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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Advance your professional and authoritative skills

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.

What TC Dojo level are you?

Years Running

Webinars

Votes

Highest attendance

Coming Up in the TC Dojo

In April…

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.

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CIDM DITA NA Conference

Durham, North Carolina, 15-17 April 2019.

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.

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TC Camp

San Jose, California, 26-27 April 2019.

In May…

STC's Technical Communication Summit & Expo

Denver, Colorado, 5-8 May 2019

TechComm TC Dojo Mastermind Session

  • When: 15 May 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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TC Dojo Open Session

  • When: 13 May 2019
  • Cost: Free

“Leading a Content Strategy in Small to Medium Enterprises”

Convincing the administration in a small-medium business is just as hard as for the bigger businesses. You need a strong case, but how do you get through? You will after this session. You will learn what is the lean approach. You will learn how to see signs your company is ready for a content strategy. You will learn what kind of strategy you need.

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Arbortext Symposium

Ann Arbor, Michigan, 21-23 May 2019, Free.

STC Southeastern Michigan Chapter Meeting

Ann Arbor, Michigan, 22 May 2019, Free.

Arbortext TC Dojo Mastermind Session

  • When: 29 May 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 June…

TC Dojo Open Session

  • When: 3 June 2019
  • Cost: Free

“Stretching Your Technical Communication Skills: Moving Beyond Language Barriers”

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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TechComm TC Dojo Mastermind Session

  • When: 11 June 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: 19 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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Recently in the TC Dojo

Here’s what you missed…

TC Dojo Open Session

When: 1 April 2019

“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.

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 DITA

DITA is Hard

Graydon Saunders

DITA output can be pretty

Liz Fraley, Single-Sourcing Solutions

Also filed under Skill Development

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