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Visual Persuasion in the Digital Age

Edward Schiappa, John E. Burchard Professor of Humanities, MIT

Wednesday, 8 July 2015 | 2:003:00 PM EDT (GMT-4)

In today's digital era, visual communication is king. We are constantly bombarded by visual stimuli that we decode rapidly and often without conscious thought. Did you know that words and images are actually processed in different parts of your brain? Are you the master of the visual messages that you are sending personally, professionally, and on behalf of your organization? This webinar will introduce you to key concepts that you need to know to present yourself effectively through visual media.

Part 2 in Video Series: Audio for Video: Scripts and Voiceover

Robert Hershenow, Principal, RDH Communications

Wednesday, 15 July 2015 | 2:003:00 PM EDT (GMT-4)

With the right equipment (you don’t need much!) and a little bit of knowledge, producing quality audio for video doesn’t have to be difficult or scary. In this informative webinar, Robert Hershenow will provide a lively discussion and demonstrations of effective scriptwriting, voiceover technique, engineering best practices, and tips for editing and mastering your recordings. A handout of references and sources of software and hardware will be provided.

Information Architecture Bottom Up

Mark Baker, President, Analecta Communications Inc.

Wednesday, 22 July 2015 | 2:003:00 PM EDT (GMT-4)

You can’t fix your findability problems by creating a better index or TOC. People don’t use manuals and help systems the way they used to – from the top down. In fact, they don’t use individual information products at all. Instead, they search as widely as they can and select individual pages returned by the search. The only way to fix your findability problems is to focus on the way users actually navigate content today: from the bottom up. You need to build your information architecture bottom-up.

Creating Illustrations from Scratch

Tricia Spayer, Technical Writer/Illustrator, Pressco Technology Inc.

Wednesday, 29 July 2015 | 2:003:00 PM EDT (GMT-4)

Wondering where to begin creating graphics for your technical documentation? How do you illustrate an abstract or nebulous idea, or perhaps a new icon? As the saying goes, pictures are worth a thousand words. If you can show your audience a simple picture rather than paragraphs to explain a topic, your audience will appreciate all the time you save them.

Attend this webinar to spark your creativity.

Part 3 in Video Series: Screen Capture Tools: Choosing the Best Solution for Your Needs

Andrew McQuinn, Technical Documentation Specialist II, MiTek, U.S.A, Inc.

Wednesday, 5 August 2015 | 2:003:00 PM EDT (GMT-4)

As video demonstrations have become increasingly common in recent years, a great number of screen capture applications have come to market. In this demonstration, we will examine two of the most popular screen capture applications—Adobe Captivate and TechSmith Camtasia—and evaluate the factors that determine which best suits your needs.

Part 4 in Video Series: Distributing Training and Help Videos: If You Build It, Will They Come?

Mark Kleinsmith, Technical Communications Manager, MiTek, U.S.A, Inc.

Wednesday, 12 August 2015 | 2:003:00 PM EDT (GMT-4)

Finally, you have your mind wrapped around training and help video production and you’re convinced that they will complement your technical communications arsenal. You’ve done your research on authoring tools, you know how to write a script, you can add voiceovers, but how are you going to distribute the end product to customers? Join us in this webinar for information on this key piece in the video production puzzle.

Every Page is Page One

Mark Baker, President, Analecta Communications Inc.

Wednesday, 19 August 2015 | 2:003:00 PM EDT (GMT-4)

Readers don’t enter your content through the front door anymore. They enter via search or by following a link and they can land on any page in your content set. This means that every page is your content is a potential page one for your reader. In the past, we designed content to be read linearly. If we helped readers jump into the middle via an index, this was very much a secondary mechanism. We did not design the content to be entered this way. But today, this is the normal way readers consume technical content. Linear reading is the exception. Every page is page one, and we need to start writing them that way.

An Introduction to HTML5

Elizabeth Fraley, CEO, Single-Sourcing Solutions

Wednesday, 2 September 2015 | 2:003:00 PM EDT (GMT-4)

HTML5 and its supporting technologies, CSS and JavaScript, change how user interfaces are built. We’re not going to make you an expert in 30 minutes, but we’ll take a look at how the three technologies fit together and take a look at what the current elements are, document structure, semantics, and support in modern browsers.

Documenting Structured Data: JSON and XML

Peter Gruenbaum, President, SDK Bridge

Wednesday, 9 September 2015 | 2:003:00 PM EDT (GMT-4)

The need for writers who can document software APIs has exploded over the last few years. Software developers now access data sent over the web, and the two most popular data formats are JSON and XML. Companies need good documentation so that developers can understand how to create and interpret this data, and, fortunately, it’s much simpler than documenting code. Come learn about structured data: how it works, how it is used, and how to document it.

Your Country Needs You! Communicators in the US Government

David L. Caruso, Sr. Health Communication Specialist, National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health

Wednesday, 16 September 2015 | 2:003:00 PM EDT (GMT-4)

Skilled communication professionals are in high demand within the US Government. Have you considered working in this field before? If so, then join us for this webinar where real position descriptions and job postings will be decoded along with insider tips on how you can build a resume that will help get you an interview. With more than 12 years of Federal service, David will offer insights of what core communication skills he has found most valuable and what he learned on-the-job. This presentation will also help the mid-career professional who may be looking to try something new or just add more value to their workplace.