- Tech Comm Career Paths Presentations - FTC/STC Annual Meeting
Future Technical Communicators (FTC) at UCF and the Florida Chapter of the Society for Technical Communication (STC) will be hosting a mini-conference on technical communication career paths on Thursday, February 7 in the UCF Student Union 316CD from 6:30-8:30 p.m. Admission to the event is free, and refreshments will be served during the pre-meeting networking time. Welcome and Networking: 6:30-7:00 pm Melissa Pellegrin Memorial Scholarship Awards: 7:00-7:15 pm Mini Presentations: 7:15-8:00 pm Q&A: 8:00-8:25pm Closing: 8:25-8:30pm The meeting will be a series of consecutive mini-presentations on the diverse career paths available within the technical communication field: Alex Garcia: Instructional Design Rachel Eichen: Technical Trainer Michael Todd: User Assistance Designer Debra Johnson: Content Strategist Angela Trenkle: Technical Writer in the Bioresearch Industry Bethany Aguad: Technical Publications Coordinator W.C. Wiese: Navigating Your Career
- Writing a Winning Proposal - STC Florida Chapter Meeting
Dan Voss will be providing a live presentation "Writing a Winning Proposal: ‘Near Misses’ Only Count in Horseshoes and Nuclear War" for our January chapter meeting. All you need to attend is your phone or PC! We will also be meeting at the IHOP to see the presentation in person, but we will have audio and video for those on the call. Event Timing: Thursday, January 17 at 6:30pm ET (Presentation begins at 7:00pm) Event Address: Online through Google Meet or IHOP, 11571 University Blvd, Orlando, FL 32817 Virtual Access: Details to be sent to attendees who RSVP and send payment In this dynamic and entertaining presentation, 40-year aerospace proposal writer/manager and STC Fellow Dan Voss presents the basic principles of writing a successful proposal, along with a liberal dose of lurid proposal war stories from his long career at Lockheed Martin, where he participated on more than a hundred proposal teams that collectively won over $20 billion in contracts for the company. Worry not, however, that the presentation is relevant only to fiercely competitive aerospace proposals. Originally presented to a graduate class in tech com at Mercer University in 2014 and since presented at the University of Central Florida, this presentation focuses on basic principles that apply to a much broader range of proposals in which tech com practitioners may become involved, including commercial proposals, grant proposals, and internal business proposals within corporations. It also applies to job placement and career development … resumes, portfolios, interviews, strategic career advancement … basically anything that involves “selling” a product or service … which may include YOU, as a technical communication student or tech com practitioner. The marketing principles presented also apply to scholarship applications, awards applications, even radio and internet contests … indeed, all of these are, at the core, “proposals.” The only proposal these principles can’t promote success on are marriage proposals … Dan is still working on that! Important to know 6:15 – 6:30: New Member Orientation 6:30 – 7:00: Networking 7:00 – 8:00: Welcome and Feature Presentation We are thrilled to announce that in-person attendance for tonight’s meeting will be free! Since we are meeting at IHOP, we encourage you to buy some delicious pancakes to enjoy during Dan’s presentation. For those attending online, our regular rates still apply: -$6 for STC Florida Chapter Members (part of Society for Technical Communication membership, not membership of this meetup group) -$12 for all other attendees Visit our Meeting Payments page for details on how to pay for the meeting: https://stc-orlando.org/meetings/meeting-payments/ Dan Voss Dan Voss is a “retired” but still active proposal specialist for Lockheed Martin who also provides industry training workshops in business and technical communication. An STC Fellow, Dan is recognized for his publications and presentations on diverse subjects at STC’s international conference and was the recipient of the STC President’s Award for his efforts on student outreach. With Lori Allen, he coauthored Ethics in Technical Communication: Shades of Gray, published in 1998—for which he became the only non-engineer to receive Lockheed Martin’s coveted Author-of-the-Year recognition. He has coauthored four research articles for STC’s Technical Communication as well as four articles for intercom. Dan and now-chapter-president Bethany Aguad, then a student at UCF, co-managed STC International’s student outreach and mentoring initiative from 2012 through 2014 and presented at Leadership Day at two international STC conferences. They also coauthored Chapter 5, “Teaching the Ethics of Intercultural Communication,” in an acclaimed anthology of research articles Teaching and Training for Global Engineering, edited by Kirk St.Amant and Madelyn Flammia and published in 2017.
- Holiday Social (Networking) - STC Florida Chapter Meeting
STC Florida invites all Technical Communicators, Alumni, and Guests to its Holiday Social 2018! We are excited to have our annual Holiday Social at Bahama Breeze! We will be gathering together to celebrate 2018. RSVP to join us and feel free to bring a guest. There will be separate checks for this dinner, but no other cost.
