Power Tools for Technical Communication:
Persuasion—Planning Guide



Use this planning guide to define the key details for your technically oriented persuasion. When you are through, you can e-mail this planning information to yourself, your instructor, or both.
  1. Find a simple project requiring persuasive writing. Describe that project in the input box below:

  2. Define a purpose and audience. Describe the purpose and audience of your persuasion in the input box below:

  3. Do some research. List the information sources you've found for this project in the input box below:

  4. Identify the main logical arguments. In the input box below, explain the logical argical arguments you'll use in this persuasion:

  5. Explain how you'll discuss and support those arguments. In the input box below, take some notes on how you'll support your arguments:

  6. Consider emotional and personal appeals. In the input box below, explore your ideas on personal and emotional appeals that could be used in this persuasion and whether using them would be a good idea:

  7. Address counterarguments. In the input box below, explain counterarguments that might be raised against your arguments and how you could address them:

  8. Plan and develop graphics. List and describe the graphics you would need in your persuasion in the input box below:

  9. Sketch the headings you'll use. List the headings you would use in this persuasion and briefly describe the contents of those sections:

  10. Plan an introduction. In the input box below, try rough-drafting an introduction in which you indicate the topic and purpose and provide an overview of the rest of the persuasion:

  11. Consider adding a conclusion. Take a look at the ideas for conclusions in Chapter 6 of Power Tools for Technical Communication and sketch your ideas for your own in the input box below:

  12. Consider the format. In the input box below, describe the format you'll use for your persuasion:

  13. Review and revise your rough draft. When you've written the rough draft of your persuasion and reviewed it, use the input box below to describe the problems you find:

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