Please join us for our May 2016 event!
Combining art and science into winning businessWednesday, May 4, 2016 from 6:00 PM to 7:00 PM (EDT)
Proposal management is part art and part science. It combines strong communications, process management and project management skills with creativity, storytelling and visual presentation with a goal of winning business and generating revenue. While there are many flavors of proposal management, all share a common foundation. But what is it like to be a proposal manager? Hear one proposal manager discuss how she “fell into the job” that became her profession and career and what a day in the life of a proposal manager can be. Arrivals & Networking – 5:30 – 6:00 PM — Presentation and Discussion – 6:00 – 7:00 PM
Margaret McGuire, CPP APMP, is a communications and pursuits strategist with EY. She fell into proposal management in 2001 and since then has managed more than 350 commercial and government proposals ranging in value from $100,000 to more than $500 million. Margaret is also Chair of the NY Metro chapter of the Association of Proposal Management Professionals, serving members in Pennsylvania, New York, New Jersey and Connecticut. She is a Certified Proposal Professional and holds a Master of Arts in Professional Writing from Carnegie Mellon University.
Information Design for Museum Exhibits
November 18, 2014 – 5:30 PM – 4625 Wean Hall – Carnegie Mellon University
Speaker: Cathy Klingler, Senior Exhibit Developer, Carnegie Museum of Natural History
How do museum exhibits get built? Who writes all those labels? And, most importantly, which style guide do they use? Our speaker has answers to all of these questions. As the museum’s head writer and exhibit designer, Cathy works with curators, collection managers, educators, and community partners to shape the scientific findings from one of the world’s top research-based museums into a format that is easily accessible to visitors of all ages. Whether the topic is how dinosaurs evolved into birds or the mechanics of how a diamond sparkles, Cathy enjoys distilling complex scientific concepts into exhibits, tours, and programs that make the museum’s world-class research and education engaging and fun.
With interests ranging from languages to dinosaurs to Mozart to sewing, a young Cathy Klingler wasn’t exactly sure what to do with her life. But, having always loved words, she decided that if she became a writer, she could talk about all of the things she enjoyed. Cathy earned degrees in English and German from Indiana University of Pennsylvania and a Masters in Translation from Rutgers University, and she began her career as a translator for Siemens Medical Systems in New Jersey. Then, a summer gig cataloguing fossils changed everything, leading to a perfect storm of jobs at the museum that have dovetailed into her current role. Cathy lives in Lower Burrell with her illustrator husband, Mark, and daughter, Olivia. And two cats. And a couple of hermit crabs.
Join us September 23, 2014 for
Grow Your Network by Volunteering
The Greater Pittsburgh Chapter of STC kicks off the program year with this informative session about how volunteering can help grow your professional network. Location: IHOP 4656 Browns Hill Rd. Pittsburgh (near Waterfront) Speakers include:
- Barrie Byron – Presenter of “It’s Good for You” at the 2014 STC Summit
- Alan Houser – STC President 2012-2013
- Beth Beech – Current Volunteer
- David L. Caruso – STC Greater Pittsburgh Chapter President
Food is not included in the cost of this meeting. The full IHOP menu is available. We would like to start the program around 6:00 PM so if you plan to eat, please arrive by 5:30 PM.
October 2013 Meeting
WordPress – Why You Should Be Using It To Run Your Website Or Blog
What do the New York Times, Bill Cosby and Snoop Dogg all have in common? Their sites are powered by WordPress! Free, open source and very easy to use, WordPress is the most widely used blogging platform. Any skill level from experienced to novice can get a blog up and running in minutes. WordPress isn’t just for blogging though. It is also a very powerful and easily customizable website content management system. Instead of creating each page of your site/blog by hand, you can use this system to customize your design and fill it with your content – and do it from any web browser, smartphone or tablet! Here’s what we’ll cover in the presentation:
- Why WordPress?
