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Upcoming Sessions

  • TechComm TC Dojo Mastermind Session

    • Audience: All levels
    • TC Dojo Mastermind Group (Members Only)

    Get that networking experience you need without having to travel to get it!

    Share your expertise with others, while they share theirs with you. Discuss your challenges and solicit advice that applies to your unique situation.

    The Mastermind provides an opportunity for discussion in a confidential, supportive environment. Network with your peers and benefit from each other's experiences.

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    Arbortext TC Dojo Mastermind Session

    • Audience: All levels
    • Arbortext Mastermind Group (Members Only)

    Get that networking experience you need without having to travel to get it!

    Share your expertise with others, while they share theirs with you. Discuss your challenges and solicit advice that applies to your unique situation.

    The Mastermind provides an opportunity for discussion in a confidential, supportive environment. Network with your peers and benefit from each other's experiences.

    Join the TC Dojo Arbortext Mastermind Group ›

    Be Apart and Be Out

    TC Dojo Masters: Janice Summers, JLS Coaching and Liz Fraley, Single-Sourcing Solutions

    • TC Dojo Open Session
    • Cost: Free

    Ever wish you could tilt the scales in your favor? Boost your perceived value to others? Have people clamoring for your time and attention rather than having to chase people down while they run away from you? Join us for the TC Dojo session where we will share a couple of tactics you can use. It's a snippet of what we will be covering in the soon to launch TC Dojo Conclave. a Mastermind for the Tech Comm professional. Tune in to find out more about it and learn how you can be a part on this new mastermind Conclave when we launch later this year.

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  • Be Apart and Be Out

    TC Dojo Masters: Janice Summers, JLS Coaching and Liz Fraley, Single-Sourcing Solutions

    • TC Dojo Open Session
    • Cost: Free

    Ever wish you could tilt the scales in your favor? Boost your perceived value to others? Have people clamoring for your time and attention rather than having to chase people down while they run away from you? Join us for the TC Dojo session where we will share a couple of tactics you can use. It's a snippet of what we will be covering in the soon to launch TC Dojo Conclave. a Mastermind for the Tech Comm professional. Tune in to find out more about it and learn how you can be a part on this new mastermind Conclave when we launch later this year.

    Register ›

    TechComm TC Dojo Mastermind Session

    • Audience: All levels
    • TC Dojo Mastermind Group (Members Only)

    Get that networking experience you need without having to travel to get it!

    Share your expertise with others, while they share theirs with you. Discuss your challenges and solicit advice that applies to your unique situation.

    The Mastermind provides an opportunity for discussion in a confidential, supportive environment. Network with your peers and benefit from each other's experiences.

    Join the TC Dojo Mastermind Group ›

    Arbortext TC Dojo Mastermind Session

    • Audience: All levels
    • Arbortext Mastermind Group (Members Only)

    Get that networking experience you need without having to travel to get it!

    Share your expertise with others, while they share theirs with you. Discuss your challenges and solicit advice that applies to your unique situation.

    The Mastermind provides an opportunity for discussion in a confidential, supportive environment. Network with your peers and benefit from each other's experiences.

    Join the TC Dojo Arbortext Mastermind Group ›
  • Acing Your Interview

    TC Dojo Master: Andrew Davis, Synergistech

    • TC Dojo Open Session
    • Cost: Free

    So many jobs hinge on the interview. Learn what to do, and what not to do, in both phone and in-person interviews for technical communications jobs. From seemingly innocuous questions, to group interviews, to memorable ways to impress and guaranteed ways to bomb. Andrew will share the insights you need to dispel the butterflies and start bidding wars.

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    TechComm TC Dojo Mastermind Session

    • Audience: All levels
    • TC Dojo Mastermind Group (Members Only)

    Get that networking experience you need without having to travel to get it!

    Share your expertise with others, while they share theirs with you. Discuss your challenges and solicit advice that applies to your unique situation.

    The Mastermind provides an opportunity for discussion in a confidential, supportive environment. Network with your peers and benefit from each other's experiences.

    Join the TC Dojo Mastermind Group ›

    Arbortext TC Dojo Mastermind Session

    • Audience: All levels
    • Arbortext Mastermind Group (Members Only)

    Get that networking experience you need without having to travel to get it!

    Share your expertise with others, while they share theirs with you. Discuss your challenges and solicit advice that applies to your unique situation.

    The Mastermind provides an opportunity for discussion in a confidential, supportive environment. Network with your peers and benefit from each other's experiences.

    Join the TC Dojo Arbortext Mastermind Group ›
  • How to use root-cause analysis to promote information supply chain methodologies

    TC Dojo Master: Seth Park, NXP Semiconductors

    • TC Dojo Open Session
    • Cost: Free

    If your documentation process is implicated in a customer quality incident (CQI), Congratulations! You have the platform needed to shine a light on the problems you’ve been escalating for years. In this presentation, Seth Park will argue that errors in documentation are actually symptoms of underlying data flow issues. If you don’t get involved in root-cause analysis, you’ll end up being asked for more reviews and checklists when you really need a more effective method for transferring data amongst teams.

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    TechComm TC Dojo Mastermind Session

    • Audience: All levels
    • TC Dojo Mastermind Group (Members Only)

    Get that networking experience you need without having to travel to get it!

