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Amanda Lougheed 01-09-2008 ENC 3254 Chapter 2: Preparing an Effective Technical Document A. Complete the Key Tasks - In order to produce an effective document in a workplace setting, you typically need to complete four basic tasks: a. Deliver the essential information – because different people in different situations have different information needs. b. Make a persuasive case – because people often disagree about what the information means and what action should be taken. c. Weigh the ethical issues – because the interests of your employer may conflict with the interests of other people involved. d. Work in teams – because this is how roughly 90 percent of U.S. workers spend some part of their day. B. Rely on Creative and Critical Thinking - Creative Thinking – You explore new ideas; you build on information; you devise better ways of doing things. - Critical Thinking - You test the strength on your ideas or the worth of your
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Unformatted text preview: information.- Writing Process: a. Gather and evaluate ideas and information. b. Plan the document. c. Draft the document. d. Evaluate and revise the document.- Guidelines for Writing with a Computer a. Beware of computer junk. b. Never confuse style with substance. c. Save and print often. d. Revise on hard copy. e. Dont rely only on computerized writing aids. f. Keep a different file for each. g. Select a design and a medium that your audience favors. C. Make Proofreading Your Final Step- Proofread to detect easily correctable errors such as sentence errors, punctuation errors, usage errors, mechanical errors, format errors, and typographical errors.- Guidelines for Proofreading a. Save it for the draft(s) others with read. b. Take a break before proofreading. c. Whenever possible, work from hard copy. d. Keep it slow. e. Be especially alert for problem areas in your writing. f. Proofread more than once....
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