the growth of a professional career less chaotic and better organized...highly recommended to all professionals..." (Journal of Veterinary and Human Toxicology, Vol. 45, No. 5, October 2003)
Booknews
A guide for both industrial and academic engineers to getting government bucks to fund their research. Contains suggestions for planning, management, and strategies of the proposal effort; organizing, writing, and illustrating the proposal; and what to do besides twiddle your thumbs and sweat after it is submitted. Also covers strategies, practicalities, and regulations of reporting on funded research. The CIP data gives a different ISBN. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
Read More Show Less

Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780471444732
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 7/4/2003
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 536
  • Sales rank: 1,439,299
  • Product dimensions: 8.52 (w) x 11.06 (h) x 0.96 (d)

Meet the Author

DAVID F. BEER, PhD, is a senior member of the IEEE Professional Communications Society, and a senior member and past president of the Austin chapter of the Society for Technical Communication. Dr. Beer is a faculty member in the Electrical and Computer Engineering department at the University of Texas at Austin. He is the coauthor, with David McMurrey, of A Guide to Writing as an Engineer.

Read More Show Less

Read an Excerpt

Click to read or download

Read More Show Less

Table of Contents

Preface.

PART I: Getting Started: Writing the First Drafts Can Engineers Write?
IEEE Trans. Prof. Comm. PC-27(1) March 1984 (Joan Knapp).

Preparing to Write the Document: A Worksheet for Situational Analysis in the Workplace.
IEEE Trans. Prof. Comm. PC-27(1) March 1990 (Ronald J. Nelson).

Issue Trees: A Tool to Aid the Engineering Writer.
IEEE Trans. Prof. Comm. PC-37(2) June 1994 (Joan Temple Dennett and Michael Hseih).

Ready, Aim—Write!
IEEE Trans. Prof. Comm. PC-31(1) March 1988 (Ruth C. Savakinas).

Beginnings and Endings: Keys to Better Engineering Technical Writing.
IEEE Trans. Prof. Comm. PC-40(4) December 1997 (Marcia Martens Pierson and Bion L. Pierson).

Could You Be Clearer? An Examination of the Multiple Perspectives of Clarity.
IEEE Trans. Prof. Comm. PC-35(2) June 1992 (Ronald E. Dulek).

The Grammar Instinct.
IEEE Trans. Prof. Comm. PC-45(2) June 2002 (Alan D. Manning).

Comparing the Two Cultures in Technical Writing.
IEEE Trans. Prof. Comm. PC-34(2) June 1991 (Don Bush).

PART II: Construction and Content: Putting Documents Together Creating a Doc Spec.
IEEE Trans. Prof. Comm. PC-42(2) June 1999 (Liz Wing).

Write a Good Technical Report.
IEEE Trans. Prof. Comm. PC-27(1) March 1984 (Gael D. Ulrich).

How to Avoid the Transitional Ax in Indirect Bad News Messages.
IEEE Trans. Prof. Comm. PC-34(1) March 1991 (Thomas L.Wiseman).

Job Hunting: Sharpening Your Competitive Edge.
IEEE Trans. Prof. Comm. PC-27(4) December 1984 (Ron S. Blicq).

How to Write a Recommendation.
IEEE Trans. Prof. Comm. PC-27(4) December 1984 (Alan D. Wilcox).

Some Guidance on Preparing Technical Articles for Publication.
IEEE Trans. Prof. Comm. PC-32(1) March 1989 (Richard Manley, Judith Graham, and Ralph Baxter).

Today’s Style Guide:Trusted Tool with Added Potential.
IEEE Trans. Prof. Comm. PC-41(1) March 1998 (Jane Perkins and Cassandra Maloney).

“Professional Communication” and the “Odor of Mendacity”: The Persistent Suspicion that Skillful Writing is Successful Lying.
IEEE Trans. Prof. Comm. PC-38(3) September 1995 (Edmond H. Weiss).

PART III: Text and Graphics: Presenting Information Visually Editing Visual Media.
IEEE Trans. Prof. Comm. PC-41(1) March 1998 (Thomas R. Williams and Deborah A. Harkus).

Visual Discriminability of Headings in Text.
IEEE Trans. Prof. Comm. PC-35(2) June 1992 (Thomas R. Williams and Jan H. Spyridakis).

Choosing the Right Graph.
IEEE Trans. Prof. Comm. PC-45(1) March 2002 (Jean-Luc Doumont and Philippe Vandenbroek).

