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STC PMC Newsletter 2011-04


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STC PMC Newsletter April 2011

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STC PMC Newsletter 2011-04

  1. 1. Email not displaying correctly? View it in your browser. About Us Events Membership News & Views April 2011 Greetings! On behalf of the STC Philadelphia Metro Chapter's leaders and volunteers, I'd like to congratulate the entire chapter for being recently honored as a 2010 Chapter of Excellence. This prestigious honor is awarded to STC communities that demonstrate a high level of achievement - we're grateful for the recognition. A general overview of this award is provided later in this newsletter. It's also been quite a busy month. Just last week we met with many of our New Jersey colleagues in Voorhees to hear Nad Rosenberg deliver some insightful tips and information about using visuals more effectively. This was a follow-up to her recent presentation at the 2011 Mid-Atlantic Technical Communication Conference that was held on March 26 in Willow Grove, PA at the Giant Community Center. Speaking of the conference, I'd like to thank everyone who helped to make this event such a great success - the speakers, attendees, and volunteers. The same goes for the Friday workshop that Don Moyer hosted. We've received excellent feedback and look forward to putting together another terrific event in 2012. There's more in store! The annual STC Summit is coming up on May 15 (Pre-registration for the Summit ends this Friday, April 29!). Then 2 weeks after that (May 28th), we have a special presentation by Theodora Landgren, one of our senior members and regional specialist with her company a2z global. She'll be talking about how best to prepare for localization and encourages attendees to bring their questions - I encourage those looking into expanding their roles and reaching an international audience to take advantage of this opportunity. And for those of you who are interested in getting more involved with the chapter and helping us continue to offer great services and programs, stay tuned! We'll be providing more opportunities and information on how you can help, learn new skills, and get to know your STC colleagues a little better. Todd DeLuca President, STC-PMC Join STC Now
  2. 2. Member Feedback of the 2011 STC-PMC Mid-Atlantic Conference I attended my first Mid-Atlantic Conference this year, and I found the whole experience to be informative and fun. I enjoyed getting to meet many members of PMC, as well as other STC members from around the surrounding areas. All the classes I attended helped to spur ideas for how I could improve my own technical writing skills and my career. It also informed me about the future of technical writing and how to adapt to the changes that are coming. As you can tell, this conference had a lot to offer. The workshops were diverse and offered a variety of ideas and methods that we could take back to work with us. They also offered great networking opportunities. If you did not get the chance to participate this year, I highly recommend you do so next year. The classes are diverse and there is definitely something for everyone. -Katie Wilson Technical communication is rapidly changing and we as technical communicators need to keep up with new trends in our field. While we may be dealing primarily with the written word, we also need to communicate visually. Taking a cue from the newly-emerged sister field user experience design, visual explanations are becoming of greater importance. Don Moyer gave the keynote presentation at this year’s Mid-Atlantic Conference. Even if you missed his Friday workshop, we got a chance on Saturday to create some of our own drawings that we can use as templates for storyboarding. Moyer pointed out that all topics are complex and using visual explanations can make it easier to think about topics. While we technical communicators are often writing documentation, it is not surprising to include diagrams, charts, or other illustrations. It is to our advantage to use pictures as well as words to communicate effectively. Having balance between technical communication and user experience will expand our usefulness in the workplace, and increase our likelihood of job retention. -Jackie Caddle Capturing and Presenting Ideas: How to Share What You Know With Your Fellow STC'ers by Barrie Byron, STC Associate Fellow and Active Member Bright ideas are attractive. Our Mid-Atlantic Technical Communication Conference is designed to inform and spark new ideas. I was recently inspired to learn and contribute as a conference speaker. We all have knowledge and experiences that can inspire others. In our conversations with coworkers, friends in the industry, and fellow professionals, we learn from listening, observing, and doing. My secret for learning at the highest level is to volunteer to speak about a topic. The goal of presenting is met May 2011 Chapter Meeting Thursday, May 24 6:30pm - 8:30pm Tredyffrin Public Library 582 Upper Gulph Road Stafford, PA 19087 610.688.7092 Register for meeting June 2011 Chapter Meeting Wednesday, June 15 6:00pm - 8:30pm D’Ignazio’s Towne House Media, PA Details to come... Visit the Events page of the STC-PMC website for more information.
  3. 3. when I:  Help our audience to understand something  Motivate our audience to take action to do something  Give our audience something to think about First, discover what you have a passion for. Do you see a pattern in the requests you receive for help on a specific topic? Do your friends, coworkers, and industry peers send you email messages with requests for help or clarification on a particular subject? A good way to generate and capture ideas is to start an idea journal. I use a Google document so I can access my journal notes from any computer. Second, from your idea journal, select a topic that interests you and inspires you. Start a slide deck and begin outlining your discussion points. You do not need Microsoft Office to make a slide deck. You can use free software such as Google Presentation, Lotus Symphony Presentations, or OpenOffice Impress. Use the web, use your professional skills, and definitely use your anecdotal experiences. Add these learned bits of wisdom to your slide deck or to your idea journal. Third, give yourself a deadline to complete your slide deck. The next time that you see a call for proposals, consider participating. Every event has specific proposal and presentation guidelines and a proposal deadline. Plan to complete your proposal well in advance of the deadline. You might be required to get the proposal accepted by your company management, so plan for the approval cycle as appropriate. The Conference is not the only opportunity to present information; STC- PMC has many opportunities. Consider presenting at a chapter meeting or consider presenting a workshop in your area of expertise. Do the work and have fun with your topic. May 2011 Newsletter Publication Schedule The publication day for the newsletter is the last Wednesday of each month with the deadline for content the Wednesday before publication. The next STC-PMC newsletter will be published on Wednesday, May 25, 2011. The deadline to submit content is Wednesday, May 18, 2011. Submit all content and questions to: Newsletter Editor
  4. 4. 2010 Community of Excellence Award As a 2010 recipient of a 'Community of Excellence' award, the chapter was required to complete an extensive application that outlined and documented activities performed by the chapter during the course of the year. The application is organized into different sections, with a stated minimum requirement for each section being completed in order to be granted an award. Each award requires a higher level of activity and supporting documentation. After careful review of the submitted application and documentation, the STC Community Achievement Award Evaluation Committee (CAAEC) decides whether a community has met the stated minimum requirements for the desired award level. The three award levels, beginning from lowest to highest, are: Chapter of Merit, Chapter of Excellence, Chapter of Distinction. I'm proud to say we've reached Chapter of Excellence for 2010. With your help and continued support, I hope to say we are a Chapter of Distinction for 2011! If you have any ideas or thoughts on how we might better serve our regional members and reach even higher goals, contact the Newsletter Editor. View email in browser |Unsubscribe | Update your profile | Forward to a friend Join us on Facebook Copyright (C) 2012 STC Philadelphia Metro Chapter. All rights reserved. You are receiving this message because you've previously indicated that you are willing to receive STC- PMC chapter-related information. If this is not the case, please click the Unsubscribe link and you will no longer receive chapter announcements. Please Note: We do not sell, distribute, or share the names or e-mail addresses of any subscribers to STC-PMC publications (including our newsletter and announcements). STC Philadelphia Metro Chapter PO Box 214 Lionville, Pennsylvania 19353 Add us to your address book Sent to << Test Email Address >> — why did I get this? unsubscribe from this list | update subscription preferences STC Philadelphia Metro Chapter · PO Box 214 · Lionville, Pennsylvania 19353