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- Power Tools for Technical Communication. I think the name of the site says it all
Aaron and I take some pride in the fact that our company is virtual. With our laptops and a wireless connection, we can work just about anywhere. For the longest time, that was all well and good. Times change, and so do I. So, last week I took a step deeper into the realm of the mobile.
After three years of resisting Aaron’s hints and cajoling, I got a Blackberry. Imagine Aaron’s gleeful chortles after I broke the news to him … To his credit, Aaron was fairly magnanimous in victory and didn’t rub the fact that my feet turned to clay in too badly.
People will change their habits quickly when they have a strong reason to do so, and people have an innate urge to connect with other people. And when you give people a new way to connect with other people, they will push through any technical barrier, they will learn new languages — people are wired to want to connect with other people. And they find it objectionable not to be able to.
If we don’t learn, we wither. New trends, new tools and technologies, new techniques. Even just new skills for the job. Continuous education is a key to longevity in the world of technical communication.
As a freelancer, though, getting educated can be a bit of a problem. While many full-time employees have access to at least some job-specific training paid for by their employers, freelancers must shoulder the costs themselves. And training isn’t always cheap.
So, how do freelancers stay current and stay sharp? Here are a few suggestions.
That’s one of the questions about presenting that I was recently asked. Why the person asked me, I have no idea. I’m definitely not the greatest presenter around. While I like to think I’m improving in this area, there are still holes in my game.
Still, I was somewhat flattered. And it kind of fed my then-depleted ego to be asked this question, and the others that surrounded it. What follows are the points that I tried to get across.
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- Literally thousands of English words are confusing. This site helps cut that confusion down