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My path to STC Associate Fellow

This week my friend and former DataStax teammate Jamie Gillenwater joined the ranks of the Society for Technical Communication (STC) Associate Fellows. She was in good company with the 2021 class of Associate Fellows. Associate Fellow is one of three honorary ranks in STC. It is the second highest rank that STC can confer upon … Continue reading

LinkedIn success tip: Make it personal

Earlier this week, I presented on “Harnessing the Power of LinkedIn” to the members and guests of the Society for Technical Communication (STC) NY Metro Chapter. I am grateful to the current STC NY Metro President Nitza Hauser for making me welcome and preparing everything in advance. Nitza works at Medidata Solutions, Inc. in Manhattan. … Continue reading

Use LinkedIn to be great at the job you already have

Over the past five years, I’ve presented on LinkedIn to a variety of audiences. I always enjoy learning what’s new on LinkedIn, and how changes to their pillar product serve the 10 million plus members. On March 18, I’m presenting to the Society for Technical Communication (STC) NY Metro chapter “Using the Power of LinkedIn” … Continue reading

So, you want to go to a tech comm conference?

I am an Associate Fellow and active member and volunteer in the Society for Technical Communication (STC). I participate in chapter-level programs as a speaker, organizer, and meeting attendee. I am happily serving in two volunteer leadership roles at the international level. This participation keeps me well-connected in the technical communication industry, especially with my … Continue reading

How to reach tech comm candidates

I like to connect industry professionals with people that they want to know. This blog post is inspired by the numerous requests for “How can I reach qualified technical communication candidates for this job?” and “Do you know anyone for this job?” At least once per week, I get asked “Can you forward this job … Continue reading

Thanks and reflections: behind the scenes of our 2013 regional tech comm competition

Hurricane Sandy,¬† the presidential election, the economy, and everything else competed with our competition but thankfully we were blessed with a feisty alliance between New York Metro and Philadelphia chapters. Our competition gained momentum when we included volunteer judges and received entries from STC New England and STC Houston Chapters. Halleluiah! My chronological recollection of … Continue reading

Do you know the Career Sherpa?

I am proud to know and support the Career Sherpa. I first met Hannah Morgan when I attended her “Using Social Media to Enhance Your Career” presentation at the 2011 Spectrum conference in Rochester, NY. The annual Spectrum conference is sponsored by the outstanding Rochester Chapter of the Society for Technical Communication (STC). My online … Continue reading

Guiding an interested colleague into the wondrous world of technical writing

I work for a company that values cross-functional relationships and corporate-wide knowledge sharing. We strive to help each other succeed. I recently helped the front line customer support team craft their content into a structured document using the corporate template. The exercise was fun for all of us. We analyzed their content, used task-based titles … Continue reading

Crafting your student and new graduate profile on LinkedIn

Your LinkedIn profile is your interactive business card. Why wait until you are looking for an internship? Dig your well before you are thirsty.¬†Install the LinkedIn app on your smart phone and start building your network today. Consult the official LinkedIn resource for students, see Grads.LinkedIn.com. Reference additional credible sources for LinkedIn profile tips for … Continue reading

And the winners are… creative and effective decision-making

Our STC Philadelphia Metro Chapter participated in the end-of-summer pot-luck cookout that was jointly sponsored with PhillyCHI, Delaware Valley UxPA, and the UX Book Club of Philadelphia. I enjoyed our picnic for several reasons… meeting and chatting with area professionals, beautiful weather, fun games, and delicious food. When the contests for best side dish and … Continue reading