InterChange 2018

The STC New England Chapter’s InterChange conference is a nice intimate conference over a Friday and Saturday (October 26 and 27 this year). The theme was Engineering Experiences, so I updated some slides I had used on networking to give a session called Engineering Your Networking Experiences. I  was in the first session of the first day, right after the keynote, so I did my best to send InterChange attendees out into the rest of the conference and the world with some tools for better networking. It was gratifying to hear attendees use some of my phrases in talking to me and others in an effort to network and use what they learned.

Action shots, stolen from Twitter:

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Slides: Schrank_Engineering Your Networking Experiences_Interchange_102518

Bookmarks of MANY Articles on Networking: Networking Resources – Links

Personally, I was pleased with how it turned out. I struggle with looking at my notes too much and getting a little out of breath in my excitement, but I feel like that was much more in control on this session. I am no Ted Talk-er, but I am definitely making progress.

And I always feel like I make a few more connections as a speaker than just another attendee, so that is fun.

I also attended some good sessions and met and re-connected with some interesting folks.

I didn’t get many pictures, but her’s one from dinner after the conference with some friends:

DINNER

We went to a place called Holly Crab, and if you ordered the seafood boil, it came to you a bag. That was the strangest way I have ever eaten dinner before, but it was pretty good overall.

More Conferences and Talks!

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!

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Canastota Public Library

I’m excited to talk about technical writing to a local group of young girls at the library on Oct 5:

GEMS

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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.

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Webinar Update: That was fun!

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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.

Slides: Ideas and Advice for Building Side Gigs at Your Day Job

Fall is Turning Busy

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.
  • Upon seeing a vacancy for a Marketing and Promotions volunteer position in the newsletter for the Board of Editors in the Life Sciences (BELS), I got in touch with the president, who I served with on the Board for the American Medical Writers Association (AMWA), and asked whether they still needed someone and what was involved. So I am now getting to know the leadership in the organization and seeing what I can get done for them.
  • 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.

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Summit 2018

The national conference for the Society for Technical Communication is always a great opportunity to learn, network, and get reinvigorated in my career.

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.

Kelly Getting Assoiate Fellow on Big ScreenKelly Getting Assoiate Fellow

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.

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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…

Kelly with Zombie

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!

 

Using Checklists to Increase Consistency and Productivity in Communications Tasks

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.

Using Checklists to Increase Consistency and Productivity in Communication Tasks

Conduit 2018

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.

Spectrum 2018

This is a great regional conference that is local to me. As President of the Rochester chapter of the Society for Technical Communication, I have some official responsibilities for this event as well as some pet projects I have maintained since being co-chair myself (2015 and 2016).

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.

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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.

Next on the agenda is Conduit next week, where Todd DeLuca and I will present a session called Ready to Pivot, Advance, or Change? Use Side Gigs to Move Your Career Forward. And then on May 9, I will present Using Checklists to Increase Consistency and Productivity in Communications Tasks as a webinar for STC.