By Sophie Dulhunty at January 15 2019 11:29:31
Flowcharts can be very useful for a technical writer. If you're working on a complex process, a flowchart can show you the various steps involved in that process. For example, you could be working on a manual on how to troubleshoot the Autopilot Flight Director system for the Boeing 747 aircraft. There are various steps involved in troubleshooting this system. Each step has multiple sub-steps. By creating a flowchart, you can quickly see which step takes place at what stage in the process.
For a technical writer a flowchart can be a very useful tool to illustrate various operations and processes. Before you start your next project, see if you can illustrate the process via a flowchart. It will make life easier for you and your manager or client. The end result will be a better project which is good for your target audience. Note: Microsoft Visio is a good software for creating flowcharts. If you can write a simple sentence in English and organize your thoughts then technical writing may be a rewarding field. You can easily make it a second income stream in your spare time.
Another tip would be to look in to a so called tax-sheltered plan, these plans are also called 401(k) plans and most times are offered by your employer. It would be wise to join such a program and put as much money as you could possible afford in it. your employer is allowed to put extra money on top of the portion you put in, they will get a tax deduction for this as well so everybody is happy with this type of plan. A final tip could be to give some thought towards investing you money, the way you save is at least as important s how much you save. No matter how much you save just be aware that you need to put something aside if you want to enjoy the golden days with the same, or even more, joy as you did your working life.
It will show you how the plan is going to work and what the amount of money will be once you come to your retirement age. If you own a computer you can buy special software that does this perfectly and will draw the graphics on the screen after you answered all of the questions. Getting some tips : Some of the tips that you should keep in mind are the following. Always be prepared, start with your planning as early as possible and put some money aside even if you are not sure about which plan you are going to take. Some people who start with the planning process sometime wish they had started in their teenage years. This might seem laughable to you but the idea itself is not so strange. The younger you start the more you will ens up at the end of the ride.
It is a good idea to choose a champion for each tool who will master its use. Assign owners to processes Choose a person with leadership skills and the appropriate level of responsibility and influence and make him/her accountable for continuous improvement of the process. Give him/her a clear objective to achieve and an incentive to reach the goal. Encourage feedback for process improvement To ensure that the flow of information between executors and the process owner is fluid, encourage people to contribute to process enhancement through incentives. Use your imagination to reward contributors (consider not only monetary incentives).
Tables : When your data doesn't clearly show a trend, use a table. You may have this data in Excel, and can even link to the Excel file. Quotations : Quotes are very powerful when they come from authorities or well-known individuals. In a persuasive presentation, you can use testimonials from other customers, for example. Stories : Stories are powerful when they support your message. They can be personal, related to current events, examples from other customers, and so on. They can be full-blown situations, or simple examples. Collect stories as you hear them and keep them in a file for use later.