July 21, 2016: My Career Reinvention: TW to IDL and Beyond by Dr. Jackie Damrau, BPMN

Join us for “My Career Reinvention: TW to IDL and Beyond” with Dr. Jackie Damrau, BPMN.

10:30 am Pacific / 11:30 am Mountain / 12:30 pm Central / 1:30 pm Eastern
Thursday, July 21, 2016

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About the webinar

Learn how one of IDL SIG’s members came into the world from being a simple TW, stayed around in IDL for a while, and then stepped into a Business Analyst role where the TW and IDL skills are all useful. This is a brief glimpse into my journey. Your challenge is to ask enlightened questions of me to spur your own drive to get to your next golden opportunity.

Intended Audience

All Audiences. The content will be introductory (e.g., > “101 level”)

About the Speaker: Dr. Jackie Damrau

Dr. Jackie Damrau

Dr. Jackie Damrau is a Sr. Business Systems Analyst at CBRE. In her role, Jackie models business processes and other department workgroup processes using BPMN modeling notation to use in gathering requirements for automating existing paper-based workflows as well as to help in improving processes. Jackie has more than 25 years of technical communication experience. She is a Fellow of the Society for Technical Communication (STC), member of the STC North Texas Lone Star chapter and the Instructional Design & Learning SIG, and the Book Review Editor for Technical Communication. Jackie’s past international positions have been as a SIG manager for the Instructional Design & Learning SIG; assistant SIG manager of the Management SIG; elected member of the Nominations Committee; and general manager of the STC International Summit Awards (2010–2012). Jackie enjoys spending time raising her grandkids and reading “books” when time permits. Find her on LinkedIn (linkedin.com/in/jackiedamrau) or on Twitter (@damrauja).

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June 16, 2016: What I Would Have Liked to Know by John Hedtke

UPDATE: This webinar was a huge success! See the recording and handout on our Free recordings of IDL SIG webinars for members page. (requires password. Contact programs@nullstcidlsig.org if you did not yet receive your password.)

Join us for “What I Would Have Liked to Know When I Started Out” with John Hedtke.

10:30 am Pacific / 11:30 am Mountain / 12:30 pm Central / 1:30 pm Eastern
Thursday, June 16, 2016

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About the webinar

Being a good technical communicator is a lot more than knowing how to write a good sentence and use a word processor. John Hedtke, the presenter, says “When I was starting out 30 years ago, I would have benefited strongly from having someone sit me down and say ‘Here are things you should know that will save you time, money, and pain if you learn them now.’ ”

The presentation groups these ideas in four categories:

  • Who are you?
  • Career development
  • People skills
  • The Really Important stuff

There will be a handout of the slides available as well.

Intended Audience

Although aimed at people starting on their careers, this is also helpful for seasoned professionals.

About the Speaker: John Hedtke

John Hedtke

John Hedtke is the award-winning author of 27 books. He has over 30 years in the software business and technical writing, and over a decade in technical publications management. John has developed and written documentation and books for many leading software products, and has received 26 writing awards to date. A complete list of books, articles, projects, and awards can be found online at his website, www.hedtke.com.

John owns Double Tall Consulting, a company that offers writing and business consulting services for a variety of private, public, and governmental clients. He also does numerous radio and magazine interviews and frequently travels to do lectures and guest appearances at conferences and seminars. John was the last Region 7 Director on the Society for Technical Communication’s Board of Directors and is a Fellow of the Society. When not otherwise occupied, John writes magazine articles and sleeps late as much as possible. He lives near Tacoma, WA.

Other Cool Stuff Worth Knowing:

  • John has donated 85 pints of blood.
  • John writes and sells buttons to a button company in California. Some of the clean examples are “I’ve suffered for my art; now it’s your turn,” “Stop me before I log on again,” “Death is nature’s way of telling you to turn off the computer,” “My spirit animal is the gummy bear,” “Failure is not an option—it already comes bundled with the software,” and “How’d you like to curl up in bed with the author of a good book?” It doesn’t pay the rent, but it’s a lot of fun.
  • John has been playing banjo and guitar and singing for over 40 years. He says he gets a lot of requests when he plays the banjo, but he goes ahead and plays it anyhow.

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Announcement: IDL SIG Monthly Meeting moved to June 1st


The IDL SIG monthly meeting scheduled for May 25th has been rescheduled for June 1st at 7:30 pm (GMT-04:00) Eastern Time. Email Lori Meyer at secretary@nullstcidlsig.org for connection information.

The IDL SIG monthly meeting for June will be held as scheduled on June 29th at 7:30 pm (GMT-04:00) Eastern Time. Connection information is as follows:

  1. Join the Adobe Connect session at http://stc.adobeconnect.com/idl
  2. Select Enter As a Guest and enter your first and last name in the field.
  3. Click the Enter Room button.
  4. In the Join Audio Conference pop-up box, select the Dial-out option.
  5. Choose your country code from the drop-down menu and enter your phone number, then click the Join button to join the session.
    This option is compatible for international phone numbers.
  6. If you do not have a direct line for the system to dial out to, you can select the option to Dial-in to the Audio Conference via Phone. You will be provided with several phone numbers to choose from and a participant code. Click the blue More dial-in information… link to see more international toll free and local dial-in access numbers outside of the United States.
  7. If you would prefer to listen through your computer speakers (no phone line involved), click the Listen Only button at the bottom of the Join Audio Conference box.
  8. If you haven’t previously attended an Adobe Connect meeting, test your connection here: http://stc.adobeconnect.com/common/help/en/support/meeting_test.htm
    Do NOT use the webinar URL provided above to test your connection.
  9. TROUBLE CONNECTING TO THE SESSION? Click this link for technical support directly from Adobe: https://helpx.adobe.com/adobe-connect/connect-support.html


We had a blast at the #STC16 Summit!

Here are some photos of your IDL SIG at #STC16.

Also see the 2016 Business Meeting Presentation.


2016 Business Meeting Presentation

Did you miss the 2016 Business Meeting at #STC16? Here are our slides from the meeting.

Or download the 2016 Business Meeting Presentation PowerPoint.