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President's Message Washington, DC – Baltimore Chapter

December 2020

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Greetings STC WDCB Family,

First and foremost, thank you! We are grateful that you have allowed us to serve as an outlet for you this year. We understand that the challenges of 2020 have made it harder to prioritize time. Therefore, your time shared with our community is very much appreciated.

Our New Year wish for you is love, a peaceful mind, a healthy body, and a joyful soul. In this message, we are pleased to present the programming that we've carefully crafted for your edification and enjoyment in 2021. Thank you for tuning in. Happy New Year!

If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together.

African Proverb

Announcements

The Masterclass in TechComm Webinar Speaker Series

Sign up for The MasterClass in TechComm Webinar Speaker Series, which features prominent figures in the technical communication (TechComm) industry offering candid discussions on crucial topics, trends, and skills within our field.

Why should you tune in? Because thought and practitioner leaders embark on ways to challenge themselves for refinement, inspiration, and mentorship. Join us!

Our chapter uses the GoToMeeting platform to host webinars. All registrants will receive the link to the event in their e-ticket. Please download the free GoToMeeting app to attend on your smart device, or attend by pasting the event link into your web browser. If you have any questions, please contact: email hidden; JavaScript is required.

January 2021

Liz Fraley – Hacking Repetitive Publicity Tasks
During this webinar, you will learn how to raise your profile and build your brand on your terms by taking advantage of simple automations to make huge productivity improvements. Webinar: Wednesday January 27, 2021 @ 7-8 p.m. ET
Matt Reiner – Writing Documentation in an Agile Environment
With various agile framework options available, and the agile manifesto itself stating that agile doesn’t value “lengthy documentation,” it’s hard to understand where content creation fits. We will explore this and how agile product development teams can rapidly develop and deliver content alongside their product.
Webinar: Wednesday February 10, 2021 @ 7-8 p.m. ET
Jack Molisani – TechComm Trivia Night!
Come join us for an evening of networking and fun brain teasers to stretch your techcomm IQ!
Webinar: Wednesday February 17, 2021 @ 7-8 p.m. ET

March 2021

Angela Trenkle – Scientific Technical Writing in the COVID-19 Era
A deep dive of the topic will include the type of skills that scientific writing requires, how to venture into the specialty, and the various types of opportunities that working in this area of expertise can open up for those up for the challenge.
Webinar: Wednesday March 10, 2021 @ 7-8 p.m. ET

April 2021

Sean Stevenson – How to Slay an RFP
Learning how to develop proposals is essential to creating bids to win new business, which is the cornerstone of business development. Come learn how to knock out a response to a request for proposal (RFP).
Webinar: Thursday April 1, 2021 @ 7:30-8:30 p.m. ET

May 2021

Adam Bradley – The Foundation of Technical Illustration
Discover how to determine when your content should be communicated graphically. Learn how to communicate with graphic artists and illustrators with the use of common terminology. Understand what the fundamentals are to create technical graphics in order to effectively instruct authors on what requests to make from graphic specialists.
Webinar: Friday May 28, 2021 @ 10:00-11:00 a.m. ET

The Masterclass in TechComm Podcast

January 2021

Episode Featuring:

Angela Trenkle – Discourse with a Tech Writer Working on Covid-19 Pre-Clinical Trial Work
Tune into our first podcast episode of the New Year! Listen to a tech writer working in the bioresearch industry share how her career path led her into pre-clinical trial work related to COVID-19. Listen to The MasterClass in TechComm Podcast on Sunday January 10, 2021 @ 7 p.m. ET

The podcast is also offered through the following outlets:

Please subscribe to The MasterClass in TechComm Podcast to support this growing professional development initiative. If you are an active, or a retired technical communicator that would like to be featured on the podcast, please contact email hidden; JavaScript is required to discuss.

STC WDCB TechComm Competition

STC Alliance Competition

STC WDCB Chapter joined forces with the STC Alliance Competition team and is in the planning phase for the upcoming competition. For updates on the entries, award winner selections, and judges, subscribe and check out STC Alliance Competition for details.

STC WDCB Resources

  1. Sign up to Receive Event Notification Emails
    1. Go to the STC WDCB Events& News website.
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  2. Look for jobs and career information on our WDCB Jobs Board website
  3. Follow us on our social media accounts at
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    5. Flickr Albums
    6. Join our LinkedIn group to network with others in the technical communication field

STC WDCB Leadership Opportunities

Would you like to team up with members of the STC WDCB Administrative Council?
Please consider volunteering for a committee, run for a chapter office, or volunteer for community service work. By volunteering, you can network, share your talents, lend your support, develop transferrable leadership talents, or carve a new path.

STC WDCB Chapter Membership

We love planning meaningful events for you, receiving your feedback on our programs, and collaborating with you in support of professional development, and networking opportunities.

Renew Your STC WDCB Membership

If you haven't already, please Renew Your STC Membership for 2021 and allow us to continue serving you by selecting STC WDCB as your home chapter.

December 31, 2020 is the last day of your 2020 STC membership. Annual dues are payable to STC on January 1 (membership year ends on December 31). STC dues are tax deductible. Refer to the chart of membership levels and dues at STC Membership Levels and Benefits for how to figure the rates for new and renewing members.

Membership in one chapter and one SIG is included in the dues for Gold, Student, and Retired members. Professional and Academic memberships and New Professional memberships pay $25 for each chapter and $10 for each SIG they would like to join. These fees go to support the operating costs as a rebate to your home chapter.

Thank you very much for your time and membership.

Please reach out anytime to share your comments, or to request assistance.

Kind regards,

Tavia Record,
President and Professional Development Director
STC Washington, D.C. – Baltimore Chapter
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Last modified: December 10, 2021

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