The race is on! Help our SIG get rewarded from new memberships and renewals

Do you know someone who might be interested in joining STC? There's no better time to join STC and our SIG, or renew STC membership!   The STC new/renewed member recruitment race is now on, and goes through and  May 6, 2016. Communities receive credit when someone joins or renews online and notes the community that referred them. Here's how it works: When recruiting a member, have them include the name of your chapter or SIG on the online application -- in our case, the IDL SIG. The referral field is found under the Membership tab. Your community must be listed on the application to receive credit.
  • One point is awarded for each member in any of these four categories: Classic, New TC Professional, Student, or Gold Value Package.
  • Corporate Value Package (CVP) members are worth one point for each team member. For example, if five new members join or renew from one company as a CVP, your community receives five points.
The winning community will receive:
  • One upgrade from 2016 Classic to Gold Value Package membership
  • 50% off one 2016 online course
  • A copy of WordPress in Depth (1st Edition) by Michael McCallister
  • One free 2016 print subscription to Intercom magazine
  • One free 2016 print subscription to Technical Communication journal
  • Two complete Salary Database kits (including the Excel workbooks)
  • Two $50 Amazon gift cards
  • One “Community Spotlight” post on STC’s Notebook blog
To receive referral credit, be sure to remind new and renewing members to list the IDL SIG in the referral field. If you have any questions or concerns, contact Cheryl Miller, STC Membership Services manager, or call the STC Office at +1 (571) 366-1914.

You’re invited to attend your IDL SIG monthly meeting

The team leads and co-managers invite you to attend your IDL SIG monthly meeting and hear what goes into running the SIG. The meeting info doesn’t change from month to month, so why not set up a recurring item in your calendar on the last Wednesday of each month, cut and paste the information below, and join us? Meeting time:  4:30 PM Pacific, 5:30 PM Mountain, 6:30 PM Central, 7:30 PM Eastern. To avoid connection delays, please plan to log on 5 to 8 minutes before the scheduled start time as given above. Click this URL to log on:  https://stc.adobeconnect.com/idl
  1. Select ENTER AS A GUEST and type in the name you’d like us to know you by.
  2. Click ENTER ROOM. Set up Audio/Phone Connection (this is the preferred method and it is toll-free): when the JOIN AUDIO CONFERENCE dialog box displays, select the DIAL OUT option.
  3. Type in your phone number and click JOIN. You will receive a call from Adobe Connect confirming the audio connection. Turn off your computer speakers to avoid feedback.

IDL SIG General Meeting Theme Contest (deadline 16 March 2016, 11:59 pm EST)

SIG members, During the annual STC Summit, our SIG conducts an annual general meeting during which  members learn about what we did the past year, and what we plan to do the following year. Since we are a virtual community, the Summit is the only formal time when we can see each other in person. To encourage as many current and potential members as possible to attend, we started building our meetings around a creative theme. For instance, last year's theme was the Teddy Bear Breakfast in which (almost) everyone arrived in their pajamas. Co-manager Mellissa Ruryk even conducted the meeting in a teddy bear costume!! At the end of the meeting, all attendees received a goody bag with fun teddy-bear themed items including a teddy bear and stickers! This year, we'd like to get ideas from you! We are hosting a contest where we invite you to share a cool theme/idea for our meeting. This year's Summit is May 15-18 in Anaheim, CA. If we select your idea, you will win one registration for any one (1) STC Live Web Seminar (generally priced at around $60 for STC members) in 2016. Find out more about the live web seminars http://www.stc.org/education/online-education/live-seminars  that STC offers (link opens in a new window). SURVEY LINK & DETAILS: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/DK58DYL DEADLINE: 11:59 pm EST on Wednesday 16 March 2016. We will review all submissions and announce our theme by late March/early April. Even if you are not attending the Summit this year, you are still welcome to complete the survey as long as you are a current IDL SIG member. --Jamye Jamye Sagan IDL SIG Surveys & Social Media Committees

