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What is TC Dojo?

TC Dojo is a virtual meeting place for the Technical Communications professional. Whether you are just starting out in the field or you are a well-seasoned expert, everyone can gain valuable learning at the TC Dojo.

Why call it a dojo?

A dojo (道場 dōjō?) is a Japanese term which literally means “place of the way.” Typically, it is the place for learning and practicing a martial art form. We decided to borrow this theme and apply it to the practice and learning for the art of Technical Communication.

What will we cover?

Ever wish they were talking about what you cared about? Now is your chance at the TC Dojo.

Topics range from developing skill sets to specific tool use to solving advanced complex challenges.

How does it work?

There are three ways to learn at the Dojo

Open Sessions

Free General Audience Sessions – For Technical Communications professionals at every level.

We cover a wide range of topics appropriate for a wide range of practitioners from the beginner to the advanced.

Session Topics are selected by the attendees and can cover anything of concern to Technical Communications professionals such as architectural design, analysis, technology, or even tools.

What is important to you?

Mastermind Session

Ever feel like you are spinning your wheels trying to solve an issue? How valuable would it be for you to have a sounding board?

The Mastermind sessions are unique learning opportunities where members talk about real time issues they are solving and share ideas for possible solutions. Chances are if you are facing something, someone has gone before you or they are in the same place.

Masterminds meet once a month for an hour. These are Members-Only sessions

Private Mentoring

Ever have one of those questions that is too big for the mailing list but not big enough to engage a consultant over? Working through one of our books and want help from the author?

Our TC Dojo Mentoring Sessions are for anyone who needs some one-on-one time with an expert who can focus on you–your specific situation, needs, and questions.

Private mentoring sessions are perfect for lone writers and individuals responsible to a bigger team. Private mentoring sessions are all about you.

What TC Dojo level are you?

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Coming Up in the TC Dojo

Arbortext TC Dojo Mastermind Session

  • When: 26 June 2019
  • Arbortext Mastermind Members Only

A live conference call. Discussions are limited to issues faced by Arbortext users, and anything is fair game.

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In July…

TC Dojo Open Session

  • When: 1 July 2019
  • Cost: Free

Our Level Best – Technical Editing

As technical editors, how do we know where to focus our limited time? What if we could work with writers to communicate expectations and figure out the scope of work on a project? Well, we can!

Join us as Li-At Rathbun discusses levels of editing—the common language that can help us set expectations, focus our energies, and limit our distractions. Li-At will define common levels of editing and discuss various aspects that affect how we tackle projects.

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TechComm TC Dojo Mastermind Session

  • When: 11 July 2019
  • TC General Mastermind Members Only

Discussions range widely, covering any and all issues faced in techcomm. All sessions are live; you snooze, you lose. No limits.

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Arbortext TC Dojo Mastermind Session

  • When: 24 July 2019
  • Arbortext Mastermind Members Only

A live conference call. Discussions are limited to issues faced by Arbortext users, and anything is fair game.

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In August…

TC Dojo Open Session

  • When: 5 August 2019
  • Cost: Free

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.

Join Kirk St. Amant for this presentation examining the mental processes affecting how we perceive and interact with visuals. He will explain how we can use an understanding of these processes to create visuals that are easier to identify, find, and use.

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TechComm TC Dojo Mastermind Session

  • When: 15 August 2019
  • TC General Mastermind Members Only

Discussions range widely, covering any and all issues faced in techcomm. All sessions are live; you snooze, you lose. No limits.

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Arbortext TC Dojo Mastermind Session

  • When: 21 August 2019
  • Arbortext Mastermind Members Only

A live conference call. Discussions are limited to issues faced by Arbortext users, and anything is fair game.

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In September…

TC Dojo Open Session

  • When: 9 September 2019
  • Cost: Free

Using Style Guides to Achieve Content Collaboration and Consistency

Style guides are serve an important role, establishing guidelines to improve communication, ensure consistency, and enforce best practices in composition, presentation, and language, and representing the specific needs of the business and its customers.

In this session, you’ll learn how style guides can help with collaboration and improve consistency. Liz Fraley will describe the different kinds of style guides, what each contains, and when you need them. We’ll talk about the different kinds of style guides and what each one covers. We’ll normalize some vocabulary so you will always know what someone else means.

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TechComm TC Dojo Mastermind Session

  • When: 19 Sept 2019
  • TC General Mastermind Members Only

Discussions range widely, covering any and all issues faced in techcomm. All sessions are live; you snooze, you lose. No limits.

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Arbortext TC Dojo Mastermind Session

  • When: 25 Sept 2019
  • Arbortext Mastermind Members Only

A live conference call. Discussions are limited to issues faced by Arbortext users, and anything is fair game.

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Recently in the TC Dojo

Here’s what you missed…

“Stretching Your Technical Communication Skills: Moving Beyond Language Barriers”
Originally held: 3 June 2019

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 out what is beneficial for the customer to know and for your organization to know.

As a tech communicator who has lived abroad, and worked in an international non-profit environment, and served on the front lines for a software for-profit company interacting with their clients, I compare the two work cultures and the value we bring to each.

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Archives

After all these years, we’ve had a lot of sessions. Use the search or browse through one of the archive categories:

Also filed under Skill Development

Collaborative Writing in Distributed Teams

John Hedtke, Double Tall Consulting

Editing the Work of Non-Native English Speakers

Kit Brown-Hoekstra, Comgenesis

Also filed under User Experience

Also filed under Best Practices

Building a style guide from the ground up

Cathy Jones, Jack Henry & Assoc.

Style Guides: Fashionable But Also Practical

Keith Schengili-Roberts, Ixiasoft

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