What You Can Learn From BMW’s Innovation Philosophy

How Would You Re-Define BMW’s Innovation Philosophy? How do you define innovation? Graham Horton has translated BMW’s definition of innovation for those who don’t speak German. I (used to) speak a little German and hope to get the original translation from Graham.

How to Choose the Best Font for Your Blog

When I started in tech docs, Times New Roman was THE font for printed manuals. There was no ifs, buts, or maybes about this. Times New Roman. Size 11. Since then other more trendy fonts have come onto the market. Trends in font styles come and go. While fonts in printed publications are one thing, […]

How to Get Rid of a Troll

I have a troll. Do you? Trolls slither over the internet. They start as lurkers, then get brave, creep out and spit things at you. 10 out of 10 trolls feed on attention. Negative or positive – they don’t care. Attention is the oxygen that keeps them going. Here’s the story of how I found my troll and what we may do next?

5 Work-From-Home Business Ideas

Tom Peters says, “the value of services will continue to fall” and that the only way to survive is to differentiate yourself from the competition. Is this true? How do you make yourself stand out from the crowd? If you don’t, what impact could this have on your career? [Learn more about these Business Plan […]

New Technical Communication Group on Facebook for Technical Writers

New Technical Communication Group on Facebook

How Many Hours Per Week Do Technical Writers Spend Writing?

How much time do you spend writing every week? Remember, you have 37.5 hours (I know!) for technical writing every week, but how much is actually spent writing? When I say writing I actually mean developing content, so this includes illustrations, diagrams, publishing etc – whatever goes into the final deliverable.

Why Don’t People Respect the Efforts I Make?

Do you feel loved? Many of us feel unloved and under-valued. We feel we don’t get the respect we deserve. I hear this on LinkedIn and Facebook: “people don’t respect the efforts I make”. Well, if that’s the case, here are a few ways to get more respect and move into a more rewarding career.

How to Collaborate on a Business Proposal

Martha asked me, “I want to put a template or guidelines to my team members as a result of my research about the good way to write a proposal.” One of the problems if you’re new to writing business proposals is where to start, especially if you have to write with a team rather than by yourself. Where do you start?

5 High-Paying Careers for English Speaking Professionals in China

Many are worried that their jobs will be off-shored to India and China. You’re right. They will. But I see this as an opportunity rather than a setback. Here’s how you can take advantage of this right now.

How to Give an Elevator Pitch

What do you feel when people say, “and tell me about yourself?” Most of us dread giving the elevator pitch – the story of your life in 60 seconds. Scary, isn’t it? It doesn’t have to be. The mistake everyone makes is to take a deep break, force a smile, and then starting ploughing ahead. […]

How to Stop MS Word Crashing By Adding Images Correctly

Here’s how to Stop Word Crashing By Adding Images Correctly. Word lets you add images with different file formats into your documents, such as: Enhanced Metafile (.emf) Graphics Interchange Format (.gif) Joint Photographic Experts Group (.jpg) Portable Network Graphics (.png) Microsoft Windows Bitmap (.bmp, .rle, .dib) Windows Metafile Graphics (.wmf) Tagged Image File Format (.TIFF) […]

How to Create Vertical Text in MS Word

You can change the orientation of text from horizontal to vertical in a few quick clicks. This trick is useful if you want to have text run up the side of a page or along a column. To do this, the text must be inside a text box, shape, callout, or table.  You can’t change […]

Increase Adsense Revenue with New Videos Ads

Google has introduced video ads to its Adsense offering. This gives web publishers an additional option when placing ads on their site. Instead of text and image ads, you can now jazz up your pages with video content. The video ads, or video units as Google likes to call them, allow you to enrich your […]

Why do backward Ps appear in my Word document?

If you open a document in Word and see what looks like large Ps at the end of every sentence, then the Show/Hide marker has been turned on. This is used for examining the document’s formatting as it shows details of the underlying paragraphs, section breaks and page breaks. You can turn off this by […]

10 Tips To Enhance Presentations

Cliff Atkinson from Sociable Media offers an excellent series on how to improve your presentations. In previous tutorials he suggested that you tell a story with your presentation and then how to use storyboards to plan your presentation. These tips follow-up on these tutorials and are worth book-marking if you’re nervous about making your first […]