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Reading what you write out loud

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In my first year of journalism school, one of my reporting instructors had an interesting way of reviewing my copy (and that of the other students in my year). Instead of reading it himself, he’d h…

Danielle M. Villegas‘s insight:

I like this article by Scott Nesbitt. I admit that I do this, even if it’s reading it aloud in my head. I’m often told that my writing resembles my speaking patterns, so I trust that this is true. All of Scott’s points in this article are the very reason that you should read your work aloud, especially if it’s a longer piece of content. Does it make sense if someone read it aloud to you? I would think that in tech comm, this is especially true for those working on writing manuals or help files. I often say that if your grandparents can’t understand what you are writing about, then how can anyone else? This is a good practice for making sure that even grandma and grandpa can understand your content. 


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Danielle M. Villegas is a technical communicator who currently employed at Cox Automotive, Inc., and freelances as her own technical communications consultancy, Dair Communications. She has worked at the International Refugee Committee, MetLife, Novo Nordisk, BASF North America, Merck, and Deloitte, with a background in content strategy, web content management, social media, project management, e-learning, and client services. Danielle is best known in the technical communications world for her blog,, which has continued to flourish since it was launched during her graduate studies at NJIT in 2012. She has presented webinars and seminars for Adobe, the Society for Technical Communication (STC), the IEEE ProComm, TCUK (ISTC) and at Drexel University’s eLearning Conference. She has written articles for the STC Intercom, STC Notebook, the Content Rules blog, and The Content Wrangler as well. She is very active in the STC, as a former chapter president for the STC-Philadelphia Metro Chapter, and is currently serving on three STC Board committees. You can learn more about Danielle on LinkedIn at, on Twitter @techcommgeekmom, or through her blog. All content is the owner's opinions, and does not reflect those of her employers past or present.

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