Live Web Seminars

To participate in a webinar, you must be able to access Adobe Connect, STC's online meeting space. You can test your connection here. This is a standard web seminar tool (no separate download required) and all you need is a reliable Internet connection and phone line, or a computer with VoIP capabilities. If you cannot access Adobe Connect, then you will not be able to participate in a webinar.

STC Live Web Seminars provide two (2) CEUs, and Recorded Web Seminars provide one (1) CEU toward CPTC currency. CEUs apply only to those who are certified and cannot be counted retroactively.

All STC webinars are recorded and posted for sale/download 30 days after their original presentation date.

Registered attendees will receive their unique webinar login instructions approximately three hours before the webinar is scheduled to begin. Please be on the lookout for these instructions at that time.

For questions about registration and payment, please contact Deborah Repasy. For general inquiries or if you are interested in presenting a webinar with STC, please contact Deborah Krat.

Note: Cost is transferable to another webinar but is not refundable.

Introduction to Illustrator

Kathleen Kralowec, Freelance Digital Media Specialist, Locust Moon Press

Wednesday, 1 June 2016 | 2:003:00 PM EDT (GMT-4)

Adobe Illustrator is one of the most popular professional vector-editing software programs around. What is a vector? Vectors are the key to smooth, clean graphics, necessary for designing logos and designs for industrial uses such as laser cutting, etching and screen printing. In this webinar, you will learn what a vector is and how to use them within Illustrator to create logos, icons and more.

FREE STC Chapter/ SIG Member-Only Webinar: Getting to Compliant: Responding to RFPs for the Technical Writer

Sean Stevenson, Proposal Manager, EMCOR Government Services

Tuesday, 7 June 2016 | 2:003:00 PM EDT (GMT-4)

There are two kinds of technical communicators: those who have written proposals and those who will. First experiences with proposal writing can be harrowing. While you don't need to be a hero, you do need to be compliant. This is a crash course on the fundamentals, building on what you already know as a technical communicator.

Shaping Decisions: Writing and Designing Technical Decision Support

Aimee Roundtree, PhD, Associate Professor, Technical Communication Program and Usability Research Lab, Texas State University

Wednesday, 8 June 2016 | 2:003:00 PM EDT (GMT-4)

How you write content and design formatting for decision support can help—or hinder— the decision making process of the public and the pros. Learn best practices from health care for creating decision aids that help people navigate moments of uncertainty and complexity when making technical, scientific or medical choices. Consider different conceptual models for decision-making that can enrich your own design decisions.

FREE STC Member-Only Webinar: AIIP Webinar: Get that Speaking Gig!

AIIP/ Carl Friesen

Tuesday, 14 June 2016 | 12:001:00 PM EDT (GMT-4)

Public speaking is a great way to reach out to potential clients and give them an idea of your expertise — but also your personality and communication skills. And wearing a “speaker” badge at a professional event gives you a chance to interact with others in a particularly powerful way.

Conference Room Prototyping: A User-Centered Way to Choose CCMS

Rachel Johnston, Consultant, Mekon Ltd.

Wednesday, 15 June 2016 | 2:003:00 PM EDT (GMT-4)

What is the most important factor in buying an authoring or content management solution? A long list of features?  Price?  Vendor reputation?  These are all important, but without understanding and buy-in from your team, you may not get the most out of your chosen solution.  Mekon have helped dozens of companies choose tools that are right for them and in this presentation you will learn why prototyping a solution with your team can reduce costs and increase the effectiveness of your chosen toolset.

Company Longevity and Continuing Education – How Closely are the two Related?

Rachel Frederick, Freelance Marketing Writer, Owner RF Copywriting

Wednesday, 22 June 2016 | 2:003:00 PM EDT (GMT-4)

A company that encourages continuing education will face one of two challenges: employees who expand their skills and improve the company, or employees who expand their skills and leave the company. A company that does not encourage continuing education faces similar challenges: employees who are complacent, feel unchallenged, and stay, or employees who are complacent, feel unchallenged, and leave. In this webinar we’ll examine the pros and cons of both scenarios and take a look at real-world companies and their views on employee continuing education.

What Every Manager Should Know about Delegation Skills

Susan Schoenfeld, Consultant, Consulting, Coaching and Curriculum Design

Wednesday, 29 June 2016 | 2:003:00 PM EDT (GMT-4)

Delegation is one of the most important management skills. Unless you delegate, your team will become inefficient and demoralized. Good delegation saves you time, develops your people, grooms a successor, and motivates your team. This workshop will provide you with the skills necessary to delegate effectively.

From Byways to Highways: Accelerating Tech Comm Career Paths

Alyssa Fox, Director of Information Development and Program Management, Micro Focus

Wednesday, 6 July 2016 | 2:003:00 PM EDT (GMT-4)

Do you feel like you’re stalling out in your technical communication career? Are you on a Sunday drive but really want to be on the Autobahn? You don’t have to be promoted to accelerate your career; you can also add value through learning new skillsets in other functional areas. Come learn how to grow both vertically and horizontally in tech comm, and how to set up your work environment to help others do the same.

FREE STC Chapter/ SIG Member-Only Webinar: Influence Audiences by Delivering Career-Boosting Technical Presentations

Gavin Austin, Principal Technical Writer, Salesforce

Wednesday, 13 July 2016 | 2:003:00 PM EDT (GMT-4)

Want to influence more people in your organization? Want to change the course of your career? Learn a few simple presentation tricks to engage any audience and enhance your personal brand.

