Technical Writing: Improve Your Writing Skills by Making a Human Connection

Last fall I gave a talk, kind of like a Ted Talk about Technical Writing for the ASME FutureME program at ASME’s International Mechanical Engineering Congress and Exposition (IMECE). ASME’s FutureME program is a series of talks by early career engineers for early career engineers on a variety of topics such as project management, globalization, working in government, what it takes to run a startup, etc.

Here I try to break that stereotype that engineers aren’t writers and let other engineers know that they can improve their writing skills. I share some the experiences I have had as I’ve grown as I writer learning that technical communication is more than just adding words to the page or accumulating more technical knowledge. Knowing yourself, your audience, and letting your readers know you, is what it really takes to improve writing skills.

I practiced beforehand during one of my Toastmaster’s meetings before taking the stage at the conference in Phoenix but I was still a bit nervous. I have continued to work on my public speaking, but check out my video and all of the other videos at the ASME Future ME Career Development YouTube Channel. You’ll learn a lot!