Word Nerd Herd Happy Hour

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Tuesday, May 23, 2017
6:00 PM

Crafthouse (World of Beer)
1888 Explorer St, Reston, VA

We will be outside if possible, or inside near the door. Organizer Ryan Haber will be wearing a Zoomdata tee shirt.

We want to start ramping up our meeting schedule again. We’re serious about it. While we plan some stuff, a happy hour seems fun and easy. Come join us! Don’t know any of us? That’s fine. We’re nice.

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InfoDevDC Meetup — From Fred Flintstone to George Jetson: Creating Tension Increases Adoption

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The objective of a good training program is adoption and excellent field execution. This presentation is about how to use a combination of traditional training deliverables and old school psychology to gain user buy-in and achieve a successful launch. We’ll talk about how my company uses cartoons and countdowns to ensure that users seek out training and have a stake in adoption and field execution excellence.

Whether we create video, user assistance, classroom training, or documentation, what we really want is a group of folks who use the product to do an excellent job with little or no effort and make no mistakes. Creating good training is less about the deliverable and more about building the right relationship.

We picked two dates: February 21 is our official date with February 28th as a backup in case it snows. The usual end time is 8:00 pm but we love to continue the conversation at our traditional after-meeting at World of Beer Reston Town Center, 1888 Explorer St, Reston, VA 20190. WOB closes at midnight.

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First Friday Lunch (Eggspectation, Chantilly, VA)

We had such a terrific turnout in May that we’re headed back to Eggspectations in Chantilly, VA for our December First Friday Lunch. Please join Liz Herman, STCWDCB member and STC Director at Large at Eggspectation on December 2nd. This fun, informal networking event starts at 11:45 and ends at 1:00 pm. There is no cost to register, but you do buy your own lunch.


5009 Westone Plaza
Chantilly, VA 20151

Did you know that as a member of our STC chapter that you can host your own First Friday Lunch? If you are interested in hosting a future First Friday Lunch at a location near you, please contact Greta Boller (GretaBoller@gmail.com). Greta serves as the First Vice President of the Washington, DC-Baltimore Chapter. It’s easy and fun!

Bloomery Plantation Distillery Tour 2016

The Washington DC-Baltimore chapter of STC returns to the Bloomery Plantation on August 27th. We had so much fun last year (see photos of 2015 and photos of 2014), we’re doing it again this year.

Bloomery Plantation is a 12-acre farm steeped in history–and moonshine! A former ironworks, today it is a charming mini-distillery where they make artisan cordials by hand from their farm’s own lemons and raspberries.

What does this have to do with technical communication, you ask? Well, it turns out running a business like this requires a lot of labeling. The process of creating SweetShines, as they call their artisan cordials, is quite technical. That’s our story and we’re sticking to it. We will enjoy a tour of the grounds and hear about the slightly tarnished past of this neck of the woods while we strengthen our ties to one another as a network of technical communicators.

Despite the focus on spirits in the Bloomery’s tasting room, this is actually a great event for families, with lots of land to explore.

Food is not available at the Bloomery Planation but you can bring your own picnic (be sure to include food, non-alcoholic drinks, and paper products; be prepared to carry out your own trash) if you’d like. Nearby restaurants include Alfredo’s, KFC, Subway, and Chick-Fil-A.

Bloomery rules:

  • Don’t bring in any other alcohol, per WV law.

  • GPS will get you lost. Use Google or Mapquest.

  • Dress casually. High heels will get you stuck in the soil.

  • Feel free to bring kids and kid-friendly drinks. 


3:00 Arrive and gather with our group 

3:15 Tour of grounds and history

4:15 Tasting 

5:00 Hang out and network

6:00 Official event end and live music begins

8:00 Live music ends and Bloomery closes