Tomorrow I leave for the STC Annual Summit in Dallas, Texas and my last meeting as a Director at Large. I am finishing my term and rolling off the Board after Monday’s annual business meeting. It will be a little strange not being tremendously busy at the conference this time. (For the record, the SocietyContinue reading “Off to the Summit! (And I do mean “off”…)”
The amateur video is terrifying: a Lufthansa Airbus 320 carrying 132 passengers attempts to land at Hamburg Airport during a storm. Powerful crosswinds force the plane to fly crabwise. As it straightens out just above the runway, the left wing dips sharply and hits the ground: Fortunately, the pilots gunned the engines, got the planeContinue reading “Bad piloting? No, bad manuals!”
STC has the biggest membership “tent” of any association of technical communicators, both by size and variety. But we’re by no means the only show in town. There are associations of medical writers, FrameMaker users, proposal writers, marketing writers, editors, and more. What, if anything, is the common thread that binds us together, and isContinue reading “Can we fill in the blank? “All technical communicators _______””
Granting certification means that the applicant is found to have reached a minimum level of competence. But how do you know an applicant is worthy of certification? On what basis do you make the judgment? The question goes to the matter of assessment, and technical communicators interested in certification are interested in the matter.
[Revised 12/2/2009–sfj] I spent last Friday and Saturday at the STC Board meeting. This year the board has been meeting virtually at least twice a month and sometimes even more frequently, but this November meeting was the only face-to-face meeting the Board has had since the May conference.
“My other piece of advice, Copperfield,” said Mr. Micawber, “you know. Annual income twenty pounds, annual expenditure nineteen nineteen and six, result happiness. Annual income twenty pounds, annual expenditure twenty pounds ought and six, result misery.” –-Charles Dickens, David Copperfield As a writer, most of my professional acquaintances are with word people, and by ourContinue reading “Accounting for Tech Writers”
STC has adopted a new, pay-as-you-go business model, about which I’ll write more later. STC needs to run at break-even from year to year (or a little better, so we can invest in the future). This has triggered discussion about chapter business models. Should chapters try to run at break-even?