Reflections on technology, music, and social interaction
Wednesday, September 22, 2010
When I hear people talk about not getting respect for being a technical communicator (or not getting paid enough) I wonder if the following three myths are holding them back:
Thoroughly described = adequately explained
Accurate = useful
Grammatically correct and correctly punctuated = well said
These are the "writer" myths, based on the belief that the value we bring is our ability to write. Technical communicators should be "sense makers" and "explainers." We should deliver timely insight that enables the user to act more like an expert.