Welcome to the TC Dojo

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

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

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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.

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Coming Up in the TC Dojo

In May…

TechComm TC Dojo Mastermind Session

  • When: 10 May 2018
  • Cost: 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: 18 May 2018
  • Cost: 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 June…

TC Dojo Open Session

  • When: 4 June 2018
  • Cost: Free
  • Audience: Beginners

“Building a Style Guide from the Ground Up”

How do you establish a style guide, and how do you keep it going? In this session, Cathy Jones (Jack Henry & Assoc) will talk about her experience implementing and maintaining a corporate style guide. What started as a casual department guide for 25 tech writers is now a formal style guide for all content creators throughout the company. She will share some tips and tricks they learned along the way.

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TechComm TC Dojo Mastermind Session

  • When: 12 June 2018
  • Cost: 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: 20 June 2018
  • Cost: 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: 4 June 2018
  • Cost: Free
  • Audience: Beginners

“Productivity Hacks for Technical Communicators”

Feeling overwhelmed? Stuck? Less productive than you want to be? Join us in discovering five productivity hacks that you can implement today that will help you be more productive! Today’s technology allows us to get more done faster, but this increased efficiency often comes at the price of time to think deeply about what we are doing. Being busy and efficient does not necessarily mean that we are being productive. According to Michael Hyatt and others, true productivity is doing the right things well. Productivity is what sets apart the stellar performers from the merely good ones. Being able to manage your time and knowing how to filter out the busy work from the truly important sets you apart from your peers.

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TechComm TC Dojo Mastermind Session

  • When: 17 July 2018
  • Cost: 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 July 2018
  • Cost: 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…

Sorry, folks!

If you’re interested in a subject, you always want to attend live. It turns out Liz was pretty sick when she gave the webinar and, although her attendees said it didn’t affect the live session, the video recording revealed a need to re-record it when she’s feeling better.

Make sure you never miss another live session: Sign up for the TC Dojo Mailing List!

TC Dojo Open Session

When: 7 May 2018

“How to Identify DITA Topic Types (like a ninja)”

When you’re new to DITA everything seems hard. Even choosing a topic type. New writers lean away from the specialized toward the generic. Teams get inconsistent structures for similar information across deliverables. In this session, Liz Fraley will show you one strategy for identifying topics—in legacy content and for new content going forward—while unifying your authors so everyone works better together.

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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:

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