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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.

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.

Why call it a dojo?

A dōjō (道場 dōjō?) is a “place for immersive learning or meditation.” Although generally known as a place for martial arts training, in Japanese, it literally means “place of the way.” Out of our respect for dedicated places for learning and training–in Japan as well as cultures around the world– we honor the tradition by applying the concept to the practice and learning the art of Technical Communication. In the great tradition of the way, visiting experts 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.

Who can you find here?

The TC Dojo invites a wide variety of presenters, from backgrounds, traditions, cultures, education, and teachings. In the TC Dojo, we prefer to shine a light on other people.

Here you may find a #techcomm celebrity personality, but 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.

Is there someone you want to learn from, a topic you want to understand better, or do you have something you want to share?

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

Arbortext Mastermind

Discussions range widely, covering any and all issues faced by Arbortext users. All sessions are live; you snooze, you lose. Members only.

26 August 2021

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In September…

TC Dojo Mastermind

Discussions range widely, covering any and all issues faced in techcomm. All sessions are live; you snooze, you lose. Members only.

9 September 2021

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Arbortext Mastermind

Discussions range widely, covering any and all issues faced by Arbortext users. All sessions are live; you snooze, you lose. Members only.

23 September 2021

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In October…

Conref Push: The Other Transclude

With DITA 1.0 you can transclude (include by reference) phrases, block elements, images, URLs, sample code, and most anything else that takes an @id. The conref push featyre supports a number of use cases that can save your project, but like any sharp tool, you can cut yourself just as easily. Learn how to add conref push to your toolbox without needing to stock up on Band-Aids.

6 October 2021 @ 9AM Pacific/US

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TC Dojo Mastermind

Discussions range widely, covering any and all issues faced in techcomm. All sessions are live; you snooze, you lose. Members only.

14 October 2021

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Arbortext Mastermind

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28 October 2021

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In November…

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

Have you ever felt like your workday is consumed by chores? Have you ever considered taking a vacation day so that you can get some real work done? You’re not alone. Most of us inherit a kind of “technical debt” when we start a new role. In this discussion, Seth will confront this reality and provide strategies for how to pay down the technical debt so that you can focus on what matters and invest reclaimed energy into your professional growth.

1 November 2021 @ 9AM Pacific/US

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TC Dojo Mastermind

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4 November 2021

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Arbortext Mastermind

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18 November 2021

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In December…

Frameworks to Manage your Technical Communication Career

Concerned about remaining relevant as a technical communicator? Does climbing the career ladder seem irrelevant in the age of flat organizations and job hopping? Saul Carliner will introduce you to 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.

6 December 2021 @ 9AM Pacific/US

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TC Dojo Mastermind

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9 December 2021

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Arbortext Mastermind

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22 December 2021

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In the TC Dojo

What Every TPC Professional Needs to Understand About UX

On August 2nd, Jack Labriola talked about UX for Techcomm from user experience (UX) in general to how it applies to the world of TPC professionals across industries to how you can take steps to build a positive experience for any and all of your potential users.

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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 DITA

Y XML, Y Now, Y DITA

Julio Vazquez

How to Identify DITA Topic Types (like a ninja)

Liz Fraley, Single-Sourcing Solutions

Key Referencing – The Key to Reuse

Patrick Bosek, easyDITA

DITA output can be pretty

Liz Fraley, Single-Sourcing Solutions

Filed Under Career

Soft Skills: The Missing Ingredient to Career Success

Jack Molisani, Prospring Staffing and Lavacon

Acing your Techcomm Interview

Andrew Davis, Synergistech

Techniques for keeping up in your profession

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

If you’re curious, in our iconography we honor the Akido, Banshay, Gatka, Jujitsu, Taekwondo, Kalari, Kalaripayattu, Krabi, and Samurai traditions, as well as the legendary Indian teacher and philosopher, Chanakya, who was considered a great thinker. We are always expanding out of our desire to be inclusive–and as visitors to the Dojo ask for a tradition to be included.