Date: Wed, 23 Mar 2011 10:47:27 -0700
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Best of luck with this endeavor – one that has consumed managers for ever!

Is it clear in your job descriptions & recruiting materials th at writing is an ‘essential’ not an ‘optional’ skil l? If more managers made that clear, perhaps it would filter down to studen ts.... maybe....

Long term, I su spect you can’t do better than good reading, a will to learn, and lot s of practice. Short term, it helps to have a rule such as: NEVER use or se nd the first draft.


(formerly tech writer, editor, indexer)

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In my field, our final prod uct is a written report.  Some employees struggle with report writing and never seem to improve.  It's a frustrating loss of time and effort .  Has anyone had success at improving technical writing classes, semi nars, or other alternatives?  Thanks for your suggestions.< /span>


Valerie Tillinghast; LSP



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