July Theme: What was the best advice you received early in your career?
Doris Mady –- Advice from my father, “Be kind to people as you climb the ladder of success …you’ll never know who you’ll meet coming down”.
Diane Tunick Morello -- It was the early 1980s, and I had a beginner job as a copy editor at Florida Trend magazine, the flagship business publication in Florida. I was young and unsure of what I wanted to do or where I wanted to take my career. One day Erik, a senior reporter at the magazine, took me aside and suggested I pursue technical writing. The suggestion seemed so dull, so pedestrian. However, Erik was neither dull nor pedestrian. He was a crack reporter whose work I deeply respected, and his suggestion stayed in my head.
Three years later, I landed a technical writing job at Electronic Design magazine in New Jersey and delved into chips, networks, circuitry, electronics and a new invention called the personal computer. Along the way, I discovered an innate ability to take complex topics and turn them into crisp and clear writing. Five years later, I interviewed to be a business technology writer at Gartner in Stamford. Within three years I rose to an analyst position, focusing on new technologies for chief information officers, and several years later, I was named a Gartner Fellow, the pinnacle of analyst achievement at Gartner. I loved it!
Deb Weir -- The best advice I ever received was, “Never throw out a business card.” Now, if I could just remember the face that goes with the name on a business card…
August Theme: If your professional career were a gift box, what would you like to see inside it?
- December Theme: What have you learned this past year?
- January Theme: There is NO Theme
- February Theme: With the dissipation of COVID, how or do you,
approach your work differently?
- March Theme: What was the “AHA Moment” that encouraged you to follow
your passion for art, music, or writing?
- April Theme: Who do you draw inspiration from in your work?
- May Theme: What is the biggest challenge you see in the coming year and how will you overcome it?
“Writing is like sex. First you do it for love, then you do it for your friends, and then you do it for money”. -- Virginia Wolf