Methods of Development (Topic #1)

25 Feb

It is critical to ensure that our white paper is substantial and evidently delivers the message that we are aiming to convey. The chief overall body of our essay is required to be perfect, appropriate, continuous in addition to methodical. I have learned several different methods to organize and develop an essay after this week’s reading. As Alred stats that, “Choose the method or combination of method that best suits your subject, audience, and purpose” (Page 346). A report is well developed when we have conveyed information properly to make the reader feel the topic has been logically discussed. There is more to organizing my thoughts than having an introduction, body, and conclusion.

I would choose two to three methods and including one primary method of development to organize my upcoming white paper. I think it is an effective approach to start the paper with several impacts by the company’s accomplishments (cause-and-effect), and then express the causes according to the power of each business decision (order-of-importance).

Ethics in Writing (Topic #2)

24 Feb

Just as we are responsible for our actions, we are likewise responsible for our words. As we have learned in the Course Handbook, the principles of technical writing are directness, conciseness, accuracy, and efficiency (Course Handbook, p. 5). Every time we write a technical document, we must not only adhere to these four principles, we must also bear the responsibility of ensuring that the content is clear, truthful, and fair.

In other words, we must be ethical. To do otherwise would be to deliberately lead the audience away from the truth. This misdirection is in direct contradiction to the principles of technical writing. Thus, ethics in writing can be considered an implicit fifth principle of technical writing. Ensuring that our writing is ethical is an active process involving the removal of bias, the objective reporting of results, and the neutralization of prejudicial language. Guarding against unethical writing is a check that we must incorporate into every step of the writing process. The more we can increase our conscious awareness of ethics in writing, the more effective our technical writing will be.

Valuing an Interviewer/ee’s Time

22 Feb

Last year I had the chance to interview very many game designers and developers at the Electronic Entertainment Expo in Los Angeles, CA. Because I have a degree in Communication and am familiar with the procedure of interviewing for information, I was more than prepared for these very important interviews.

Unfortunately I was not prepared for the extreme time constraints. Some professionals I wanted to talk to forever, while others wanted to talk to me for hours. It was difficult trying to find a proper way to walk away from those that had gone over their allotted time, but  uncomfortable trying to ask senior executives for more time. I wish I had prepared an exit strategy so I wasn’t stuck in that two hour interview!

Saving Time for the Professionals Topic #1

21 Feb

 

One thing that I learned this week was to save time for the professionals whom I was interviewing. As I thought about my previous experiences on interviewing for information, I did not realize I could have saved time for the people that I interviewed by doing the preparations beforehand. When I needed to interview my colleagues, faculties, or professionals, I just made an appointment and asked questions. If I had additional questions during the interview, I just raised them as the conversation went along. The interviews served my own purposes, but I neglected that I should think about the experts as they took their precious time to help me.

Therefore I found this reading challenging because the interviews can be done in a professional, efficient, and well-organized way. The writer’s checklist provides help for me to see how to prepare and conduct the interview (277). I can just check off the items as I construct the interview. With this help, it not only saves time for the experts, but it also shows my respect to them.

The Key to Successful Writing

21 Feb

Topic#1

The part that got my attention is Brainstorming (page 53). Brainstorming is a form of prewriting, which is the earliest stage of the writing process. Also, it can be useful to you as a writer because it helps you to generate ideas and questions about a topic. You can use these ideas and questions to develop information and content for your writing. When I try to gather the ideas from my brain onto paper, I think about grammar or organization. After I read this topic, I realized that I had to write whatever came into my mind. Once I have started writing, I just go on; write, write and write without stopping my pen for 4 minutes. Plus, it’s the best way to collect your thoughts for many reasons; it is helpful for organization and ensures only quality ideas are used in the writing. However, I learned that the variety of ideas and the use of my imagination assists me in producing a lot of material with which to work. I recommend that you shouldn’t reject or ignore anything, and write as quickly as you can without stopping to think about grammar or organization.

Brainstorming(Topic#1)

21 Feb

“Brainstorming” is an important and effective method in the process of writing. Writers use “Brainstorming” in order to gather and create new ideas during and before writing process. Brainstorming can be defined as a method by which writers gather new ideas and create new ideas for writing. Also, brainstorming is a good way for bringing new ideas and gathering new opinions before and during the process of writing. Moreover, the process of brain storming helps the writer to solve the problem the topic discuss. Also, it has a unique advantage “that is brainstorming can be done individually or in groups” (page 53). Most of ideas could be helpful and we should respect the views and the ideas of others in writing process. Ideas can be divided into two main types:

  • Useful ideas that can be used directly in writing process
  • Useful ideas that need to be developed

Moreover, there are some tools that help writers to simplify issue such as “circles, and squares”(page 54). It is possible to summarize brainstorming to several points:

  • Explain and define the object
  • Discuss the subject in all respects
  • Use shapes and methods to solve issue

Note taking from a speech presentation

21 Feb

(Topic #2)

There are many ways of taking notes, as much as there are reasons. Note-taking is an integral part of our student and professional life. Its application is very important during research where there is a need to summarize and record information (p362). In a case of a speech presentation, we take note to compensate for the insufficiency of our auditory memory. It would be very pleasant to be able to remember everything that has been heard or thought of. Unfortunately, our memory is selective and erasable and cannot remember everything exhaustively. So, in order not to lose an idea, we note! This means, our visual memory comes to strengthen our auditory memory.

While taking note, speed is very present in the act: unless reading for ourselves, then we have the leisure to return to the text as many times as necessary to take note on our own rhythm. During speech presentation, ideas and reasoning are constantly linked together and we must immediately catch them. Whether it is the abundance of the information to be noted or the selection of this information, there is an emergency to act fast. Therefore, it is important to note the essential ideas quickly.