Pocket Guide to Technical Communication (4th Edition)

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This handy reference is ideal for anyone interested in improving business, technical and scientific writing. It contains samples of every major document type (resume’, business letter, etc.) and showcases well-written documents that serve as “how to” guides so readers can model the organization, structure and tone in their own writing assignments. It emphasizes the writing process, the structure and design of writing, and related topics such as graphics and oral presentations. Alphabetized for easy reference, a writing handbook is also included for quick checks of grammar and spelling. Totally updated, this text provides a text-specific Companion Website with numerous activities includinginteractive editing and revision exercises. Provides models of 17 different types of communications. Offers helpful guidelines regarding other forms of communication skills that influence effective writing such as organization and speech. Discusses the explosion of electronic communication and provides format guidelines and samples of effective e-mail. Examines the role that writing plays in other communication arts such as graphics and oral presentations.
Excellent resource for corporate training seminars in writing.

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Pfeiffer's Pocket Guide to Technical Writing gives quick access to the essentials of on-the-job writing. It includes the following features:

  • For Speed—a 9-step process to write quickly and well
  • For Organization—a 3-part structure to organize all documents
  • For Visual Appeal—tips for using white space, lists, and headings
  • For Correctness—an alphabetized handbook on style and grammar

The Pocket Guide provides brief guidelines and models for 16 different documents—from letters and memos to proposals and many types of reports. It also offers guidelines for special topics, such as graphics and speeches.

You may never need another book to help you with one of the most challenging parts of your job—writing.

About the Author:

Sandy Pfeiffer has spent a career in technical and professional writing. With a Ph.D. in English, he is vice president for academic affairs and a professor of English at Southern Polytechnic State University in Marietta, Georgia. His home department offers both B.S. and M.S. degrees in Technical and Professional Communication, as well as a B. A. in International Technical Communications.

Besides the Pocket Guide, Pfeiffer has written Technical Writing: A Practical Approach, now in its 5th edition (Prentice Hall, 2003). The book is used in colleges and universities around the country. He also wrote Proposal Writing: The Art of Friendly Persuasion (Merrily 1989); coauthored, with Chuck Keller, Proposal Writing: The Act of Friendly and Winning Persuasion (Prentice Hall, 2000); and wrote Pocket Guide to Public Speaking (Prentice Hall, 2002).

Since 1979, Pfeiffer has taught communication seminars to business, industry, and government groups in the United States and overseas. Sample seminar topics include Report Writing, Proposals, Oral Presentations, Effective Meetings, and Technical Editing.

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