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Path to STC Associate Fellow

Recognition is a strong motivator. Yesterday I submitted a Society for Technical Communication (STC) Associate Fellow application on behalf of an esteemed colleague. She is deserving of this honorary rank in our Society, as she has consistently told the STC story as she journeys forth in her quest for lifelong learning.

In addition to membership grades (general, senior member, and student member), STC bestows three elective, honorary ranks: Associate Fellow, Fellow, and Honorary Fellow.

An STC Associate Fellow is a Senior Member who has been formally recognized by the Society for having attained distinction in the field of technical communication.

Associate Fellows have accomplished one or more of the following:

  • Been responsible for important work in the field of technical communication.
  • Done notable original work that has contributed to the advancement of technical communication.
  • Made significant contributions to the Society and helped to tell STC’s powerful story.

My own path to Associate Fellow is published on the STC Notebook at http://notebook.stc.org/path-to-associate-fellow-barrie-byron-2010/

I get a lot out of recognizing excellence and demonstrating appreciation. I’ve nominated four individuals for honorary ranks. Earlier this summer, I nominated a professional colleague for a company award, and she was so appreciative of the recognition for her excellence. When is the last time that you nominated a peer? or submitted a colleague for recognition?

About Barrie Byron

Innovative information developer specializing in presenting complex ideas in ways that are clear and concise. Persistent optimist, intrepid adventurer, mentor. Builder of relationships, connecting friends and peers to people they want to know. Social duct tape and generator of goodwill. Follow me on twitter @barriebyron


2 thoughts on “Path to STC Associate Fellow

  1. Congratulations on discussing an important element of our role, both as professionals and as STC colleagues. Often we are in a unique position to recognize outstanding efforts by those colleagues with whom we work. All too often their efforts may not be recognized. Perhaps it’s someone who always seems to be in the background, picking up the pieces, stepping in at just the right moment to help get a product release out the door on time, or a proposal proofread that final critical time. Then they may sort of “fade” into the background. I’m sure we’ve all had the good fortune to have someone like that on a project, sitting in a nearby office, or just a phone call away. Opportunities abound to gain them the recognition they so richly deserve. It’s great if that recognition is formal and well-publized. However, it’s equally important that we all take a moment to drop a thank you note in their email, or, even better, a handwritten note of appreciation for their efforts. Thanks Berrie.
    Laura Ramsey, STC Fellow

    Posted by Laura Ramsey | October 18, 2011, 6:43 pm
  2. Such a great post, Barrie! I know for a fact that I feel wondeful when I am appreciated and I do my best to do the same for my colleagues and people I know. It can be a simple thank you! great job! or a more formal recongnition that you have available. I actually set monthly reminders in my calendar to make sure I don’t forget.

    Posted by Delia | October 25, 2011, 11:12 am

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