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By Ann-Marie Grissino, STC Fellow, STC Carolina Chapter Member, Information Engineering at NetApp ::::So, your technical communications group wants to jump into social media. How does your group start? What do you tweet about? Here is a short set of guidelines, certainly not exhaustive, but something to get you going. Develop a strategy for tweeting Before you begin, develop a strategy for how you are going to handle social media in your group. Consider the following: Review corporate and legal guidelines. Use one group email or blog location for your group’s tweets. That way, many people are contributing to the tweets for your group rather than individuals. Agree on the hashtags to use to categorize the tweets consistently. Decide on ca... Read More

By Ann-Marie Grissino, STC Fellow Mentors In September 2014, STC Carolina launched the STC Carolina Mentoring Program and Mentoring Database, where professionals can connect to establish mentor/mentee relationships that foster personal and professional growth. In September, we hosted a Mentor session hosted by Stan Dicks at North Carolina State University, where we had approximately 25 mentors who visited with about 30 mentees. The session used a speed-dating format, where mentees spent five minutes with a mentor to see if the mentor might be a good fit for them. By the time that the session was over, the mentors were exhausted but still smiling. As one mentor said, “It was fun to be a part of the mentoring evening!” Statistics As of Jan... Read More

By Ben Davidson, Chapter Member In no order of importance, here are some tips for taking screenshots. Hopefully a few of these tips are new to you and prove useful. If you have tips of your own to add, feel free to share them in the comments section. Trying to take a screenshot of field that exceeds the vertical resolution of your monitor? Instead of mucking around in Photoshop trying to blend two different screenshots, switch the orientation on your monitor to Portrait* (which nearly doubles the available resolution on a 1920x1080 monitor). If necessary, bump the browser view size down to 80 or 90% to fit just a bit more content in. However, there's a good chance that breaking up the screenshot into smaller portions (say into fewer rows, ... Read More

By Ann-Marie Grissino, STC Fellow Mentors In September 2014, STC Carolina launched the STC Carolina Mentoring Program and Mentoring Database, where professionals can connect to establish mentor/mentee relationships that foster personal and professional growth. In September, we hosted a Mentor session hosted by Stan Dicks at North Carolina State University, where we had approximately 25 mentors who visited with about 30 mentees. The session used a speed-dating format, where mentees spent five minutes with a mentor to see if the mentor might be a good fit for them. By the time that the session was over, the mentors were exhausted but still smiling. As one mentor said, “It was fun to be a part of the mentoring evening!” Statistics As of Jan... Read More

By Ben Davidson, Chapter Member In no order of importance, here are some tips for taking screenshots. Hopefully a few of these tips are new to you and prove useful. If you have tips of your own to add, feel free to share them in the comments section. Trying to take a screenshot of field that exceeds the vertical resolution of your monitor? Instead of mucking around in Photoshop trying to blend two different screenshots, switch the orientation on your monitor to Portrait* (which nearly doubles the available resolution on a 1920x1080 monitor). If necessary, bump the browser view size down to 80 or 90% to fit just a bit more content in. However, there's a good chance that breaking up the screenshot into smaller portions (say into fewer rows, ... Read More




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