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Communications for ICT: The Essential Guide
Desolation Row: Bob Dylan’s Epic Poem Revisited
Email Etiquette: Netiquette in the Information Age
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The Writing Process is a practical, plain English guide for people who are not experienced writers of non-technical prose. By diligently applying the principles outlined here, you will extend your writing capability towards a professional level. The examples in this eBook relate to computer user manuals, however the principles apply to all kinds of non-technical writing.

Clear, easy-to-understand writing can be achieved by following the simple principles outlined here. While these principles can be simply expressed, it can take a lifetime of effort fully master them. Not to worry though, the sooner you start, the sooner you will notice an improvement.

A note about simplicity; the Physicist Albert Einstein once famously observed that the greater the truth, the more simply it can be expressed. You know you have achieved mastery over a subject when you are able to explain it in simple terms.
George Orwell demonstrated consummate mastery over the process of writing, and as a result, he expressed the truth about writing in the simplest possible terms.

This eBook is a summary of Orwell’s principles of clear writing. I (the author of this eBook) have been making a living as a writer since the early 1990’s. These principles have been the bedrock upon which a writing career spanning decades has been based. I am enormously grateful to Orwell for providing them. Let them work for you too.

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Release dateMar 27, 2011
Communications for ICT: The Essential Guide
Desolation Row: Bob Dylan’s Epic Poem Revisited
Email Etiquette: Netiquette in the Information Age

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  • Email Etiquette: Netiquette in the Information Age

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    Email Etiquette: Netiquette in the Information Age
    Email Etiquette: Netiquette in the Information Age

    There are no 'official' rules governing electronic communication. While there have been attempts to establish one standard or another as the default, there is no common agreement. So beware people telling you there is one right way, they are assuming too much. As a general rule though, netiquette involves the same principles as plain old etiquette -- basic courtesy, respect and ethics. Treat people the way you would want to be treated yourself. By following the principles outlined below, the recipient of your email will be more likely to read and act, if not be favorably impressed by your message: Subject line to summarise the message. Make the Subject line summarise the body of the e-mail. Ask yourself, 'will the recipient(s) know what this e-mail is about'. For example, Instead of Subject: Exam, say Subject: Location of 1508INT Exam, 23 July 2011. Don't assume the recipient knows the background. Include enough contextual information at the beginning of the e-mail for the recipient to know what the matter is about. If in doubt, put background information in. For example, don't say can I have an extension for my assignment?, instead say I refer to the CIT3622 assignment 1 that I handed in late. I was ill and have a doctor's certificate. May I ask for an extension on the basis that I was too ill to do it on time? Keep it concise. Keep messages brief and to the point, but not so brief that it causes the problem outlined in the previous point. This includes deleting any irrelevant text when an email has been back and forth several times. No-one wants to scroll down through pages of text in order to reach the message they want to read. If the sense of the email will be lost by deleting that text, however, leave it in. Reply within 24 hours. Try to reply within 24 hours, less if possible. In fact, get in the habit of replying immediately -- it is the polite thing to do, and the recipient will appreciate a prompt reply. It also makes you look efficient. The longer you leave it to reply, the more likely you will forget or have too big a log-jam of unanswered email. Allow time for a reply. E-mail messages are not usually required to be answered immediately, though it is good practice if you do. Before sending a reminder, allow some time for a response, some times even a few days. Not everyone is online 24 hours a day. Use the BCC field when sending bulk email. If you're sending email to a whole list of people, put their email addresses in the BCC field. That way, the privacy of the recipient is respected, and spammers cannot harvest the email addresses for their dastardly purposes.

