What I’ve learned in Tech Comm

Throughout this semester in Technical Effective Communications we have covered many topics relating to how to form and write a professional document or piece. One topic that has stood out to me is the use and importance of infographics. Infographics are used to help explain or show an idea without the use of lots of words but instead uses graphics and images to get a point across. Which can be more eye appealing to the audience and keep them engaged. Learning about infographics has changed the way i approach my work because it teaches me that writing a proposal or having an writing presentation is not the only way to display a set of information. Instead you can use a group of pictures, graphs or charts designed in an organized and easy to read layout. The graphics are able to tell a story of its own for a minimum amount of words.

Being a mechanical engineering technology student , I will use what i have learned for future experiences at work, by helping me with giving presentations, or proposals that i may have to give at work, either to a boss of mine or just to other coworkers. Since mechanical engineers design products and mechanisms that can be manufactured and produced. So by being able to know how to display the information that i have proposed in an professional manner in a work area, will help me get a better job and succeed in the business world.

Kaity Wolford

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TechComm Blog Discussion

The blog post I am writing about is from CyberText Newsletter by Rhonda Bracey and was posted on the 1st of September.

The point of the post was to describe an experience about a conference that was attended where professional presentation were given. The writer describes different setup and delivery problems that presenters have that effects the presentation. Reading this blog post was helpful because it reminded me of the different things that should not be done when presenting; some of the things were listed in the post and others were not. With having to give presentation a lot in high school, for a majority of my classes, I have been exposed to or committed most of these. I personally had issues with verbal fillers when I first started presenting, I would constantly use “uh” or “um” and wouldn’t realize how much it can impact the presentation. The writer talks about the audience picking up on things like this and sometimes will count how many times it occurs; I know I have counted verbal fillers in a presentation before. Another issue that I have seen first hand is trying to view presentations where there isn’t good contrast between the background and text colors. This makes the audience struggle with reading anything that is on the screen and can decrease interest. There are many other things that go into putting together a good presentation both before and after but this article cover a few of the basics. I would suggest this article to someone who doesn’t have a lot of experience with presenting or would just like to read over some of the simple issues that can be avoided.

Erhard Marcus Uhmann

 

My Current Favorite Blog- by Patrice Golbourne

One of the five blogs that I am following is called, CyberText Newsletter by Rhonda Bracely. This is one of my favorite blogs so far because it highlights the errors that people often make with their grammar, punctuation, spelling, etc. This blog also provides some useful tips that can be beneficial for the professional world. One recent post that was made on this blog called, ‘Conference presentation annoyances’, basically explained what not to do at a conference in regards to the person presenting to an audience. There were a lot of tips that I learned that I know will be beneficial for my career field. You should all check it out!

http://cybertext.wordpress.com/2014/09/01/conference-presentation-annoyances/

Patrice Golbourne

Social Media and Sports

One of bloggers I chose to follow was Tristan Bishop, one of his recent blogs was “Winning the Social Media Superbowl”. In this blog Tristan uses images to connect the game of football to having a positive social media presence. He also compares social media marketing to running an offense and social customer service to coordinating a defense. In his blog he talks about “covering the whole field” and by that he went on to talk about sites and blogs, social channels and public conversations. Tristan also discussed that “offensively” you need to be able to promote and share your company’s products and ideas while “defensively” you need to be able to quickly respond to public customer challenges. And “recapping the season” is where you would asses where you are after a quarter, what did the company do well, where the company can improve and then set goals for the next “season”. This blog mad a lot of really strong connections between something I am familiar with, football, and not so familiar concepts such social marketing and social support. I thought this blog was really well composed and informational.

By Tallon Rood