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Barrie Byron

Innovative information developer specializing in presenting complex ideas in ways that are clear and concise. Persistent optimist, intrepid adventurer, mentor. Builder of relationships, connecting friends and peers to people they want to know. Social duct tape and generator of goodwill. Follow me on twitter @barriebyron
Barrie Byron has written 92 posts for Silver linings

Technical recruiters and why I love them

Before we were all online all the time, knowing a trusted technical talent acquisition professional was like having the key to the treasure chest. It’s not who you know, it’s who I know. When I enabled the #OpenToWork feature on LinkedIn, I discovered genuinely wonderful talent acquisition professionals. My best interactions were messages that showed … Continue reading

Why I love home exchanging

I get a lot of questions about home exchange travel. Somehow, I feel proud when my friends think I’m retired when I work full time. I get to travel, live like a local, meet awesome people, and enjoy the comforts of home with very little expense. It’s called home exchanging. In 2009, my mom, Bit, … Continue reading

Inclusive language resources for tech

We can be intentional about using inclusive language in technical communication. With inclusive language, we will be come better communicators and identify more with our users. This list of inclusive language resources is a work in progress. Diversity style guides The Responsible Communication Style Guide covers topics of identity and how to address them in … Continue reading

My path to STC Associate Fellow

This week my friend and former DataStax teammate Jamie Gillenwater joined the ranks of the Society for Technical Communication (STC) Associate Fellows. She was in good company with the 2021 class of Associate Fellows. Associate Fellow is one of three honorary ranks in STC. It is the second highest rank that STC can confer upon … Continue reading

Where to find technical communication talent

I like to connect industry professionals with people that they want to know. This updated blog post is inspired by the frequent incoming emails from recruiters and hiring managers that are looking for technical communication talent. I often receive  requests like “How can I reach qualified technical communication candidates for this job?” and “Do you know … Continue reading

Tech comm job search resources

On a regular basis, industry peers, friends, and their friends ask me “do you know of a technical writing job?” or “is your company hiring?” or “can you give me some job search tips?” From many years of answering these questions, I’ve maintained this work-in-progress tech comm job search resources blog post that I first published … Continue reading

Where’s my office? At my keyboard in different places

An alternate version of this article was published in the Off Hours column in the April 2015 edition of the Society for Technical (STC) magazine Intercom. By Barrie Byron, STC Associate Fellow My commute to work is either very short or very long. On my short commutes, I embrace much gratitude as I stroll down … Continue reading

Personalize your geography on LinkedIn

By default, our LinkedIn profile geography is our geographic region, not the specific city we live. LinkedIn divides all global areas into geographic regions. Using geographic regions gives members a better idea of where we’re located, especially when we are not familiar with the area. You can choose a geographic region or select a city … Continue reading

LinkedIn success tip: Make it personal

Earlier this week, I presented on “Harnessing the Power of LinkedIn” to the members and guests of the Society for Technical Communication (STC) NY Metro Chapter. I am grateful to the current STC NY Metro President Nitza Hauser for making me welcome and preparing everything in advance. Nitza works at Medidata Solutions, Inc. in Manhattan. … Continue reading

Want to learn something? Offer to teach it

When I want to learn a new skill or sharpen a familiar skill, I offer to teach someone else. The best gift that I can give is my time, talent, and attention. The best reason to give the gift is to help someone else and pay it forward. An unexpected reward is the glow of … Continue reading