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You are a human being first, a technical professional second. f||) Tips for International Communication If you are planning a writing project for an audience in another country, or if your finished document will be translated into another language, you have the extra challenge of writing for readers whose culture and language may differ greatly from yours. For >• Tip: Even if your company example, if you work for an electronics firm or a has been doing business with computer company that exports products, the a particular country for manual you write will need to be translated into years, it's useful to reexamine the languages of the countries where the product the target audience periodi- will be marketed.
For example, if you know that your readers are decision makers, then your material will focus on recommendations for action. If your readers are primarily technicians, you might feature procedures and analyses. 3. What Are Their Levels of Expertise and Experience? Find out as accurately as possible the technical knowledge of your readers. You don't want to use terms they might not understand, nor do you want to explain to them things they already know. Along the same lines, if you know that the audience members are seasoned in the job, you can perhaps include advanced or anecdotal information they will understand because of their long experience.
2. It's important to treat each topic in exactly the same format so that the boards have enough symmetry to make rearranging the parts easy. The components of each are as follows: • A heading that clearly indicates the topic • A brief summary of the component's text, written in the style and tone of the final document • Notes about the topic (questions, suggestions, examples, and so on) • Suggested visual aids ' 1 When the boards are finished, the entire project team can participate in a preliminary review meeting.