Picture Perfect! Turn Words and Data into Powerful Graphics

Photo of business people in a work session around a table with a drawing of business issues.

Quickly turn your words, data, and ideas into powerful graphics. Attend this high-energy, interactive workshop to learn how to communicate even the most complex content in a way that is impactful and unforgettable. Get step-by-step instructions, practical tips, and tools. After attending this workshop, you’ll be able to make any complex idea easy to understand in three steps: turn ideas, text, and data into graphics, visualize and better communicate your solutions, make professional graphics that are clear, communicative, and compelling, and find the right imagery at the right price.

Each attendee will receive:

  • DIY Billion Dollar Graphics ebook

  • 200 Professional PowerPoint Graphics

  • Graphic Cheat Sheet

  • P.A.Q.S Questionnaire

  • Top Websites for Free or Low-cost Graphics

Bringing your own laptop is strongly encouraged but not required. When we render infographics, having a laptop will allow you to create your own. Please have PowerPoint 2013 or greater on your laptop to participate.

A light breakfast will be provided.

If you have time after the workshop, continue the conversations by joining us for lunch nearby. The cost of lunch is on your own.


Mike Parkinson Mike Parkinson, Microsoft MVP and APMP Fellow, is a visual communication guru, professional educator, and award-winning author. Fortune 500 companies, government agencies, and educational institutions work with Mike to achieve their goals. His two companies, Billion Dollar Graphics and 24 Hour Company (www.24hrco.com), provide training, tools, and creative services that help others achieve their goals.


Note that we will be in Founders Hall at the Arlington campus of George Mason University.

The Arlington campus is within walking distance of the Virginia Square-GMU Metro station on the Orange Line.

Public transportation options to the Arlington Campus

Paid visitor parking is available in the Founders Hall Garage, accessible via Founders Way North.

#TCCamp is only 4 weeks away

Greetings STC Member!

The 2nd annual TC Summer Camp, the techcomm unconference, is coming up in 4 weeks!

What’s an unconference?

It’s an intense day of learning that’s totally relevant to you! Sessions topics are defined by the attendees on the day of the event. There are no presenters, no juried presentations. Instead, you can join together with other like-minded people to discuss topics that interest you!

We start the day with a selection of 2-hour workshops which are run by techcomm luminaries and are designed to get your thinking going, first thing in the morning. After the workshops, the unconference begins! We start with an overview of how it all works, followed by a keynote, lunch, and unconference topic voting. In the afternoon are the unconference sessions, followed by a session wrap-up and raffle!

What hands-on workshops do we have lined up this year?

User Experience from Insights to Action with Vera Rhoads, UX Consultant at IBM
Effective Collaboration with Andrew Lawless of Rockant Inc
Structured Authoring for Beginners with Janice Summers of Single-Sourcing Solutions
Adobe Workshop with Dustin Vaughn

All this for only $35 (including lunch)!

TC Summer Camp is a day of unmatched, intense, learning, sharing, and networking for techcomm professionals. This is a great opportunity to get information on the latest trends and technologies, learn how your colleagues solve problems, and have a focused discussion with your tool vendor about important issues.

Join us Saturday, September 9, 2017 at the District Architecture Center in downtown Washington DC. This is YOUR TC Camp!

Find out more at: www.tccamp.org

P.S. Watch video highlights from January’s conference on YouTube.

TC Summer Camp

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Morning Workshops followed by Unconference

Doors open for Registration at 8:30 AM. Continental breakfast provided for vendors and workshop attendees as well as coffee/tea service.

The Morning Workshops at TC Camp run in the morning on the day of the unconference event. All Morning Workshops start at 9:00 am and end promptly at 10:30 am and run simultaneously. You can only attend ONE morning workshop. If you decide you want to attend a different class on the day of the event instead of the one you signed up for, we will allow you to switch to the new class, as long as there are seats available.



8:30 Registration/arrival, coffee/tea service
9:00-10:30 Workshops
10:30 Break, coffee/tea service, Late Registration
11:00 Unconference begins
– Welcome, Camp introduction, Overview of the day
– Panel of industry experts
– Nominate afternoon break-out session topics
– Vendor presentations
– Lunch break and voting
– Sessions Breakouts – (3 time slots x 6 rooms, with subject, leader and scribe per session)
– Raffle, Summary Session, Closing and Feedback
6:30 Conference ends


Details at http://www.tccamp.org/

Don’t forget to get yourself some TC Summer Camp Gear!


Camp Ambassador: TBA

Camp Scout Leaders:

  • TBA

Camp Rangers:

Camp Conservationists:

Camp Stewards:

  • TBA

Camp Counselors:


Unconference Tickets
– Unconference tickets do not include a lunch ticket or a workshop ticket. Unconference tickets provide entrance to the afternoon events starting at 11 AM.

Workshop Tickets
– Workshop tickets include a ticket to the afternoon unconference. You can only attend one workshop because they all run simultaneously. Workshop tickets do not include lunch.

Lunch Tickets
– Ticket for lunch only. Lunch tickets do not include unconference or workshop tickets. Nothing else is included in this ticket.