- The “Front End” – Themes, Plugins and Widgets
- The “Back End” – How to use the WordPress software to run your blog or website
- Adding social media, SEO and Google Analytics to your WordPress site.
Joe Polk – Owner, Thirteen Ball (www.13ball.com)
Along with providing technical assistance, search engine optimization, and Web site development services to mid-sized corporations and small businesses, I help clients embrace and execute social media networking strategies by showing them how to become more adept at creating a blog and using platforms such as Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn. Fostering positive relationships and collaborating with my clients on projects are the aspects I enjoy most about my profession. Client satisfaction is integral to my success. Whether working for a multimillion dollar corporation like Marconi, plc, or developing a Web site for a small business, I have successfully implemented Web development solutions for a diverse base of employers and clients, each having a different set of goals and challenges.
September 2013 Meeting
Writing for Visibility: Bringing Analytics, Social and SEO Together[table “2” not found /]
Learn all about SEO, Google Analytics, and how, now more than ever, these concepts impact your day-to-day. Dan Wilkerson will take you through from how your content is interpreted by search engines & social networks, where you can make improvements, and how you can measure the results.
Dan Wilkerson is the Marketing Manager at LunaMetrics, with a background in Advertising and PR. Since producing his first commercial at 18, Dan has wanted to get involved with brands. Dan loves solving problems creatively, effectively, and measurably, and has had experience with a wide variety of businesses ranging from tech start-ups to household charities.
April 2013 Meeting
Purposes, Personas, Conversations – Practical Techniques for Everything You Create
One of the most important contributions of technical writing has been the realization that everything we write is part of a conversation between author and reader. And as we have all moved from paper to screen, from large screen to small, from static writing to dynamic exchanges, conversation has become even more important as the way to think about writing (and all product design). Come spend an interactive evening with Ginny Redish, working through real examples to see the power of the conversation model. You’ll see how to make sure that your purposes are measurable, specific, and focused on your readers / users / site visitors. You’ll see the value of always having those people with you (even as “mini-personas”). And you’ll see how walking those personas through their conversations helps you get the right interaction, the right design, the right copy to both satisfy their needs and achieve your goals. You’ll come away with new tools for everything you create – from emails to blogs to web content – even to hardware and apps.
About Ginny Redish
Janice (Ginny) Redish helps clients and colleagues with content strategy, plain language, writing for the web, and all aspects of creating successful user experiences.
Ginny is sought after as a speaker and workshop leader. She is known as a dynamic instructor, and this same enthusiasm and clarity are hallmarks of all her books. Ginny’s latest book, Letting Go of the Words – Writing Web Content that Works (2nd edition, 2012), has received rave reviews on Amazon.com and in blogs. All of Ginny’s work is based in research from cognitive psychology, linguistics, rhetoric, and other fields. Her own research studies on usability, accessibility, older adults, and the role of plain language in ballots have all brought out research-based practical guidelines that many people value. Ginny’s work has brought her numerous awards, including the Ken R. Rainey Award for Excellence in Research from STC. An STC Fellow and former member of the STC Board of Directors, Ginny greatly enjoys working with STC communities. Visit Ginny’s web site: www.redish.net Follow @GinnyRedish Connect with Ginny on LinkedIn Thank you to ComponentOne for sponsoring this meeting! Click the Doc-To-Help logo to learn more about ComponentOne.
