Inside this issue:
Technical Communicators of Florida and Beyond,
As we move further into Fall, we also move further into our chapter year. We’re planning some big events coming up, including engaging meetings with talented presenters and the kick-off of the 2018-19 student mentoring program. To learn more about the start of these events, continue on.
This month, Vice President Nick Ducharme introduces our second meeting of the year, a virtual presentation on how to work with remote teams. For more information and to RSVP, read Nick’s article or visit our Meetup page.
Finally, Andy Romero presents part 4 of our 4-part series reflecting on our chapter’s student mentoring program and where we go from here.
Well, that’s all from me for now. I hope to see you at the meeting!
Catch you on the flip side,
Editor, Memo To Members
Collaborating on Virtual Teams
By: Nick Ducharme
Florida Chapter, STC
Before we get hyped for this month’s meeting, I would like to thank you all for the record-breaking online turnout for last month’s topic, Cognition, Design, and Usability: Understanding the Minds of Users. Your overwhelming engagement signals that we are fulfilling our mission of providing meetings that are both engaging and accessible. Nothing else could bring me greater joy as your Vice President. Thank you so much!
That said, this month should hopefully inspire similar virtual engagement, considering that virtual is what it’s all about! This month, please click here and RSVP to join us for Collaborating on Remote Teams, presented by Todd DeLuca. You can either join us virtually or in person.
I had the privilege of meeting Mr. DeLuca at the STC Summit in Orlando this year. There were so many interesting and fantastic professionals who made a showing that one would be hard-pressed to commit them all to memory. But Todd made such an impression that I couldn’t help but remember him. I believe you will feel the same after you experience this presentation. The official presentation description is below. Enjoy, and I hope you can join us!
The definition and the makeup of workplace teams have changed significantly due to technology and the ubiquity of the internet. In fact, odds are good that you are part of a group or team with members that are not physically located in a local office. There may even be people you work with that you’ve never seen or met in person. Basically, if you use email, IM, online meetings, or discussion boards, you’re part of a virtual team.
How would you rate your virtual team experience? The dynamics of being part of a team in this new landscape are different and most organizations don’t manage or support virtual teams as effectively as they could. Often the tried-and-true methodologies from the past don’t meet the needs of a more distributed, diverse, and international workforce. There’s a lot of room for improvement. Don’t worry, that’s why we’re here and joining together virtually to share suggestions on making virtual teams work better.
Our speaker, Todd DeLuca (aka ‘TechCommTodd’) has been a virtual worker and manager for the past 8 years and understands both the issues and opportunities that virtual teams present. The rules of the road are different when you’re part of a virtual group or organization, which Todd will outline and discuss. He will also present virtual team challenges and offer ways to address them in order to change the experience from sometimes frustrating to mostly positive. Spoiler: You still have to work with people and have meetings (at least occasionally).
Join us for an honest look at virtual teams and come away with helpful ideas and useful suggestions on how to be a star member of your own virtual group. And don’t be surprised if some of the solutions center around communication.
Part 4 of a 4-Part Series
By: Andy Romero
FTC President and STC Student Member
Welcome back FTC students and members of STC. I am eager to shine some light on recent events that have taken place at the University of Central Florida. On Thursday, September 13, 2018, FTC held its first General Body meeting for the 2018 Fall semester. In attendance were various old and new faces that have joined the club and are excited to begin their involvement in the STC and FTC community. We were also accompanied by technical communication professor and FTC club sponsor Dr. J.D. Applen and Professor Carolyn Glasshoff.
Most importantly, elections were held in the General Body meeting, bringing in three new students as FTC officers for the Fall semester of 2018. Andy Romero was elected for her third term as president for the Fall semester. Joshua-Caleb (JC) Barton was elected as Vice President, and will later take on the role of president in the Spring semester of 2019. Amy Truong was elected as the new secretary and Alix Celeste will be serving as the FTC Treasurer. The new FTC officers have already begun brainstorming ways on how to enhance our online presence and expand further on student involvement within the community. Beginning this semester, we have already created new social media pages so students and members of STC can stay updated on our most recent events and news. Some of these social media pages include LinkedIn, Facebook, and KnightConnect.
As we begin the new year, we are enthusiastic to bring in a new group of students to join the STC-FTC student mentorship program and demonstrate the importance of learning outside of the classroom. We hope to see just as many students have a successful mentorship experience as last year and achieve our goal to “bridge the gap between industry and academia”. If you happen to be interested in becoming a future mentor or mentee of the FTC-STC mentoring program, please visit the STC chapter website for further information and application forms. Stand by for more details as we invite our program members to the mentoring kickoff via email. This brings us to an end of our four series newsletter column and a fresh start to a great new year with the FTC and STC community.