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All or nothing | Leading Technical Communication

All or nothing. It seems to be the way of the world. But it’s no way to manage your career. In baseball, a home run is the best thing you can do as a hitter. You take a big swing, you feel th…

Source: All or nothing | Leading Technical Communication

Larry Kunz writes an excellent article today on his blog, which I think reflects my own experiences as well.  The job market has been crazy for several years now, and the one question I’m constantly asking myself is, “What can I learn next? What skill am I missing? What do I need to learn to make myself more viable as a serious job candidate?”  I’ve often made the argument that specialization is not good, but rather being a generalist is–or a specialist in multiple areas. In this article, Larry appears to be making the same argument from his experiences. This is especially important as technical communicators, when the parameters of what technical communication is seems to be constantly shifting around as technology and digital needs change.

I feel that “all or nothing” that Larry describes often. That’s why I’m constantly trying to figure out how to find some new pitching strategies to make me an ace pitcher, so to speak.

What do you think? Generalist or specialist? Include your comments below.



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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