Welcome to the TC Dojo

From the creators, producers, and host of Arbortext Monster Garage and TC Camp!

A new twist on the typical web session, where you select the topics

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What is the TC Dojo?

TC Dojo is a virtual meeting place for writing professionals. 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.

The TC Dojo is a public service project and community resource. Topics are chosen by vote. Community members can vote and revote as their interests shift over time. There's never any charge to attend live or to watch the recordings.

In the great tradition of the way, we invite visiting experts who will share actual lived experiences. The skills we need as writing professionals extend beyond the intuitive and we all have things we can learn from each other.

Why call it a dojo?

The TC Dojo follows the tradition of the dōjō (道場 dōjō?), a “place for immersive learning or meditation.” When we created the imagery we did extensive research so that we would be as faithful as possible to the historic and cultural traditions and intent behind them. There are specific ways dojos are constructed, laid out, and arranged, and we made sure that we had all the elements incorporated into the images. The drawings reflect the Japanese minimalist architectural style. Minimalism is an important practice in technical and professional communications. When we train, we regularly show images of architecture, art, and music from many different traditions and cultures when we’re explaining the concept of minimalism. In this great tradition of the way, the TC Dojo serves as a place of learning for technical and professional communicators.

Who will you find here?

The TC Dojo invites a wide variety of presenters, from backgrounds, traditions, cultures, education, and teachings. We select speakers from the greater TPC community who are willing to share their expertise on the topics voted on by the community.

While you may find a #techcomm celebrity personality here, you're just as likely to find someone who doesn't actively seek the spotlight. We all have things we can learn from each other and that we can all apply in our everyday practice. If a vendor appears, they must teach something first and show their product second. Our staff may do one or two sessions a year but it's usually when life intervenes and we have a last minute cancellation to fill. We never accept money in exchange for a speaking opportunity.

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Coming Up in the TC Dojo

In December…

Techcomm Affinity Group

Techcomm General TPC Affinity Group discussions range widely, covering any and all issues faced in techcomm. All sessions are live; you snooze, you lose. Members only.

8 December 2021

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Arbortext Affinty Group

Arbortext Users TPC Affinity Group discussions range widely, covering any and all issues faced by Arbortext users. All sessions are live; you snooze, you lose. Members only.

15 December 2021

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In January…

Techcomm Affinity Group

Techcomm General TPC Affinity Group discussions range widely, covering any and all issues faced in techcomm. All sessions are live; you snooze, you lose. Members only.

13 January 2022

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Arbortext Affinty Group

Arbortext Users TPC Affinity Group discussions range widely, covering any and all issues faced by Arbortext users. All sessions are live; you snooze, you lose. Members only.

20 January 2022

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In February…

Why Collaboration Between Techdocs and Marketing is Paramount

If you wish to get a backend content strategy going, you know the value of content, but you don't have the same proximity with management that marketing has to get this ball rolling. Marketing is the WHY, techdocs is the HOW. You need to establish contact! Johanne Lavalleé will discuss how having established this relationship, you'll find that you have a new place open to your ideas and you'll understand why you might have been blocked in your past job.

14 February 2022 @ 9AM Pacific/US

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Techcomm Affinity Group

Techcomm General TPC Affinity Group discussions range widely, covering any and all issues faced in techcomm. All sessions are live; you snooze, you lose. Members only.

17 February 2022

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Arbortext Affinty Group

Arbortext Users TPC Affinity Group discussions range widely, covering any and all issues faced by Arbortext users. All sessions are live; you snooze, you lose. Members only.

24 February 2022

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In the TC Dojo

Frameworks to Manage your Technical Communication Career

On Dec 6th, Saul Carliner introduced an alternative approach for managing careers: career frameworks. This approach provides a framework for remaining relevant and employable in the long-term. Real-world examples presented in the session help you apply career frameworks into your own planning.

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Work Yourself out of Your Job (And Advance Your Career in the Process)

On November 1st, Seth Park came to discuss ways to address feeling like your workday is consumed by chores. Most of us inherit a kind of “technical debt” when we start a new role. In this discussion, Learn how to pay down the technical debt so that you can focus on what matters and invest reclaimed energy into your professional growth.

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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:

Filed under process and workflow

Collaborative Writing in Distributed Teams

John Hedtke, Double Tall Consulting

Leading a Content Strategy in Small to Medium Enterprises

Johanne Lavallée, Signalisation Ver-Mac Inc

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