Jan 30, 2013 Webinar **Updated**
Joe Welinske presents Multi-screen Help Authoring: How to use single-source development to support content on the desktop, tablets, and phone Our January meeting is the first webinar hosted by our chapter! The featured speaker is Joe Welinske of WritersUA. Also attending the webinar will be members of the following chapters: New England/Boston, NEO, Rochester, and potentially other chapters as well. Virtual space in the webinar is limited to 99 connections, but in-person meeting space will be provided. Check with your local chapter for details on where to meet in person. See the RSVP information below for more details. Bio: Joe Welinske specializes in helping your software development effort through crafted communication. The best user experience features quality words and images in the user interface. The UX of a robust product is also enhanced through comprehensive user assistance. This includes Help, wizards, FAQs, videos and much more. For over twenty-five years, Joe has been providing training, contracting, and consulting services for the software industry. Joe recently published the book, Developing User Assistance for Mobile Apps. He also teaches courses for Bellevue College, the University of California, and the University of Washington. Learn about the upcoming WritersUA conference March 7-8 2013 at https://writersua.com/conference/ Where: Development Dimensions International (DDI) World Headquarters-Pittsburgh 1225 Washington Pike Bridgeville, PA 15017 Directions: http://www.ddiworld.com/global-offices/united-states/directions.aspx Time: 6:30-8:00 PM 7:00 – Joe Welinske of WritersUA Price: Free DDI has been generous enough to offer us the use of their training room in addition to providing pizza and soft drinks. Be sure to thank member Diane LaPointe for arranging this for us! Learn more about DDI here. RSVP: RSVPS are being taken via Eventbrite at http://stcpghjan2013.eventbrite.com through noon on January 29th. There are 100 GoToMeeting connections available for this webinar. Each RSVP counts as a connection. Pittsburgh Attendees: If you will be attending in person in Pittsburgh, please choose ticket type In Person – Pittsburgh. If you are in Pittsburgh, but cannot attend in person, please choose ticket type Online Only. Other Chapters: The following chapters have indicated they are providing an in person meeting space: NE Ohio and Rochester. If you would like to attend in person with one of these chapters please RSVP with them directly as a connection has been reserved for them already. Online Only: If you cannot attend in person, please choose ticket type Online Only. February 2012 Meeting: Joe Welinske of WritersUA
An Overview of Trends, Tools, and Technologies in Software User Assistance
The application of technical communication skills to the development of software user assistance has grown immensely in the past twenty years. This specialization is very fulfilling and challenging and technical communicators are finding their role in the software development process to be increasingly valued. User assistance is much more than “Help.” It encompasses a wide range of skills and technologies that are combined to improve the software user’s experience. We contribute through wizards, tutorials, and web-based training. We develop and populate knowledge bases and content management systems. Printed manuals and their PDF equivalents are still an important element of our documentation sets. Many of us are now embedding helpful content directly into the user interface. We are involved with usability testing, localization, testing, quality assurance, and branding. This presentation provides a cutting-edge overview of the latest trends in software user assistance, defines the key terminology, highlights the most important technologies, and offers predictions on future directions of our field. The seventy-five minute session should be of interest to technical communicators of all backgrounds and experience levels.
Joe Welinske is the president of WritersUA. WritersUA is a company devoted to providing training and information for user assistance professionals. The WritersUA/WinWriters Conference draws hundreds of attendees each year from around the world to share the latest in user assistance design and implementation. The free content on the WritersUA web site attracts over 20,000 visitors each month. Joe has been involved with software documentation development since 1984. Joe recently published Developing User Assistance for Mobile Apps. He has also taught online Help courses at the University of Washington, UC Santa Cruz, and Bellevue Community College. Joe received a B.S. in Industrial Engineering from the University of Illinois in 1981, and a M.S. in Adult Instructional Management from Loyola University in 1987. Joe was the President of STC Puget Sound Chapter from 2006-2008 and served as Membership Director for the Puget Sound Chapter of the Usability Professionals Association in 2010. January Meeting: 2012 Employment Roundtable Speakers & Services
- Janis Ramey, founder of WorkQuest, will give a talk on her Job Search Checklist comprised from working with job seekers
- Katherine Lebeck of E-Safe Consulting will give a talk on job searching from the recruiter’s point of view including what candidates could be doing better
- Tim Sullivan of the Pittsburgh Business Times will be conducting a Smart Reader Seminar
- Mona Abdel-Halim of CareerImp will be demoing Résunate for attendees and offering a free month of Premium account access to all attendees
Read our speakers’ bios here Our Sponsors October Meeting: Software Saturday STC Pittsburgh will be holding a Software Saturday training session on Saturday, October 29th from 9am-4pm. This year’s session will be covering FrameMaker and will be led by our own Alan Houser. Seating for this session is limited to 16 attendees, so sign up soon! Overview
|When:||Saturday, October 29, 2011 9am-4pm with a one-hour break for lunch on your own. A continental breakfast will be provided.|
ProTech Professional Technical Services, Inc.
