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IEEE Transactions on Professional Communication

Issue 1 • Date Mar 1989

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  • Storyboarding can help your proposal

    Publication Year: 1989, Page(s):20 - 25
    Cited by:  Papers (2)
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    Storyboarding is presented as an efficient technique that provides proposal managers and writers with a disciplined, yet flexible, framework for planning, developing, and reviewing proposal text incrementally and sequentially. The technique facilitates intragroup communication so that all team members are aware of the message being developed to sell an approach to a customer's problem. It is sugge... View full abstract»

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  • Suggestions for those who write instructions for the preparation of large government proposals or why do you make it so difficult for us to make it easy for you?

    Publication Year: 1989, Page(s):17 - 19
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    Compliance with unrealistic proposal preparation instructions and instructions to offerers often prevents preparation of proposals that respond effectively to the solicitation and that are easy to read and evaluate. Typical requirements are examined in the form of questions from those who write proposals about why certain preparation instructions are issued. A simple solution is proposed that shou... View full abstract»

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  • Some guidance on preparing technical articles for publication

    Publication Year: 1989, Page(s):5 - 11
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    Some elements of writing technical papers for publication within a technical corporate environment are discussed. Major incentives and barriers to publishing are outlined, and suggestions are offered for addressing the barriers from both the authors' viewpoint and that of management. A workshop designed to encourage technical professionals to write for publication is described View full abstract»

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  • Acronyms observed

    Publication Year: 1989, Page(s):27 - 28
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    The growing use of acronyms in technical and nontechnical communications is addressed. It is shown that acronyms can hinder communication. Their use is analyzed and classified. Suggestions are given on how to use acronyms effectively View full abstract»

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  • The value of the retrievable technical memorandum system to an engineering company

    Publication Year: 1989, Page(s):12 - 16
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    The introduction of reports in the form of structured, retrievable technical memorandums in a medium-sized to large-sized engineering company increases the esteem of workers while decreasing the reinvention process and minimizing the time spent by supervision for training and evaluation. The primary value of the technical memo is seen as that of thought clarification, which in turn requires clear ... View full abstract»

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  • Handling a hostile audience-with your eyes

    Publication Year: 1989, Page(s):29 - 31
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    The author suggests a method for turning confrontation between a speaker and a hostile audience into engagement of common concerns. It involves effective use of eye contact as well as vocabulary related to the audience's perceptive style View full abstract»

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  • Reactions to `Speaking across the curriculum: teaching technical students to speak effectively': practical concerns and considerations

    Publication Year: 1989, Page(s):32 - 35
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    The above mentioned paper (W.A. Kennedy, ibid., vol.PC-31, no.3, p.130-4, Sept. 1988) put forth a case for using speaking assignments in the technical classroom as a means of addressing deficiencies in the oral communication skills of graduates of technical programs. In an introduction to this initial article, readers were asked to submit their critical comments and observations in order to provid... View full abstract»

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  • Table construction: do's and don'ts

    Publication Year: 1989, Page(s):36 - 40
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    The use of a table as a tool to arrange technical data in a meaningful way is examined. A good table is identified as one that avoids the unnecessary repetition of unit symbols, test conditions, or other data compressible into stub, column, or spanner heads. Characteristics of good tables and pitfalls in constructing them are discussed View full abstract»

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  • The cloze procedure: assessing the understandability of an IEEE standard

    Publication Year: 1989, Page(s):41 - 47
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    A description is given of the cloze procedure, which has been used to measure the readability of many different types of written materials such as textbooks and works of literature. It assesses readability by measuring readers' success in supplying deleted words that have been replaced by blanks. The procedure was used to test the readability of an IEEE standard, and the results are compared with ... View full abstract»

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  • A comparison of expert-novice text editing performance using dedicated and PC-based text editors

    Publication Year: 1989, Page(s):49 - 55
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    An empirical study was conducted to explore text editing performance in an actual work environment. The text editing performance of 12 experts and 24 novices was studied across several benchmark tasks using either a command-driven, PC-based or hard-wired text editing system. Experts were tested for performance and functionality; novices were tested for learning. Additionally, the keystroke-level m... View full abstract»

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The IEEE Transactions on Professional Communication is a peer-reviewed journal devoted to applied research on professional communication--including but not limited to technical and business communication. It has been published since 1957 by the Professional Communication Society of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE).

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Mercer University School of Eng.