Spring is finally here, and so is a wide array of professional conferences to attend. You may remember my recap of the STC Summit last year and my belief in the value of attending professional conferences. With the long, dreary winter days behind us, spring is the perfect time to reenergize, set new goals, expand your network, learn something new, and reawaken that drive to advance your career, or even consider a career change.
On March 26-27, I was fortunate enough to travel to Rochester, New York for the Spectrum 2017 conference hosted by the STC Rochester chapter. This year’s theme was “Optimizing your role in an evolving profession.” The conference kicked off with an afternoon of leadership-oriented sessions. From STC President Adrienne Hunt’s “10 Keys to Successful Leadership” to Todd DeLuca’s presentation on service-oriented leadership, there was inspiration and information for experienced and aspiring leaders alike.
The following day was packed with educational sessions. Joe Gollner, one of today’s thought leaders on content strategy, delivered the opening keynote. His presentation, “The Brave New World of Technical Communication,” discussed the trend toward complete digitalization across industries along with the challenges and opportunities this trend presents to technical communicators.
The sessions throughout the rest of the day covered a wide range of topics such as engineering content, initiating change management, advancing your career through self-publishing, structured authoring, the art of personal branding, integrating UX with tech comm, and even using STC to build your resume. Just like the STC Summit, the conference wrapped up with some lightning and ninja talks, which bring everyone together to laugh and decompress after varying degrees of information overload have set in.
If you haven’t considered attending a conference this spring, there is still time to register for one! Consider the Internet User Experience conference IUE 2017 in Ann Arbor next week, or the STC Summit in Washington, DC from May 7-10. There is no better way to renew your excitement about your profession, keep up on industry trends, immerse yourself in a sea of ideas, and meet more like-minded professionals than to attend a conference!