I’m proud and happy to be presenting at the STC Summit in Atlanta in a couple of weeks on meaning and mental models and how understanding them can help us in technical communication. If you’re attending the Summit, I invite you to join for me:
Addicted to meaning:
Mental models for technical communicators
Tue, May 7, 4:00 pm in room Hanover AB
My presentation will explore how “meaning” works in technical communications, why it fails and how you can create meaningful documentation. I will draw on the cognitive psychology of mental models and advances in user experience design to show why minimalism works, but FAQ’s don’t, and how to write for users without irritating them.
Being meaningful in technical communications is harder to measure than being correct, concise or consistent. However, it is just as essential: Understanding how and why communication is meaningful to users helps to create more effective documentation. Participants will get a deeper understanding and a fresh perspective on what makes communications meaningful.
You will learn:
- What distinguishes data, information, and knowledge
- How (technical) communication transmits meaning
- What mental models are and how they shape the meaning that users create from documentation
- How we are addicted to meaning
- How to ensure your documentation is meaningful
It’s a G-rated session, so you don’t need any previous experience or knowledge of psychology – just a curiosity what makes us tick when we read and write documentation.
So treat yourself to a fun romp of aha moments in the last session slot of the day – hope to see you in Atlanta!