Thursday, November 03, 2005

Proofread II

We all know how easy it is for mechanical mistakes to fall through the cracks. It even happens to the New York Times!

This is even more evidence that you can't rely on spellcheck to do your proofreading for you.

Midterm question

I was wondering much detail we need to know about an instruction manual. We have not really covered this in class, so will the midterm touch on the main points only, or should I worry about finer details too?

Study Break

This video by Eugene Mirman is a good reason to interrupt your preparation for the midterm:

Do not trust President Nick Nolte...

Wednesday, November 02, 2005

Writing Process Link?

What is the the link to the writing process?

Revision Assignment

I was looking through the syllabus and noticed we have a revision due
"sometime later in the quarter" of either the article analysis or the
research report. Anyone know when exactly its due?

The Effects of Tone

Sometimes warm and personal can be an advantage. That's the theme in this assessment of the tone used in business communications. The post makes some interesting observations about the tone a small company uses and what you will see in a mega-corporation's marketing copy. The post closes with the following advice:
"Don’t sweat sounding small. Revel in the fact that you can talk to customers like a friend."
This might be useful to consider as you are working on the instructions assignment. You are writing for an audience that will appreciate a little friendliness or a little attitude. How can you use this to your advantage?

Sunday, October 30, 2005

Personality Types

Personality types can have a significant impact on a group's ability to work together. You might find it worthwhile to take this test and find out what your own personality type is. Think about how it might affect your group interactions.

It should only take you a couple minutes to complete the test. For those of you who have taken the Myers-Briggs test before, it might be interesting to see if the results have changed since the last time you took it.

Mine did.