2023 STC Summit

summit logo for 70th anniversarySTC’s Technical Communication Summit is the premier education conference for technical communicators.

The theme of the 2023 Summit, taking place in Atlanta, GA, 14 to 17 May, is The “How to” Conference: Learn Well through Show and Tell.

While other conferences in technical communication may be narrowly focused, the STC Summit is broad — its depth and breadth reflect the diversity of our profession, our members, and our attendees. Summit attendees will learn about new techniques, tools, and trends, as well as grow their skills and competencies.

Standard registration rates end on March 15, 2023, so register today!

Mark your calendars! IDL September events

First Fridays at 5

Friday, September 2, 5:00 pm – 6:00 pm ET

We’re hosting a new event, and we’d love to see you there.
Free Registration for all!

Register today

 

September IDL Leadership Meeting

Wednesday, September 28, 3:30 pm – 4:30 pm ET

Do you have ideas to share, want to know more about volunteering, or simply want to hang out with us? Members are always welcome to join our leadership meetings.

Interested in a leadership role? We are looking for a enthusiastic person to fill the manager’s position in 2023. Training provided.

Contact Maralee at manager@stcidlsig.org to get Zoom access, no later than the Tuesday before the meeting.

First Fridays at 5: Student Liaison Report

By Ruth-Anne Klassen

Our IDL Student Liaisons enjoyed working on the First Fridays at 5 program in 2021. First Fridays @ 5 offered students a chance to practise presenting and hosting a meeting. Those who challenged themselves to take on this opportunity met a friendly audience and learned from a supportive community.

At May’s meeting, Megan and Anita talked about the benefits of joining the IDL SIG as student members. Student members have access to career-building resources like free webinars, competitions, and volunteer opportunities. Along with joining the conversation on Slack, students can participate in the IDL community to learn from other technical communicators. 

For the June virtual gathering, Anita shared her experience converting her in-person quilting guild to a digital group. She described how she engaged people who were not previously familiar with online formats, hosted a flipped classroom (in which participants review material before class and work on assignments during class time), and created effective quilting manuals for the class.

July’s First Friday was a time to network, often drawing from Zoom virtual backgrounds to give inspiration for the conversation. We talked about past experiences with science museums and hobbies and looked forward to future STC events.

Anita hosted the August meeting with a presentation about how to use Slack effectively. She addressed topics like how to create or edit a profile, how to manage notifications, how to manage availability status, and how to send a message to a channel or individual.

In September, Ruth-Anne led us in showing parts of our lives in Zoom Virtual Backgrounds. We witnessed travel pictures, admired pets or family members, and got to know both new and familiar attendees better.

Kristie talked in the October meeting about the need for precise communication in technical writing and in life. Based on her experience as a patient in the healthcare system, she spoke about how words like “treatment” can have ambiguous meanings, so it is important to choose words wisely.

Ruth-Anne led November’s meeting with insight and ideas about working in a multi-generational workplace. Diverse age groups contribute to the workforce, and this diversity presents the possibility for conflict, but also for respect and collaboration. In the conversation that followed, we discussed how we respect people, such as by using their preferred name and being aware of our unconscious biases.

At the December get-together we told personal and professional stories, ranging from funny to embarrassing. Some stories involved mistaken 911 calls and the struggle of finding the right winter boot size. Folks also exchanged stories of faulty tech comm translations to other languages and unpleasant clients.

This past year, students have enjoyed improving their skills and learning from other members as they work to become better technical communicators. Next year, we are welcoming anyone interested to present at First Fridays @ 5 meetups. If you would like to get involved in this way, contact studentliaison@stcidlsig.org to discuss further. 

Signed,

Ruth-Anne Klassen

Student Liaison, IDL SIG

Virtual Open House 2021

The Annual IDL SIG Virtual Open House, Nov. 12, 7-8 PM ET

UPDATE:

We had a blast at the 9th Annual Virtual Open House. Check it out and connect with us.

Video on YouTube https://youtu.be/S6xY7ho-0Vk

Slides as pdf on our website https://www.stcidlsig.org/wp-content/uploads/sites/7/2021/11/IDL-SIG-VOH-20211112.pdf

Want to learn more about the IDL SIG and meet some of our members?
If you said yes, join us Friday, November 12, from 7-8pm Eastern Time for our ninth annual Virtual Open House! You’ll get to learn more about the services we offer, as well as meet some of our volunteers.
Plus, we will have a door prize drawing for one $25 Amazon gift card. You must be present to win.
Register here for FREE!!: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/9th-annual-idl-sig-virtual-open-house-tickets-195230809607