Written by Mary Jo David
Six people participated in the first STC-SM networking lunch of the 2013 fall season; this one was held at the Grand Traverse Pie Company in Plymouth on Wednesday, Oct. 9, 2013, with an 11:30 am start time.
All attendees introduced themselves and talked about what they do on their jobs. Four are self-employed and two are employees of other companies. The group discussed the need for single-sourcing and content management solutions, and there was also some “tool talk,” mostly about Adobe® RoboHelp®, MadCap Flare®, Adobe FrameMaker® and Microsoft® Word®.
The tools discussion led to discussing the possibility of getting some of the local tool vendor reps to participate in a panel discussion so attendees can compare and contrast tools and their benefits. Someone also mentioned that it would be beneficial to get power users of some of these tools to participate in a panel discussion or progression meeting so others could learn from their experiences. (The chapter has done this type of program before but it was quite a while ago.)
We discussed some of the benefits of local chapter membership, and the general response was that the most important benefit of a local chapter is face-to-face communication and sharing. For example, local chapters provide opportunities to “talk shop” and discuss with other practicing communicators solutions to the problems and challenges we face on our jobs. (At that point, the discussion took on new energy when a restaurant representative appeared at the table with complimentary, snack-size pie samples!)
Attendees were told that two future networking events are in the planning stages—either lunches or breakfasts or one of each.