Welcome to the TC Dojo

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

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Exclusive, member-driven discussion of the topics on your mind today

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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?

Years Running

Webinars

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Coming Up in the TC Dojo

In February…

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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In March…

TC Dojo Open Session

  • When: 4 March 2019
  • Cost: Free

“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 of the panelists will provide a short “lessons learned” story accompanied by a tip or two for new and intermediate technical communicators in how to get the most from their careers, how to gain respect from coworkers, and how to keep sane in the world of today in a career that has always had challenges.

Get added confidence in the importance of your career, new ideas on how to push through the madness, and learn how humor and honor that you can apply to your own success.

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TechComm TC Dojo Mastermind Session

  • When: 12 March 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.

Join now ›

Arbortext TC Dojo Mastermind Session

  • When: 20 March 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 April…

TC Dojo Open Session

  • When: 1 April 2019
  • Cost: Free

“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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TechComm TC Dojo Mastermind Session

  • When: 9 April 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.

Join now ›

Arbortext TC Dojo Mastermind Session

  • When: 24 Apr 2019
  • Arbortext Mastermind Members Only

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

Join now ›

Recently in the TC Dojo

Here’s what you missed…

TC Dojo Open Session

“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 how she transitioned from librarian to private investigator and lessons learned along the way. Leave this webinar with five tips for transforming your career and staying sane while charting unknown territory.

Watch the video ›

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 Productivity

Techniques for keeping up in your profession

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

Also filed under DITA

DITA is Hard

Graydon Saunders

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