David Tebbutt
David Tebbutt

Freelance B2B/IT writer and editor

WRITER / EDITOR

I write and edit, mainly for IT-related organisations that target business readers - articles, blog posts, case studies, white papers and mini-books. I like nothing better than rendering complex topics comprehensible. Samples of my work and more detail of my writing experience are on the Portfolio page. If you like what you see and think I can help you, please get in touch.


OCCASIONAL TRAINER

I still run occasional media skills and interaction skills workshops tuned to your needs.


BACKGROUND

50+years of overlapping careers:

career layers

Programming, IT Management and Software Publishing
Editing and Writing
Media Skills, Interpersonal Skills and Leadership

 

After a traditional IT progression from programmer to IT manager, I became a management skills trainer for ICL (which was absorbed into Fujitsu in the 1990s). After a few years, I returned to the field as a project manager. Then, in 1979, I helped relaunch a struggling Personal Computer World magazine, quickly becoming editor.

In 1981, while continuing my writing and editorial consultancy roles, I co-founded Caxton Software - best known for publishing the Cardbox database, the Touch 'n' Go typing tutor, and the BrainStorm 'ideas processor' (I wrote the first version in Intel's 8080 assembly language in 1981).

In 1988, Martin Banks and I started Press Here Media Skills Training, which nicely complemented my writing, editing and software activities. We ran our last course together in 2014. I ran my last solo course in 2016.

Now my primary focus is on writing and editing, primarily for tech companies.

Here are some logos from my history:

Personal Computer World   BrainStorm   Press Here Media Skills Training

ICL   Caxton Software Publishing   Blue and Green Tomorrow   THINGUIDES

 

I've media-trained well over 3000 delegates (client list), written for over 40 publications and have edited a number of magazines. I was a finalist in the Times/HP Columnist of the year six years running and was declared winner in each of the last three years. They then banned from entering and elevated me to the judging panel.

These days, my technical abilities are mainly applied to creating and maintaining websites, very much at the 'hobby' level. I either hand-craft them with HTML/CSS or use WordPress.



CONTACT ME

I live near three underground lines, the M40, the M25 and the M4, providing huge flexibility to where I can meet clients or interviewees.



SOCIAL LINKS

USEFUL LINKS

INSPIRATION

★ George Orwell, Why I write
★ Felix Dennis, on Journalism or Churnalism? (pdf)
★ Tom Foremski, When every company is a media company....