My LinkedIn discussion "What are some the phrases that drive you crazy? "Reach out" makes me batty, as does "utilize" is a Manager's Choice discussion on the Connect: Professional Women's Network, Powered by Citi Group.
Discussions like this can be so fun and informative! I'm thinking seriously about incorporating a session on using this kind of language into the next writing course I teach, because awareness of language in the workplace is vital, whether that language is written or spoken.
Some other great Manager's Choice Discussions with writing advice this month:
- On Technical Writers: "What style guide is your company using?"
- On Documentation and Technical Writing Management: "Imagine the past did not exist and budget was not an issue. If you could start your docs from scratch, what formats would you be delivering & what documentation infrastructure would you be building?"
- On Agile Technical Writers: "We are considering DITA to make documentation delivery more agile. Have you implemented DITA for the same reason? Did you have the intended results? Thanks for your feedback."
- On Harvard Business Review: "Tell Me Something I Don't Know About Women in the Workplace"
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