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First time attendees session


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STC hosted a free webinar on April 4 for first-time attendees and anyone who hasn't attended the Summit in awhile. Get tips and tricks to make the most out of your Summit experience. The presenters covered the kinds of sessions offered, the social events, ticketed events, the location of the Hyatt, and just about anything a first-time attendee would want to know.

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First time attendees session

  1. 1. Welcome to the STC Summit First Timer Web seminar. The session will start in a few minutes.Please mute your phone and/or computermicrophone.If your phone does not have a mute button, at the top ofthe display click the green phone handset icon andselect “Mute my phone”.
  2. 2. Getting the Most (and you can get a lot!) from Your FirstTechnical Communication Summit 60th Anniversary Annual Conference Your tour guides: Rhyne & Nathaniel
  3. 3. Our goal is to help make yourexperience at the world’s largestgathering of technical communicationprofessionals productive, educationaland fun!
  4. 4. Tip #1: Plan a daily schedule. Factor in back- Use the up options guide. Select from Technical sessions Vendor showcases Special sessions Lightning talks
  5. 5. Choose among different sessionformats: “Lecture” •Case Study •Demonstration •Lightning Talk Project •Panel Discussion Mini- •Presentation Showcase •Research ReportWorkshop Progression
  6. 6. Tip #2: Take advantage of conferenceresources. Community Affairs Body of Committee Knowledge STC Central PublicationsCompetition Awards Membership Display Nominating Committee
  7. 7. Tip #2: Take advantage of conferenceresources. cont.Message Board Refreshments Student Lunch Area on Monday Unofficial Gatherings
  8. 8. Tip #2: Take advantage of conferenceresources. cont.Atlanta Information Booth Local Info Give-Aways Chicago Booth 2012
  9. 9. Tip #3: Take advantage of ONLINEconference resources. WiFi? Itinerary Planner LanyrdEmployment Booth Speaker Evaluations
  10. 10. Tourist EventsOakland Cemetery Tour Atlanta Ghost TourSunday, 5 May Tuesday, 7 May1:00-3:30 PM 8:00-10:00 PM$24.00 $20.00
  11. 11. Tip #4: Follow conference “etiquette.” Always carry business cardsWear your nametag (then give them away).(where it can be seeneasily). g r in B e t h le w xho ! bo Feel free to “beam” with other geeks.
  12. 12. Tip #4: Follow conference “etiquette.”cont. If a session doesn’t meetDon’t let your cell phone your needs, leave (Use yourannoy others. back-up plan). Keep networking!(It just means talking.)
  13. 13. Networking starters. . . “Hi! I’m (your name) from (your city/state). Where are you from?” “What’s new at your company?” “It’s my first STC Summit -- how about you?” • (for newbies) “What do you want to learn?” • (for non-newbies) “What sessions do you recommend?”
  14. 14. Technical communicator folksWho are they? What do they do? Where are they from? Famous folks Program committee
  15. 15. Technical communicator folks, cont.Who are they? What do they do? Where are they from? STC office The rest of us!
  16. 16. Tip #5: Don’t miss the Sunday Stuff! Exposition Hall Opening (closes 5:00 pm on session Welcome Tuesday)(5:30-6:45 pm) reception (7:00-8:30 pm) David Pogue
  17. 17. Tip #5: Don’t miss the Sunday Stuff!cont.Wear yournametag. Food Network! (It just means meeting people.)
  18. 18. Tip #6: Don’t miss the CommunitiesReception on Monday night! Food Network ! Give-Aways
  19. 19. Or gSummit TweetUp an Atla ized b nta y Cha STC pter TBD Tuesday at 9:00 PM Everyone is welcome! (Sort of)
  20. 20. Tip #7: Attend Pre-BanquetReception for FREE on Tuesday. AfterReception Party? Banquet before Check Twitter. #stc13 Optional Pricing (Sort of)
  21. 21. Tip #8: Attend Special InterestGroup (SIG) Meetings.
  22. 22. Tip #9: Be healthy. Live well.Give yourself breaks (It’s Ask questions (theOK to “skip a class”.) “famous people” & “big shots” will talk to you, too.) Have fun!Provide feedback.
  23. 23. Recognize yourself. Wear ribbons. Helpful for networking
  24. 24. Any questionsPick Up Your 1st Time Attendee Ribbon.