The 14 Habits of Highly Effective Technical Writers

Barry C. Saiff, Founder and CEO, Saiff Solutions, Inc.

Wednesday, 20 July 2016 | 2:003:00 PM EDT (GMT-4)

Are you a highly effective technical writer? If you are not, how can you dramatically improve as a technical communicator?  If you are, how can you help others to become highly effective?

What if there were some tips or ideas that could make your job dramatically easier, and your performance dramatically more effective? Would you want to know about them? Join us to find out!

Documentation is Dead! or: How I learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Technology

Joe Barkai, Technology and Business Analyst, Consultant and Blogger

Wednesday, 27 July 2016 | 2:003:00 PM EDT (GMT-4)

The Internet of Things, Augmented Reality and other emerging technologies threaten conventional technical communication delivery methods. At the same time, these technologies may just be the answer to boosting the efficacy of technical content and enhancing user performance. This webinar will provide insight into the role of these technologies and how the use them effectively to delivering high impact technical content.

Lead with Authority

Angela Sinickas, CEO of Sinickas Communications, Inc.

Wednesday, 3 August 2016 | 2:003:00 PM EDT (GMT-4)

Moving from team player to team leader requires taking on a mantle of authority. But how can someone do that overnight after a promotion? This session will cover the sources of influence and power and how to put them to the most effective use not only with your own team, but also in your interactions with managerial peers and senior leaders.

How to Change Your Technical Publications Department from Cost Center to Revenue Center by Adopting DITA

Alex Masycheff, CEO, Intuillion Ltd.

Wednesday, 10 August 2016 | 2:003:00 PM EDT (GMT-4)

Let’s face it: technical communicators are often perceived as a cost center of the company. DITA can change this. With DITA, you can create a new value that will directly change the way your customers and company revenue makers interact with the company content. It’s about new deliverables for your customers with benefits that can only be brought by DITA. It’s about generating entire documentation sets automatically and automating other work which is currently done manually. It’s about creating a common ground for a barrier-free information and knowledge exchange across your company.

A Modern Family--Structured Writing and XML Creating a Great Content Architecture

Doug Gorman, CEO, Simply XML

Wednesday, 17 August 2016 | 2:003:00 PM EDT (GMT-4)

Can Tech Pubs and the rest of the organization (ROTO) find true happiness in marriage?  Can technical communicators achieve inner peace with ROTO living together under a robust XML architecture?  The answer is a resounding, “Maybe.”  In this webinar we will explore structured writing, XML, and what is needed to make this Modern Family work productively at the enterprise level.

Get the Most From and For Your Team

Angela Sinickas, CEO of Sinickas Communications, Inc.

Wednesday, 24 August 2016 | 2:003:00 PM EDT (GMT-4)

Being a manager means that you’re responsible for getting things done not only on your own, but also through the efforts of your team. Achieving high performance levels requires two things: making sure your team members have the right abilities for the jobs they hold and keeping them motivated.

MOOCs, SPOCs, and Next Generation eLearning: A Primer for Technical Communication Professionals

Keith Boyd, Director of Business Strategy, Microsoft Corporation

Wednesday, 7 September 2016 | 2:003:00 PM EDT (GMT-4)

The world of learning is changing rapidly. Companies and organizations like Coursera, Udacity and edX claim they can teach anyone, anything online, helping you find your next job in the technology industry. In this webinar, Keith Boyd, Director of Business Strategy and Microsoft and former Director of Technical Communications in their Cloud and Enterprise division will share details on emerging learning modalities and help you consider how to incorporate committed learning into your content strategy.

Be Logical and Innovative

Angela Sinickas, CEO of Sinickas Communications, Inc.

Wednesday, 14 September 2016 | 2:003:00 PM EDT (GMT-4)

Making decisions is a key element of being a manager, but many of us short-circuit this process by not being fully clear on the nature of the problem being addressed before jumping to a solution, not considering enough alternative solutions, and not gathering objective data before making a decision.

Systematizing Analysis and Communication with the Discipline of Organizing

Robert J. Glushko, Adjunct Full Professor, School of Information, University of California, Berkely

Wednesday, 21 September 2016 | 2:003:00 PM EDT (GMT-4)

Organizing is such a common activity that we often do it without thinking much about it. Technical communicators are trained to be more self-aware than most people about how they organize and how they describe their “Organizing Systems,” but probably do not reflect on the similarity of the organizing tasks they do and those done by other professionals, or on the similarity of the organizing tasks they do at work and those they do at home.  Using the same abstract framework for analyzing and describing Organizing Systems enables technical communicators to broaden the range of domains in which they can contribute.

Negotiate Your Way Through Impasses

Angela Sinickas, CEO of Sinickas Communications, Inc.

Wednesday, 28 September 2016 | 2:003:00 PM EDT (GMT-4)

Conflicts are inevitable in the workplace. We can neither eliminate them nor spend our whole careers avoiding them by always being the person to give in to others’ demands. This session focuses on a variety of techniques that can minimize the impact of conflicts created by personal factors and conflicts over business issues.

FREE STC Member-Only Webinar: How is Writing Collaboratively Used to our Advantage?

Ricardo Olenewa, Manager, Engineering Education at Google

Wednesday, 5 October 2016 | 2:003:00 PM EDT (GMT-4)

Now that modern word processors enable us to work simultaneously, how can we harness that capability? This talk exposes patterns in simultaneous writing across multiple systems, over multiple decades. The stories suggest opportunities for quantum leaps in efficiency, from meetings to pedagogy, if we have the courage to embrace the technology.