Table Construction: Do’s and Don’ts.
IEEE Trans. Prof. Comm. PC-32(1) March 1989 (Eva Dukes).

Safety Labels: What to Put in Them, How to Write Them, and Where to Place Them.
IEEE Trans. Prof. Comm. PC-30(3) September 1987 (Christopher Velotta).

Editing Math: What to Do with the Symbols.
IEEE Trans. Prof. Comm. PC-33(3) June 1990 (Barry W. Burton).

Displaying Scientific Graphics on Computer.
IEEE Trans. Prof. Comm. PC-40(2) June 1997 (Janet E. Lincoln and Donald L. Monk).

PART IV: Manuals and Procedures: Giving Directions that Work Designing and Writing Operating Manuals.
IEEE Trans. Prof. Comm. PC-27(1) March 1984 (Lidia Lopinto).

Manual Dexterity—What Makes Instructional Manuals Usable.
IEEE Trans. Prof. Comm. PC-27(2) June 1984 (James P. Gleason and Joan P. Wackerman).

Selecting and Switching: Some Advantages of Diagrams Over Tables and Lists for Presenting Instructions.
IEEE Trans. Prof. Comm. PC-41(4) December 1998 (Angelique Boekelder and Michael Steehouder).

Using a Structured Design Analysis To Simplify Complex In-House Computer Manuals.
IEEE Trans. Prof. Comm. PC-35(1) March 1992 (John S. Craig).

Single-Source Manuals.
IEEE Trans. Prof. Comm. PC-37(2) June 1994 (Gary Bist).

The Effects of Screen Captures in Manuals: A Textual and Two Visual Manuals Compared.
IEEE Trans. Prof. Comm. PC-42(2) June 1999 (Mark Gellevij, Hans van der Meij, Ton deJong, and Jules Pieters).

The User Edit: Making Manuals Easier to Use.
IEEE Trans. Prof. Comm. PC-24(1) March 1981 (Marshall A. Atlas).

PART V: Proposals: Writing to Win the Customer Fifteen Questions to Help You Write Winning Proposals.
IEEE Trans. Prof. Comm. PC-26(2) June 1983 (T. M. Georges).

The Short Proposal: Versatile Tool for Communicating Corporate Culture in Competitive Climates.
IEEE Trans. Prof. Comm. PC-32(2) June 1989 (Bernard E. Budish and Richard L. Sandhusen).

Technical Writing and Illustrating Strategies for Winning Government Contracts.
IEEE Trans. Prof. Comm. PC-28(2) June 1992 (Robert B. Greenly).

Storyboarding Can Help Your Proposal.
IEEE Trans. Prof. Comm. PC-32(1) March 1989 (Robert A. Barakat).

Developing Winning Proposal Strategies.
IEEE Trans. Prof. Comm. PC-34(3) September 1991 (Robert A. Barakat).

Clarification Questions That Work.
IEEE Trans. Prof. Comm. PC-31(2) June 1988 (Annette D. Reilly).

Proposals: Write to Win.
IEEE Trans. Prof. Comm. PC-26(2) June 1983 (Clark E. Beck).

Broadening Employment Horizons: Transferring Proposal Writing Skills from For-Profit to Nonprofit Organizations.
IEEE Trans. Prof. Comm. PC-39(2) June 1996 (Sherry Shebley Hamilton).

PART VI: Revising and Editing: Refining Your Documents Theory and Practice of Editing Processes in Technical Communication.
IEEE Trans. Prof. Comm. PC-28(1) March 1985 (Roger E. Masse).

When the Basics Aren’t Enough: Finding a Comprehensive Editor.
IEEE Trans. Prof. Comm. PC-37(3) September 1994 (Laurel K. Grove).

Collaborative Writing in the Workplace.
IEEE Trans. Prof. Comm. PC-32(3) September 1989 (Charles R. Stratton).

Reverse Engineering: The Outline As Document Restructuring Tool.
IEEE Trans. Prof. Comm. PC-29(3) September 1986 (Dietrich Rathjens).

How Writing Helps R&D Work.
IEEE Trans. Prof. Comm. PC-30(2) June 1987 (Herbert B. Michaelson).

The Paradox of Revision: A Study of Writing as a Product in the Revision of Manuals.
IEEE Trans. Prof. Comm. PC-39(1) March 1996 (Alice I. Philbin and Melissa M. Spirek).

