From the Editor’s Desk


Nick Ducharme

Technical Communicators of Florida and Beyond,

Trick or Treat, you say? This month, we’ve definitely got a treat in store for you.

Ready? Here goes:

Our updated chapter website has officially launched! Check it out at and marvel at the user-friendly, modern aesthetic! We also welcome feedback on the site; please feel free to email feedback to myself or to any/all of the chapter officers that are listed on the home page. Help us to help you, dear readers. 🙂

We also have a two-in-one chapter meeting coming up this Thursday, 10/19, presented by our very own Immediate Past President, Debra Johnson! Please click here to RSVP.


Here’s a summary of the event in case you missed our email:

Using BrightTalk to Enhance Your Training

Thursday, October 19, 2017 from 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM

6:30 – 7:00 Networking and Dinner
7:00 – Program

Join us Oct 19, 2017 at 6:30 PM at IHOP as our Immediate Past President, Debra Johnson, walks us through a rich resource she uses to help her Tech Comm team learn new skills: and the BrightTalk app.

BrightTALK, a source of learning, is a place where people can hear directly from those who know the subject matter best. BrightTALK is SaaS company that specializes in hosting information via webinars and videos for professionals to share.

Then, as a group, we will sample one of the hundreds of Tech Comm webinars available on The Content Wrangler Presents: Using Text, Images and Video in Technical Communication with Ferry Vermeulen (Managing Director, INSTRKTIV).

The Company you may want to work for is trying to give its audience the best product experience in the world.  As a technical writer, you want to contribute to that effort by creating awesome content for that product.  There are many great tools out there that can help you to achieve this. These tools include text editors, and graphic and video tools. But how do you decide when to use text, images, or video for your product assistance? Join us to hear a one-hour recorded presentation designed to help guide you make the best choices. Presented by Scott Abel, The Content Wrangler, and special guest presenter, Ferry Vermeulen of INSTRKTIV


There are also photos from last month’s networking meeting down below. Check ’em out!

All the best,

Nick Ducharme
Manager, Communications Committee







If You Missed September’s Meeting

By: Yours Truly

In my Editor’s Desk article above, I mentioned our updated Website. The updated home page reminds us that we live by three pillars here in STC (Orlando Central) Florida when it comes to our programs:

  • promote best practices
  • facilitate networking
  • provide educational resources, both within our group and in the wider worlds of business and education

Most of our meetings, from my experience, center around the first and third bullets by placing the focus on skill development and resume building. They all build in time for networking, of course, but every now and again it’s nice to have an entire meeting devoted to forging and strengthening professional connections. We did just that last month!

September gave us a special opportunity to connect not only with our fellow and prospective chapter members, but also with representatives from the international Society office! They happened to be in Orlando, scoping out the I-Drive area for the 2018 Summit. Our evening was spent conversing over a delicious meal from Yard House at the Orlando Eye.

Check out some photos from the evening below! (Not pictured: My grilled cheese, tomato bisque, and vampire-style chipotle chicken taco. Yum!)

Taking a photo with our three guests of honor!