justSayIT, Technical Writers’ LAUGH
Busting Myths & Legends

Busting Myths & Legends

October 3, 2021

Myths in technical writing? Let’s bust three common ones. Technology is rapidly changing our profession, yet we must keep our sanity, meet these myths head-on and kick them to the curb!

It’s Only Semantics

It’s Only Semantics

September 1, 2021

How can we be careful with words yet provoke thought with wild words? Context is everything!

A Code of Honour

A Code of Honour

August 6, 2021

How does the honour system work when part of a team? What is the language of trust and how can we use it well?

Swallowed Up

Swallowed Up

July 4, 2021

It’s a lot to swallow but if nature can automate the many reflexes used in swallowing then why are technical writers so slow to apply automation to documentation? 

Models R Us

Models R Us

June 6, 2021

From a different angle, let’s look at three familiar models that we use as standards to either imitate or compare.

What’s in Your Toolbox?

What’s in Your Toolbox?

May 6, 2021

What does the Rebus Principle and ancient Incas Khipus have to do with changes to technical writing? Aren’t writing basics and tools much the same?

Curiosity—Trait or Traitor?

Curiosity—Trait or Traitor?

March 30, 2021

Is curiosity a good trait or one that betrays us; instilling prying behaviour that’s harmful, leading to risk-taking and danger? As writers, how do we apply curiosity to content and meet the needs of our readers?

Mentors & Protégés

Mentors & Protégés

March 2, 2021

There are times, especially in our careers, when we need someone with more experience to guide us. The term for this is Mentorship. Total commitment is essential: consider these keys to securing a Mentor and being a Protégé.

The Definition of DONE (DoD)

The Definition of DONE (DoD)

February 1, 2021

Teams need to recognize the importance of having a common understanding of the definition of done, then the strategies required to finish can be applied and everyone can move on. 

Just Say IT in Plain Language

Just Say IT in Plain Language

January 13, 2021

What is Plain Language and Global English and why is it important to all writers? Create an Information Scent that your readers will pursue to reach their goal. 

Watch Your Step

Watch Your Step

October 21, 2020

Talk about missteps; as tech-writers we unsuspectingly stumble upon information landmines. Leverage your combined knowledge; be united in purpose and vision, providing a single source of truth throughout the enterprise.

Just Say NO

Just Say NO

September 25, 2020

Just say "No" more often in the workplace: consider these points on how and why you need to do it. 

Is Failure a Great Teacher?

Is Failure a Great Teacher?

August 3, 2020

Is Failure a Great Teacher?

A Communication Style

A Communication Style

August 3, 2020

A Communication Style

It’s More than Manners

It’s More than Manners

August 3, 2020

It's More than Manners.

Jargon & Buzzwords

Jargon & Buzzwords

August 3, 2020

Jargon & Buzzwords.

How to Look & Sound Intelligent in Meetings.

How to Look & Sound Intelligent in Meetings.

August 3, 2020

How to Look & Sound Intelligent in Meetings.

Adding Wisdom to the 5 W’s

Adding Wisdom to the 5 W’s

August 3, 2020

Adding Wisdom to the 5 W’s

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