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The Elements Of International English Style: A Guide To


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100 Writing Remedies: Practical Exercises for Technical


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Business/Professional Communication
How to Sell in Writing
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Themostimportantbusinesswritingistheadvocacydocument,thepitchfor
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Presentingthecasewithlogicandpersuasiveness

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Technical Communication
A Writing System for
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Professionals

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Tech Documents for
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Creatingdocumentsasengineeredinformationproducts
Eliminatingcommonerrorsandtimewasters
Writingfornontechnicalreaders

AlthoughcustomersandclientsaroundtheworldreadEnglishquite
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theE2reader.
Makingdocumentsculturefreeandculturefair
Correctingproblemsofstyle,idiom,andsyntax
UsingcontrolledEnglish
Adaptingtolocalsensitivitiesandcultures

Amanualisadevicethatsupportspeopleintheirwork;whenwell
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DocumentingISO9000andotherqualitystandards
Replacingunreadableandunmaintainableprosewithscripts,tables,
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Testingforusabilityandenforceability
Designingmodular,maintainablepublications
Storyboardingandprojectmanagement

Thosewhouseinformationtechnologyandthosewhocreateoracquire
itmustcommunicatetheirneedsandexpectationsclearly,especiallyat
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HowUser:Developercommunicationfails
BeyondtheWaterfallModel
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Attitudesabouttime
Fiveimmutablerulesoftimemanagement
Timemanagementtrapsandhowtoavoidthem
Productsandtoolsandhowtochoose/adaptthem
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calendar

Anurgentneedforinternationalbusinessprofessionalsistolearn,
andadaptto,thecultureofthecommunitiesorcountrieswherethey
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Dimensionsofdifference
Contextandcommunication
Individualismversuscollectivism
Timingandpacing(thehiddendimension)

Projectsneedfunding,capital;eventhebestideascanfailforlackofa
convincingbusinessplan/case.
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Does Grammar Count


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Business Basics for


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Whywontpeoplefollowyouradvice?Thereareeightbarriersthat
keepusfromacceptingnewplansandapproachesandspecific
techniquestoovercomethem.

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equilibrium:keepingalloflifeseightcompetingvaluesinbalance.The
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Doyouhavetroublegettingyourpointacrosstocoworkers?Amemo
isNOTaworkofliterature,but,rather,anengineeredproduct,
designedforclarity,power,andspeed.Twelvetacticsincreasethe
chancethatamemo(oranemail)willberead.

Inschool,welearnwaystoimprovethetruthbypuffingupour
writingwithwordsthatinflate,obscure,anddisguise.Businessand
professionalspeechandwritingarefilledwiththesebadlanguage
habits,whichmakeussoundasthoughwearehedgingandevading
evenwhenwehavenothingtohide.

Isemailtheendofcorrectcommunication?Dospelling,punctuation,
andgrammarmatteranymore?Onlyasmuchastherecipientofthe
messagematters.Allprofessionalsshouldcareabouttheimagethey
communicate,evenintheirinformalmessages.

ThemostimportanttechnicalquestionisHowsBusiness?Technical
professionalsmustlearntopitchimprovementsandchangesintheir
departmentsthroughbusinesssavvybusinesscases:proposalsaimed
atonesownmanagement.Businesscasesmustshowhowthenew
proceduresortechnologywilleithermakeorsavemoney,andwithin
anacceptablenumberofmonths.

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