Pattern Recognition for Technical Communicators
Pattern recognition is an essential mental strategy for acquiring and disseminating knowledge, though most of us are not aware of it. When applied consciously, technical communicators can employ pattern recognition processes to develop effective documentation more efficiently and help readers orient themselves.
The objective of this webinar is to give technical communicators a better understanding of mental processes that occur when we do our work, whether we research information or develop content. It is geared towards an intermediate and advanced audience who has some experience in technical communication, especially with topic-based authoring and minimalism. Specifically, the webinar explains in lay terms what happens during human perception in the brain (which is "wired" to recognize patterns) when technical communicators need to acquire new knowledge and when technical communicators present that knowledge to their audience.
Learn what pattern recognition is and how it works, what pattern-recognition strategies you may already be employing without even knowing it, and how you can employ those strategies to efficiently acquire information, structure documentation, and support users. The webinar includes some of the presenter's "a-ha moments" explaining why interviews of subject-matter experts and topic-based authoring and minimalism work.