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Putting Out Fires with Content Strategy

John Collins, Senior UX Content Strategist, Rosetta Stone

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

You’ve probably heard—or said—something like “All I did today at work was put out fires.” We don’t want fires, but they happen. So, let’s see how content strategy helps put out fires in software development, some examples, and how content strategy fits with technical communication.

If They Know It's Help, We've Failed

Ray Gallon, Co-founder, The Transformation Society and Owner, Culturecom

Wednesday, 11 March 2015 | 1:002:00 PM EDT (GMT-4)

Modern users need to get real work done right away. If they have to negotiate your org chart to get the information they need, you've failed them. In this webinar, presenter Ray Gallon will look at some ways to make information flow seamlessly, applying methods taken from "customer experience" to create "information experience," and look at a few suggestions for breaking down content silos.

Part 3 in API Series: Helping the Code Tell the Story: How to Present Effective Code Samples

Joe Malin, EXO U USA, Inc.

Wednesday, 18 March 2015 | 2:003:00 PM EDT (GMT-4)

Even if you don't know how to code, you can deliver effective code samples to your readers, and even improve how your SMEs write code. Effective code samples are clear, concise, easy to follow, and easy to read, so as a writer, you know more about writing good code samples than some engineers. Tune in to this webinar to learn how you can apply what you already know to delivering good code samples.

Report from 20 Years in the Self-Employment Trenches

Thea Teich, Owner and Principal, Teich Technical and Marketing Communications

Wednesday, 25 March 2015 | 2:003:00 PM EDT (GMT-4)

After her first 20 years as a technical communicator with nonprofits, government agencies, and corporations, Thea Teich “went out on her own,” working as an independent. In 2015, she will have worked 20 years this way. This webinar describes her myriad experiences: why and how clients came and went; how to deal with inconsistent workloads, work flows, and payments; how to handle the hassles that take much more time than they should, and why you should embrace the fact that cats will get on the keyboard—among other things. Despite all this, Thea has no desire to ever be a “captive employee” again. Come to this session if you think you might like to work this way.

Spring Over Hurdles in the Workplace: How to Get Ahead No Matter Where You Are

Pamela Paterson, Bestselling Author, "Get the Job: Optimize Your Resume for the Online Job Search,"

Wednesday, 1 April 2015 | 2:003:00 PM EDT (GMT-4)

Stuck in a rut in your job? Learn how to get ahead in the workplace. It’s not by chance that some people spring over others in their careers. Learn top strategies to guarantee job success as a technical writer from the bestselling author of Get the Job, Pamela Paterson.

Unlocking the Potential of Millennial Employees

Porschia Parker, Founder, Millennial Performance Institute

Wednesday, 8 April 2015 | 2:003:00 PM EDT (GMT-4)

Many companies find it difficult to receive great performance from their employees in the Millennial Generation, and as a result these young professionals are often labeled as lazy, self-centered, and disloyal. Up until now, it has been easy to ignore millennial employees and focus on finding older, staff members from the Gen-X and Baby Boomer Generations. This year Millennials will become the predominant group in the workforce, so the current options are to prepare for millennial employees or be left behind. The biggest challenges progressive companies face with their Millennials will be explored.

DITA: A Day in the Life

Bernard Aschwanden, President, Publishing Smarter

Wednesday, 15 April 2015 | 2:003:00 PM EDT (GMT-4)

Creating content using DITA doesn't have to be daunting. In this webinar, STC VP Bernard Aschwanden will show you how to create maps, topics, and publish outputs, based on a plan, and create great content. Samples will be provided to attendees as well so that you can try it out for yourself!

Yes, Technical Communication Can Be Lifesaving Work!

Marlane J. Kayfes, Senior Technical Writer, Shea Writing & Training Solutions

Wednesday, 22 April 2015 | 2:003:00 PM EDT (GMT-4)

Documentation and training are of paramount importance in potentially hazardous industrial environments. In this webinar, Marlane Kayfes will arm you with thought-provoking evidence that you can use to help shift your clients’ approach to embrace documentation and training in a more effective light that could save lives. To accomplish this, she will highlight two case studies and demonstrate how those companies used audience-focused approaches and techniques with lifesaving success.

A Primer on Findability

Cheryl Landes, Owner, Tabby Cat Communications

Wednesday, 6 May 2015 | 2:003:00 PM EDT (GMT-4)

As user documents have moved from print to digital formats, and from static to dynamic content, our thinking about findability has struggled to keep up. The older tools of findability—index, table of contents, logical organization, good typography, and good page designstill have important roles to play. But are there new tools and techniques that can help us do a better job? In this webinar, Cheryl Landes will talk about new and revised approaches to navigation, indexing, and searching that will help us help our end users. These techniques apply to a wide variety of document types and platforms and work successfully despite varying interface limitations.

How Do I Pick the Right Tool for Me?

Liz Fraley, Single-Sourcing Solutions

Wednesday, 13 May 2015 | 2:003:00 PM EDT (GMT-4)

So many tools to choose from! So many messages from so many vendors. How do you find the right one for you? In this session, Liz Fraley will share strategies, benchmarks, and questions that she’s used (and seen used) over the years, so you will have something in your back pocket to help you choose the tool that’s best for you, your company, and your situation.