Join Judy Steiner-Williams for an in-depth discussion in this video Next steps, part of Technical Writing: Reports.
- [Instructor] The next steps, yes, steps plural.…Just as writing a technical report is in steps or stages,…so is learning to write one.…The first question to ask yourself is:…Are you ready to write a technical report?…If yes, then start.…If you don't think you're quite ready,…then ask yourself about what areas you are still uncertain.…What parts are still unclear?…If you can identify those,…then review those lessons.…Maybe go back to the What You Should Know discussion.…
To remind yourself that technical reports…come in a variety of formats…from a variety of standpoints,…and may have a variety of readers.…Are some parts and processes standard?…Yes, but each needs to be adapted…to whether you're writing technical instructions…or researching or analyzing a complex,…ongoing project with major future implications…for a company, for the government,…or for society in general.…Further investigate the items in the exercise file.…
Example technical reports, list of questions to ask…when thinking about preparing visuals…are a couple of the items.…
- Identify the purpose and main point of a report.
- Determine which questions should be asked before writing a technical report.
- Recall the six ethical principles identified by the Society of Technical Writers.
- List three groups of readers that could be the audience for a technical report.
- Examine the technical audience.
- Explain when it is appropriate to use generic headings.
- Recognize the best approach for writing a first draft.
- Name three areas of a report that should be assessed during the revision process.
- Review the best strategies for keeping your writing concise.
Skill Level Intermediate
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2. Analyze Audience Characteristics
Evaluate audience needs3m 41s
3. Writing Process
4. Sections of a Technical Report
5. Mechanical Elements
Next steps2m 29s
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