  • Communications for ICT: The Essential Guide

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    Communications for ICT: The Essential Guide
    Communications for ICT: The Essential Guide

    Communications for ICT is an essential guide to technical communication for IT professionals. Whether you want to become a Technical Writer, or simply an IT professional who wants to become better at doing documentation (and that can boost your career), this handy guide is for you. Going well beyond the conventional technical communication text book, it also includes important topics such as professional conduct, argument/persuasion, software project documentation (like requirements specifications), international communication, high-performance project teams and the ethical technologist. These are in addition to how to write technical reports, user manuals and whitepapers. Communications for ICT is the prescribed text for a course by the same name in the School of ICT at Griffith University, a top-ten research university in Australia. The author combines 15 years of practical experience as a technical writer in the IT industry, with his ongoing academic teaching and research since 1999. Dr. Tuffley has produced a practical guide that can be understood and applied by any IT industry worker wishing to develop these important, but often neglected skills. Free Templates. Offering outstanding value for money, Communications for ICT provides you with instruction that is the equivalent of a high-quality university level, education. Included in the price are handy downloadable templates that allow the would-be technical writer to be off to a flying start with documents such as user guides, software requirements specifications, design documentation and test plans. Offering outstanding value for money, Communications for ICT provides you with instruction that is the equivalent of a high-quality university level, education. Main topics: - Principles of clear communication - Writing university assignments and whitepapers - Technical communication process - Writing software user documentation, technical reports - Modes of Technical Communication (paper-based, on-line) - Tool support - Editing techniques - Cross-cultural communication - Presenting a persuasive, well-argued case - Effective team membership - The ethical technologist Why buy this book? Effective communication in the workplace and in life generally is a major factor contributing to career success and happiness in life. This book introduces you to the principles of clear communication across the areas that a technology-focussed worker will need. The book takes a holistic approach by placing the content in its larger context of a person’s life. You are shown how these principles apply to your work-related activities, but also how they apply in how you think and live. The book therefore aims to equip you to become a competent technical communicator with a good understanding of the techniques and tools that are used to produce a broad spectrum of reader-friendly documentation. The book also includes a component on the history of technology, effective team communication skills and the basics of ethical IT.

  • Desolation Row: Bob Dylan’s Epic Poem Revisited

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    Desolation Row: Bob Dylan’s Epic Poem Revisited
    Desolation Row: Bob Dylan’s Epic Poem Revisited

    Desolation Row (released in August 1965 on the album Highway 61 Revisited) is not your average pop song. More like an epic poem set to music. Its epic-ness comes not from its relatively short length as epic poems go, but from the depth and breadth of its themes. It is very rare to find a song with such density of meaning. Most songs on the radio do not stray much past the theme of romantic love. As Douglas Adams observed in Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy most (pop) songs are on the whole very simple and mostly follow the familiar theme of boy-being meets girl-being under a silvery moon. Dylan is not only a deep thinker, but also a broad thinker who is able to articulate and condense his ideas into elegant verse. He has been described as one of the most significant poets of the Twentieth Century. Sir Andrew Motion, the British Poet Laureate in 1999 cited another of Dylan’s songs, Visions of Johanna, as a contender for the greatest song lyric ever written. Dylan is remarkably well-read, having delved into the classic texts of many different cultures. In Desolation Row he takes these themes and weaves a rich fabric that expresses the reality of 1960’s America. By tapping into these archetypes, the poem gets its power to reach people at a deep level. When asked by a radio interviewer why he insisted on being so irritating, Dylan replied so where do you get the idea that I want people to like my music. It is more important to challenge people’s complacency and get them to think about their values.

  • Genius: Habits of Highly Creative People

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    Genius: Habits of Highly Creative People
    Genius: Habits of Highly Creative People

