WHAT A GREAT way to start off a new year—peering into the future of technical communication! As we make our resolutions and put plans in place for a new year of wild success, let’s start with the end in mind (á la Stephen Covey’s 7 Habits) by pulling some vision from the visionaries!
Jack Molisani, this issue’s guest editor, has done just that. His five authors have painted a picture that is filled with opportunity for content professionals of all specialties, backgrounds, and interests. I hope you find the view of the future as intriguing and inspiring as I did.
Jack is the president of ProSpring Technical Staffing, an employment agency specializing in technical writers and other content professionals. He’s the author of Be The Captain of Your Career: A New Approach to Career Planning and Advancement, which hit #5 on Amazon’s Career and Résumé Best Seller list. He also produces the LavaCon Conference on Content Strategy and TechComm Management.
When he’s not scouting venues, leading parades, or singing karaoke—all in the name of the LavaCon experience—he organizes charitable service projects (like home building with Habitat for Humanity and playing charity BINGO), SCUBA dives, and posts fab foodie tidbits on Facebook. You can reach Jack on Twitter @jackmolisani, LinkedIn at https://www.linkedin.com/in/jackmolisani, or his websites: http://ProspringStaffing.com or https://lavacon.org.
Thank you to Jack for editing this wonderful issue, and to Ari Hoffman, Cruce Saunders, Seth Earley, Oded Ilan, and Annik Stahl for sharing their insights for our collective futures with Intercom readers. Thanks, also, to Allen Brown for his My Job contribution, and to Scott Abel for his very on-theme Meet the Change Agents column: An Interview with Christopher Noessel. (I had the pleasure of meeting and talking with Chris at the Information Development World conference in November 2017, and he is definitely future-focused and a change agent!) Be sure to check out the Society Pages for news about the 2018 Summit and the final slate of candidates for the upcoming Society elections.
Finally, thanks to Liz Pohland, STC Chief Executive Officer, the STC staff, and the STC Board of Directors for allowing me to captain this amazing Intercom ship. As Dr. Seuss said, “Oh, the places you’ll go!” I’m very much looking forward to all of the places that you, dear reader, and I will go together in the future!
— Andrea L. Ames