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Feeling overwhelmed by all the reading you must do? Struggling to condense all the messages you must write? Maybe writing is the growing problem?
I'm a Program Developer, responsible for creating an ethical hacking program for a great and global company. I routinely rip through a hundred or more emails a day, study for SANS exams, and review final reports written in a high-tech, relevant, yet exciting way.
I also want to enjoy my IT career. These topics fascinate me. I relax when researching high-tech topics. But I want to improve my other skills. What to do? During the last InformIT sale, I treated myself to new books. Two are making a great impression on me. One is on presentation styles, and the other, "The Power of Infographics", is a must-read.
"Ugh!", you say, "Pictures! Cartoons! Infotainment!" Not really, not in Mark Smiciklas' book. He makes a great case for encapsulating messages in something other than words. He proves what I already know and experience:
- Many managers must consume increasing amounts of data, from a variety of topics.
- Managers are using more mobile devices, many with limited viewing "real estate".
- Long, bulky, and crowded written analyses are skimmed, at best.
To help your manager and you succeed, you need to adapt an info-rich message format. Enter the picture. You know, the one worth a thousand words.
This book provides a great read, one that demonstrates its points in a few, visually engaging pages per chapter. Looking for a lightweight book you can enjoy during a short lunch break? Would you like to see how well this book delivers great content, whether viewed in paper or electronic format, something that paves the path to iPad excellence? This book is a great buy. And did I mention that an Infographic better conveys information more understandably to a Global workforce?
P.S. Standard disclaimer, I get no monies or freebies for endorsing this book. My sole goal is to help IT workers who are looking for a new edge, an advantage that will help them explain their recommendations better.