Attend our October program meeting and leverage the power of image and video in your communication. In this session, Andrea Perry and Matt Pierce will introduce several ways images and videos can be used to improve internal communication, documentation, feedback, and more. Once they’ve got you thinking about how you can incorporate visuals into your own work, they’ll show you how Snagit and Camtasia can be used to quickly and easily create what you need.
Wednesday, October 14
Washtenaw Community College (room LA 372)
4800 E Huron River Dr, Ann Arbor, MI 48105
6:30 PM – 8:30 PM
Published: AMACOM, New York, NY; 2011; 221 pages [Source: this was one of the books given away at STC’s Summit 2015 in Columbus, OH]
Mark Goulston is a psychiatrist, business advisor and coach, and a speaker. He presents techniques in the book that he has used through the years in his practice, in hostage negotiations, in a home with teenagers, or when advising businesses.
You’re invited to Ignite UX Michigan 2015, an evening of twelve short talks on user experience topics in Ann Arbor on Tuesday, September 15. Now in its third year, Ignite UX Michigan gives local speakers a chance to share their knowledge. The event is free, registration is not required, and it is a great opportunity to learn and to mingle with other local UX professionals and students.
Ignite UX Michigan will be at Live in Ann Arbor, located on 1st and Huron Streets. The event will open at 6:30pm for networking, and then talks will begin at 7:00pm. Light hors d’oeuvres will be served, and there will be a cash bar.
I imagine some of our chapter members would like to know if paying for the Vice President’s registration to the annual conference had any value. I certainly hope you think so, because I was very happy with my first STC conference. I got lots of great ideas and guidance for the upcoming year. Here are some of the sessions I attended on Leadership Day:
“Resource sharing for low volunteer communities” with David Caruso
“Awards and recognition” with Lori Meyer
“Succession planning and volunteers” with Ben Woelk
“Revitalizing your membership” with Christopher Ward
Beginning with the February 2016 issue of Technical Communication, the cover of the journal will be a juried space for graphic artists. Each issue will offer the opportunity for a theme-related submission of diagrams, drawings, collages, infographics, cartoons, comic strips, or brief graphic narratives. The theme for the cover of the February 2016 issue is “The Future of Technical Communication.”
For this inaugural effort, please submit your work as a high-resolution (300 dpi) jpg file by 1 October 2015, to firstname.lastname@example.org with a brief explanation (100-200 words) of how your work addresses the theme. Submissions will be anonymously reviewed, and a jury of peers will select each issue’s cover. Honorable mentions will be published inside the journal.
Throughout his tenure as a member of the Southeastern Michigan Chapter of STC, Thomas Glennan has been consistent, dedicated, and extremely professional. After a long career as a mechanical engineer, Tom undertook a career shift to technical communication and hasn’t looked back. Tom regularly shares his valuable career and business insight with other members of the STC/SM chapter through leading, presenting, and teaching.
Most recently, Tom served as Vice President and then President of our chapter. As president, he brought consistency to the role and a solid understanding of how to run meetings and hold others accountable for commitments and deadlines in a positive way. His work in the chapter has spanned other roles as well, including Secretary and Education Liaison. As an engineer, a college instructor, and the owner of a technical communication business, Tom is uniquely qualified to positively and practically influence his students and chapter members who are training to be future technical communicators. Even before he held an elected or named position on our chapter Council, he served as an unofficial professional liaison. As an active member of multiple STC chapters, he has helped us form new or stronger connections with those chapters, especially our neighbors in Northeast Ohio STC. He has also used his membership in SAE International to promote awareness of STC—and the technical communication profession in general—in the automotive engineering community.
The 62nd annual Technical Communication Summit took place in Columbus, Ohio from June 21 – 24.
This year’s Summit was another great experience with educational sessions and networking.
A new event this year was Speed Networking. This event gave registrants the opportunity to meet several attendees in a short amount of time. Participants rotated throughout several tables in the one-hour session and gave an overview to introduce themselves. This event gave each participant a chance to meet others who you may not have had the opportunity to meet at the Summit. For those who were interested in making a further connection there were other networking events to follow-up.
In addition to the wealth of educational sessions another great feature of the Summit is the Expo Hall. This is a chance to get product demos and ask questions with experts from several software vendors who can provide specific solutions for your company.
The Southeastern Michigan chapter had a great time at the Summit.