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A successful investment in skills!
2000, September (March 04, 2007)
By Kay Ethier and Emily Toone

Summer conference 2000

August 11th dawned bright and sunny--what a beautiful day for a conference. And what better conference to attend than the STC Carolina Chapter's 8th Annual Summer Conference!

Over 100 technical communicators attended the two-day conference, which offered
something for everyone. Friday provided three training sessions:
I've used her book for years as my guide and reference for technical editing. This workshop went beyond the information provided in the book and provided practical information for people editing in various disciplines.

Anne Tice, Technical Editing SIG Chair

  • "Editing for Usability" presented by Judy Tarutz
  • "Franklin Covey: The Four Roles of Leadership" by Gary Jewkes
  • "Designing Communications as though Thinking and Feeling Really Matter" by Karen Schriver

Saturday included presentations by more than 18 speakers! A Saturday crowd pleaser was "Negotiating 101: Negotiation Skills for Technical Communicators" presented by EMC2's Michael Harvey (our very own chapter Treasurer). Presenting to a standingroom-only audience, Michael discussed the intricacies of crafting a win-win negotiation. "I learned how to approach a situation to negotiate a win-win outcome--a real plus in my everyday life!" said Amanda Worthington (Cisco Systems).

For those attendees fascinated by the bleeding edge of the industry, ePublishing's Karie Cook and Extensibility's Ismail Suayah presented XML information. Karie's session provided valuable insight into just what's needed for the all-important transition to XML.

As if the workshops and sessions weren't enough to capture the attendees' attention, there were exhibits by vendors throughout the two-day conference. Vendors, too, found the conference beneficial. Rick Bradley of TPS said, "It provided an excellent opportunity to network with the writers and managers that our company serves." All this would not have been possible without the volunteer Conference Committee, which has been working full swing since last October! Co-chairs Annie Janis and Michelle Corbin —working with Hilary Harris, Leatta Welch, and Kay Ethier—arranged the top-of-the-line facility (The Friday Center), excellent refreshments, vendor setups, and speaker enlistment.

Conference information has been posted to the Chapter Web site at http://www.stc-carolina.org/www/conference/present.shtml. This data includes speaker presentations in PowerPoint and PDF. If you were unable to attend this year, please do peruse these presentations. We hope that you will find them useful and that they will whet your appetite to attend next year! End of article.

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