Technical Writing

Date: July 18, 2017 20min Advanced

For success in a technical position, two (2) elements are critical, one without the other is less than ideal: (1) excellent technical abilities/work; and (2) great communication abilities. You need the ability to communicate to: (1) get cooperation; (2) sell your ideas; and (3) convince people of the value of your work (planned, in progress, or completed). In technical writing, write as you would speak in a conversation to those in your intended audience, and replace the suspense outline (passive voice) with the informative style (active voice).


At the end of this lesson, students should be able to:

  • Set themselves up for success in a technical position
  • Describe the two (2) critical elements of excellent technical writing
  • Define the steps to best communicate in a technical work environment

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