Online Editing: Mark-Up Models and the Workplace Lives of Editors and Writers.
IEEE Trans. Prof. Comm. PC-38(3) June 1995 (David K. Farkas and Steven E. Poltrock).

PART VII: Oral Presentations: Speaking Effectively to Groups A Quick and Easy Strategy for Organizing a Speech.
IEEE Trans. Prof. Comm. PC-33(3) September 1990 (Richard A. Lindeborg).

A Good Speech is Worth a Thousand (Written) Words.
IEEE Trans. Prof. Comm. PC-27(1) March 1984 (Bert Decker).

The Engineering Presentation—Some Ideas on How to Approach and Present It.
IEEE Trans. Prof. Comm. PC-26(4) December 1983 (Ronald C. Rosenburg).

Authenticity Beats Eloquence.
IEEE Trans. Prof. Comm. PC-30(2) June 1987 (Susan Dressel and Joe Chew).

Handling a Hostile Audience—With Your Eyes.
IEEE Trans. Prof. Comm. PC-32(1) March 1989 (Gilda Carle).

Improving Oral Marketing Presentations in the Technology-Based Company.
IEEE Trans. Prof. Comm. PC-31(2) June 1988 (Michael F. Warlum).

Illustrations in Oral Presentations: Photographs.
IEEE Trans. Prof. Comm. PC-41(3) September 1998 (Thomas Walsh).

Producing a Video on a Technical Subject: A Guide.
IEEE Trans. Prof. Comm. PC-36(2) June 1993 (Danny Dowhal, Gary Bist, Peter Kohlman, Stan Musker, and Heather Rogers).

PART VIII: Listening, Meeting, and Teamwork:Working with Others to Get Results You Haven’t Heard a Word I Said: Getting Managers to Listen.
IEEE Trans. Prof. Comm. PC-37(1) March 1994 (Jo Procter).

Becoming an Effective Listener.
IEEE Trans. Prof. Comm. PC-23(2) June 1980 (Marion E. Haynes).

Toward Better Meetings: A Psychologist’s View.
IEEE Trans. Prof. Comm. PC-24(3) September 1981 (Eugene Raudsepp).

Presenting the Successful Technical Seminar.
IEEE Trans. Prof. Comm. PC-26(1) March 1983 (Thomas Ealey).

Project Characteristics and Group Communication: An Investigation.
IEEE Trans. Prof. Comm. PC-45(2) June 2002 (Tom L. Roberts, Paul H. Cheney, and Paul D. Sweeney).

Between Silence and Voice: Communicating in Cross-Functional Project Teams.
IEEE Trans. Prof. Comm. PC-34(1) March 1991 (Linda Loehr).

A Dialogue Technique to Enhance Electronic Communication in Virtual Teams.
IEEE Trans. Prof. Comm. PC-43(2) June 2000 (Bernard C. Y. Tan, Kwok-Kee Wei, Wayne W. Huang, and Guet-Ngoh Ng).

Videoconferencing as a Communication Tool.
IEEE Trans. Prof. Comm. PC-40(1) March 1997 (Jan A. Sprey).

PART IX Global Communication: Conveying Meaning Internationally World Language Status Does Not Ensure World Class Usage.
IEEE Trans. Prof. Comm. PC-35(1) March 1992 (Joann T. Dennett).

English Language Education for Specific Professional Needs.
IEEE Trans. Prof. Comm. PC-44(3) September 2001 (Thomas Orr).

When Culture and Rhetoric Contrast: Examining English as the International Language of Technical Communication.
IEEE Trans. Prof. Comm. PC-42(4) December 1999 (Kirk St. Amant).

The Organization of Japanese Expository Passages.
IEEE Trans. Prof. Comm. PC-42(3) September 1999 (Waka Fukuoka and Jan H. Spyridakis).

Measuring the Translatability of Simplified English in Procedural Documents.
IEEE Trans. Prof. Comm. PC-40(1) March 1997 (Jan H. Spyridakis, Heather Holmback, and Serena K. Shubert).

Babel in Document Design: The Evaluation of Multilingual Texts.
IEEE Trans. Prof. Comm. PC-43(3) September 2000 (Leo Lentz and Jacquelin Hulst).

Aligning International Editing Efforts with Global Business Strategies.
IEEE Trans. Prof. Comm. PC-35(2) June 1992 (Carol Leininger and Rue Yuan).