    Share your expertise with others, while they share theirs with you. Discuss your challenges and solicit advice that applies to your unique situation.

    The Mastermind provides an opportunity for discussion in a confidential, supportive environment. Network with your peers and benefit from each other's experiences.

    Join the TC Dojo Mastermind Group ›

    Arbortext TC Dojo Mastermind Session

    • Audience: All levels
    • Arbortext Mastermind Group (Members Only)

    Get that networking experience you need without having to travel to get it!

    Share your expertise with others, while they share theirs with you. Discuss your challenges and solicit advice that applies to your unique situation.

    The Mastermind provides an opportunity for discussion in a confidential, supportive environment. Network with your peers and benefit from each other's experiences.

    Join the TC Dojo Arbortext Mastermind Group ›
  • Editing the Work of Non-native English Speakers

    Visiting TC Dojo Master: Kit Brown-Hoekstra, Comgenesis

    • TC Dojo Open Session
    • Cost: Free

    As content ninjas in a global environment, editors often get asked to improve content created by non-native English speakers. While it can be challenging to edit this type of content, knowing the common mistakes can help you be more efficient and effective. In this presentation, we will discuss the common mistakes and how to work more effectively with these authors.

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    TechComm TC Dojo Mastermind Session

    • Audience: All levels
    • TC Dojo Mastermind Group (Members Only)

    Get that networking experience you need without having to travel to get it!

    Share your expertise with others, while they share theirs with you. Discuss your challenges and solicit advice that applies to your unique situation.

    The Mastermind provides an opportunity for discussion in a confidential, supportive environment. Network with your peers and benefit from each other's experiences.

    Join the TC Dojo Mastermind Group ›

    Arbortext TC Dojo Mastermind Session

    • Audience: All levels
    • Arbortext Mastermind Group (Members Only)

    Get that networking experience you need without having to travel to get it!

    Share your expertise with others, while they share theirs with you. Discuss your challenges and solicit advice that applies to your unique situation.

    The Mastermind provides an opportunity for discussion in a confidential, supportive environment. Network with your peers and benefit from each other's experiences.

    Join the TC Dojo Arbortext Mastermind Group ›
  • Death Proof Documentation

    TC Dojo Master: Liz Fraley, Single-Sourcing Solutions

    • TC Dojo Open Session
    • Cost: Free

    We're going to end the year talking about that documentation you need at the end: How do you document your life (and I don't mean journaling). It's a topic that, from a corporate perspective, very quickly becomes: What happens when your customer dies?

    Does your company have policies in place that dictate what happens when a customer dies? Are they well communicated? What happens to your iTunes library or a server at hosting facility? If you’re a consultant, who tells your customer you’re dead? Content professionals can assist in creating and respectfully publishing these kinds of policies. In this session, we’ll talk about the steps you can take to ease the tasks of those who have to clean up a digital life.

    Attendees will learn:

    • How companies like Apple, Google, Amazon, and Facebook assist and react when their customers die.
    • How to talk about these issues (vocabulary)
    • How to raise the profile about the need for these kinds of policies in your company
    • How to provide information without violating privacy issues
    • What you need to document in your own life to make it easy for you to take care of someone else's digital life after they die... and someone else to take care of yours after you do.
    • How to assist non-technical people deal with technical issues, products and companies.
    Register ›

    TechComm TC Dojo Mastermind Session

    • Audience: All levels
    • TC Dojo Mastermind Group (Members Only)

    Get that networking experience you need without having to travel to get it!

    Share your expertise with others, while they share theirs with you. Discuss your challenges and solicit advice that applies to your unique situation.

    The Mastermind provides an opportunity for discussion in a confidential, supportive environment. Network with your peers and benefit from each other's experiences.

    Join the TC Dojo Mastermind Group ›

    Arbortext TC Dojo Mastermind Session

    • Audience: All levels
    • Arbortext Mastermind Group (Members Only)

    Get that networking experience you need without having to travel to get it!

    Share your expertise with others, while they share theirs with you. Discuss your challenges and solicit advice that applies to your unique situation.

    The Mastermind provides an opportunity for discussion in a confidential, supportive environment. Network with your peers and benefit from each other's experiences.

    Join the TC Dojo Arbortext Mastermind Group ›

Did you miss the last session?

Metadata: Queen to King Content?

We all know (thanks, if nothing else, to the NSA), that metadata is all around us, hard at work behind the scenes making data and content more valuable, accessible, useful. In fact, the term has made it so far into the popular lexicon and consciousness that it is now used in news stories unaccompanied by a definition. And it's proliferation has been accompanied by a sense of urgency. Folks keep talking about metadata's tremendous importance: It's "the new black," even "the new data"! In this DoJo session, we'll establish a shared definition and understanding of what metadata is and then consider specifically what's in it for "us." How is metadata being used in the technical content arena, and how is this impacting our career paths and opportunities? What do we need to know?

TC Dojo Master

Toni Mantych is an Information Architect. She directs information architecture and content strategy for a department of over sixty information developers and provides training and strategic planning related to authoring tools, technologies, and processes. Toni is also a teacher of over thirty university courses in literature, writing, and technical communication at the undergraduate and graduate levels. She is also a certified Project Management Professional (PMP) and an AIIM-Certified Taxonomy and Metadata Practitioner.