- Our Level Best - Technical Editing with Li-At Rathbun
Li-At Rathbun will be providing a live webinar on Our Level Best for our November chapter meeting. All you need to attend is your phone or PC! We will also be meeting at the Riptide Software to join the virtual meeting for those who want to network face-to-face. Event Timing: Thursday, November 15 at 6:30pm ET (Presentation begins at 7:00pm) Event Address: Online through Google Meet or Riptide Software, 200 E. Palm Valley Drive, Suite 2000, Oviedo, FL 32765 Virtual Access: Details to be sent to attendees who RSVP and send payment Our Level Best As technical editors, how do we know where to focus our limited time? For that matter, why is our time even limited? What if we could work with writers to communicate expectations and figure out the scope of work on a project? Well, we can! Join us as Li-At Rathbun discusses levels of editing—the common language that can help us set expectations, focus our energies, and limit our distractions. Li-At will define common levels of editing and discuss various aspects that affect how we tackle projects. Li-At Rathbun Li-At Rathbun has over 20 years of technical communication experience (yes, since kindergarten). For the last twelve of those years, she’s worked primarily as the technical editor at Yardi Systems—an international software company. Li-At also teaches the popular “Technical Editing Foundations” STC online course and is an STC Associate Fellow. She’s the President of the Santa Barbara STC chapter, Acting President of the Los Angeles STC chapter (as of last week), and Immediate Past Co-Manager of the Technical Editing SIG. When she’s not technical communicating, Li-At enjoys performing improv. Important to know 6:15 – 6:30: New Member Orientation 6:30 – 7:00: Networking 7:00 – 8:00: Welcome and Feature Presentation We will be charging the following rates for this meeting: -$6 for STC Orlando Central Florida Chapter Members (part of Society for Technical Communication membership, not membership of this meetup group) -$12 for all other attendees Visit our Meeting Payments page for details on how to pay for the meeting: https://stc-orlando.org/meetings/meeting-payments.
- How to Make Subject Matter Experts Your Tech Comm Allies - STC Florida Meeting
Riptide Software (Palm Valley)$12.00
• What we'll do The Florida Chapter of the Society for Technical Communication will meet on Thursday, 25 October, at Riptide Software, 200 E Palm Valley Dr., Suite 2000, Oviedo, FL 32765. An expert panel will discuss “How to Make Subject Matter Experts Your Tech Comm Allies.” New member orientation at 6:15. Networking begins at 6:30, program at 7:15 p.m. • Payment Details We will be charging the following rates for this meetup: -$6 for STC Florida Chapter Members (part of Society for Technical Communication membership, not membership of the meetup group) -$12 for all other attendees Cash or Credit Card (Face-to-Face Attendees) We will be accepting payment at meetings for face-to-face attendees. PayPal (Virtual Attendees) You send to our chapter Paypal at [masked]. Square (Face-to-Face and Virtual Attendees) You can pay with your credit card at the event through our Square. Virtual attendees, email our treasurer ([masked]) for an invoice by email so you can pay by credit card ahead of time. Check (Virtual Attendees) You can make the check out to Orlando Central Florida Chapter STC Chapter. Let me know when you have mailed your check to this address: Orlando Central Florida Chapter STC Chapter Post Office Box[masked] Orlando, FL 32854
- Working with Remote Teams – STC Florida Chapter Meeting
• What we'll do Todd DeLuca will be providing a live webinar on Collaborating on Remote Teams. The definition and the makeup of workplace teams has changed significantly due to technology and the ubiquity of the internet. In fact, odds are good that you are part of a group or team with members that are not physically located in a local office. There may even be people you work with that you’ve never seen or met in person. Basically, if you use email, IM, online meetings, or discussion boards, you’re part of a virtual team. How would you rate your virtual team experience? The dynamics of being part of a team in this new landscape are different and most organizations don’t manage or support virtual teams as effectively as they could. Often the tried-and-true methodologies from the past don’t meet the needs of a more distributed, diverse, and international workforce. There’s a lot of room for improvement. Don’t worry, that’s why we’re here and joining together virtually to share suggestions on making virtual teams work better. Our speaker, Todd DeLuca (aka ‘TechCommTodd’) has been a virtual worker and manager for the past 8 years and understands both the issues and opportunities that virtual teams present. The rules of the road are different when you’re part of a virtual group or organization, which Todd will outline and discuss. He will also present virtual team challenges and offer ways to address them in order to change the experience from sometimes frustrating to mostly positive. Spoiler: You still have to work with people and have meetings (at least occasionally). Join us for an honest look at virtual teams and come away with helpful ideas and useful suggestions on how to be a star member of your own virtual group. And don’t be surprised if some of the solutions center around communication. • What to bring All attendees will also receive a copy of the slides after the presentation. • Important to know The event will take place at Riptide Software, 200 E. Palm Valley Drive, Suite 2000, Oviedo, FL 32765. All attendees must sign-in at the front desk sign-in computer. David Coe will be there to provide escort and to attend meeting. You can call David at[masked] if help is needed for directions or entry. • Payment Details We will be charging the following rates for this meetup: -$6 for STC Florida Chapter Members (part of Society for Technical Communication membership, not membership of the meetup group) -$12 for all other attendees Cash (Face-to-Face Attendees) We will be accepting payment at the meeting for face-to-face attendees. The same pricing applies for online attendees. Square (Face-to-Face and Virtual Attendees) You can pay with your credit card at the event through our Square. Virtual attendees, let me know and I will send you an invoice by email so you can pay by credit card ahead of time. PayPal (Virtual Attendees) You send to my Paypal at paypal.me/BethanyAguad or my name in PayPal is Bethany Bowles. Check (Virtual Attendees) You can make the check out to Orlando Central Florida Chapter STC Chapter Let me know when you have mailed your check to this address: Orlando Central Florida Chapter STC Chapter Post Office Box[masked] Orlando, FL 32854
