Experience


What I bring to the table

I'm a writer with over 25 years of experience in freelance journalism, business writing, and technical communication. I've successfully completed assignments that had deadlines ranging from a few hours to a few weeks.

Here is a summary of the types of work that I've undertaken during my career.

Freelance journalism

I've written over 400 articles, essays, and reviews for a variety of publications. The topics that I've covered include science and technology, popular culture, computing, the internet, social media, travel, and auto racing.

Freelance writing requires skills that are beyond those used by most technical and business writers, but which are complementary to just about any form of writing. A freelancer must generate ideas, sell them to editors, and then research, write, and sometimes illustrate the article. This is usually done under tight deadlines and while working with editorial staff who are based just about anywhere in the world.

Blogging and podcasting

As a blogger, I've written over 2,000 posts on a variety of topics and of varying lengths. I've also been voted one of the 25 most influential technical communciation bloggers. With this experience, I can help you create content and a strategy for your corporate blog.

From 2008 to 2010, I also co-produced a popular podcast on technical communication that was listened to by a diverse audience worldwide. I understand the elements of good podcasting , and can help you develop a podcast that fits your purposes.

Presenting and speaking

My presentation style is very casual and very fluid. I try to tell a story in my presentations, and also to engage my audience. My style of presenting enables me to make a connection with an audience, and get them to take part. This makes for a more enriching experience, both for the audience and for me. I definitely believe what musician Robert Fripp pointed out: The perception of the audience is the interesting part.

You can learn more about my speaking services here.

Business writing and copywriting

I've written reports and have produced newsletter copy, press releases, promotional material, fact sheets, and profiles. On top of that, I can help you develop corporate blogs and presentations. Not only do I apply superior writing skills to business writing and copywriting projects, I also bring excellent research and analytical abilities to bear on those projects.