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.

Why Use Markup Languages for Software Documentation?

Lois Patterson, Technical Publications Manager, FINCAD

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

“Treat docs as code” is a common slogan for many documentation teams today. We need to create documentation on the fly and some of our content is often auto-generated. By writing our documents in markup languages such as Markdown, we can work speedily and readily integrate with software development teams. Let’s look at how markup languages such as Markdown, restructuredText, and AsciiDoc can help you produce more documentation more quickly, and provide an improved user experience as well.

Building a Culture of Feedback in Your Organization: A Key Leadership Goal for Technical Communicators

Bill Hart-Davidson, Associate Professor & Associate Dean for Graduate Education, MSU, Co-Founder, Drawbridge Inc. Co-Inventor, Eli Review

Wednesday, 11 May 2016 | 2:003:00 PM EDT (GMT-4)

Helping your team to give and to use feedback is key to improving the overall quality and productivity of your content stream. For technical communicators, helping others write and revise well is often the pathway to leadership. But building a feedback-rich culture is not easy. In this webinar, I share an evidence-based workshop curriculum you can use to improve your review processes and help your fellow writers – from subject matter experts to members of your social media team – become better at giving and using high-quality feedback.

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.

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.

FREE STC Chapter/ SIG Member-Only Webinar: Selecting the Best Technology to Support your Content Reuse Strategy

Lisa Pietrangeli, Executive Director of Business Operations, 36Software

Wednesday, 7 December 2016 | 2:003:00 PM EST (GMT-5)

Selecting technology can be overwhelming which often leads to inaction. There’s no one-size-fits-all solution so how do you prioritize what your company needs and figure out which tool best supports those needs? Join Lisa Pietrangeli from 36Software to be equipped with clear next steps and tools for how to effectively approach a search for content reuse technology.