Your Take on Technical Communications

Essay by calsouthpoleUniversity, Bachelor'sA+, June 2005

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Based on my experience and knowledge, I have always been instructed to never use the word(s) being defined within the definition for the said word(s). Is this an incorrect assumption when it comes to technical communications? Also, I realize the scope of this course is limited to the manner in which information is effectively communicated in the workplace, however, I believe that technical communication is much broader than corporate dialogue. Again, am I incorrect in my assumption?

To further expand on the definition listed for technical communication in the course guide, I would add that technical communication is the art of efficiently and effectively relaying specific information concerning a particular subject, whether written or verbal, to a targeted audience, in a skillful, practical, and methodical fashion.

In my opinion and based on my exposure, it seems that corporate America is slowly but surely limiting the scope of technical communication to specifically relate to written information in the field of technology.

I believe this is a farce. Technical communication is much more than that to me. I feel technical communication is an art form attributed to a person's ability to effectively navigate across cultural boundaries to establish a precise understanding of a particular subject.

Some cutting edge illustrations of the use of technical communication would be: (1) if I experienced difficulty making a long distance telephone call, I would consult an operator for assistance. The operator would have utilized technical communication to instruct me how to successfully complete the telephone call; or (2) if I repeatedly slice the ball when playing golf, I would consult a golf pro for technical assistance regarding hitting the ball straight. The golf pro would show me the proper technique to use in addressing the ball. This would constitute technical communication. Lastly, there are tons...