The Impact of ADHD on the Creative Process for Technical Writers

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Guest: Tyler Smith > Hosts: Patrick Bosek and Scott Abel

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Join us for this chat with Tyler Smith, Technical Writer at GitHub, about the impact of ADHD on the creative process. Tyler was diagnosed with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) at the age of 27; Three years later, having moved from a reactive Technical Support position into a creative and proactive Technical Writing position, he discovered many ways in which his ADHD interacts with his creative process. When comparing with other Technical Writers, especially those who are “neurotypical”, he noticed that his productivity levels were significantly impacted — and while other people put out a steady stream of work over time, he found that he spent a lot of time ruminating over details and research before a massive spike in productivity where all of the “measurable” metrics would spike too. Realizing that this was significant, he took this thought process to a group of colleagues who identify as neurodiverse, and to his surprise, many of them identified heavily with the situation and the attached feelings. He explored them with those colleagues, as well as several other trusted people, and he would like to share the findings with you. Come and explore this topic with Tyler, where he’ll aim to help your understanding of: 1) The impact of ADHD on the creative writing process 2) The differences in the “neurotypical” writing process and the “neurodiverse” process 3) How to manage an ADHD writer 4) How to view measurable metrics in a supportive manner for ADHD employees Can't make the live event? Register, and we'll send you a link you can use to watch a recording when it's convenient for you to do so. Coffee and Content is brought to you by The Content Wrangler and sponsored by Heretto, the ContentOps platform for product, reference, and knowledge content.

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