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HP Engineering Case Histories: Case 78: Writing concisely is a definite work skill

How is it possible to collect and condense so much technical information onto a single page? Answer: It is not by chance. Getting through long speeches or tedious articles are not enjoyable experience..

Sofronas, T., Consulting Engineer

How is it possible to collect and condense so much technical information onto a single page? Answer: It is not by chance. Getting through long speeches or tedious articles are not enjoyable experiences, especially when a few concise and precise words will suffice. Lost art form Many years ago, a professor taught this author a concise method called “précis writing.” At the time, it was a glorified viewgraph-type presentation; no unneeded words were used. I renamed this writing style as high-density presentations. If you missed one word, you could miss the essence of the entire presentation. When writing a one-page technical article for a magazine, the author may prepare seve

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