Author Archives: Philip Powers

November 18, 2019: SEO Secrets of the Technical Writing Stars

These days, SEO is what’s for breakfast. People will use Google search to try to find your work, whether it’s available to the world or hidden behind a corporate firewall. Floyd Smith, long-time author of how-to books, technical manuals, blog … Continue reading

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Technical Writer Opening at Cepheid

We’ve received word of an upcoming need on the writing team at Cepheid. A full job description is not yet available, but if you are interested in more information, please contact Nathaniel Lim at limnathaniel [@] aim.com.

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October News Tidbits

Did you remember to submit your best work for the Touchstone awards? Best of luck to all entrants. STC-SVC leadership elections will be taking place in February of the new year! I (Philip) have opted to step down from the … Continue reading

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October 21, 2019: Creating An Online Portfolio

UPDATE: Resources now available – including meeting slides, a handy comparison of web hosting options, and additional tips/advice – at Aaron’s portfolio here. Come join us on the third Monday of the month, as Aaron Redshaw shares firsthand insights on … Continue reading

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August 19, 2019: Speech to Test Recognition

Hey STC-SV faithfuls — apologies for the late announcement, but we will be meeting on the third Monday of this month as promised. Same techcomm time, same techcomm channel. Joseph Fong will be speaking to us this month on the … Continue reading

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July 23, 2019: Summer Schmooze

We hope you had a great July 4! But the party isn’t over yet – Summer Schmooze with STC-SV is back. Join us at Sam’s Bar-B-Que in San Jose for an evening of delicious conversation and LIVE bluegrass music. Come … Continue reading

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March 23, 2019: Lunch and Grammar Games Social with STC East Bay

This month we’ve got a great chance to connect, compete for prizes, and have fun with STC East Bay’s spring social! At The Clubhouse in Pleasanton, CA, go head-to-head with your fellow writers and find out who knows Strunk & … Continue reading

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February 11, 2019: Adopting an Agile Content Development Process

Recording can be found at this NorCal STC Facebook post. The quality is a bit choppy for some segments, so please be patient. Slides (in PDF format) can be found here. For our first regular meeting of 2019, we’re thrilled … Continue reading

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January 19, 2019: Touchstone Awards Dinner

The Touchstone technical writing competition is one of our annual highlights. Join STC Berkeley and guests at the Highlands Country Club, where the judges will crown the finest examples of tech writing submitted in 2018. Remember to RSVP below! You … Continue reading

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STC-SV merge proposal

We at STC Silicon Valley are considering a motion that would significantly change how the chapter functions in 2019 and onward. In theory, it would provide more content to you on a more predictable schedule, better access to talent and … Continue reading

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November 12, 2018: Conquering the Remote Team Communication Flow

A smashing success! You can find the slide deck for this presentation here. This month, we are pleased to present STC-SV’s first webinar, featuring STC Fellow MaryKay Grueneberg. Joining us from STC Chicago, MK will discuss the unique challenges and … Continue reading

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Want real answers from real hiring managers? Visit STC-SF, 9/19

This month, our friends at STC San Francisco Chapter are hosting a special, no-holds-barred Hiring Manager panel on Wednesday, September 19. If the job hunt is wearing on your nerves, and you’d like to find out from a group of … Continue reading

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September 20, 2018: Social at Sam’s BBQ

Our next meeting will be a social dinner at Sam’s BBQ. The chapter will buy your dinner and any non-alcoholic drinks for free! Come and socialize with other members and friends during a casual BBQ dinner. Event Details Date: Thursday, … Continue reading

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August 20, 2018: Mastering Feedback

Are you uncomfortable with giving or receiving feedback? Is negative feedback your worst nightmare? Come hear how my local Toastmasters club has improved my ability to give and receive feedback… and how this directly relates to my documentation feedback at … Continue reading

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July 16, 2018: A Proposed STC-SV Mentoring Program

Slide deck is now available at the link below. A Proposed STC-SV Mentoring Program Mentoring is a cooperative, typically (but not necessarily!) one-on-one framework for experienced technical writers to share their insights with protégés who are just entering the field … Continue reading

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