What is the Difference Between Compliment and Complement?

 

Compliment vs. Complement

The confusion between these two words is so common! There are a few of reasons for this:

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What is the Difference Between Compliment and Complement?

 

Compliment vs. Complement

The confusion between these two words is so common! There are a few of reasons for this:

Read more

Test Your Error-Finding Skills

Each of the three short passages below has one error in the choice of a word. Can you find all three errors? Test your skills. Passage 1: Bishara's most recent position was principal designer for Barton and Bloss. In the... Read more

Editors insure content matches audience readiness for it

My technical editing students are working on a developmental edit on some assembly instructions from Ikea. To help them make good recommendations, we’ve been discussing how to help content creators address the readers’ readiness for that content. Readiness is a concept borrowed from leadership research (the Hersey-Blanchard Situational Leadership theory) to describe how able and… Read more

Technical Writing for Engineers [The Ultimate Guide]


Engineers often believe technical writing to be highly-detailed documentation for fellow engineers. In fact,
technical writing is a style that takes complex information and clearly explains it to a specific audience.

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Let Me Sell You Some Assisted Living

Last week I went with two friends to visit an assisted living facility they were considering for their mother. A warm, welcoming man shook hands with us and led us into his office. As we entered, I noticed the door... Read more

Why a Curriculum on Writing to Build Relationships?

With Labor Day and the start of the new school year, I happened to read two articles that covered the difficult role of adjunct instructors: "The Adjunct Revolt: How Poor Professors Are Fighting Back," published in 2014, and "In ‘Campus... Read more

Methods of Teaching Business Communication

Methods of teaching business communication vary widely from instructor to instructor. You should check two major sources for information about this topic. First, A Comprehensive Guide to Business Communication Resources will have useful materials. Second, the Association for Business Communication has an abundance of publications that will be helpful as well.

For a wealth of materials you'll find invaluable for teaching a course in business communication, we suggest you review these websites: Google+, Reddit, YouTube, LinkedIn, Facebook, and Twitter.

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Understand the audience for content you are editing

Editing should maximize the likelihood the purpose of the content creator’s message is achieved. If the content is supposed to inform, then the audience must be able to comprehend it. If the content is intended to direct, then the audience must comprehend it and also be willing and able to use it. This means editors… Read more

Understand the purpose of the content you are editing

Tomorrow, my technical editing students at the University of North Texas begin discussing editorial decision-making. The rhetorical context within which content is created is critical to good editorial decisions. Although the video below was created for professionals who write, I’m using it to teach editors how to think about purpose in nonfiction content. The video… Read more
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