Ideas and Notes from STC WDCB Summer Vision Day 2014

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The recording for Summer Vision Day 2014 in in our list of podcasts in the sidebar.

Download the Summer Vision Day 2014 PowerPoint Slides (3.2 Mb .pptx).

During the meeting, we asked members to post ideas and needs for future events. Please use our WDCB website as a forum for sharing ideas.

  • What kinds of events would you like to see in the coming months?
  • What kinds of topics should we cover?
  • For what kinds of speakers should we look?

We asked to hear from you, the membership, and we mean it. What’s on your mind? What do you need?

Please share your thoughts here.

Social Media Survey – detailed results

Big thanks to everyone who participated in our STC WDCB Social Media Survey.

Some folks have expressed an interest in seeing the full slideshow, so I'm posting it here:
STC Social Media Survey PowerPoint slide show.

What did we say?

  • We like email
  • We like face-to-face
  • We like Facebook
  • We like the Intercom magazine
  • Job postings, webinar training are important to younger members
  • Some of us are overwhelmed by too much social media

We are always interested in your feedback so don't be shy about speaking up in the language and social media format of your choice:

Or feel free to contact me directly by email at any time.

Viqui Dill
Social Media Manager & At-Large Director (2012)

Are You an STC Member or Employee Listed as an Employee of the Saudi Telecom Company?

As Stuart Culshaw pointed out in recent correspondence with me, this is a good case for showing how acronyms can be used irresponsibly.

A few days ago, Paul Bernstein pointed out to some of us that Susan Burton, Tom Gorski, Mike Murry, Russ Bombardieri, George Hayhoe, Rob Hanna, Linda Oestreich, Stuart Culshaw, Andrea L Ames, and Cynthia Lockley are listed in LinkedIn as current and former members of the Saudi Telecom Company on that company’s profile page. I got myself removed by contacting LinkedIn Customer Support.

Going to the See more link in the Current Employees list at gives you a hit list of 3,475 people. Most of them work for or are members of the Society for Technical Communication. In the first 10 pages I looked at, only 11 in the list actually work for the Saudi Telecom Company.

One reason you are listed there is because “STC” is used in a company name in your LinkedIn profile. None of the company names in my profile included “STC”; however, I was still listed as a former employee. LinkedIn is picking up on the acronym “STC” because the Saudi Telecom Company uses “STC” as their company name on their profile header instead of their spelled out name.

Some of you will be able to fix this by editing your profiles in LinkedIn and spelling out the Society’s name in your list of current or past employer names. A good idea anyway to make the Society’s name more prominent and to let people know what “STC” means if you use it elsewhere in your profile. We are not the only STC in LinkedIn. There is also the Shakespeare Theatre Company here in Washington, DC.

If that still doesn’t get you removed, you will need to contact LinkedIn’s Customer Support and ask them to remove you. They will only do this on an individual basis. Response I got from Customer Service:

“If any employee of Society for Technical Communication is incorrectly affiliated with the other company, we can certainly assist them with that. Those employee/members would need to reach out individually.”

Customer Support said: “encourage them to reply to attn: company profiles”.

If you see anyone on the list who is no longer affiliated with our STC and you know how to contact them, please let them know about this.

Escaping Solitary Confinement: More Networking Tips for Freelancers, Work-at-Homers and Other Professionals

Speakers: Gabe Goldberg and Kristen King
Location: NRECA Conference Center Directions to the event:


* $15 for all
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Join us for a night of networking tips from local successful freelancers Gabe Goldberg and Kristen King as they share advice on networking as a way to meet potential clients, employers, and colleagues, and as part of your overall marketing plan or career development strategy. In these economic times, every professional needs a broad network! Gabe and Kristen will offer tips for networking in person and online, including professional organizations, LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter, and more. Share your own networking strategies and experiences and practice your new skills in an evening of food, fun, and new friends.