    Genius is an often misunderstood though perennially interesting topic. Down through the ages, researchers have observed and studied the nature of genius in an effort to understand it. This book gives you the essence of that research. The material comes from across many cultures and historical periods. It is the lowest common denominator of this fascinating phenomenon, presented in plain English. The book explains the underlying nature of genius, charisma and leadership and gives you a series of exercises. If you take the time to read, understand and practice the principles outlined here, you will be well on your way to increasing your creative output and your ability to persuade others to listen to your ideas. In today’s globalised economy, we increasingly compete with low-cost workers in the developing world who charge much less for their labour. The labour market has expanded, and the competition has never been greater. The trend will continue well into the foreseeable future. As a knowledge worker, how can you increase your value in the market and future-proof your earning ability? The answer is to be able to generate great ideas that add value to whatever enterprise you work in. Creativity is a very bankable skill, regardless of where you work and what you do. Creativity, or indeed genius, can indeed be learned; it is how you think, rather than what you think that matters. Like leadership, You cannot conjure genius on demand. You can only create the right conditions and wait for it to spontaneously occur. Throughout this book, I use the terms ‘genius’ and ‘highly creative person’ interchangeably. A genius is a highly creative person who has a mind-set that generates creative output. Many people assume genius requires a high IQ, but this is not necessarily the case. It is far more about attitude, and attitude is learn-able. You can learn how to think and act like a genius. Is there a human alive who has reached their fullest potential? Possibly, but he or she is so rare as to be perhaps one in a billion. It is the nature of being human to be imperfect. We all have room for improvement. So what does it mean to be a genius? This book gives you a profile of how geniuses think and act, based on the work of researchers across cultures over time. It gives you the essence of being a genius. If you follow the advice and emulate these practices, you will create the right conditions for genius to manifest in your life. How successful you are will be largely dependent on how much time and effort you are prepared to invest in this most noble of endeavours. Genius can be understood as an aspect of the self-actualised person; someone who is in the process of living and expressing their unique human potential at its fullest. The process of self-actualisation is discussed in detail in this book.

  • Doing a PhD: The Hero’s Journey

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    Doing a PhD: The Hero’s Journey
    Doing a PhD: The Hero’s Journey

    Doing a PhD is no easy thing. It rates as one of the most difficult, yet rewarding things a person will ever do in their life. Much has been written on the process of doing a PhD, as a trawl through a book store will confirm. There have been quite few good books published on the topic. In addition to these, universities generously provide detailed information on doing a PhD. The world does not need another book that goes over that same ground. What the world does need is information about the psychological factors that make a PhD student successful. They are the same factors that make a good researcher, someone who can make a contribution to knowledge in their chosen field. If you are reading this, you probably have an interest in what it takes to get a PhD. Maybe it is a burning desire, maybe more like a passing fancy. In any case, it is a major life-choice, one which you need to be fully informed about before you make it. If you decide to do a PhD, you should know what the success factors are before you start. Many candidates start out confidently but drop out along the way because they were not clear on this important point. So if you are trying to decide whether to do a PhD, or are wondering if you have what it takes, this book is for you. It is a portrait of the successful PhD student. Do you recognise yourself? There has never been a better time to do a PhD. The number of people in the world who have the desire and the access to higher education is rising exponentially. As more people, particularly in the developing world gain access to the Internet more options are now available to people. Few things contribute more to raising the overall standard of living and quality of life in a community than education. The established university model has endured for a thousand years and is still going strong. Long may it prosper. In the 11th Century there were just four universities in the world; Bologna, Salerno, Modena and Paris. In the 21st Century there are around 10,000 universities around the world and the number is rising. The traditional university is now being supplemented by the rise of the on-line university, offering everything from Associate Degrees up to PhDs across a wide range of subject areas. Thankfully, geographic location is now no barrier to getting an education.

  • Unleash Your Creativity: A How to Guide

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    Unleash Your Creativity: A How to Guide
    Unleash Your Creativity: A How to Guide

