Communication Central Be a Better Freelancer conference
After many years of saying, I should attend this conference, I finally did attend one day of the Communication Central Be a Better Freelancer conference. and I’m glad I did! I got to see a couple of people I normally see at STC functions, but then I also saw the Chair of the Liberal Arts school at Morrisville State College, who hired me to adjunct there (teaching a tech comm class) in Fall of 2016. So that was unexpected.
Also, I won a book (below), worked on my elevator pitch, learned a bit about macros, and met some interesting folks!
Canastota Public Library
I’m excited to talk about technical writing to a local group of young girls at the library on Oct 5:
The LavaCon Content Strategy Conference
Another conference I have been wanting to attend for years is the Lavacon conference. I was lucky enough to win a free registration at the Conduit conference, so I cashed in some frequent flyer miles for the flight and got a roommate to share the room costs. No speaking this time; I’m just going to explore the conference, learn something new, and network.
So, I think the webinar went well…we’ll see what the recording sounds like and what people say.
We had a few technical difficulties, even though we went through things in rehearsal and they seemed to work fine. And my whole script/structure was having them type answers into the chat and the chat was not available…they had to type in the questions box. I have no idea what that was about.
My biggest concern was whether I would get close to the whole hour. I was worried there wouldn’t be enough discussion and people chatting, but there were actually lots of good discussions. All in all, I’m pleased.
As I planned to write this, I realized I had the same idea, for the same reason, last year in September! Suddenly, there are conferences to attend, freelance work picks up, and a new year begins for my volunteer commitments.
So in no particular order, this is what’s going on:
After seeing the call for proposals and chatting with my husband on ideas to submit, we both decided to submit proposals to the 2018 Interchange conference, put together by the New England Chapter of the Society for Technical Communication (STC). So now we will be attending the Interchange conference, and in keeping with the theme of the conference, I will be talking about Engineering Your Networking Experiences.
Being involved with BELS means I need to attend their Executive Committee meeting right after the AMWA conference, so now I am going to try to catch some of the AMWA Medical Writing & Communication Conference. Looking forward to re-connecting with my AMWA friends.
One of my freelance clients is picking up again, just finishing up one phase of the project and getting ready to start another. We’ll probably finish the project by the end of the year, so it will be bittersweet as we’ve been working on the dossier on and off for over a year!
I began another year as President for the Rochester chapter of STC with a planning retreat, and I’m excited to be able to attend more events that are closer to home with the CNY Chapter of STC.
Lastly, but more immediately, I will be conducting a webinar on September 19 (2-3 pm ET) for STC on Ideas and Advice for Building Side Gigs at Your Day Job. This is a topic I covered in the Interchange 2017 conference in-person, so I am making some adjustments to the slides and the flow of the conference to make it work for a webinar.
Overall, I’m really excited with everything that’s going on and looking forward to Fall! And for another flashback, here’s the pic I posted last year.
This year was special to me because I was awarded Associate Fellow as you can see, off in the distance and if you turn your volume up, on YouTube: https://youtu.be/wriNrQ73apY.
Our chapter was well-represented and awarded, too, at Leadership Day where we received the Platinum Community Achievement Award and a 2018 Pacesetter Award for innovation.
I went to many interesting sessions and met some cool folks, and it is always nice to catch up with old friends. This year, they had a pub crawl, and these pictures show my husband, Chuck, being slightly inappropriate and us hanging with different people at the first stop.
And then I met someone really scary…
Well, not really, but it was fun to get a picture with him. I’ll be attending the Lavacon conference in the Fall for the first time…looking forward to it!
I presented this session as a webinar for STC on May 9, 2018. Fifty people signed up, and 30 people attended the webinar live. The recording was sent out afterward, so everyone still had access to it. It was a lot of fun! A couple of people I know attended and a couple of people contacted me afterward asking for sample checklists.
The April program for the STC Rochester chapter was on Microlearning, and since I suggested we try this “new” way of teaching, I gave the first session to give people an introduction of some of the tenets of microlearning. It was a lot of fun, and I think it’s a great way to present information and teach others.
This is a great regional conference that is close to me. It’s smaller than Spectrum, but I know enough people there to feel comfortable with getting to know them better and meeting new people. All of the session I attended ended up being full of good information, and I met some great folks.
It was on Saturday, April 7, 2018, and Todd DeLuca and I gave a session called Ready to Pivot, Advance, or Change? Use Side Gigs to Move Your Career Forward. I had given a similar session at Interchange in the fall and had put in a proposal for it at Conduit, and Todd had put in for a similar session for Spectrum and Conduit, so they asked us to work together and present one session. It was fun to collaborate with someone on a session, and we ended up having a lot of fun.
One of my favorite parts of the event is recognizing my energetic and selfless volunteers with chapter and Society-level awards during the Speaker Dinner and Awards Ceremony on Sunday night. There is a short slideshow of me awarding them below.
During the conference, I presented a Spotlight Talk on Using Checklists to Increase Consistency and Productivity in Communications Tasks. Due to time constraints, I rushed through it a bit but I got some good feedback. My slides are on SlideShare and my other resources include an infographic on How to Create an Editing Checklist and signing up for my May webinar on the same topic from STC.
What an honor to be named an Associate Fellow of the Society for Technical Communication (STC)!
After filling out an application that documented what I have done for the Society and the profession, my application was reviewed by a committee of my peers, who evaluated my career and accomplishments against established criteria.
I’ll receive recognition at the annual conference Summit in May.
For diverse and sustained contributions to the profession via articles, books, presentations, and blogs. For continuing service to STC at the both the Society and Chapter levels, as well as service to other related professional associations.
October 20 and October 21, I attended the New England chapter of the Society for Technical Communication’s conference Interchange. On Saturday, I gave a session on building side gigs at your day job, which started with my story of how I’ve done that at my current job, then progressed to a discussion of what the attendees wanted to do and how they might build side gigs at their day jobs. Facilitating the discussion is always the fun part for me; I just gave the presentation to give them some ideas and context.
Though you won’t get the full effect by just looking through the slides, they are here: