Author Archives: Philip Powers

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” are … Continue reading

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STC-SV Officer Elections, 2018-2019

The ballot for chapter leadership is now open! Cast your vote here. The ballot will close at 11:59pm on March 31, 2018. Election results will be posted the next day. Only subscribing STC members may vote. Remember to enter your … 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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January 2018 meeting moved 1 week

Please be advised that this month’s STC-SV meeting at IHOP, Santa Clara, has been shifted to the fourth Monday (January 22). Presentation details will be posted shortly under the Next Meeting tab. We look forward to seeing you there!

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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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July 17, 2017: 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: July … Continue reading

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June 26, 2017: “Open Source as a Source for a Professional Advantage and Education”

Reminder: This meeting is taking place one week later than usual, not on June 19. Please update your calendars. Join us for a presentation from Mary Anthony on the value of open-source project contribution as an opportunity to build practical … Continue reading

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June’s meeting moved to 6/26/17

Members and non-members alike, please note: the STC-SV meeting for the month of June has been moved down a week. Instead of 6/19, we will instead meet on the following Monday, 6/26. Please update your calendars accordingly, and we will … Continue reading

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May 15, 2017: Kaizen You! (Or: Continuous Learning and Empathy-Building for You and Your Team)

How do you stay on the cutting edge with tools and trends in not just your field, but those of your colleagues? How do you inspire your team to do the same? How do you grow empathy for your other … Continue reading

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