Philip Tory Author Training - UK

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Technical Writer
Training Course

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Why pay someone else to write your manuals when you could create your own?

I'm an enthusiast, passionate about good Technical Writing, and I love to teach and encourage others to do the same. I've been running a successful, full-time, professional authoring business for 17 years. I ran Author Training Courses across Europe for 12 years, and now I want to pass on the best of what I know to people like you and your team.

This is not a college theory course taught by a lecturer who has never done the job. This is a hands-on, practical course taught by a full-time, professional  technical author, with 170+ clients across 11 countries. And I had very good feedback for the manuals that I have written.

Why not Learn the Skills that you and your team need?
If you don't have the in-house skills to write great manuals, then this free course can help you and your team.

Why pay others to write your manuals, when you could write them in-house? My Course could improve your documentation for years to come.

My Training Experience:

I ran this course for 12 years, to people working in a broad spectrum of industry and business. Typically, they wrote things like User Guides, Installation/ Commissioning/ Maintenance Manuals, Standard Operating Procedures, Software Help Guides, and so on.

My Authoring Experience:

I have had over 20 years' experience writing all kinds of technical documentation, from the every-day up to the super-technical.

Write your own Professional Manuals

Every company wants professional manuals, written well, in Plain English; with a good structure and a proper Index-at-the-back. You and your team can learn to create great manuals in-house, for years to come.

These Skills are Important for Your Company

First-class technical documentation helps you to sell your products. Good Help Manuals are a powerful sales aid — trust me, I was in Sales for over 25 years, I know. They impress your customers and win orders. Do This Course!

Good for your Customers

Proper documentation means your customers are more comfortable with your products. They can find the information when they need it, and they can understand what it says - in Plain English. They can get on with the task without making mistakes - or calling your Help Desk.

Key Benefits of learning from Philip Tory

  • I have wide industrial, technical, scientific, engineering, software and business experience (see Career Experience).
  • Educated at 5 Universities, studying Applied Physics, Electronics and Control Engineering to Masters level, plus the Open University Business Diploma.
  • 20+ years' experience writing Technical Manuals, Help Guides and other instructional documentation. 17 years running a freelance Authoring business.
  • 12 years' Training experience running Technical Writing Courses. I have trained several hundred people across 11 countries, across Europe and as far away as India and the USA.

Technical Writer Training for any industry 

Technically, I began my career as an electronics development engineer, designing a variety of electronic and electromechanical equipment, including the design of automatic test equipment for final QA.

As a development engineer, I worked on various projects such as:
  - Concorde flight computer team
  - medical electronics
  - car park control systems
  - mobile generator floodlighting systems
  - diesel generator sets
  - computer development systems
  - fly-by-wire systems for fighter aircraft,
to mention just a few. For two years, I managed a technical drawing office.

I then moved on to technical sales, and broadened my experience to include Marketing, Franchise Management, Installation, Technical Support and Training. All roles included writing documentation of the companies' products.

Before starting my own Technical Authoring business in 2000, I was a Software QA and Product Manager for three years, which included responsibility for all product documentation.

In these various situations, I wrote:
   - User Manuals
   - Installation Guides
   - Software Upgrade Notes
   - Technical Specifications
   - Software Help Guides (on-screen Help)
   - Test Procedures.

Over the past 15+ years, I have helped about 170 client companies to improve their documentation. These include industries as diverse as financial services and banking; shipping management; the oil industry; software development; telecoms; pharmaceutical and medical; higher education and forensic science; housing management and will writing, lawn care franchise management, buildings maintenance systems and so on.

Writing good technical documentation isn't always easy.

1. It needs a good ability to grasp of the engineering, science or business involved. If you don't understand it, how can you explain it to others?
I am fortunate in having a good, broad, scientific and technical education, with considerable career experience in many fields.

2. Then it needs the ability to explain something to somebody who doesn't know. The target users need to read it once, understand it, and then get on with the task without delays, mistakes, asking someone else, or calling your Support Desk.
I have always had the ability to do this; while I was still at school, I sometimes gave talks to the local Amateur Radio Club - I built my first valve radio from the bits when I was 13!
At university, we had one lecturer whose equations spanned THREE blackboards! At the end of the lesson, my classmates would ask me, "OK Philip, what was that all about?" - and I would explain it the easy way. These skills have followed me through my career, and now I want you to learn these author skills with my Technical Writing Courses - and it's free.

Technical Writer Training Courses Gloucestershire UK and International, with 170+ clients across 11 countries.

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Technical Writing Courses Training Manual
150-page Training Manual

Whatever your Industry... you can Write Better Documentation

My authoring experience includes: 

Edited the Tender Specification for ESO's European Extremely Large Telescope
Editing the Technical Spec for the world's largest optical telescope, the 130-foot 'E-ELT'.

Help Guides for BP Shipping's oil fleet cargo-management software
BP Shipping Software, Help Guides

Manuals for the MasterMover range of pedestrian-operated Electric Tugs
Electric Tug User Manuals

Manuals for cargo and security scanning equipment
X-ray Scanning System: Operator & Maintenance Manuals

Help documentation for University of Oxford, software for predicting the effects of new Cardiac medication
Cardiac research software guide

Business Franchise Manual for Supagrass Ltd
Lawn Care Franchise Manual

More documentation for European Southern Observatory
Telescopes in Chile: I edited
their Technical Safety documentation