Tackling the Needs of Foreign Academic Writers: A Case Study.
IEEE Trans. Prof. Comm. PC-40(1) March 1997 (Shimona Kushner).

PART X The Internet: Making the Most of Cyberspace Stylistic Guidelines for E-Mail.
IEEE Trans. Prof. Comm. PC-77(4) December 1994 (Renee B. Horowitz and Marian G. Barchilon).

“Who’s Reading My E-Mail?” A Study of Professionals’ E-Mail Usage and Privacy Perceptions in the Workplace.
IEEE Trans. Prof. Comm. PC-40(1) March 1997 (Patricia A. Chociey).

Customer Partnering: Data Gathering For Complex On-Line Documentation.
IEEE Trans. Prof. Comm. PC-40(2) June 1997 (JoAnn T. Hackos, Molly Hammar, and Arthur Elser).

Challenges in Developing Research-Based Web Design Guidelines.
IEEE Trans. Prof. Comm. PC-43(3) September 2000 (Mary B. Evans).

The Web and Corporate Communication: Potentials and Pitfalls.
IEEE Trans. Prof. Comm. PC-39(1) March 1996 (Gary Ritzenthaler and David H. Ostroff).

Editing A Web Site: Extending the Levels of Edit.
IEEE Trans. Prof. Comm. PC-41(1) March 1998 (Steven L. Anderson, Charles P. Campbell, Nancy Hindle, Jonathan Price, and Randall Scasny).

Web Accessibility for People with Disabilities: An Introduction for Web Developers.
IEEE Trans. Prof. Comm. PC-44(4) December 2001 (Jeff Carter and Mike Markel).

A Conceptual Framework for International Web Design.
IEEE Trans. Prof. Comm. PC-44(2) June 2001 (Fatemah M. Zahedi, William V. Van Pelt, and Jaeki Song).

Index.

About the Editor.

Read More Show Less

Customer Reviews

Be the first to write a review
( 0 )
Rating Distribution

5 Star

(0)

4 Star

(0)

3 Star

(0)

2 Star

(0)

1 Star

(0)

Your Rating:

Your Name: Create a Pen Name or

Barnes & Noble.com Review Rules

Our reader reviews allow you to share your comments on titles you liked, or didn't, with others. By submitting an online review, you are representing to Barnes & Noble.com that all information contained in your review is original and accurate in all respects, and that the submission of such content by you and the posting of such content by Barnes & Noble.com does not and will not violate the rights of any third party. Please follow the rules below to help ensure that your review can be posted.

Reviews by Our Customers Under the Age of 13

We highly value and respect everyone's opinion concerning the titles we offer. However, we cannot allow persons under the age of 13 to have accounts at BN.com or to post customer reviews. Please see our Terms of Use for more details.

What to exclude from your review:

Please do not write about reviews, commentary, or information posted on the product page. If you see any errors in the information on the product page, please send us an email.

Reviews should not contain any of the following:

  • - HTML tags, profanity, obscenities, vulgarities, or comments that defame anyone
  • - Time-sensitive information such as tour dates, signings, lectures, etc.
  • - Single-word reviews. Other people will read your review to discover why you liked or didn't like the title. Be descriptive.
  • - Comments focusing on the author or that may ruin the ending for others
  • - Phone numbers, addresses, URLs
  • - Pricing and availability information or alternative ordering information
  • - Advertisements or commercial solicitation

Reminder:

  • - By submitting a review, you grant to Barnes & Noble.com and its sublicensees the royalty-free, perpetual, irrevocable right and license to use the review in accordance with the Barnes & Noble.com Terms of Use.
  • - Barnes & Noble.com reserves the right not to post any review -- particularly those that do not follow the terms and conditions of these Rules. Barnes & Noble.com also reserves the right to remove any review at any time without notice.
  • - See Terms of Use for other conditions and disclaimers.
Search for Products You'd Like to Recommend

Recommend other products that relate to your review. Just search for them below and share!

Create a Pen Name

Your Pen Name is your unique identity on BN.com. It will appear on the reviews you write and other website activities. Your Pen Name cannot be edited, changed or deleted once submitted.

 
Your Pen Name can be any combination of alphanumeric characters (plus - and _), and must be at least two characters long.

Continue Anonymously

    If you find inappropriate content, please report it to Barnes & Noble
    Why is this product inappropriate?
    Comments (optional)