- Cognition, Design, & Usability: Understanding the Minds of Users - STC Florida
• What we'll do Kirk St. Amant will be providing a live webinar on Cognition, Design, and Usability: Understanding the Minds of Users. We will also be sharing this presentation online through Google Meet for remote attendees. If you have any questions, email Bethany Aguad ([masked]). Why are some items easier to use than others? Why can we use certain technologies reflexively, but stumble with others? And how can we look at a new product and inherently seem to know how it works? These situations are all a matter of cognition – how the brain identifies, processes, and responds to information. By understanding certain cognitive workings, technical communicators can create materials to meet an audience’s expectations of usable designs. In this session, the presenter explains key cognitive factors affecting usability and usable design. In examining these ideas, the presenter will discuss how technical communicators can use such cognitive factors to guide product design and development practices. The presenter will also provide strategies for applying these cognitive factors to create more usable materials for different audiences. The objective is to provide attendees with a cognitive-based method they can use when researching audience expectations to design usable products. Kirk St.Amant is a Professor and the Eunice C. Williamson Endowed Chair in Technical Communication at Louisiana Tech University (USA) and an Adjunct Professor of International Health and Medical Communication with the University of Limerick (Ireland). Kirk is also the Director of the Health and Medical Communication Center and the Director of the Usability Research Center at Louisiana Tech University and is on the steering committee for Louisiana Tech’s Visual Integration of Science Through Art (VISTA) program. His main research interests are in international communication with a focus on globalization and the design of online education and on designing health and medical communication for international audiences. • What to bring All attendees will also receive a copy of the slides after the presentations. • Important to know We will be charging the following rates for this meetup: -$6 for STC Orlando Central Florida Chapter Members (part of Society for Technical Communication membership, not membership of this meetup group) -$12 for all other attendees We will be accepting payment at the meeting for face-to-face attendees. The same pricing applies for online attendees. If you want to attend online, please email [masked] to discuss payment methods.
- Annual End of the Year Celebration & Awards Ceremony
Please join us for our annual end-of-the-year celebration, where we will be honoring our achievements in[masked]. This is one of the best networking opportunities all year!
- A Night of Achievements - STC Florida Chapter Meeting
Join the Florida Chapter of STC on Thursday April 19th at Bahama Breeze Waterford Lakes (1200 N Alafaya Trail, Orlando, FL 32828) for a night of #Techcomm networking and revelry, as we gather to honor award recipients and celebrate professional milestones: * The UCF Foundation’s Melissa Pellegrin Memorial Scholarship * The STC Distinguished Chapter Service Award * The STC Distinguished Chapter Service Award for Students * Retirement of STC Fellow and UCF Professor of English: Technical Communication Dr. Dan Jones * Retirement of UCF Professor of English: Technical Communication Dr. Paul Dombrowski Schedule: 6:30-7:15 Networking and Order Dinner 7:15 - 7:30 Scholarship Presentation 7:30-7:45 STC Service Awards Presentation 7:45-9:00 Retirement Toasts and Networking
- Annual Employment Panel - STC Florida Chapter Meeting
• What we'll do Join the Florida Chapter of STC on March 22, 2018 at Riptide Software as we welcome a panel of hiring managers, recruiters, and HR professionals who interact with Technical Communicators on a daily basis. Come talk to a panel of experts about working in the Technical Communication field. Everyone is welcome! Ask questions from the experts on: · Interviewing · Resumes · Career Advice · Mentoring · Work Samples/Portfolio and more… On-Premise Attendees: 6:15pm New Member Orientation 6:30pm Food 7:00pm Program begins Come prepared with your questions and hear stories from the ground floor of the hiring process. This panel will not only benefit early career technical communicators, but those with experience as well. It's always a good idea to sharpen your interviewing skills, you never know what the future holds. Panelists views are their own and do not necessarily represent those of their employers. Panelists: Jack Molisani, ProSpring Technical Staffing Scott Dorsett, Riptide Software Mark Wray, University of Central Florida Moderated by: Debra Johnson, Immediate Past President Orlando Central Florida Chapter STC. • What to bring We will be providing food and drinks. • Important to know We will be charging the following rates for this meetup: -$6 for STC Florida Chapter Members (part of Society for Technical Communication membership, not membership of this meetup group) -$12 for all other attendees We will be accepting payment at the meeting for face-to-face attendees. The same pricing applies for online attendees. If you want to attend online, please email [masked] to discuss payment methods.