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This unique anthology was created with a simple principle in mind: to offer the best advice from the best sources about the most important issues business and technical writers face every day. Strategies for Business and Technical Writing teaches effective writing for the world of work. Reading selections from seasoned professionals in business, technical, and academic fields provide examples, models, and sound advice for writers at any level. Covering such topics as audience analysis, language use and misuse, writing and revision processes, and the influence of technology on communication in the working world, this book will appeal to both practical-minded students and professionals already working in business, technology, and industry.

Table of Contents

Prefacep. xi
Introductionp. 1
Process as well as productp. 5
Using PAFEO Planningp. 8
The Writing Processp. 16
Evaluating and Testing as Tou Revisep. 21
The Project Worksheet for Efficient Writing Managementp. 34
The Composing Process of An Engineerp. 44
Problems with Languagep. 55
Gobbledygookp. 58
"What Do You Mean You Don't Like My Style?"p. 66
Clear Writing Means Clear Thinking Means...p. 80
University of Wisconsin-Extension Equal Opportunities Program Office and Department of Agricultural Journalism: A Guide to Nonsexist Languagep. 86
International Communication and Languagep. 92
Business and Technical correspondencep. 117
The Importance of Memos, Letters, and E-mailp. 120
Making Your Correspondence Get Resultsp. 141
"I Have Some Bad News for You"p. 150
How to Use Bottom-Line Writing in Corporate Communicationsp. 154
Reports and other longer documentsp. 165
Audience Analysis: The Problem and a Solutionp. 168
What Experienced Collaborators Say About Collaborative Writingp. 184
Ten Report Writing Pitfalls: How to Avoid Themp. 203
A Pixel (Picture) Is Worth a Thousand Wordsp. 210
How to Lie with Statisticsp. 222
Strategies of Persuasionp. 230
Determining the Ethics of Stylep. 242
Resumes and other written materials for a job searchp. 247
Writing Resumes and Letters in the Language of Employersp. 254
The Basics of a Cover Letterp. 283
Writing Resumesp. 298
Resume Formatsp. 304
Follow- Up Lettersp. 315
Acknowledgmentsp. 327
Indexp. 331
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