During a networking session at the 9th International Conference on Technical Communication: Evolutions of the Discipline, we asked attendees to discuss what brings technical communicators together. This is what they said.
The struggle ! 😉
Joining professional organizations such as the STC.
A shared sense of community as we are a reduced group of professionals
Culture of humanities
Many of us come from different backgrounds such as language, art, archeology. Surprisingly few have engineering or technical backgrounds.
Love for languages
Interest in words
Common desire for understanding and sharing
Knowing how to structure ideas
Love for knowledge, desire to share knowledge/access info
Love of communication
Love for knowledge
Tech writers share the same goal, to bring the information in a way that is accesible to certain audiences.
Technical writers are some sort of teachers as we have to convey info
“All of us share the same goal: to simplify the complex matters – adapt to the audience – being accessible/understandable”
Empathy, caring for others
Tools and techniques
Using different kinds of technology to communicate with our end-users,
Curiosity and continuous learning
Update and progress made in technical communication
Great to share ideas and compare the ways of working with non-writers (in my case, software developers & engineers).
Professional Weaknesses and Strengths sharing
To discuss new and emerging trends
Meta reflections, continuous improvement, interest for processes and optimization
Technical communicators stand at the intersection between an object/a product/content and the users. They’re some sort of “unifying mediators”/translators between various worlds/moderators or translators of different cultures, popularizing bribes of info, making them accessible to different audiences by adapting your writing.
Bringing people together: helping collaboration, understanding, and knowledge sharing
Being generalists in a specialized world
We also feel the need to see a broader perspective of communication of information