In addition to the STC Technical Communication Summit, the Society offers Web seminars. In a seminar, participants listen to the presenter over the phone (much like a conference call) while viewing presentation materials via the website. This format provides easier access to materials for reference during the presentation, as well as a more intimate, "classroom" setting than the typical telephone seminar. Registrants are provided a secure URL and access to both the audio and online elements of the presentation.

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.

Registered attendees will receive their unique webinar login instructions approximately two 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 Cheryl Miller. For general inquiries or if you are interested in presenting a webinar with STC, please contact Kimberly Kelly

Note: Online registration closes three hours before each webinar.

If Your Content Could Talk...

Suzanne Mescan, Vasont Systems

Wednesday, 3 December | 2:00–3:00 PM EST (GMT-5)

If your content could talk, what would it say to you? The reality is that your content is talking to you all the time. If you learn to listen to your content, you will learn how to use it as a distinct advantage. Join this session to learn techniques for using your content to drive positive customer perceptions and boost sales for your organization.


Lean & Mean Translation Machine

Terena Bell, In Every Language

Wednesday, 10 December | 2:00–3:00 PM EST (GMT-5)

Apply Lean and Six Sigma to translation? Sure! Using real client case studies, Terena Bell of In Every Language shows how manufacturers and others can apply Lean and Six Sigma to web and document content, turning translation from a cost center into a profit driver.


Topic-Based Writing: An Unexpected Journey

Phoebe Forio, Verint Systems, Inc.

Wednesday, 17 December | 2:00–3:00 PM EST (GMT-5)

Structured Authoring and Minimalism. Just what you need to get your content in shape and under control. But how do you get there from here? This webinar follows the adventures of one writer and her team of handpicked side-kicks as they planned and began their journey from the familiar, unstructured book formats of FrameMaker to the very unfamiliar world of topic-based writing, DITA, and XML. Attend this webinar to find out how creative problem-solving can help you get past the technical, political, logistical, and even emotional challenges and obstacles you can encounter even on a well-planned journey.


How to Write a Winning Project Proposal

Judith E. Shenouda, Owner, Shenouda Associates Inc.

Wednesday, 7 January 2015 | 2:003:00 PM EST (GMT-5)

Project proposals serve as our written communication vehicle to decision-makers who give us work or send it elsewhere. What we say in writing and how we say it are critical. In this webinar, we will explore ways to make our project proposals win us work, time and again.


An Introvert's Journey to Leadership

Ben Woelk, Rochester Institute of Technology

Wednesday, 21 January 2015 | 2:00–3:00 PM EST (GMT-5)

Many of us would agree that Western society lauds extroverted leaders and their accomplishments. However, introverts have made great contributions as well and can be effective leaders in their own right. Have you wondered how to empower yourself and leverage your innate skills to become a leader? Join Ben Woelk as he shares his personal insights and path to leadership with you.


Rapid Professional Video Creation with Adobe Captivate 8

Anita Horsley, CALEX Learning Consultants, LLC

Wednesday, 28 January 2015 | 2:003:00 PM EST (GMT-5)

If you need to show a quick lesson on your computer, using Adobe Captivate’s Video Mode is one of the fastest and most compelling ways to create eLearning. You can insert assets such as images and text captions, as well as easily take advantage of other cool features such as pan/zoom and transitions. Not only that, but you can make your eLearning demos interactive by developing it right inside a regular Captivate project. In this workshop, get ready to learn how to create rapid, professional, engaging video demos within your Adobe Captivate eLearning course.


Seeing Story Everywhere: Story Craft in Technical Writing

Elisa R. Sawyer, Independent Consultant

Wednesday, 4 February 2015 | 2:003:00 PM EST (GMT-5)

Do classes in creative writing improve our skills as communicators in technical fields? The presenter says yes! Even for writing reference material, the use of story craft as taught in creative writing affords us a set of skills that are uniquely valuable. Learn what is taught in master classes on story and how using these skills can improve what we offer to our audiences as technical writers.