Back Home in Oregon!

 

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I’m back home in Oregon after six weeks of travel! My Kauai, Hawaii post is coming soon, probably this weekend (followed by my European travels). While in Europe, I attended the UK Technical Communication conference in Daventry as a sort of kickoff for my career realignment. In September, I resigned from my full-time position as a remote software developer to pursue a career in technical communication, looking to combine my writing, teaching, research, and software development background and giving my severely strained coding eyes a different career path. The three day TCUK conference was awesome and it added extra validation to my decision! I really enjoyed the workshops and conversations with my new tech comm colleagues. After the conference, I made a visit to commune with the Bard in Stratford-upon-Avon and then spent two days in Oxford, before heading back to France. Writing is central to my life’s goals, from a career standpoint, and I’m excited to have found a field that combines my software skills with my passion for writing and communication.

 

Diplomacy and Empathy

A good diplomat will always try to put himself in the position of the person with whom he is negotiating, to understand his objectives and needs, and try to imagine what he would wish, do, and say, under those circumstances.

— Satow’s Diplomatic Practice

The Nuances of Diplomacy

Diplomatists are specialists in precise and accurate communication. They are more than mere couriers or heralds; they are experts in detecting and conveying nuances of international dialogue, are equipped not merely to deliver a message but to judge the language in which it should be couched, the audience to whom and the occasion at which it should be presented.

–Hedley Bull