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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.

Content without Borders

Ray Gallon, originally presented 26 March 2013

Technical communicators often need to break through silos in our organizations. But we also have our own silos, when it comes to contentfor example, most of us think what we do has nothing to do with marketing. But even without our necessarily thinking about it, the boundaries between different kinds of content, different "information types," and different content life cycles is becoming completely permeable.

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InDesign for Technical Communicators

Jamie Gillenwater, originally presented 21 March 2013

Learn how to use Adobe InDesign to add media elements to your documents. You will also discover how to create materials for various audiences without recreating each section of information. See how you can publish your information to various channels including mobile apps.

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Our Processes Are a Mess

Larry Kunz, originally presented 20 March 2013

When projects fail, managers often blame inadequate tools and training. But poor processes often are the root cause—and fixing those processes is the key to success. But that's easier said than done. When the system isn't working, how do you find the broken parts? Even when you've found them, what's the best way to change them?

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Tips for How Writers Can Benefit from Enterprise Social Networks

Gavin Austin, originally presented 14 March 2013

Many companies are transitioning from email to social networks, such as Chatter or Yammer. Why is this transition taking place and how can technical writers benefit from this shift in corporate collaboration? Learn tips and best practices to help you, or your documentation team, excel in the new world of enterprise social networks.

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The Usability of Hazards

Leah Guren, originally presented 12 March 2013

Technical communicators are responsible for making sure that people can use the product safely and effectively. Unfortunately, a lot of technical communicators follow outdated guidelines for writing hazards and warnings. Therefore, their hazards are not as effective as they should be. This session shows the usability data, focusing on how people respond to hazards.

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Career Success in 12 Easy Steps—Build on Your Successes

Judith Shenouda, originally presented 6 March 2013

Build on Your Successes (the second webinar in the Career Success series) continues the process of living your world-of-work dream by helping you remember and own your past successes, both at work and in other areas of your life. The intent is for you to use your past successes to build your feelings of self-worth, self-confidence, and self-esteem. We will explore lessons learned from your past successes to imagine the new successes awaiting you. After all, having a successful worklife is possible—not just for others but for you. By building on earlier successes, your new career dreams can take shape and take hold.

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Towards an Agile Authoring Methodology: Learning From Lean

Ellis Pratt, originally presented 5 March 2013

Today, many manufacturers use Lean manufacturing principles and its principles underpin Agile programming. In this presentation we'll explore whether applying a Lean approach to technical publications could (a) lead to better deliverables and a more efficient system for producing user assistance and (b) better position technical publications in the context of an Agile environment.

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Basics of Editing & Proofreading

Ruth E. Thaler-Carter, originally presented 28 February 2013

The session will provide the basics of editing and proofreading, including necessary skills and characteristics, marks and symbols, style manuals, using Microsoft Word and Acrobat/PDFs, interacting effectively with clients and colleagues, and helpful resources.

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Planning User Documentation When You Are a Startup Business

Ellis Pratt, originally presented 19 February 2013

In this presentation, we’ll look at how to plan a user documentation project when you’re working for a startup technology company. Working in this environment gives you the opportunity to work “from a clean sheet,” but it also has its own challenges of working in a dynamic and rapidly changing environment.

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Introduction to SharePoint 2010

David Dick, originally presented 13 February 2013

Whether you are an avid user of Microsoft SharePoint 2007 or new to SharePoint, this webinar is for you. SharePoint 2010 includes several key enhancements, better integration with Microsoft Office, and a redesigned interface that places common commands at your finger tips. This webinar walks you through the new features and functions to help you get started to make the most of SharePoint 2010.

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And the Survey Says: What Consumers Think About Our Instructions (And It’s Not Good!)

Sharon Burton, originally presented 12 February 2013

In the world of product development and marketing, we have a myth that “no one reads the product instructions.” Recent survey results suggest this myth is not truethat people are counting on clear and helpful user instructions to use the products they purchase. This webinar discusses the survey and what it means for content developers, product managers, product managers, and more. You will learn how important product instructions are to consumers.

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Freelancing

Ruth E. Thaler-Carter, originally presented 31 January 2013

Being a freelancer takes more than strong skills as a tech writer or editor. Find out what it takes to launch and manage a successful tech comm business as a one-person shop or solopreneur—the personality needed to succeed as a freelancer, ways to find clients and projects, getting paid, important business decisions, resources to help you manage your freelance life effectively, and more from long-time freelance writer/editor Ruth E. Thaler-Carter.

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