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Tom DuPuis

Tom specializes in technical writing and is particularly interested in analytical and financial writing, as well as synthesizing strong executive summaries. He holds a B.A. in Business Administration and English from Reed College, and a M.A. in Communications from the University of Colorado. He has successfully supported our clients from Boeing, FedEx, and the US Army.

Email: info@instructionalsolutions.com

Author's Posts

Peak, Peek, and Pique. How to Use these Homophones Correctly.

by Tom DuPuis on Wed, Jan 17, 2018

Homophones are words that sound the same when spoken but have different meanings and spellings.

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Topics: Business Grammar

4 Types of Business Writing [And When to Use Them]

by Tom DuPuis on Fri, Dec 1, 2017

 

The world of business writing can seem vast. Each office seems to have variations of documents, each with their personalized templates and industry focus. Varying scenarios require varying forms of business writing. However, the innumerable documents can be distilled into to four main categories.

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Topics: Business Writing Skills

9 Technical Writing Tips Every Writer Needs to Know

by Tom DuPuis on Wed, Sep 27, 2017

Technical writing takes high-level details and explains them clearly and concisely to an audience.

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Topics: technical writing

Technical Writing for Engineers [The Ultimate Guide & Course]

by Tom DuPuis on Tue, Sep 19, 2017


Engineers often believe technical writing to be highly-detailed documentation for fellow engineers. In fact,
technical writing is a style that takes complex information and clearly explains it to a specific audience.

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Topics: technical writing

How to Become a Technical Writer: A Beginner’s Guide

by Tom DuPuis on Fri, Sep 1, 2017

Technical writing is a highly valuable skill. It is crucial for anyone working in a tech-related business, for engineers and scientists communicating their knowledge, and for people looking for rewarding, full-time work as writers.

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Topics: technical writing

Is Business Writing the Same as Technical Writing?

by Tom DuPuis on Mon, Aug 21, 2017

No matter your job, you need to be able to write. Whether it’s quarterly financial reports or daily safety records, writing is a common and crucial skill. Yet, the writing style of one field can be different and potentially inappropriate for another.

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Topics: technical writing

What is Technical Writing? [New Definition for 2017]

by Tom DuPuis on Mon, Jun 26, 2017

 

Are you looking to understand what technical writing is and how you can become more proficient?

Technical writing continues to be a highly coveted skill in the professional workplace. Demand is expected to grow at 10% from 2014 to 2024. This is faster than the average for all occupations.

In this article we will show you an average day for a technical writer, how to improve your skills when writing complex documents, and why the field is quickly changing.

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Topics: technical writing

Business Writing Training Guidelines for Performance Appraisals

by Tom DuPuis on Tue, Oct 25, 2016

Performance appraisals play an important role in motivating your employees and in encouraging them to work to the best of their abilities. Appraisals provide an opportunity to shine for many, and an opportunity to reflect for others. Business writing training guidelines assist the difficult task for both business owners and managers to evaluate employee performance against quantifiable Key Performance Indicators (KPIs).

Business writing training guidelines will also help individuals better document their achievements during their annual performance review.

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Topics: Business Writing Skills, Business Writing Training

How to Better Mentor Employees In Business Writing

by Tom DuPuis on Thu, May 5, 2016

If your team's business writing ability is weak, it will impact potential revenue and decrease production.  Poor written communication may steer a prospect in another direction.  It also means your team will require more time than necessary to complete writing tasks.  

Poor business writing reflects poorly on an organization.  Strong business writing abilities influence others on the team positively; conversely, the opposite is also true.  

Improving business writing skills will save money and time. If your team's writing is weak, you must correct this.

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Topics: Business Writing Skills

Improve Business Writing Skills with the Right Measurements

by Tom DuPuis on Tue, Dec 8, 2015

Of the many challenges a business faces when it comes to improving the business writing skills of its employees, the biggest challenge is selecting a yardstick for comparison. Since writing is a subjective skill, deciding the appropriate standard to differentiate “good” business writing from “bad” business writing is difficult.

Similarly, “good business writing” appears to be a fuzzy concept that is difficult to measure. How then, can one define and measure good business writing skills? What should be measured and what tools can help?


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Topics: Business Writing Training