October Meeting: Discussion and Competition

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The October meeting will include information about competitions, followed by an article discussion.

Meeting Details
Tuesday, October 19th
6:30-8:00
Free for members; $10 for non-members
Mirant,1155 Perimeter Center West, Atlanta, GA 30338
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Information Session: Competitions (15 minutes)

At the next meeting, 1st VP Rachel Peters will briefly talk to us about STC competitions. There are significant changes to how competitions work this year, so don’t miss this talk if you’re interested in participating.

Article Discussion (30 minutes)

After the competitions discussion, we’re trying something new – an article discussion. Here’s how it works:

Before the meeting

1. Read the three articles listed below.

2. Consider your answers to the discussion questions listed for each (and write your own questions if you have them).

At the meeting

There will be three tables – one for each article. We’ll split into three groups and spend 10 minutes at each table discussing the points made in the article.

Articles and Discussion Questions

Are you asking questions right?” by Kai Weber

  • What strategies do you employ to communicate problems to colleagues and managers?

The Big Red Word vs. the Little Green Man: The international war over exit signs.” by Julia Turner

  • What kinds of images do you use in your documentation? Are those images clear to all audiences?
  • As tech writers, what considerations should we have when creating and using images (screenshots, icons, etc.) in our documentation?
  • Just for fun: Should the US switch to the green man exit sign?

The Discipline of Content Strategy” by Kristina Halvorson

  • While this article focuses on content strategy for websites, there are still components that apply to technical documentation as well. Does your company currently have a content strategy. How does the documentation you create fit into your company’s content strategy (or how would it fit if there was a strategy)?
  • Many companies don’t have a titled “Content Strategist.” Instead, the role falls to a group of people or to one person as part of their current job. How can you, as a technical writer, help develop a content strategy for your company? Should tech writers contribute to the content strategy? Why or why not?

Volunteer!

If you’d like to volunteer to head up one of the three discussion sessions, email Chris Snider.  We’ve only got three slots, so don’t delay.  See you there!

3 Comments

  1. Kai October 17, 2010 at 12:43 PM

    I’m honored to be one of the authors of the articles up for discussion. I think it’s a great idea for a chapter meeting and think it can improve networking and help everyone to get more out of ideas and methods discussed elsewhere.
    If there’s anything that’s short or unclear, I’d be happy to elaborate on the post. You can find me on twitter @techwriterkai .

    • Rachel Peters October 18, 2010 at 2:38 PM

      Hey Kai! Thanks for offering your help. I’m looking forward to the meeting too. I think your article will start some great discussion.

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