STC's Recorded Web Seminars are recordings of popular live Web seminars. They are available for download for $39 for all STC members and $79 for non-members. Included below are description, presenter, and original presentation date.

Once your payment is processed, go to the Member Home page on STC.org. From there, click on My Account History, and you will be able to access the link to the recording under the My Downloadables header. You will be able to access that link later, but we recommend bookmarking it or saving it somewhere also.

The listing below is in reverse chronological order, by presentation date, so the newest recordings are at the top. 

For questions about webinar recordings, please contact Kimberly Kelly.

Note: All information provided in the course descriptions is accurate as of the date of the original webinar.

Using Video/Animation: From Storyboard to Finished Project

Cynthia Chin-Lee and Lisa Kuder, originally presented 13 March 2014

Planning a video or animation project to complement your technical publications or as a standalone project? Where do you start? Assuming you have selected your video or animation environment (hardware, software, writers, videographers, and production site), you will learn the steps involved in developing and then creating the video/animation projects. See how to determine what to include in the video or animation, and what additional steps are required in the project beyond typical documentation. You will also learn how to integrate the animation or video into the documentation library, corporate websites, and social media.

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DITA-Based Documentation for Complex Software Products

Carsten Brennecke, originally presented 5 March 2014

This webinar describes the challenges of providing documentation for broad software portfolios with heavy reuse of software components between products, and at the same time, managing extremely complex versioning. Learn how a company used specialized DITA maps to componentize documentation according to software components, described the interdependencies between software components, and provided for reuse. For each release, containers reflecting the software were strung together in a hierarchy to define the content set and linking rules within it.

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Make This Your Year to Work Smart and Live Well

Judith Shenouda, originally presented 11 December 2013

When the Great Recession hit several years ago, the presenter had the gift of time to think about ways to transition from a schedule filled with writing and editing publications, managing projects, and keeping a business humming along to a calendar that also included speaking gigs. To help make this transition, she mapped out a process that became a book and continues to fuel new ideas. From this reservoir, she identified 12 steps you can follow—one step each month—to transition from where you are to where you want to be. Get ready now to make this year your year!

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Indexes in Metadata

Cheryl Landes, originally presented 4 December 2013

Often because of interface limitations, search is the only means you have available to allow users to find information. To help generate more relevant results, you can incorporate index entries into metadata. In this webinar, Cheryl Landes will provide an overview of what metadata is and share tips on how to include index entries in metadata.

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From Comprehensiveness to Clarity: Moving to Targeted Documentation

Alyssa Fox, originally presented 21 November 2013

For most product manufacturers, delivering adequate documentation is a constant challenge. The increasing complexity of products and the stricter regulations for product documentation often lead to extensive documentation sets with 500+ pages manuals online or in print. The question is: how effective is all this documentation? This presentation gives an overview of what targeted documentation is, how to create or convert to targeted documentation libraries, and how it can help improve the overall user experience and reduce costs.

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A Primer on Findability

Cheryl Landes, originally presented 14 November 2013

With the changes in technology, finding information isn’t just about search and perusing an index anymore. Interface navigation and navigational cues, such as button design and icons, also affect the ease of which users can find information. This presentation covers the challenges and ways technical communicators can ease the pain.

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Interviewing SMEs: Covering the Bases and Hitting Homers

Jennifer Anthony, Carrie Chambers, Frances Gambino, and Barbara Giammona, originally presented 7 November 2013

Truth or urban legend: Will brownies guarantee a Subject Matter Expert’s time? When you do secure a meeting, how can you make the best use of that time? Here are some SME-handling tips from a seasoned, multi-industry, panel of experts to help you cover the bases and hit home runs in your interactions with SMEs.

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It Came From the Internet: Social Media Monitoring for Documentation

Rhyne Armstrong, originally presented 31 October 2013

In a first-ever horror-movie-themed webinar, Rhyne Armstrong will discuss how your documentation team can monitor social media and social networking sites to get feedback that you can use. You will also learn how to put on the creepy mask of "The Marketer" and interact with customers out there in the frightening world of the Internet. Not horrifying enough? We'll even talk about how you can put those monsters to work for you to help you improve your products, your department's awareness, and your value to your customers and to your organization.

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Service-Oriented Management: Facilitating a Flow-based Work Environment

Judy Glick-Smith, originally presented 30 October 2013

Managers who take a service-oriented approach to leadership proactively coach, encourage, and create targeted opportunities for the people who work for them. When people are able to work in an environment where they are in a flow state, they are happier, more productive, and tend to make better decisions. In this presentation, Judith Glick-Smith uses research-based concepts to explore how managers can facilitate environments where employees do their best work, enabling the organization as a whole to operate with high reliability.

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Planning and Creating Engaging Infographics

Michael Opsteegh, originally presented 24 October 2013

Infographics are a powerful way of communicating large amounts of disparate data to inform or persuade your audience in a manner that is often more engaging than text alone. This presentation covers the different methods of data visualization, steps for planning and wireframing, tools that can be used, and ethical considerations.

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Contract Work: Mindset, Market, & Money

Bonnie J. Davis, originally presented 22 October 2013

The market is good. The money is good. Are you good for contract work? If you value benefits such as autonomy, flexibility, and entrepreneurial expression, contract work may be just what you need. This webinar gives you the lowdown on contract work from an award-winning technical communicator, Bonnie Davis, who has worked as a contractor for more than 20 years. Bonnie will discuss core considerations for contract work—the contractor’s mindset, the market for the services offered, and the money that contractors can earn.

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Building Effective IA Teams in Resource-Challenged Times

Alyson Riley, originally presented 17 October 2013

How do you build a world-class team of information architects? How do you advance your content strategy without the formal mission or funding? You can do great things with your information strategy through smart stakeholder management, savvy metrics, and a collaborative, community-based approach. Join Alyson Riley in this session as she explores techniques to break down organizational barriers, lead with a common vision and set of goals, navigate tricky political waters, drive change with metrics, and grow IA skills.

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