Mark your calendars! Our next virtual book club takes place on Thursday, April 18, at 7 p.m. During this event, we will discuss Alan Alda’s book: If I Understood You, Would I Have This Look on My Face? My Adventures in the Art and Science of Relating and Communicating. This virtual book club event is open to anyone—whether or not you’re a member of STC or STC-SM—so even if you’re just interested in some edifying discussions, you’re welcome to join us! Continue reading “Virtual Book Club—April 2019”
STC-SM will be hosting its first virtual coffee meet-up on Tuesday, December 18 from 7–9 AM! We will be using a new channel in our Slack workspace called coffee_club to initiate a phone call. Join us to discuss STC, STC-SM, technical communication, industry trends, or whatever else may come up! The facilitator will initiate the call at 7AM, but feel free to join at any point during the two-hour timeframe—for as little or long as you like! This is a great opportunity to network with other technical communicators or council members and discuss tech comm. Continue reading “Virtual Coffee Meet-up”
The STC-SM chapter thrives from collaboration with our members, and that includes you! As an STC-SM member, you have the potential to help connect the STC-SM community through your active participation. If you are looking to gain leadership experience, receive feedback on your work, or even just grow your network of technical communicators, then STC-SM has some great opportunities for you. Continue reading “Volunteer Opportunities”
Are you interested in reading books related to writing, editing, grammar, and technical communication? Do you want to participate in discussions with technical communicators?
STC-SM is launching a virtual book club that will meet twice a year to discuss a selected book within the field of writing, editing, design, and other topics specific to technical communication. Our first book club event will take place using our STC-SM Slack workspace to get to know one another, discuss different concepts in the book, and apply what we’ve learned in our profession. Continue reading “STC-SM Virtual Book Club to Launch in December”
Over the past year, STC-SM has been using Slack to share information and communicate with our chapter members. Slack is a powerful messaging and collaboration tool that allows individuals and organizations to work together and share information in meaningful and efficient ways. We invite you to join us in our “Intro to Slack” webinar, which will show you how you can use the STC-SM Slack workspace to connect with STC-SM chapter members and council members so that you can stay up-to-date on programs and networking events in the STC community. Continue reading “Intro to Slack—Webinar”
Want to meet with technical communicators from various backgrounds or learn more about the STC community? Please join us Tuesday, April 24, 2018 from 6–8 PM for a networking event in Detroit! This event is open to students, technical communicators, or anyone interested in STC.
We will be meeting at Punch Bowl Social in Detroit. There is no entrance fee, but you will be responsible for your own food and drinks. When you arrive at the restaurant, ask the host to direct you to the STC-SM table. Continue reading “Networking at Punch Bowl Social Is Coming Up”
On Wednesday, March 21, we met at Lawrence Technological University for our program Clear and Simple. Our speaker, Ed Lanigan, spoke on how clarifying information and presenting it in a simple way improves our ability to communicate with our readers and creates better customer experiences. Ed has more than 20 years of multi-industry experience focused on customer experience, service performance, and six-sigma continuous improvement, and we are very grateful to have had the opportunity to hear him speak.
This thought-provoking discussion detailed the process of implementing a company-wide strategy for designing and using standardized letter templates that not only improved internal processes by slimming down unnecessary communication but also improved the content of the letters by providing a set of guidelines for writers. With the use of a standardized template, employees in different sections of the company could customize communication to clients while maintaining company branding and ensuring that the information the reader needed to know was visible and well-designed. Continue reading “Program Recap: Clear and Simple With Speaker Ed Lanigan”
Have you ever been interested in learning more about APIs and API documentation? It’s one of the fastest growing areas of technical communication, and it’s quickly becoming a common job requirement. APIs, or application programming interfaces, are sets of functions and methods that allow you to interface to a program or service running on another computer. APIs have become increasingly prevalent, and more technical writers are needed to document the core functionality of these APIs. Continue reading “Swagger UI and the Open API Specification”