At long last: certification!

As you’ve heard by now, at the STC Summit on April 30 the Board of Directors approved a business plan to begin a certification program for technical communicators. While this was the culmination of my three years as chairman of the Certification Task Force, it also represented the completion of a task that was firstContinue reading “At long last: certification!”

Off to the Summit! (And I do mean “off”…)

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”…)”

Can we fill in the blank? “All technical communicators _______”

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 _______””

What is it that we do, exactly?

What is a technical communicator, and why would you hire one? The answer to that question is called a value proposition. In general, it’s a statement of the unique value added by any person, product, or service that explains why you’d want to spend money. For technical communicators, it’s not something we’re used to offering,Continue reading “What is it that we do, exactly?”

Top 10 IT certifications: Tools, tools, tools, and … project management?

In an opinion piece posted 12/10/2008, Erik Eckel, former executive editor of TechRepublic, listed what he thought are the ten best IT certifications: Microsoft Certified IT Professional (MCITP) Microsoft Certified Technology Specialist (MCTS) CompTIA’s Security+ Microsoft Certified Professional Developer (MCPD) Cisco Certified Network Associate (CCNA) CompTIA’s A+ Project Management Institute Project Management Professional (PMP)Continue reading “Top 10 IT certifications: Tools, tools, tools, and … project management?”