10/23 Intermountain STC Meeting: An Informal Discussion of Any Tech Comm Challenges You’re Facing

Date: Thursday, 10/23
Time: 6:30 – 8:00 p.m.
Location: Salt Lake City Downtown Library
Room: Conference Room 2, Second Floor
Cost: Free

Downtown Salt Lake City Library

Downtown Salt Lake City Library

I’m putting together an STC-Intermountain tonight, from 6:30 – 8:00 p.m. at the Downtown SLC Library – second floor, conference room 2. The meeting is titled, “An Informal Discussion of Any Tech Comm Challenges You’re Facing.”

In this meeting, you can discuss the problems you’re struggling with, the issues or concerns you have — and hear solutions and advice from other professionals who may have good answers.

Here are a few of the possible challenges we may discuss:

  • Editing SME-written articles (for publications such as corporate websites or newsletters) without upsetting the SME with required changes.
  • Convincing developers and designers of the value of help, without having to make the case over and over.
  • Assessing whether Web 2.0 strategies and other new technologies (such as wikis) are right for you.
  • Staying employed in this time of economic turmoil.
  • Finding ways to expand your team’s headcount and market your deliverables to departments who generally overlook you.
  • Accommodating new documentation requirements mid-way through the project (usually newly thought deliverables such as quick reference material that weren’t in the initial plan) while still keeping within your estimated project hours.
  • Getting everything done, especially trying new ideas and experiments, despite increasing burdens of documentation, editorial, and management needs.
  • Dealing with the sense of marginalization and second-class citizenry that often accompanies the tech writer’s role.

I’m hoping this meeting will provide a change of format that allows us to get to know each other better as well as focus on issues that matter to us.

If desired, you can bring samples of your work — such as guides, reference cards, videos, etc — and get feedback from other colleagues.

Note: Because of this particular room restriction at the library, I’m not allowed to bring food. I know this is a bit odd, but apparently some rooms at the library do not allow food, and so do not charge cleaning fees. Sorry, it was the only room available. There are some cafes outside the library’s book area, though.

To get a better feel for possible headcount, can you take this quick two-question survey to let me know how many people to expect? Thanks. I hope to see you there.

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By Tom Johnson

I'm a technical writer working for the 41st Parameter in San Jose, California. I'm primarily interested in topics related to technical writing, such as visual communication (video tutorials, illustrations), findability (organization, information architecture), API documentation (code examples, programming), and web publishing (web platforms, interactivity) -- pretty much everything related to technical writing. If you're trying to keep up to date about the field of technical communication, subscribe to my blog either by RSS, email, or another method. To learn more about me, see my About page. You can also contact me if you have questions.

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