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Embracing Risk Is the Secret to Dynamic Instructional Design

Embrace risk to energize your content. Are you eager to try a new instructional technology? Have you researched a fresh strategy to apply to your design? Is there a new approach you’re excited to explore to better engage learners? Even

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Infographics: A Useful Tool for Technical Writers

Effective infographics can say more with a picture than a thousand words. So how can technical writers use infographics most effectively? Although we’ve blogged about infographics before in the post Infographics: Information at a Glance, we’ve never applied them specifically

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Consistency Is a Key to Creativity

A surprising key to unlocking creativity might be the last thing you expect, and that is consistency. We might assume creative types are those who wait for inspiration to strike, then delve into a frenzy of creativity. The elusive muse

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A Collaborative Approach to Technical Writing

Historically, technical writers worked with one product from start to finish. That meant beginning with an outline for the product or piece of equipment, writing the content, and then formatting it for delivery. In some industries, technical communication is undergoing

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3 Ways to Increase Clarity in Your Technical Writing

Unclear instruction manuals or confusing user guides have become amusing tropes in our society. How many parents have looked cross-eyed at directions for constructing a doll house or a model car and wanted to wad them up and toss them

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5 Tips to Improve Your Technical Writing

Before you sit down at the keyboard to type your next technical document, consider these five tips to enhance the effectiveness of your writing: Planning Word Choice Clarity Brevity Simplicity Planning Take some time before you start to consider your

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