STC Multi-Chapter Techcomm Showcase, February 2nd

Join us on Feb. 2nd for our Multi-Chapter Techcomm Showcase, brought to you by the Rochester, New England, and Southeastern Michigan Chapters of the Society for Technical Communication.

Each chapter is providing a speaker for the event who will provide a brief presentation and a question and answer period.

Speakers and Presentation Details
Audience-specific Content using FrameMaker

Bernard Aschwanden, STC President, works with clients to improve content creation, management and distribution workflows to improve quality and increase productivity. He is the founder of Publishing Smarter, an Associate Fellow of the Society for Technical Communication, and President of the STC, Bernard has helped hundreds of companies implement successful publishing solutions. Bernard is focused on publishing better, publishing faster and publishing smarter.
https://ca.linkedin.com/in/bernardaschwanden

Know Your Users: Improving Learning Content by Connecting with Users

As a learning content developer for a technical writing team at Autodesk, Patty Gale is involved in many aspects of the design, development, and production of learning content for 3D modeling software. A technical communicator for over 25 years, Patty has worked at businesses all sizes, from small start-ups to large corporations. Whether the sole writer or part of a larger team, Patty enjoys learning new technologies and determining the most effective way to share important information with users. She has received multiple awards from her employers and STC competitions, including an International Award of Distinguished Technical Communication. Patty holds Bachelor’s degrees in Computer Science and Business Management.
https://www.linkedin.com/in/patty-gale-9774461

Best Practices in Using Social Media for Your Business

Angel Belford is a communications professional with over 10 years of experience in writing, editing and content management. Currently, Angel is the Web Content Administrator at Lourdes University managing all online content and the company Intranet. Prior to her current position she worked at FOX Toledo, a local news media organization, overseeing the Internet department, social media and the internal content management system. Angel was a technical writer at La-Z-Boy, holding this position for several years while creating documentation including user and administrator manuals, quick reference cards, and online manuals. She has developed/maintained several types of digital and print documentation including: quick reference cards, websites, forms, user guides, training manuals, diagrams and newsletters.

https://www.linkedin.com/in/angelbelford

Meeting Details

Cost:
STC member $10.00
Non-member $15.00
Student $5.00

6-7 PM Networking
7-8:30 PM Presentations
8:30 PM Wrap-up

This multi-chapter STC educational event is offered virtually as well as in person. (Remote attendees will receive access information during the week before the presentation.)

Location
Lawrence Technological University
21000 West Ten Mile Road
Southfield, MI  48075-1058
Room TBD
Walk-ins are welcome.

Virtual Attendance Option
If you’re not able to attend in person, you are welcome to attend virtually through Adobe Connect.

RSVP: Register by Friday noon, January 29th. For questions or late registration, please contact programs@stc-sm.org

Free AIIP/STC Joint Webinar on January 21

Free AIIP/STC Joint Webinar: First-Year Questions Panel for STC members on Thursday January 21.

STC members can attend this free webinar specifically for first-year members to ask questions about being an independent info pro. Guest panelists will be STC member Ruth Thaler-Carter of Writer Ruth and AIIP members Scott Attenborough of Content Capital LLC and Ed Vawter of QD Information.

While the focus is on questions that people in their first year of business have, everyone is welcome to attend.

Register Now

Networking Lunch on January 22 & STC Webinars

During the holiday season, we wanted to remind STC members about viewing webinars and about our networking lunch on January 22 at Little Daddy’s in Livonia.

The free webinars are only accessible to STC members, and we welcome members and nonmembers alike to attend our programs.

See the latest webinars from STC:

We hope you were able to take advantage of these free, member-only webinars throughout the year, but if not, log in and download them now (free to STC members):

Come to eat, network, and discuss the webinars you viewed at the networking lunch on January 22, at

Little Daddy’s
19333 Victor Parkway
Livonia, MI 48152
734-744-7555

Attendees are responsible for paying for their own food and beverage, but the camaraderie is free! Please RSVP by January 21 to vicepresident@stc-sm.org.

Check our calendar for the date, time and location of other upcoming events.

Holiday Mixer on December 1

STC/SM, Michigan CHI, UXPA, and IXDA invites you to a casual Holiday Mixer.

Come and network with fellow STC/SM members (and non-members too) and join in the conversation for a convivial and relaxing gathering. There will not be a reserved room, so join us at the bar. Feel free to bring a friend. Everyone is welcome.

There is no entrance fee, but everyone will be responsible for their own meal and drinks. Ask the host to be directed to our area.

Details:
When: Tuesday December 1, 2015, anytime between 5-8pm
Where: Conor O’Neill’s Irish Pub
318 South Main St.
Ann Arbor, MI 48104
734.665.2968
www.conoroneills.com

Registration:
Contact programs@stc-sm.org

TechSmith Program Meeting Recap: Using Visuals in our Communication

by Tom Glennan

Do you know what search engine is the second largest after Google? Or how to use visuals and images to “flip” your documentation for meetings? Or even what Snagit and Camtasia are (and why you should know)? These and many other useful skills and tips were revealed and discussed at the October 14th program meeting, “Leverage the Power of Image and Video in Your Communication,” which was presented by Andrea Perry and Matt Pierce of TechSmith Corporation in Okemos, Michigan.
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How To Incorporate Usability Into Your Project Flow

By Maryann Bowen and Pat Gómez Martz

With World Usability Day fast approaching, this seems like a good time to recap our good friend and usability expert David Mitropoulos-Rundus’ presentation, How to Make User Experience a Priority, from the June 2015 User Experience Conference in Ann Arbor. Dave recommends including user experience and usability considerations in each phase of every project. He recommends defining your terms; defining usability requirements; designing to personas, scenarios, and environments; and iterative user testing. (more…)

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