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2004, Q2 (July 05, 2007)

The Role of Transformation

By Michael Harvey

Michael Harvey
Michael Harvey
One definition of “transformation” is “a marked change…usually for the better.” Transformation is in the air for STC, both locally and nationally, as most of the articles in this quarter’s newsletter attest.

The change closest to home is that our new administrative council assumes office on July 1. We provide a profile of each elected officer. Meredith writes her final presidential note, promising to continue to contribute her talents and skills to our chapter. Anjela shares her presidential goals, which build on the award winning efforts of last year. Vici Koster-Lenhardt, the Region 2 Director-Sponsor, mentions one of those efforts, the new Career SIG, in her note.

One of Anjela’s goals is to hold Tri-Doc 2005, our first local conference since 2002. Want to pick up valuable organizational skills? Consider volunteering on one of the many committees forming to support the conference. Want to flex your presentation muscles? Submit a presentation proposal. See the blurb from Steven Meeks, conference chair, for more information.

Why not give that same presentation at STC’s 2005 annual conference in Seattle? We provide details for how to explore presenting to an international audience.

Transformation was a hot topic at the annual convention this past May in Baltimore. Landra Cunningham Hester, the incoming president of the NC State STC chapter, relates her introduction to the topic and reports on other sessions she attended. Each year our chapter subsidizes the incoming student president’s attendance of the annual conference, for which Sarah Egan Warren expresses appreciation.

Michelle Corbin, a past president of our chapter, wants this year’s Vision Day to focus on how we can apply the national Transformation initiative locally, as we revisit and rewrite our chapter’s strategic plan. See her article for details.

But it doesn’t require an international initiative to transform your career, as some of this quarter’s contributors point out. Larry Kunz reflects on his twenty-five years in the business and shares lessons that can help you build a twenty-five year career. You can transform how others perceive your value and expand your sphere of influence by working on certain types of business documents, according to Mike Uhl. Alexia Idoura gives tips on how to transform the effectiveness of technical reviews. And you can transform your career through service to our chapter, as Meredith explains.

If your idea of transforming your career is to earn more credentials, you’re in luck. Laurel Ferejohn of Duke University Continuing Studies announces a new program for a Certificate in Technical Communication. At the end of that report, I add information about other academic alternatives. If self-study is more your style, read the article about the free Eserver TC (Technical Communication) Library available on-line.

Still, sometimes transformations are not for the better. Due to a lack of response, we must say good bye to Viv, who dispensed practical advice for the discriminating technical communicator. If you want her to return, write her at dear_viv at yahoo dot com.

What would you like to see in this newsletter? Write me at mtharvey at yahoo dot com, and share your ideas. End of article.

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