Advance your professional and authoritative skills


With your own personal “Board of Expert Advisors” behind you


Before you ever jump, have the landing planned

Why join the conclave?

You’ll learn how to perfect those soft skills that technical communicators need to advance their careers and to start their own businesses and consultancies.

With the TC Dojo Conclave, we bring you a mastermind group focused on business issues that technical communicators face. As a group, we face unique challenges in the way our value is perceived and how that conflicts with our personal and professional goals.

Members work together to achieve those goals. Members share insights with each other to improve their mastery of the skills that separate the technically perfect from the industry leaders. When necessary, we invite experts to discuss topics of concern to all of us. We bring in experts to share practical tips, strategies, and actionable plans to get us moving along the path we want.

If you’re thinking about going out on your own, to grow a business or a consultancy, or even if you want to be able to climb the ladder in a large organization, the TC Dojo Conclave can help you open doors and smooth the pathways. Harness the experience from fellow technical communications leaders and business owners. Find out what’s working, what’s not, and share where you need help.

The TC Dojo Conclave was created because it’s not just technical skills we all need to develop, but the soft skills, the professional and political skills we need to advance.

[In a mastermind group] Participants challenge each other to set powerful goals, and more importantly, to accomplish them. The group requires commitment, confidentiality, willingness to both give and receive advice and ideas, and support each other with total honesty, respect and compassion…You’ll gain tremendous insights which improve your business and personal life. Your mastermind group is like having a objective board of directors, a success team, and a peer advisory group, all rolled into one.~The Success Alliance

Successful entrepreneurs like Bill Gates, Harvey Firestone, Ben Cohen and Jerry Greenfield, know the power of many minds working together. (They all use masterminds.) C.S. Lewis, Thomas Edison, and Andrew Carnegie all used them as well:

Well, if you want to know how I got my money… We have here in this business a master mind. It is not my mind, and it is not the mind of any other man on my staff, but the sum total of all these minds that I have gathered around me that constitute a master mind in the steel business… I need these men and they know that they need me in the maintenance of this master mind that is necessary in carrying on.

~ Andrew Carnegie

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Meet and learn every month

Every month, members have the opportunity to join a monthly call for that deep dive learning that separates the advanced sky divers from the novelty jumpers. Anyone who takes their sport or their professional journey seriously looks for every chance to mine information and develop their skills. Every month, members join the monthly conference call to discuss a specific topic critical to professional development. Members bring their questions, their experiences, and real-life situations to discuss and share with each other. Together, coaches, mentors, and members work as a team, helping each other to develop their skills. Like the acrobatic tricks skydiving teams do together, members work together, support each other, and celebrate each others successes.

For example…

Ever wish you could tilt the scales in your favor? Boost your perceived value to others? Have people clamoring for your time and attention rather than having to chase people down while they run away from you?

In this Conclave session, learn extra tactics and practical techniques thatyou can apply right away to meet your goals. Members will have the opportunity to figure out how to to apply the tactics in immediate, practical ways in their own businesses. Meetings are open discussion of real-life strategy application. Members are encouraged to ask questions and work together to apply the tactics, techniques, and strategies to their own businesses. Everyone gets floor time dedicated to their personal concerns and needs.

From the team you know you can count on

Our commitment to fostering strong community relationships and improving the lives of everyone in them differentiates us from our competitors. We are unmatched at creating new ways for technical communicators to grow their knowledge, skills, and confidence. We have a proven track record of creating unique community service projects like these:

You don’t have to take our word for it.

Hear from some of the people our team has helped over the years:

Since meeting Liz, I’ve been grateful to have her as a mentor and friend. She has been a valuable resource for me as an independent consultant and conference manager. Liz listens carefully, provides relevant insight to the situation at hand, and focuses on positive conversations and outcomes. I appreciate her unwavering commitment to helping others in the technical communication profession, whether she’s seeking ways to help individuals or organizing learning opportunities such as TC Camp.

Chris Hester

Content strategist, information architect, technical writer, Red Desk Studio

Liz Fraley is an accomplished entrepreneur who willingly shares her professional expertise and knowledge with the professional community. While Liz is widely (and quite justifiably) recognized for her expertise in XML, taxonomies, single-sourcing, and building content publishing ecosystems, she also shines as a coach and a consulting partner who helps her clients to manage successfully through such changes–whether negotiating career transitions between content positions and technologies, large-scale content infrastructure programs, or driving the organizational and cultural changes required to implement and adopt new content standards and processes. Liz brings her coaching skills to bear in a compassionate consulting ethos that focuses on understanding her client’s needs first, then providing the right guidance at the right time to drive positive change that sticks. You’re always in good hands when you work with Liz Fraley

Allan Grohe

Knowledge Manager

Liz was awesome! She solidified my suspicions on where the market is headed for Technical Communications and provided professional insight that will help me chart a course of action. Thanks Liz!

Mary Ollinger

Senior Technical Writer

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Virtual meetings

Deep conversations that separate the true professionals from the novices


Learning opportunities

We never stop learning and if you are like us, you like to tap into training whenever you can.

Discussion forums

Exclusive forums where members can connect with each other in between times.

What does it cost?

Members of the TC Dojo Conclave talk about confidential business issues and personal and professional goals and concerns. In order to protect the space, we charge a small membership fee so each member has some investment in the group and in each other.

Because the economics of independent consultants, freelancers, individuals, and small businesses are different from those of large companies, we keep the membership fee modest.

For only $19/month, members get access to:

  • Monthly Conclave conference calls
  • Access to the Conclave forums at the TC Dojo Members site
  • Access to white papers, call notes, and collateral provided by guest speakers
  • Discounts on training sessions with professionals and industry leaders

Join Now!

There is no cost to apply to the TC Dojo Conclave. You can cancel at anytime.