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President's Message Washington, DC – Baltimore Chapter

November 2021

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Greetings STC WDCB Family,

During this time of uncertainty in the world, we strive to continue to serve as an uplifting outlet that radiates unique opportunities to connect as a community. Thank you for your continued time and support of the STC Washington, DC – Baltimore Chapter. Let's get together again virtually to break bread during the exciting events that we have lined up for you this month.

The greatness of a community is most accurately measured by the compassionate actions of its members.

Coretta Scott King

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.

November 2020

Ms. Shawneda Crout – Integrate Social Media into Your TechComm
Technical communicators with the ability to adopt social media into the creation, and review phase of content planning, find it to be an invaluable resource in their TechComm projects. Shawneda will advise on how to use social media and social search platforms to provide opportunities to illuminate customer pain points, provide customer preferences, and receive real-time feedback to benefit work processes.
Webinar: Thursday November 12, 2020 @ 7-8 p.m. ET
Dr. Ugur Akinci – Marketing Methods for Books Published on Amazon Kindle
This webinar is the sequel to the webinar Ugur presented in October titled, "Self-Publishing on Amazon Kindle Direct Publishing for TechComm Pros". In this webinar, he will discuss how to promote and sell your book after selfpublication via three Amazon and two Facebook methods.
Webinar: Thursday November 19, 2020 @ 7-8 p.m. ET

December 2020

Dr. Liz Herman – Identity Disruption and the Technical Communicator
It's an amazing time to be a technical communicator. Our talents, skills, and smarts are needed. The way we have identified ourselves for the past several decades is changing. We need to prepare for an identity disruption. Join Liz as she shares insights and data about this seismic change.
Webinar: Thursday December 3, 2020 @ 7-8 p.m. ET
Adam Bradley – How to Create Technical Illustrations in Adobe Illustrator
This virtual workshop will cover the fundamentals to create sophisticated technical illustrations in Adobe Illustrator. Adam will guide you through techniques that will teach you skills such as how to create isometric projections and orthographic drawings to support your technical communication.
Webinar: Friday December 11, 2020 @ 12-2:30 p.m. ET

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 how to enter the competition and volunteer as a judge, subscribe for details.

TechComm Roadshow

Winners from the STC Alliance Competition will discuss their award winning submissions and the benefits of entering the STC Alliance Competition. The roadshow is scheduled for November 11, 2020 @ 6:30 p.m. ET. Invitations will be emailed to those who subscribe for details.

Now is the time to get your best examples of technical communication ready to enter into the upcoming 2020-2021 competition (date will be announced). STC WDCB Family, let's encourage our colleagues, and prepare ourselves to enter the upcoming 2020-2021 competition.

STC WDCB Resources

  1. Sign up to Receive Event Notification Emails
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  2. Look for jobs and career information on our WDCB Jobs Board website
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    5. Flickr Albums
    6. Join our LinkedIn group to network with others in the technical communication field

Networking and Volunteering

Our First Friday Lunches were a successful networking event that we've decided to put on hold in support of current social distancing measures. However, what may be perceived as a setback can also be harnessed as a great opportunity; Let's dive deep together in support of our speakers in The MasterClass in TechComm Webinar Speaker Series, and tap into a free subscription to The MasterClass in TechComm Podcast.

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

STC Student Membership Sponsorship Raffle

To support the growth of the Society and the professional development of student members, STC WDCB Chapter is hosting a raffle to sponsor 10 student STC memberships. The raffle is now open and will close on December 6, 2020 @ 11:59 p.m. ET. To enter, fill out the STC Student Membership Sponsorship
Raffle
form now!

Contact Us

We welcome your suggestions for how we can continue to bring you meaningful professional development events, and networking opportunities. We're also interested in collaborating with you on professional development initiatives and projects, so please email email hidden; JavaScript is required or fill out our Contact Us form to set up a time to discuss the concept that you have in mind.

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.

Sincerely,

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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