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 toll-free number, a secure URL, and access to both the audio and online elements of the presentation.

Note: Cost is transferable but is not refundable. Registration closes the day prior to each webinar.

Competitive Intelligence the Internet Way

Charlene Burke

Tuesday, 6 May | 10:00–11:00 AM EDT (GMT-4)

This webinar is for the Internet searcher looking for ways to find information about companies, people, services, products, and markets. There’s more to search than Google, and there’s more that is searched than can be found on Google. Simply put, there are sites that aggregate their information better than Google can, and often in more meaningful ways that professionals can use.

The Radically Nimble Entrepreneur: Remaining Relevant and Maintaining Value

Mary Ellen Bates

Wednesday, 7 May | 1:00–2:00 PM EDT (GMT-4)

The competitive landscape of technical communication is changing beneath our feet. How radically has your business evolved over the past three years? This webinar focuses on how to approach your business strategically and how to best adjust your approach to take advantage of changes in the competitive landscape. Mary Ellen Bates, author and a long-time entrepreneur herself, will give you practical tools for making the kinds of strategic shifts that will keep you irreplaceable to your clients.

Speaking Your Audience's Language: Communication that Produces Results

Marilyn Woelk

Thursday, 29 May | 4:00–5:00 PM EDT (GMT-4)

The results you achieve from a communication deliverable are based on how closely you are able to define your target audience and “hit your target.” It is not enough to give your target audience information; you must define the desired outcome of the communication deliverable and achieve that result. Content reuse can perpetuate information that is no longer accurate or is not targeted correctly for your audience. Learn how to make sure that your audience receives the messages that produce the results your communication was designed to achieve!

Styles Gone Wild? CSS Concepts in a Nutshell

Neil Perlin

Friday, 30 May | 1:00–2:00 PM EDT (GMT-4)

New online content techniques like multichannel publishing and responsive design rely heavily on best practices for development. One of the most important of those practices is the use of styles and style sheets, in line with W3C recommendations that style codes be removed from HTML files and put in a style sheet, or CSS, instead. The result will be cleaner, more future-proofed content. If you’re new to CSS, it may look impenetrable but there actually is logic to it. Understand that logic and the rest begins to fall into place. If you’ve decided that it’s time to make serious and correct use of styles but aren’t sure where to start, this presentation will get you going.

Grow Your Professional Role and Increase Your Happiness with Acts of Service

Barrie Byron

Wednesday, 4 June | 1:00–2:00 PM EDT (GMT-4)

"Life, Liberty, and the pursuit of Happiness" is the best-remembered phrase in the United States Declaration of Independence. How we earn our living and how we grow through acts of service have a significant impact on our happiness. The gift of service and the acts of servant leadership benefit your professional life, improve your personal life, and positively impact your overall well-being. Positive outcomes and professional growth through volunteering require a strategy, a plan, and skills to identify the specific criteria for a rewarding volunteer opportunity. What is your goal for your professional well-being? What are your objectives for your life policy? Learn the art of saying no to make room for activities that are in alignment with your personal and professional goals. Find out how to overcome the YOYO (you're on your own) habit and build WIIT (we're in it together) skills.

Content Strategy for Augmented Reality and Wearable Technology

Marta Rauch

Wednesday, 11 June | 1:00–2:00 PM EDT (GMT-4)

This webinar will show you how augmented reality and wearable technology like Google Glass affect technical communicators. Attendees will understand the importance of augmented reality and wearable technology, look at best practices for content strategy, learn how to provide effective user assistance, and position themselves for new opportunities in augmented reality and wearable technology.

Targeting Content to Your Users’ Goals

Alyssa Fox

Thursday, 19 June | 4:00–5:00 PM EDT (GMT-4)

In today’s business environment, everyone is doing more with less. How do you provide the content your users need, when they need it, with fewer people and less time to do it? Taking into account these factors, along with our agile environment, the presenter’s team started shifting toward content targeted to achieving users’ goals. This type of content gives specific information when and where necessary, documents best practices, provides extensive and relevant examples, and does not document the obvious or easily discoverable.

Close the Chasm Between the Expert and the Novice to Achieve Positive Outcomes

Judith Shenouda

Wednesday, 25 June | 1:00–2:00 PM EDT (GMT-4)

The webinar explores how breakdowns in communication between the expert and the novice interfere with achieving positive outcomes in all areas of human endeavor and provides advice on ways that technical communicators—and others—can close the chasm for the good of all.