The techniques of speaking and writing, which occupy the earlier chapters, are related to tasks that you will encounter chiefly during your education and training. But communication is a complex craft and there are many minor techniques that you will find it advisable to master. For example, we have said nothing about correspondence and dictation, especially the dictation into a tape recorder for typing by an audio typist. As a first-stage communication from person to person this demands a technique of a higher order than is at first apparent if you are looking for a first-class result. Also, we have not had space to write about the craft of correcting printers’ proofs. You will have to do this if you have any concern with pamphlets, advertisements, programmes, handbills, brochures or books. Printers have their own symbols for communicating with exactitude what corrections are to be made to the printed text. They are shown in British Standard 5261:Part 1:1975 and Part 2:1977. Unless you use this language, your communication with the printer will be faulty; your own private symbols will only mislead. Look for and study minor techniques; they will stand you in good stead.
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