Have you produced or contributed to technical communication products that you think are worthy of awards, or would you like feedback on a project you are currently working on?
This year, the STC-SM chapter is teaming up with the STC West Michigan Shores (WMS) chapter to host the STC Regional Technical Communication Competition! Entries must qualify as technical communication in one of the following categories: informational, instructional, user support, or promotional material.
Why enter your work in this competition? Among other reasons, a technical communication competition provides a fantastic opportunity to:
- focus and develop your current portfolio of work
- receive constructive feedback and valuable insights from experienced technical communications professionals
- boost your confidence and pride in your individual or team accomplishments
- obtain recognition within the STC organization and greater community of technical communications professionals
- add an accolade to your résumé
The call for entries is now open! You do not need to be a member of STC to enter your work, and group entries are also welcome. For details on entry eligibility and fees, how to submit an entry, and more, see the STC Regional Technical Communication Competition page. The deadline for submissions is Friday, November 2, so don’t delay!
Want to meet with technical communicators from various backgrounds or learn more about the STC community? Please join us for the first networking event of the 2018-2019 STC program year on Tuesday, September 18, at Cultivate in Ypsilanti. All are welcome, including students, technical communicators, or anyone interested in STC.
When: Tuesday, September 18, from 5:30-7:00 p.m.
Where: Cultivate Coffee Bar and Tap House, 307 N River St, Ypsilanti, MI
As always, the conversation is free; everyone is responsible for his or her own tab. RSVPs are appreciated so we know how many seats to reserve. We hope to see you there!
As I get closer to graduating and entering the professional world of technical communication, I feel increasing anxiety about taking this leap. However, being a part of the STC-SM mentorship program has lessened my anxiety and helped prepare me for this transition. I would expect my experience is common and this is one of the many reasons why I recommend others become mentees. Having someone to go to for advice, or to review job application materials, will make this process smoother. I feel like I have someone in my corner to help me, and I want others to experience that same support. Continue reading “STC-SM’s Mentoring Program Through a Mentee’s Eyes”
NEO STC has sent out a Save-the-Date note to let us know that Bernard Aschwanden, STC Associate Fellow and Past President, as well as an Adobe Certified Expert, will be presenting at Northeast Ohio STC’s Saturday, September 22, program. Bernard deals with all sorts of things pertaining to structured documents and CCMS.
There will be more information about this program later, so check NEO STC’s website.
The STC-SM chapter launched a mentoring program during the 2017-2018 program year. The program is open to college students close to graduation and adults considering a career change.
After volunteering, I was matched with two mentees: a student at Eastern Michigan University and a professional in the Bay Area (California) who is switching careers. Here are some brief thoughts about my experience. Continue reading “STC-SM’s Mentoring Program Through a Mentor’s Eyes”
Wednesday is always the saddest day at Summit. I checked out of my room, stowed my bags with the bellhop (a very painless process for a change. Great work, Hyatt!) and then headed to Jennifer Goode’s presentation on Podcasting as a Teaching Tool. Goode gave a comprehensive overview that included the definition of a podcast, examples of great podcasts, some fascinating statistics (did you know that podcasts have an 85% completion rate?) and a rundown of the equipment you need to start podcasting now. You can get started with just two microphones (preferably with pop filters and boom arms) a soundboard, and some mixing software, such as Audacity (which is free and very easy to use). You will of course also need a topic, script, and people to interview, and then a place to publish your work. Goode’s presentation covered all of this and still allowed time for questions. Continue reading “STC Summit 2018—Day 4—Wednesday”
On Tuesday morning I attended The Fourth Industrial Revolution—Preparing for an AI World, by Peter Scocimara. In his engaging session, Scocimara presented a history lesson and led us through the first three industrial revolutions. He then set the stage for the fourth, which is just beginning as humans begin creating artificial intelligences that may soon outstrip us and lead to drastic changes in how we live and work. His advice? Learn for the sake of learning, develop creativity, integrate artificial intelligence and machine learning, and become an informed citizen. Continue reading “STC Summit 2018—Day 3—Tuesday”
Monday kicked off with the opening keynote and general session. The keynote was presented by Carla Johnson, who discussed branding and the concept of “brand detachment disorder” that sets in when you think that your company could never use the ideas of the giant companies. Take Lego, for example. Lego makes simple plastic bricks. But they also have Lego-branded stores, movies, monthly Lego subscriptions (for both kids and adults), an online Lego news show, and a Lego TV series. Your company may not be able to do all of that, but you can borrow ideas from anywhere. Can’t afford a TV show? Try a monthly podcast for customers. Start small and build. It’s what every company has done. You can take ideas from anywhere to improve your brand, your team, and your work. Johnson’s presentation left me feeling like I really could suggest some “big ideas” at work and have a hope of getting them implemented. Continue reading “STC Summit 2018—Day 2—Monday”
This article will be presented in four parts, so check in daily for each installment.
This year marked STC’s 65th annual summit and to celebrate, we went to Orlando, Florida. STC-SM received the Pacesetter Award for Innovative Programming, which Maryann Bowen accepted on behalf of the chapter at Sunday’s Leadership Program. Continue reading “STC Summit 2018—Day 1—Sunday”
Everyone ran unopposed; there were no write-in candidates. Here are the results:
- President: Alison Phillips
- Vice President: Katherine Baeckeroot
- Treasurer: Patricia Gómez Martz
- Secretary: Heather Shelly
- Nominations: Maryann Bowen
Our turnout was 35%.
If you are curious about what goes on at our meetings, please join us at a Council meeting—the general business meeting and final meeting of this program year is on June 14 in Ann Arbor—or join us in the coming program year. Members are always welcome.
We will be setting the dates for the next program year’s Council meetings at our August meeting, and posting them soon after. If you have ideas for programs that you would like to attend or topics that you think would be of interest email your ideas to the Council by August 15 for consideration.