WIND ME UP – 5 (ish) Things that wind me up! Podcast#15

Wind me up!
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Having worked in the technical communication market now for over 20 years. I have seen a number or traits, habits, actions and behaviours that I have to say really wind me up. They wind me up to the point of wanting to poke someone in the eye.

Episode #15 – I am going to talk about my top 5 items, well actually top 7, that wind me up:

What winds me up?

  • One Way – those that say and believe that there is simply one way to do one thing! I know where these people come from, I know why they say it – but I will tell you why it winds me up and therfore you will understand where my sense of frustration comes from
  • Fire & Forget – this totally grips me, organisations that Fire and Forget, and I am coming at this from a sales perspective, treating a client like they are simply a revenue target and a number, the moment that a sale is made, there is no sign of the person that sold it! Let me tell you more!
  • NAY SAYERS – In the same ilk as my first gripe, those that just close their minds to a discussion about an alternative approach to solving a business problem – I give you a genuine example of where I was involved in a meeting and this happened! How did we handle it and where does the egg on face lay now?
  • Traditional ‘Thinkers’ – I get so fed-up with those that think traditional technical publications when working with new information production approaches – this is just silly and I tell you why! I may even digress a little and talk about the demographic that I see in the technical publications organisations
  • “That’ll do” – anyone who knows me, I am an A Type personality, something that is a bit of a chain around my neck, something that I am trying to control, but anyone who says “That’ll do” drives me bananas! I can’t and won’t accept a “That’ll do” to anything around something as vital as technical publications and support information

WTF are you Asking for?

  • WTF are you asking for? I get asked all of the time to help decipher contract requirements, because often they are conflicted, make zero sense and are clearly written by someone who does not have the first clue WTF they are asking for. Again I draw a comparison, albeit slightly left field, of my recent trip to the dentist!
  • Complicators – you know who you are! Those people that like to keep things complex, I am involved in multiple discussions where there is a deliberate effort, by some, to keep things in hieroglyphics – why not keep it simple, explain things in a way that is easy to digest and work together to a resolution?

There are of course many others things that make me want to poke someone in the eye, maybe I will do a follow up on this podcast with some more!

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What winds you up?

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Mike Ingledew

A trained aircraft engineer (rotorcraft), I entered in to the field of technical information writing S1000D data modules on a major European military platform.

After a series of high profile project roles and the privilege of supporting clients worldwide, I ended my 'employed' career at a subsidiary of Boeing Aircraft after I decided to leave and focus on TDW full-time.

From my time supporting clients worldwide, I could see that there was a market need for an independent organisation that could be a trusted advisory source for those needing to implement successful technical information strategies.

I am passionate about the art of technical communications and the process, software and skills needed in our market.

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