National Seminars Group
National Seminars Group presents
 

The Technical Writers' Workshop On-Site Training

This on-site training class is also available as Public Schedule Seminar.

The Complete Guide to Technical Writing, Featuring Best Practices and the Latest Techniques for Producing Highly Effective, User-Friendly Technical Documents

Course Description/Agenda



Technical writing is a high-stakes field that allows
you no margin for error

  • Your company’s breakthrough product is
    worthless if the user manual you wrote is
    confusing.

  • A technical report with grammar blunders can
    badly damage your organization’s credibility –
    and your own.

  • Imprecise wording in step-by-step procedures
    you outlined can lead to accidents, injuries, or
    lawsuits.




Give your technical writing skills a
major upgrade, fast




Attempting to improve your technical writing skills
by trial and error is simply too risky, which is why
we’ve developed The Technical Writers’ Workshop.
This comprehensive two-day course shows you how to
implement best practices, proven approaches, and the
latest techniques to produce highly effective,
user friendly technical documents. In addition,
you’ll get guidelines, formats, and structures for
all types of technical projects, from abstracts to
technical proposals to specifications.




 

What You'll
Learn:

 


Attend this INTENSIVE TWO-DAY COURSE and you’ll
learn how to ...



  • Draft technical reports, instructions,
    specifications, user manuals, abstracts and more

  • Add clarity and precision to every technical
    document you produce from now on

  • Write common elements of technical
    communication, from definitions to conditional
    statements

  • Cut your technical writing time by up to 30
    percent without sacrificing accuracy

  • Use 12 questions to analyze your technical
    document for effectiveness

  • Produce user-friendly, easily scannable
    technical content for the Web

  • Build an outline to organize technical
    content with ease and create a structure that
    makes data readily accessible

  • Convey volumes of technical data by choosing
    the right charts, graphs, and tables

  • Simplify complex information using examples,
    illustrations, and analogies

  • Present numbers and statistics in
    easy-to-understand ways

  • Spot every error with techniques
    professional proofreaders use


     



Who Should
Attend?


 


Anyone who writes or edits technical documents
will benefit from this seminar, including …



  • Technical writers across all professions and
    industries

  • Editors of technical content of any kind

  • Writers of medical or scientific articles

  • IT professionals

  • Engineers

  • Information architects

  • Web developers

  • Copywriters

  • Business writers

  • Documentation specialists

  • Anyone who must communicate complex
    information in a way others can understand and
    use


 

Workshop
Agenda:


 



Essential elements for technical
communication success



  • Fundamentals of effective technical writing:
    a brief overview

  • Examples of excellent technical writing and
    why each one works

  • Common components of technical writing, from
    definitions to physical descriptions to
    conditional statements

  • Defining the purpose and scope of your
    technical project before you begin

  • Key factors you must know about your
    audience to create a document that is easily
    understood and usable

  • Tips for cutting your writing time by at
    least 30 percent

     


Assembling and organizing data for
maximum impact and usability



  • Determining content: what to include and
    what to eliminate

  • Organizing technical data by building an
    outline

  • Using your outline to create sections,
    subsections, or sidebars for ease in finding
    information

  • How to handle a table of contents, index,
    and glossary with your outline as your guide

  • Common documentation errors and how to avoid
    them

     



How to write clear, concise, user friendly
technical documents



  • The death of technical-ese: how to achieve a
    more informal writing style

  • Using present tense and active verbs to
    write directly and clearly

  • How many words should your average sentence
    length be in technical writing?

  • Cranking out a quick first draft

  • Proven strategies for eliminating ambiguity
    and slashing wordy phrases

  • When to use jargon and technical terminology
    and when to avoid it

  • Writing clear and specific headlines that
    draw your readers’ attention

     



Enhance understanding illustrations,
charts, and graphics



  • How to write bullets and lists for maximum
    readability

  • Examples of presenting statistics and
    numbers effectively

  • Techniques for using examples,
    illustrations, analogies to simplify complex
    information and introduce new concepts

  • Charts, Graphs, and Tables 101: best
    practices for using them to convey technical
    data

  • Pointers for choosing diagrams that
    communicate volumes

  • Structures and formats proven to improve
    readability




Guidelines and formats for Specific types of
technical writing


 

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