STC Multi-Community Techcomm Showcase Round 2, March 2nd

Join the IDL SIG, STC Twin Cities chapter, and Greater Pittsburg STC chapter for another Virtual Chapter Techcomm Showcase.


This multi-community STC educational event is offered virtually to IDL SIG members. We encourage you to host a viewing party to provide opportunities for networking. Note that all times are Eastern Standard.


Each hosting community is providing a speaker for the event who will provide a brief presentation and a question and answer period.


About the programs and speakers 


STC Certification: Why, and Where are we Now? presented by Alan Houser


STC re-launched its certification program in 2016. Alan will discuss the design of the STC certification program, lessons learned from the original certification program, who might consider certification and why, and steps to become a Certified Professional Technical Communicator.


Alan Houser is a technical publishing consultant and trainer with Group Wellesley, Inc., a Pittsburgh, PA-based company that provides authoring, content management, and workflow services to technology-oriented businesses. Alan is a graduate of Carnegie Mellon University, where he earned an MA in Professional Writing and a BS in Electrical Engineering.


Alan is a Fellow, former member of the Board of Directors (2011-2014), and a past international President (2012-2013) of the Society for Technical Communication.


Audio Editing Tips: 3 Easy Steps to Improved Voice Recording presented by Robert Hershenow


Robert Hershenow’s affinity for audio recording spans not only decades but also diverse technologies, and over the years he has developed efficient methods for producing high-quality recordings on the cheap. This session explores the editing steps that are critical to professional-sounding recordings. Examples will focus on voiceover and will use Audacity (the free, open-source audio recorder and editor), but the concepts are applicable to any recorded content and any editing software.


Robert Hershenow is an independent technical communicator, recording engineer, and musician who has years of experience in sharing knowledge with others.


He is Co-Manager of the STC’s Instructional Design and Learning SIG and resides in Berkeley, California.


The Science and Psychology of Persuasion presented by Barbara Beresford


A successful technical communicator not only manages deadlines and deliverables, but also manages his or her influence with coworkers and superiors. If you have strong writing and editing skills, but are not as schooled in the soft skills needed to understand and positively influence the people with whom you work, attend this presentation on psychology and persuasion:


Learn about recent research on the conscious/unconscious minds that affect our behavior and decision-making


Identify how well people know themselves and what they want


Learn to use this information to understand and influence others


Barbara has been a technical writer and editor for 23 years, the last 12+ at MorphoTrust USA, Inc., where she writes user documentation for finger, face, and iris biometric technologies. Her minimalist writing style reflects her preferred approach to helping users quickly identify why a specific software system is used, what tasks are performed with the system, and how the tasks are successfully completed. She also advocates for the end user by working with developers to improve GUI design and usability.


Outside of work, she enjoys the arts community in the twin cities, especially the theater, and plays the violin in a community orchestra. In the warmer months, she tends a large garden, featuring native plants and boulders.


Register today and then join us online on March 2nd. 


About the in-person meeting: (register on the Rochester STC chapter’s site)



  • 6-7 PM Networking

  • 7-8:30 PM Presentations

  • 8:30 PM Wrap-up


Light refreshments will be provided.


Rochester Location Barnes & Noble at RIT (upstairs in the community room) 100 Park Point Rochester NY 14623


Walk-ins are welcome.

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Recording of STC Multi-Chapter Techcomm Showcase

Recording

The event recording is available free at
http://stc.adobeconnect.com/p1gvk7pdxrg/

The Multi-Chapter Techcomm Showcase was brought to you by the Rochester, New England, and Southeastern Michigan Chapters of the Society for Technical Communication.

Lineup

Audience-specific Content using FrameMaker by Bernard Aschwanden

Bernard Aschwanden

Bernard Aschwanden, STC President, works with clients to improve content creation, management and distribution workflows to improve quality and increase productivity. He is the founder of Publishing Smarter, an Associate Fellow of the Society for Technical Communication, and President of the STC, Bernard has helped hundreds of companies implement successful publishing solutions. Bernard is focused on publishing better, publishing faster and publishing smarter.

https://ca.linkedin.com/in/bernardaschwanden

Know Your Users: Improving Learning Content by Connecting with User by Patty Gale

Patty Gale

As a learning content developer for a technical writing team at Autodesk, Patty Gale is involved in many aspects of the design, development, and production of learning content for 3D modeling software. A technical communicator for over 25 years, Patty has worked at businesses all sizes, from small start-ups to large corporations. Whether the sole writer or part of a larger team, Patty enjoys learning new technologies and determining the most effective way to share important information with users. She has received multiple awards from her employers and STC competitions, including an International Award of Distinguished Technical Communication. Patty holds Bachelor’s degrees in Computer Science and Business Management.

https://www.linkedin.com/in/patty-gale-9774461

Best Practices in Using Social Media for Your Business by Angel Bedford

Angel Bedford

Angel Belford is a communications professional with over 10 years of experience in writing, editing and content management.
Currently, Angel is the Web Content Administrator at Lourdes University managing all online content and the company Intranet.
Prior to her current position she worked at FOX Toledo, a local news media organization, overseeing the Internet department, social media and the internal content management system. Angel was a technical writer at La-Z-Boy, holding this position for several years while creating documentation including user and administrator manuals, quick reference cards, and online manuals.
She has developed/maintained several types of digital and print documentation including: quick reference cards, websites, forms, user guides, training manuals, diagrams and newsletters.
https://www.linkedin.com/in/angelbelford

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Technical Communication Cheat Sheet Webinar with STC President Bernard Aschwanden

Let’s get one more event in before the new year! Join the Washington, DC Baltimore Chapter of STC for a webinar given by STC President Bernard Aschwanden. Bernard will be providing us with helpful technical communication tips related to Excel, PowerPoint, Word, and Framemaker. We can use these tips as a cheat sheet when using these tools for our technical communication needs. 


Space is limited so please register early. The URL for the webinar will be provided within 24 hours of the event.






Bernard Aschwanden is a recognized publishing technologies expert. He is an Adobe Certified Expert, a Certified Technical Trainer, and the author of numerous articles on xml-based publishing and single sourcing. He is the founder and President of Publishing Smarter.


In addition to his publishing background and speaking tours, Bernard teaches a variety of courses. These include XML, DITA, CMS tools and related technologies, best practices for structured authoring, content management, and tools such as FrameMaker and XMetaL. He also works with clients to convert legacy content, analyze documentation, review workflows, and identify best practices in technical communications.


Bernard is President of the Society for Technical Communication and a past President of the Toronto STC. He is a professor in the continuing education Technical Communications program with Seneca@York, on the advisory board for the Humber College Technical Communications program, and remains active in the STC delivering in-person seminars and online webinars to members around the world. He has helped hundreds of companies implement successful publishing solutions. http://www.publishingsmarter.com/

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Michelle Chin shows us how to make a professional portfolio

UXPADC logo

At the #UserFocus2014 conference on October 17th, Michelle Chin made a presentation about building a professional portfolio that all technical communicators should see.

Highlights from this presentation include
• Let it go
• Inventory your work
• Show the process
• Create a project
• Design it well
• Tell a story
• Be unique
• Less is more

Have a portfolio to share? Come to Speed Mentoring and Portfolio Review on October 29th, show us your work, and get feedback from your fellow communicators.

Many thanks to our friends at The Washington DC Chapter of the User Experience Professionals Association for bringing such a great conference to the DC area and for sharing Michelle and her wisdom with us.

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