A View from Number Two

Debra Jonhson

by Debra Johnson
Vice President
Orlando Central Florida Chapter STC

Happy Holidays All!  What an incredible 2012 it has been.  Since last Jan, our chapter has won its 6th Community of Distinction award, “Most Improved Community” award, and if that wasn’t enough…honored with the top honor of “STC International Community of the Year”.

It was an honor representing STC-Orlando Central FL at the 2012 STC Summit in May in Chicago.  I was able to participate in the Content Strategy and Management Certificate program presented by Karen McGrane and Jeff Eaton, where I learned about a wide range of topics from communication goals to publishing tools; content strategy to content management for digital publishing as well as, some other very good Summit sessions; all at the same time forging new relationships with other Technical Communicators from across the globe. As your VP, I had the incredible opportunity to network with some truly brilliant people both at home and across the country.

This year my responsibilities at work have grown immensely…in addition to the work my team size grew… and because of this, STC Orlando Central Florida gained a new member.

We elected/re-elected our officers, hung our banners at Washlines, established new mentor/mentee relationships, learned about collaborative content authoring and how to use metrics to estimate documentation projects. We met with international Technical Communicators from China and India and  gather for the holidays to break bread and give thanks.

Our next big event is the 2012 Annual Holiday Reunion Dec 11, 2012 at the Marriott Orlando Lake Mary. We are fortunate to have as our special guest… professional recruiter, business owner and STC Fellow, Jack Molisani, who will be honoring us with an uplifting message for the year 2013 on increasing our standard of living — and our emotional sanity! Don’t miss this special event! I know I will be there…

I am excited for what’s coming in 2013. We have our annual UCF/STC/FTC meeting in Jan. and I am looking forward to a wonderful relationship with my UCF mentee, Richard Ries.

So here’s wishing you and yours a very happy holiday season and we’ll see you next year!

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