Recording of my STC Sacramento presentation -- Why users can't find answers in help material
A few months ago I gave a presentation to the STC Sacramento chapter on findability of help content.
Here's a link to the audio recording, slides, and other material:
Download MP3 (right-click, then Save Link As)
- PowerPoint slides zip file | pptx | slideshare
- Sample of one-page help
- Sample long topic
- Game worksheet
This presentation was similar to other presentations I gave on the same topic. However, since the presentation is highly interactive, the discussion varies quite a bit from presentation to presentation.
Note that there may be gaps of periodic silence during the presentation where someone is making a comment. The audience was pretty small (maybe 14 people?), so if you listen carefully, you can probably hear the comments. If not, I usually try to summarize what the commenter is saying.
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I'm a technical writer based in the California San Francisco Bay area. In this blog, I write about topics related to technical communication — Swagger, agile, trends, learning, plain language, quick reference guides, tech comm careers, academics, and more. I'm interested in , API documentation, visual communication, information architecture and findability, and more. If you're a technical writer of any kind (progressional, transitioning, student), be sure to subscribe to email updates using the form above. You can learn more about me here. You can also contact me with questions.