In this conversation, we talked about what it’s like to work on Google’s tech writing team and my previous experience at Joyent. I spoke about the importance of multimedia documentation, creating proposals to tear down bad docs, and what it has been like to join the conference circuit.
Just a note, this conversation was one of my own and not on behalf of Google or Alphabet. My thoughts are not those of my employer’s.
Updated on November 13, 2019 to account for community and non-profit event policy.
I recently updated my website to include a speaking page, listing my previous experience and outlining my personal speaking policy. This policy is focused on conferences having and enforcing a code of conduct (boiler plate example) and treating all speakers equally regarding compensation.
That doesn’t mean all conferences must provide speaker fees, but it does mean that conferences should not pay or cover the costs of some speakers and not others.
Why does this matter? New / young / minority speakers are often taken advantage of. All speakers, no matter how much experience they have, deserve to be shown the same respect.
I was honored to be invited to speak at KnowledgeConf 2019 in Moscow in April (English marketing site and actual Russian conference site). I was the only English presenter among fantastic Russian talks, and I look forward to being able to watch them with translated captions!
My talk, “Creating compelling multimedia documentation,” covered the importance of considering the different methods of creating documentation, particularly video. While I did not specifically walk through how to make a video, I did cover when and when not to make video, considerations for script and storyboard creation, branding, and usability.
I’m excited to announce I’ll be speaking at the Evolution of Technical Communication conference in Sofia, Bulgaria in June. Not only that, but I’ll also be leading a workshop!
How to assemble a quality writing portfolio
We’ve all spent a long time trying to decide how to craft the perfect cover letter and resume to apply to new positions. Often times we are also expected to present writing samples – if not in the application, at some point in the interview process. These writing samples are the key to showing potential employers that you can concisely explain a process in various mediums.
There is something special about Write The Docs. I’ve been to a number of conferences in the last few years, many of which were tech-specific, and this is the only one where I feel confident that I could have walked away friends with everyone. People who attend this conference are kind, smart, thoughtful, and every other adjective you’d hope for your communicators.
I was honored to be among the 15 speakers chosen to speak. On Monday, September 10, I presented, “How to tear down your existing documentation,” focusing on the ways writers could write a proposal to convince their managers that the documentation needs to be blown up.