How to Hire a Technical Writer

If you want to know how to hire a technical writer, read these guidelines. Jane R. in Texas asks for some tips on interviewing tech writers, especially when using assessment tests. Her company is about to hire their first full-time writer and they have not done this before. I’ve worked on both sides on the fence […]

Steve Jobs was wrong – why ‘follow your passion’ is terrible advice

Seen that video where Steve Jobs tells students to follow their passion? It’s been viewed, shared and tweeted by millions. Millions who haven’t thought it through. Jobs made that speech as a relatively young man. Later, when revising his biography, he told the writer to explain why he said that then but why he say […]

3 Reasons Technical Writers Should Switch To Social Media Writing

If you’re finding it difficult to get work in Technical Writing, then see if you can start a new career as a Social Media writer. The demand is definitely there. I found that it’s relatively easy to find contract work on Social Media sites if you’ve got good technical writing skills and know how to […]

Worst Writing Advice Ever

Mine was to write every day. I blame Hemingway. At first glance, writing every day makes sense. You get more words in, hit your targets faster, and move on to the next task. It feels productive. You’re getting somewhere. Somewhere… But is it any good? Scientific American reports that, ‘Research on naps, meditation, nature walks […]

When’s the last time you invested in yourself?

One of my friends, TP, doesn’t believe in buying books anymore. Or buying anything for that matter. “It’s all free,” he said. “You can get it on the internet. It’s all out there. You just need to search”. I think he’s overlooking something. Yes, some things are free but you only value what you really […]

How can I break into freelance white paper writing?

Q: Where can I find work as a white paper writer? Getting your first project is the hardest. Once you’ve got this under your belt, it becomes easier. I’d suggest the following: Setup a 10 page website. Write about the benefits, sales opportunities, branding development and web traffic that can be made from well written, […]

Q: How can I start a career as a white paper writer?

Q: Why do companies need white paper writers? Can’t they use their own writers? Yes and No. It depends on the size of the company AND its location AND writing expertise. Not every company has someone who can write a professional white paper. They may have people in their marketing team who write sales and […]

How to respond to: “I’m going to be brutally honest with you”

What happens the moment you hear, ‘I’m going to be brutally honest with you’? I tend to filter out the honest part and tense up, wondering about the brutal part. You the same? You sense what’s coming next. It doesn’t feel good. We’re ‘brutally honest’ when someone annoys us but we can’t say it to their […]

Q: Are you a Business Writer or a Writer in Business?

Here’s a question. Think about it for a second. Are you a writer who’s in business? Or A business person who happens to work in the writing industry? Of course, this doesn’t apply to writers only. What we’re looking at here is your angle on business. I’ll give you an example. In the red corner. […]

Q: Do you learn faster by reading blogs or watching videos?

I’ll be honest. I didn’t get this video thing until I saw the Khan Academy. It’s incredible. If you commute, you’ll have noticed that everyone seems to be watching videos these days instead of reading the paper. The others are on Kindle. I have an 80 minute commute three times a week. It’s interesting to […]

[Video] How to Create a Study Plan

Summary: Develop a study plan to set learning objectives, stay focused, and avoid deviations. This Klariti video tutorial will explain how to prepare a practical study plan that works for students, employees, and business owners — anyone struggling to learn a lot of information in a short time period. [Video] How to Create a Study […]

How to Start a Career as a Business Writer (with examples)

Let’s say you want to change careers and start as a business writer. Where do you start? What courses do you need to take? Is there a professional organization you should join? In most cases, no. Starting as a freelance business writer is more about starting a small business, which happens to be about business […]

Fear of Success v Fear of Failure

Why is speaking in public the most common fear in the world? Is it because when you put yourself on stage, you’re saying you’re the expert, you’re the one others should listen – you’ve made it? You’re a success. Others are getting there. Maybe that’s not true. Maybe it’s more nuanced that that. But I […]

How can I prepare for a business writing interview?

As a writer, I’ve worked on both sides on the fence. I’ve interviewed and been interviewed for both business and technical writing positions. Let’s say you’re planning to hire someone as a writer. What should you be looking for? You can break it down into three areas: Writing skills – have they writing samples, a […]

What is ‘Job Security’?

Summary: Long-term job security is gone, even in communist countries. Automation, outsourcing, and robotics affect the future of 9-5 employees. This Klariti tutorial will explain how to protect your long-term options by becoming less reliant on tradition lines of business and looking at alternatives ways to generate income. Does job ‘security’ really exist anymore? True […]