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TCUK 2012, Leah Guren, A Fish Tale

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TCUK 2012, Leah Guren, A Fish Tale

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TCUK 2012, Leah Guren, A Fish Tale

  1. 1. A Fish Tail or Carpe Diem: Six Life-lessons from Our Fishy Friends
  2. 2. It was a pretty good day…
  3. 3. Lesson 1: Take a leap of faith.
  4. 4. Believe that TC will be here.Believe enough to invest in thefuture.
  5. 5. Stay in school. conferences, certificates, additional degrees, courses, seminars, workshops, trade journals, e-zines, user groups, forums…
  6. 6. Lesson 2: Invest in better PR. $15 million$80–100K per fish per movie$10.79 at PETCO
  7. 7. Names matter. =common carp =ornamental koi
  8. 8. Technical CommunicatorTech Writer Documentation Specialist User Experience Facilitator Information Architect Content Specialist…
  9. 9. Lesson 3: Adapt or die. DITA, XML, Web 2.0, usability, Help authoring, personas, wikis, v-blogs, Controlled English, instructional design…
  10. 10. Lesson 4: Find the right stress.“What does notdestroy me, makesme strong.” – Friedrich Neitzche Yeah, right…
  11. 11. If you are unhappy with your job… …make it harder. (a la Gretchen Rubin)Get out of your comfort zone…Volunteer for something you’ve neverdone. Tackle a fear. Push yourself.
  12. 12. Lesson 5: Actively swim in abigger pond. Like carp, we grow to fit our world.
  13. 13. It is the opposite of “big fish, little pond.”You may be more special orvaluable in a larger pond.
  14. 14. Professional growth via“large pond” identification global TC community (STC, Tekom, IEEE…) national TC community (ISTC) immediate TC community work
  15. 15. Lesson 6: Enjoy the process.
  16. 16. The Six Life-Lessons1. Take a leap of faith 4. Find the right stress. (stay in school). 5. Actively swim in a2. Invest in better PR bigger pond. (names matter). 6. Enjoy the process.3. Adapt or die. Leah Guren technical communication training & consulting www.cowtc.com leah@cowtc.com

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