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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

In December…

TC Dojo Open Session

  • When: 3 December 2018
  • Cost: Free
  • Audience: Beginners

“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. Join Pushpinder Toor in the TC Dojo for a short discussion and demonstration on how to define keys, use keyrefs and take advantage of this versatile reuse mechanism switch.

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TechComm TC Dojo Mastermind Session

  • When: 11 December 2018
  • 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: 19 December 2018
  • 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 January…

TC Dojo Open Session

  • When: 14 January 2019
  • Cost: Free

“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 in our work. In this session, we’ll discuss how to address a multitude of modern dilemmas with a relatively old-school hack: a checklist.

Learn how using a comprehensive checklist created and updated for a specific communication task can help you differentiate workflows, systems, and activities; spell out style and formatting details, track your progress, document metrics, and give you a sense of completion and peace of mind.

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TechComm TC Dojo Mastermind Session

  • When: 22 January 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: 30 January 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 February…

TC Dojo Open Session

  • When: 4 February 2019
  • Cost: Free

Scheduling in progress.

TechComm TC Dojo Mastermind Session

  • When: 12 February 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: 27 February 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…

TC Dojo Open Session

“Cognition, Design, and Usability: A Primer for Technical Communicators”

Nothing is inherently usable. Rather, usability is about cognition – or how our minds process sensory input. If technical communicators understand such factors, they can create materials that address them and develop more usable designs.

In this session, Kirk St. Amant overviews cognitive factors affecting expectations of design and usability, methods for researching cognition and expectations, approaches for applying cognitive research to design, and techniques for assessing usability in terms of cognition.

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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 DITA

Key Referencing – The Key to Reuse

Patrick Bosek, easyDITA

Also filed under Productivity

Productivity Hacks for Technical Communicators

Kit Brown-Hoekstra, Comgenesis

Techniques for keeping up in your profession

Panel: Yvonne Wade-Sanchez, Andrew Davis, Max Hoffmann, Richard Mateosian, Liz Fraley

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