    It has probably happened to you before. A problem arises at the office or in your family, and everyone looks up to you to solve it. You don’t want to hurt feelings or step on anyone’s toes, so you find yourself hedging around the issue. What you really need is a creative solution, one that will soothe everyone’s ruffled feathers. You need something that will appease all parties involved. How do you make everyone happy? Is that even possible? You smiled to yourself thinking that what you really need to be is a genius to solve this dilemma. You wish you’re one of those people who can come up with something amazing, inspiring, and creative, at the drop of a hat. Have you become a creature of habit over the years? Think there’s no way you could ever be creative? Maybe you’ve been stuck in a rut. What if I told you that it is indeed possible for you to become the creative being you’ve always wanted to be? What if you could: - Gain that self-confidence you’ve always desired. - Reduce your stress. - Find some inner peace. - Learn to have better control over your life. - Find unbelievable satisfaction. - Learn to express yourself. - Find some purpose in your life. You will feel so good about yourself, your work will prosper, your family life will improve, and even your relationships will blossom. What if you could look at something everyone else has looked at, but see it in a totally different light? What if you could give it a twist? You could develop your intuition, that special insight that only creative people seem to possess. Think you’re not creative? Think you’re not imaginative? Well, stop thinking. We’re all capable of creativity. It’s in our genes, our very DNA. All human beings are creative. It’s just a matter of developing that creativity. “But how do I do that,” you ask? “I don’t know if I'm smart enough to be a problem solver. “What if I don’t possess enough knowledge to be really good at this?” Well, Albert Einstein said, “Creativity is more powerful than knowledge.” “Want to Creatively Change Your Life?” I stumbled upon the very answer for all those who think they don’t have it in themselves to be creative, imaginative, or inspired. You do have it in you, and one report will teach you exactly how to unleash it. Unleashing the Creative New You! is all you'll ever need to start bringing out that creative person and that imaginative soul that’s inside of you. It’s possible to break free from that monotonous, humdrum existence and start living the creative life you were always meant to live. After reading this report, you will be able to understand what creativity really is, how it can help you live a more fulfilling life, and what you can do right now to wake up that sleeping creative giant within you. What you will find inside Unleashing the Creative New You! - How to conquer procrastination, fear and anxiety. - An awesome way to avoid losing all those marvelous ideas. - The first step to solving any problem. - How creative activities can take away stress and improve your health. - How to achieve a Zen-like state of creativity. - What you need to do to assure yourself of creative success. - How to apply your creative energy to your daily life. - How to develop a higher IQ. - How to counter the dreaded “enemies” of your creativity. - How to be a genius. - The many forms of creativity. - How to know when you have made contact with the creative spirit. - What leaves us too drained to be truly creative. - The biggest difference in our brains and those of so-called geniuses.

  • Leadership & The Tao a New Look at the Timeless Question “What Is Leadership?”

    Leadership & The Tao a New Look at the Timeless Question “What Is Leadership?”
    Leadership & The Tao a New Look at the Timeless Question “What Is Leadership?”

    For thousands of years people have tried to understand the elusive quality of Leadership. Still no consensus. What it means to be a leader differs according to the circumstances. This book examines the timeless, underlying qualities that must be present in a person if they are to be perceived as a leader by those around them. The distilled the essence of leadership is then formulated into a simple, easy to use process model for anyone to use, whether they be project managers, team members or simply people wishing to become the embodiment of those leadership qualities. Leadership and the Tao is a fresh take on the timeless question of "What is Leadership?" Read what the ancient Chinese philosopher Lao Tzu had to say and marvel at how up-to-date is this 2,500 advice when seen in comparison with what modern day experts have to say. Come to understand Leadership as an aspect of the self-actualising person; someone who is in the process of expressing their fullest potential as a human being. This book combines the distilled wisdom of modern day thinkers like Peter Drucker and Warren Bennis with the timeless wisdom of the ancient sages. You might be surprised how useful this book turns out to be.

  • Guide to Effective Report Writing

    Guide to Effective Report Writing
    Guide to Effective Report Writing

    The Guide to Effective Report Writing outlines a practical method for professionals in a wide range of disciplines to develop and maintain reports that address the needs of the reader and which are expressed in language easily understood by the reader.

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Jackson Deloitte

Jackson Deloitte has a strong interest in helping people find better ways of living, on their own terms, in a corporatized world that cares little for the individual. He is on a one-man crusade to give people the option of not selling their soul. Jackson has lived in the Netherlands since 2001 after leaving his native Canada for a six month European tour. == Jackson Deloitte heeft een sterke interesse in het helpen van mensen vinden van betere manieren van leven, op hun eigen voorwaarden, in een corporatized wereld die weinig geeft om het individu. Hij is op een one-man kruistocht om mensen de mogelijkheid niet verkopen van hun ziel. Jackson woont in Nederland sinds 2001, na het verlaten van zijn geboorteland Canada voor zes maanden Europese tour.

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