There’s still time! Renew your STC and SIG membership today

Although the official STC member renewal period has expired, it's not too late to renew your membership for 2016! If you have not done so yet, you can renew today to reactivate your membership, and once again enjoy all of the benefits of being part of STC and our SIG, including
  • Discounts on many educational opportunities, such as webinars, courses, and our annual STC Summit conference.
  • Access to the STC salary database and "first look" access to the STC job bank.
  • Opportunities to network, build your skills, and grow professionally with colleagues both in person and virtually.
  • Opportunities to be recognized for your work through competitions, awards, and honors.
  • Mentoring and being mentored.
  • The right to vote in the annual STC election, which starts on February 29.
As an IDL SIG member, you can now attend our webinar programs FREE, on top of the many other benefits of being part of our community. To renew your STC and SIG membership for 2016, go to http://stc.org/membership, select your membership type, complete the renewal form, and submit your payment. If you renew as a Gold member, your SIG membership is already included! If you renew as a Classic, Student, Retired, Corporate Value, or New Techcomm Professional member, be sure to select the IDL SIG as one of your communities. You can be a member of more than one chapter or SIG. Stay with us in 2016! Take a few moments now to renew your STC and SIG membership. We look forward to having you as a part of our community.

March 2, 2016 – STC Multi-Community Techcomm Showcase Round 2

Recording

The event recording is available free at http://stc.adobeconnect.com/p65lsf93in3/  

Wednesday, March 2, 2016 from 6:45 PM to 8:45 PM (EST)

Register on Eventbrite eventbrite-142   Join the IDL SIG, STC Twin Cities chapter, and Greater Pittsburg STC chapter for another Virtual Chapter Techcomm Showcase. This multi-community STC educational event is offered virtually to IDL SIG members. We encourage you to host a viewing party to provide opportunities for networking. Note that all times are Eastern Standard. Each hosting community is providing a speaker for the event who will provide a brief presentation and a question and answer period. About the programs and speakers 

STC Certification: Why, and Where are we Now? presented by Alan Houser

STC re-launched its certification program in 2016. Alan will discuss the design of the STC certification program, lessons learned from the original certification program, who might consider certification and why, and steps to become a Certified Professional Technical Communicator. Alan Houser is a technical publishing consultant and trainer with Group Wellesley, Inc., a Pittsburgh, PA-based company that provides authoring, content management, and workflow services to technology-oriented businesses. Alan is a graduate of Carnegie Mellon University, where he earned an MA in Professional Writing and a BS in Electrical Engineering. Alan is a Fellow, former member of the Board of Directors (2011-2014), and a past international President (2012-2013) of the Society for Technical Communication.

Audio Editing Tips: 3 Easy Steps to Improved Voice Recording presented by Robert Hershenow

Robert Hershenow's affinity for audio recording spans not only decades but also diverse technologies, and over the years he has developed efficient methods for producing high-quality recordings on the cheap. This session explores the editing steps that are critical to professional-sounding recordings. Examples will focus on voiceover and will use Audacity (the free, open-source audio recorder and editor), but the concepts are applicable to any recorded content and any editing software. Robert Hershenow is an independent technical communicator, recording engineer, and musician who has years of experience in sharing knowledge with others. He is Co-Manager of the STC's Instructional Design and Learning SIG and resides in Berkeley, California.

The Science and Psychology of Persuasion presented by Barbara Beresford

A successful technical communicator not only manages deadlines and deliverables, but also manages his or her influence with coworkers and superiors. If you have strong writing and editing skills, but are not as schooled in the soft skills needed to understand and positively influence the people with whom you work, attend this presentation on psychology and persuasion: Learn about recent research on the conscious/unconscious minds that affect our behavior and decision-making Identify how well people know themselves and what they want Learn to use this information to understand and influence others Barbara has been a technical writer and editor for 23 years, the last 12+ at MorphoTrust USA, Inc., where she writes user documentation for finger, face, and iris biometric technologies. Her minimalist writing style reflects her preferred approach to helping users quickly identify why a specific software system is used, what tasks are performed with the system, and how the tasks are successfully completed. She also advocates for the end user by working with developers to improve GUI design and usability. Outside of work, she enjoys the arts community in the twin cities, especially the theater, and plays the violin in a community orchestra. In the warmer months, she tends a large garden, featuring native plants and boulders. Register today and then join us online on March 2nd.  About the in-person meeting: (register on the Rochester STC chapter's site)
  • 6-7 PM Networking
  • 7-8:30 PM Presentations
  • 8:30 PM Wrap-up
Light refreshments will be provided. Rochester Location Barnes & Noble at RIT (upstairs in the community room) 100 Park Point Rochester NY 14623 Walk-ins are welcome.