Sharing Registrant Information with Vendors – Vendors are critical to the success of TC Summer Camp. Although other revenue models are possible, TC Camp has chosen a vendor-supported revenue model, in which attendees can attend TC Summer Camp at no cost. TC Summer Camp also offers professional-quality morning workshops at far below market rate. This would not be possible without the support of our vendors and sponsors.

Vendors and sponsors expect value in return for their support of TC Summer Camp. Vendors seek leads, which they hope to turn into sales. By default (unless a registrant purchases an opt-out ticket), TC Camp shares registrant information with vendors. This is common for other professional conferences.

Opt-Out PolicyTo accommodate the small number of registrants who, in past years, requested to opt-out from vendor sharing, TC Summer Camp 2016 will have a formal opt-out option. To compensate for lost vendor/sponsor value, TC Camp will offer an “Opt-Out” ticket that represents a fee to opt-out from vendor sharing. Only those registrants who purchase an “Opt-Out” ticket will have their information withheld from the vendors/sponsors.

For more information: http://www.tccamp.org/privacy-policy/

TC Camp has a Code of Conduct

Event Review: Building Your Professional Identity in Technical Communication Workshop at GMU

This is the first post by guest blogger Greta Boller, a talented technical communicator who is new to the DC-Baltimore area. Many thanks to Boller for creating and sharing this review. Read more on her blog, The Lone Technical Writer.


The George Mason University Student Chapter of the Society for Technical Communication (GMU STC), the newest chapter of STC, held its inaugural event Tuesday night for GMU students and alumni, local professionals, and members of STC. The event was sponsored by GMU STC, with support from the Professional Writing and Rhetoric (PWR) Program at GMU and the STC Washington DC-Baltimore Chapter (WDCB).

The Building Your Professional Identity in Technical Communication workshop promised the "opportunity to learn more about careers in technical communication, gain valuable feedback on resumes or your writing portfolio, and connect you to area students and professionals in technical communication." It also featured three breakout sessions: resumes, portfolios, and social media/online presence.

Welcoming Remarks

Though this was their first event, it hardly showed. Attendees were welcomed with a sign-in sheet, nametags, and a raffle ticket (the prize: a free STC webinar of their choosing). Presentations, room divisions, and snacks were all in perfect order. The attendance balanced local professionals with graduate and undergraduate students, eager to get the evening started.

Heidi Lawrence, Assistant Professor of English at GMU, kicked the night off by welcoming the room full of technical communicators. She was poised, yet visibly excited, giving many thanks to the people who made the evening possible. She quickly outlined the evening: introductions, breakout sessions, review, and then networking.

Chris Lyons, STC CEO, and Liz Pohland, STC Director of Communications and Intercom Editor, spoke next. They encouraged the group to get involved with STC by attending meetings, visiting headquarters, and writing articles. They emphasized that Intercom and the STC blog welcome student submissions (a note jotted down by many attendees). While their attendance was a highlight of the event, they excused themselves before many had a chance to make a personal connection. For those who missed their chance, Lyons and Pohland appear in the STC staff directory, and headquarters is not far away.

Breakout Sessions

Before the breakout sessions, Heidi allowed each presenter to introduce themselves. Ugur Akinci, Melissa Kulm, and Viqui Dill stood up to announce the resume, portfolio, and social media sessions respectively. As the room broke into sessions, I selected social media and online presence.

Dill stated from the very beginning: this is not how to hide on the internet. Quite the opposite actually, Dill wanted her audience to make their presence known using social media. She started with an ice breaker, asking each person to tell their “superpower” and “kryptonite” to the group. Essentially asking: what makes you awesome and what can hold you back?

She went on to explain that social media gives the opportunity for you to show your best self by accenting your superpowers. How? Dill pointed to Career Sherpa, Hannah Morgan, for specific advice, but said it all starts with creating a home on the web. A blog, Dill said, is a great way to gather social media contacts as well as share your writing and presentations. Accent it with a LinkedIn profile and SlideShare account to show the world what you can do.

What about your kryptonite? Lock it down and flush it out with your superpowers was Dill’s advice. You can clean house by altering privacy settings and deleting harmful results, but Dill encouraged her audience to focus on what to show rather than what not to. She explained that negative results can be “flushed out” of your top results by positive, well-maintained social media profiles. Ultimately, this will bring positives to your online presence rather than just removing the negatives. Concerned about your online results? Dill pointed to Google Alerts and EdgeRank to stay ahead of the curve.


At this point, the breakout sessions concluded and the group reconvened. Each presenter took a moment to recap their presentation for the group, encouraging those who attended other sessions to reach out with any questions. After some brief, concluding statements, the raffle was held (I won!) and personal networking commenced. Attendees spoke up about local job opportunities and STC members made themselves available to those interested in joining the chapter. As I made my leave, the room still buzzed with excitement as people discussed future events, graduate programs, and the excitement of technical communication.

Bravo GMU STC for a successful first event. I know many walked away excited about what this chapter has in store. I look forward to your next gathering.

About the Author

Greta Boller is a technical writer and blogger in Washington, D.C. As a technical writer, she not only authors documentation for technicians and management, but develops processes to create and restructure technical writing programs. As a blogger, she is The Lone Technical Writer, dedicated to collecting lessons learned in technical writing.