Author Archives: Philip Powers

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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June 18, 2018: Understanding RESTful APIs and Documenting Them with Swagger

This month, Tanya Perelmuter will provide an overview of RESTful APIs and discuss how to document them with Swagger / Open API Specification. In the first part of the presentation, Tanya will explain differences between RESTful APIs and other types … Continue reading

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April 16, 2018: The 7 Deadly Sins of Brainstorming

This month’s presentation is something a little bit different, and a lot more interactive! Brainstorming is like a hammer – everyone has seen one, but few actually use it to its fullest potential. It is usually done on the fly, … Continue reading

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New Chapter Officers for 2018-2019

The ballot for STC-SV leadership elections is now closed. Thank you to all members who voted! Changes in chapter officers for 2018-2019 are as follows. President: Philip Powers Vice President: Karie Fraley Treasurer: Lena Hunter Secretary: Jenny Hutton Multimedia Manager: … Continue reading

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March 19, 2018: Measuring Success

Recording can be found here. In this talk, Andrew Etter goes beyond “clear, concise, correct, and complete” and explores a better method for determining the effectiveness of documentation. How can the intersection of quantitative metrics and qualitative assessments prove our … Continue reading

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February 19, 2018: What Hiring Managers Really Need

Recording can be found here.   Do you despair about qualifying for a technical communications position because you don’t have all the skills and experience they demand? You might be surprised how many of a typical tech writing job’s “requirements” … Continue reading

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January 22, 2018: Chatbot Expert

Chatbot is the latest buzzword in the tech world. Everybody is gushing over how amazing it is to have a chatbot for your business.In this talk Chatbot Expert, Ashish Kumar would be discussing how businesses across the world are using … Continue reading

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Join the TC Camp 2018 Unconference

Saturday, Jan. 27st, 2018 is TC Camp, a FREE Tech Comm unconference in Santa Clara, CA. It’s called an unconference because attendees propose and vote on topics they would like to discuss and learn about. The 2-hour morning workshops are … Continue reading

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Low-cost distance education: DITA, Flare, Framemaker, CMS

This tip comes to us from Dan Littman. For writers seeking to begin or continue their training in tools such as Adobe Framemaker; content management systems; help systems; and more, Austin Community College (TX) offers affordable online courses through their … Continue reading

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December 18, 2017: Holiday Schmooze at Stein’s Beer Garden & Restaurant in Mountain View

During December, we always have a holiday schmooze where we get together over dinner and socialize. During the holiday schmooze, there isn’t a specific presenter, nor a set agenda. Instead, you can kick back and nibble away at Stein’s truffle … Continue reading

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November 20, 2017: Introduction to API Documentation

In Silicon Valley, there’s no greater demand for tech writers than with API documentation roles. This is primarily because, unlike traditional documentation around user interfaces, APIs are primarily marketed through their documentation. As such, the API documentation has a huge … Continue reading

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October 16, 2017: Trends in Technical Writing

Have you wondered why an agency doesn’t call you back after your initial interview? Or why you stop hearing from them after several successful projects? Come chat with Tim about what makes a independent contractor the type of contractor an … Continue reading

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Summer’s Over – Time for Touchstone!

Touchstone, the STC Northern California’s annual technical communication competition, is starting soon. For details about the contest, click here. There are several ways to participate in this time-honored event, and we encourage writers of all fields and experience levels to … Continue reading

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September 18, 2017: Adding Marketing to Your Writing Toolkit

To those of us with a technical background, any kind of marketing work can seem like a dark art indeed. But technical writers have always been involved in white papers, spec sheets, and similar pieces. Even online help is being … Continue reading

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