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Hello everyone! Another month, another issue!
I would like to tell you about a couple of things with STC. The “STC Tryout” and the limited time offer for a classic membership at $195 are both specials for current members.
The STC Tryout is a chance for current members to introduce colleagues and friends to the STC at 67% of the cost for an annual membership. They will receive all of the benefits of a membership for the duration of 2013 at $75. This tryout will also give these new members an opportunity for the limited-time Early Renewal Discount for 2014, which is only available to current members.
By encouraging people to become members you will:
Explain to potential recruits why you are in the STC and how invaluable the membership has been for you. Then tell them that they can join for the discounted rate for the remainder of 2013.
Tell them to join STC online. The enrollment fee will be waived. They must include the promotion code “TRYOUT13” into the “Dues Discount” field at the end of the application see this screenshot. If they have any questions have them call 1-703-522-4114 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. And remember, every member that is recruited will help to strengthen the STC.
As mentioned earlier there is a limited time offer on the Classic Membership with the STC. Membership is not open yet, but current members can apply for an Early Renewal Discount of $195 for the year 2014.
Regardless of when you renew all memberships still receive the same benefits from STC which include:
You can even go for the “Gold Value Package” that allows you access to free webinars and locked-in low rates for the 2014 Summit.
Exclusive benefits for Gold Value members include:
For those who have graduated within the last three years there is a new Professional category and it is only $160! This allows young professionals access to resources necessary to build a strong career.
So there you have it STC members. A great chance to increase our recognition, gain new members and continue your own membership at a low cost to you and those who join.
Editor, Memo 2 Members Newsletter
The President’s Corner
By Debra Johnson
Orlando Central Florida Chapter STC
It seems like I have been non-stop setting up techniques, methodologies, processes, and standards for our team at Wyndham Vacation Ownership. What we call a TMPS, includes Business Analysis, Systems Analysis, User Interface Software Engineering, and Technical Communication. At the same time, my team is hard at work creating all different types of technical documentation. We are all part of the of WVO IT Requirements Center of Excellence. So life has been and continues to be crazy as ever…
This month I thought I would fill you in on what happened at the first Administrative council meeting since our Leadership retreat. We had a great meeting, lots of involvement and discussion on many topics.
I was fortunate to have Karen Lane, Mary Burns, Sarah Baca, Candace Du Lac, Mark Wray, David Coverston, Alex Garcia, Erika Higgins, W.C. Wiese, and R.D. Sharninghouse in attendance. Jon Kessler attended by phone.
Some of the topics we discussed were:
We hope to meet at Sweet Tomatoes next month as they are participating in organization fundraising for out next AdCo meeting. We had such a great AdCo meeting. I am so fortunate to be among such a bright and intelligent bunch of people… It’s going to be a fun and exciting year. We have a LOT to do! Please join us…we would really like your input on how we can make The Orlando Central FL chapter even better!
See ya at the next meeting!
By Sarah Baca
Orlando Central Florida Chapter STC
If you have heard of Agile Scrum and wondered what is was, you will be excited about our September meeting. This meeting is about working as a technical writer at a company that uses Agile Scrum business methods. Alyssa Fox is the Director of Information Development at NetIQ and has been speaking and writing about Scrum methodology for technical writers for years.
I am especially excited about this meeting because for the last several months, I have been working as a ScrumMaster for the documentation team in addition to being a technical writer. I think Scrum is such a great way to create innovative products. Scrum methodology trusts teams to do their best work and leaves them free to find solutions. I think this is the biggest reason why Scrum is so successful. One of the challenges of being a technical writer in a Scrum environemnt is that you have to be brave, make mistakes, and trust the team you are working with. I can’t wait to see how Alyssa’s team makes this work at NetIQ.
I hope you will join us to see how Scrum works effectively with technical documentation to create a complete product. See you on September 19th at 6:30 pm at Wyndham Vacation Ownership!
