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Cognition, Visual Design, and Usability

The design of visuals affects how we use them every day. But what makes some visuals more effective that others? The answer to this question is central to usability across many different technologies – from street signs to computer interfaces. This presentation examines the mental processes affecting how we perceive…

Our Level Best – Technical Editing

Attend Live Please be aware! This session will not be recorded. Be there or miss out. This is only one of the reasons why you should always attend a TC Dojo live. Register to attend As technical editors, how do we know where to focus our limited time? What if we…

Stretching Your Technical Communication Skills: Moving Beyond Language Barriers

Never underestimate your ability to see the gaps in conversations, hear the confusions, and understand competing goals in the decision-making process. If you’re in the room and being observant, then you can focus on improving the communication and making sure that critical information is gathered and delivered. You can figure…

Secrets of a gumshoe librarian: Tips for transforming your career and staying relevant

Is your career ready for a makeover? Have you been forced into making a change? Client and employer needs evolve, and we should too. But no one wakes up and just decides to upend their career, because change can be hard and sometimes scary. In this session, Marcy Phelps shares…

Leading a Content Strategy in Small to Medium Enterprises

Convincing the administration in a small-medium business is just as hard as for the bigger businesses. You need a strong case, but how do you get through? You will after this session. You will learn what is the lean approach. You will learn how to see signs your company is…

How I Got Here: Career Dev Tips From Wise Old Farts

A panel discussion with tips and stories that helped the pillars of STC get through their careers with success and pride. Listen to past and current board members, conference organizers, and authors tell their stories and offer tips on how you can make the most of your techcomm life. Each…

Using Checklists to Increase Consistency and Productivity in Communications Tasks

Anyone writing, editing, or managing any type of communications for a living is feeling the crunch. There is less time to create and edit; more types and formats of content; more apps, software, and systems to learn. And we expect quality, accuracy, and consistency from ourselves because we take pride…

Extend Your DITA Reuse with Keys

A crucial benefit of moving to a structured authoring environment is the ability to easily reuse content. Text entities, file entities and now with the DITA standard there is also keys and keyrefs. This DITA key method allows a user to create a placeholder for text, file paths or graphics….