On January 26th, 2021, Kelly Schrank, an Associate Fellow of the Society for Technical Communication (STC) and a technical writer and editor with over 20 years of experience in different industries, presented the “Engineering Your Networking Experience” webinar for STC. The purpose of the webinar was to describe how to network effectively and to present tips for people with introverted personalities to connect with other people at networking events.
To introduce the webinar, Schrank made an analogy suggesting that people should think about networking the same way they think about their jobs. People often face challenges at work that make it unlikely that they would consistently enjoy their jobs every day. Similarly, most people do not always enjoy networking; however, just as people stick to a job because of pay, benefits, opportunities to gain experience, job satisfaction, and other reasons, they network to reap its benefits.
Schrank quoted the Dictionary.com definition of networking: “a supportive system of sharing information and services among individuals and groups having a common interest” (Dictionary.com, n.d.). People network to build relationships, to learn from other people they meet, and to share ideas. What is important to remember is that networking is not transactional, and to succeed at it, attendees must be relational with each other and not use each other as a means to an end. For example, simply asking a stranger for a job would be detrimental to building a relationship with that person.
Continue reading “Engineering Your Networking Experience – Program Recap”
World Information Architecture (IA) Day celebrates information architecture and shares knowledge and ideas from analogue to digital, from design to development, from students to practitioners, globally and locally on February 27, 2021.
It appears there are no events in Michigan this year; however, most talks and other events around the world are virtual. Visit the World IA Day Events page for a complete listing, with links to event descriptions and registration pages.
The STC election is scheduled to open on 1 March and close on 15 March 2021. All STC members who have paid their dues by 31 January 2021 are eligible to vote.
The STC Nominating Committee has announced the final slate of candidates for the 2021 STC election:
- Kirsty Taylor will automatically succeed from the office of Vice President.
Vice President (3 candidates for one position; three-year commitment)
- Miles Kimball
- Carolyn Klinger
- Aiessa Moyna
- No elections for secretary this year
Treasurer (2 candidates for one position; two-year term)
- Bethany Aguad
- Bobbi (Roberta) Werner
Director (5 candidates for two positions; two-year term)
- Theresa Daudier
- Joyce Lam
- Karen Levine
- Laura Palmer
- Sree Pattabiraman
Nominating Committee (4 candidates for two positions; two-year term)
- David Caruso
- Kylie Jacobsen
- Jack Molisani
- Roger Renteria
Visit the STC Notebook Blog to read the full announcement and articles about each candidate.
Join us on Wednesday, February 24 from 7-8:30 p.m. for “Mastering Your Website” presented by Timothy Esposito.
In this webinar, you will learn how to improve your website by integrating social media, mail lists, event calendars, and more. We’ll go under the hood to learn how to tighten security, scan for viruses, have Google analyze your site visits, optimize for search engines, and FTP files to/from your web server. All of this will help you work towards mastering your website!
This webinar is for those currently serving as webmasters, are incoming webmasters, or are interested in learning more about using WordPress and cPanel for their website.
About Our Speaker
Timothy Esposito is the STC Secretary and an STC Fellow with over 20 years of technical communication experience. He has been the President, VP, treasurer, webmaster, and scholarship manager of the STC Philadelphia Metro Chapter. He lives just outside Philadelphia with his wife and son.
Wednesday, February 24, 2021
7-8:30 p.m. EDT
- Students: Free (please register with student email)
- STC-MGL members: Free
- STC members*: $10
- Non-members: $20
* Honorary members for the evening: employees of the sponsoring organization and members of partner organizations (UXPA, CHI, and ASTD)
Please register for this event on Eventbrite here.
Our next virtual coffee meetup is coming up! We’ll be meeting online on Monday, February 15, from 12-1 p.m. ET. Grab your favorite beverage or your lunch and join STC-MGL members to discuss tech comm, STC, chapter events, and more. This is a great way to network with other technical communicators across Michigan in a relaxing and peaceful setting. We hope you will join us! Continue reading “Lunchtime Coffee Meetup: February 15”
Happy New Year! As the snow swirls and we navigate 2021, please join us from the comfort of your home for a virtual open house on Tuesday, January 26 from 7-8:30 PM ET.
In this open house we’ll showcase our new STC-MGL logo, share the updated Active Membership Program, and talk about the remaining events in our program year.
This virtual open house is open to all and will be a perfect opportunity to learn about our STC-MGL chapter, ask questions about technical communications, tell us about yourself, share ideas for events, and make some new connections.
Tuesday, January 26
7-8:30 PM ET
Please register by the end of the day, Monday, January 25. The confirmation email from Eventbrite will include the Zoom link.
Our next virtual coffee meetup is coming up. We’ll be meeting online on Thursday, January 14, from 12-1 p.m. ET. Grab your favorite beverage or your lunch and join STC-MGL members to discuss tech comm, STC, chapter events, and more. This is a great way to network with other technical communicators across southeastern Michigan in a relaxing and peaceful setting. We hope you will join us! Continue reading “Lunchtime Coffee Meetup: January 14”
On September 30, Brigid Daull Brockway presented a webinar demonstrating tech comm concepts through the work of Geoffrey Chaucer. Brigid has a B.A. in Creative Writing, an M.F.A. in Creative Writing (Nonfiction), and 15 years of experience as a technical writer.
Although most know Chaucer for writing The Canterbury Tales, he also authored the first English technical document. Written in the 1390s, A Treatise on the Astrolabe skillfully explains how to use an astrolabe by adhering to modern tech comm principles. By examining Chaucer’s success, we can establish five rules to inform and improve our own technical communication. Continue reading “Webinar Recap: Navigating Tech Comm With Geoffrey Chaucer”
Our next virtual coffee meetup is coming up. We’ll be meeting online on Wednesday, December 16, from 12-1 p.m. ET. Grab your favorite beverage or your lunch and join STC-MGL members to discuss tech comm, STC, chapter events, and more. This is a great way to network with other technical communicators across southeastern Michigan in a relaxing and peaceful setting. We hope you will join us! Continue reading “Lunchtime Coffee Meetup: December 16”
The STC-MGL fall virtual book club is just around the corner!
Join us on Thursday, December 10 at 7 p.m. for our discussion on Writing is Designing by Michael J. Metts and Andy Welfle. During this event, we’ll talk about the major concepts in the book, discuss how the topics relate to or affect technical communication, and what the ideas covered in the book mean for the future of our profession. It is sure to be a stimulating conversation.
We hope you will join us! Register for the virtual book club here.
About the Event
Current STC and STC-MGL members
Thursday, December 10, 2020
About the Book
From the Goodreads summary:
Without words, apps would be an unusable jumble of shapes and icons, while voice interfaces and chatbots wouldn’t even exist. Words make software human-centered, and require just as much thought as the branding and code. This book will show you how to give your users clarity, test your words, and collaborate with your team. You’ll see that writing is designing.