By Mary Burns
Orlando Central Florida Chapter STC
If you missed last meeting…
Going to an out-of-town conference means itineraries, reservations, expenses, the discovery that you’ve forgotten your toothbrush…unless the conference comes to you. Washlines XIX, our own “mini” version of the international 2013 STC Summit in Atlanta, did just that on August 22.
Set to the theme of the famous multi-level Atlanta drive-in “The Varsity,” Washlines XIX was powered by chapter members who attended the Summit and were eager to share the knowledge they gained there. The clothesline strung across the Wyndham meeting room was hung with colorful signs advertising five rotation venues, each imaginatively linked to an Atlanta icon.
Coca Cola: Karen Lane presented on “Social Media and Documentation: Why Should You Care?” (Jennifer White, MadCap Software); “The Future of Technical Communication is Here—Are You Ready for It?” (Kapil Verma, Adobe); and “Using Foreign-Accented Speech: To Localize or Not?” (Halycon Lawrence, Illinois Institute of Technology).
Atlanta Braves: Debra Johnson presented on “Information Architecture Boot Camp” (Andrea L. Ames and Alyson Riley) and “From Technical Writer to Content Strategist” (Alan J. Porter).
The Peach City: Dan Voss presented on “Global English Skills” (John R. Kohl, SAS Institute, 59th STC conference) and “There’s Nothing Simple about Simplified Technical English” (Bernie Koontz, Lycoming Engines, 60th STC conference).
Downtown Atlanta: Jack Molisani drove all the way from Jacksonville to share distilled versions of both presentations he made at the Summit: “Ask Me About … Career Advancement through Personal Brand-ing” and “Seven Career Lessons I Learned from Selling Ginsu Knives.”
MARTA (Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority): Bethany Bowles shared on “Re-animating the TC Body of Knowledge: TC BOK” (Hillary Hart, Liz Pohland, Craig Baehr, and Joel Kline) and “Meet the Editors of the STC Journals (and Others)” (Liz Pohland, Michael Alberts, Saul Carliner, Menno de Jong, Jim Dubinsky, Joe Dumas, Miles Kimball, and Kirk St. Amant).
There was enthusiastic attendance at each venue for both rotations. Dinner was pizza and salad, plus themed food and beverages (ball park hot dogs at the Atlanta Braves venue, peaches and cream at the Peach City venue, and Coke products at the Coca Cola venue).
To echo the pre-meeting tweet on this whirlwind tour of Atlanta and intriguing trends in technical communication,
Tweet, tweet, tweet
Can’t be beat!
See a selection of STC Summit presentation materials at http://www.stc-orlando.org/prodev/60notes/mainmenu.asp.
We match students interested in technical communication with professionals in the field. Mentors and mentees are encouraged to collaborate on projects, which will help you improve your technical writing skills and it will give you something to add to your portfolio. It will be the best opportunity you can get to accomplish some networking and learn some practical tips for breaking into the technical communication field once you graduate. If you are graduating this fall, spring, or summer, this is a perfect chance for you to make vital connections that will help you land a job once you get your degree.
In order to participate in the STC-FTC mentoring program, you must be a UCF student in technical communication or related discipline, a student member of STC, and a member of FTC. FTC dues can be paid at the next meeting, and the STC membership you can sign up for online. For more information, please, check out the mentoring page on the STC Orlando website. If you have any questions about the program, feel free to ask!
A successful mentoring relationship benefits those involved through increased confidence and a sense of direction.The relationship between mentor and mentee requires honesty, openness, commitment, and effort by both individuals. The relationship provides a risk-free learning environment in which to offer career guidance.
Once you have completed this application, sign your name and send to Dan Voss (email@example.com) and Bethany Aguad (firstname.lastname@example.org). After they have reviewed the applications, the program coordinators will establish mentor-mentee teams that provide an optimal match of goals, skills, and styles. After the application deadline has passed, your program coordinator will email you your team information and invite you to the mentoring kickoff meeting where you will be introduced to your mentor.