610 Beatty Road
Monroeville, PA 15146
Toll Free: 800-373-9188
Local: 412-810-8855 Google Maps
Note this is the same road as the CCAC Boyce Campus.
|When:||Thursday, September 15, 2011 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.|
|Where:||Duquesne University Student Union Room 119 600 Forbes Ave Pittsburgh, PA 15219Park in the Forbes Garage (cash only) and proceed to the top floor to cross to the Student Union. The Locust Garage is permit only. You will see a flag pole and a Starbucks sign outside of the Duquesne Union. Elevators are located at the back of the lobby past the shops and university offices.Campus Map|
|Price:||Members: $12, Non-Members: $15, Unemployed: $8, Students: Free|
|RSVP:||Email Robin Davidson at email@example.com pay now using the PayPal button on our homepage. An RSVP is required to guarantee a meal.|
Meeting Overview When you “Google” something, how does Google (and other search engines) decide what Web sites appear first in the search results? What can you do to make your Web site appear first (or as close to first as possible) in the search results? Why is this so important? The answer is three letters: SEO. SEO stands for Search Engine Optimization, which is the art and science of designing your Web site to be more visible and relevant to both search engines and the people who search for them, as well as measuring your Web site’s visibility. Join Bryce Walat, a Content Development Specialist, and Jamie Keaney, a Senior Search Strategist, both from IMPAQT, a leading Search Engine Marketing and Search Engine Optimization firm, as they talk about how SEO works, why it’s important, how you can find out how visible your Web site is, and what you can do to improve your Web site’s visibility in search results. August Social: STC Pittsburgh & WorkQuest
|When:||Thursday, August 18, 2011 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.|
|Where:||Sharp Edge Bistro on Penn 922 Penn Avenue Pittsburgh, PA 15222 412-338-2437 www.sharpedgebeer.com|
|Price:||$15 per person|
Questions? Contact Robin Davidson at firstname.lastname@example.org May 2011 Meeting
|When:||Thursday, May 12th, 6:30-8:30 PM|
|Where:||Omnyx, LLC 30 Isabella Street, Suite 301 Pittsburgh, PA 15212Google Maps|
|Price:||Members: $12 / Non-Members: $15 / Unemployed: $8 / Students: Free|
|RSVP by Monday, May 9th with your name, phone number and e-mail address and if you prefer a vegan meal to Robin Davidson at email@example.com.|
Meeting Overview The speaker will be Jonny Goldstein of Envizualize. Speaker Bio Jonny Goldstein helps people understand complex ideas through visual thinking. Jonny is a keynote visualizer at companies and conferences, creating large scale visual notes of what the speakers are presenting in real time. He also teaches visual problem solving techniques to corporate clients and is a vistiting instructor at the the University of the Arts Masters of Industrial Design Program in Philadelphia. Jonny has worked with organizations ranging from the Centers for Disease Conrol and Prevention, Johnson & Johnson, the Dassault Group, and the City of Philadelphia. Jonny graduated lum laude with a BA in English from Colorado College, studied visual art and design at Pratt Institute, the School of Visual Arts, and the Art Students League, and earned a Masters Degree from the Interactive Telecommunications Program at NYU. In previous years, Jonny ran a technology education program in the Bronx, was a field producer for NBC-Universal-iVillage, and was a freelance video producer. He has been blogging at jonnygoldstein.com since 2005 and has been linked to by BoingBoing and Scobleizer.com. His professional site is http://envizualize.com. Jonny recently moved to Pittsburgh and enjoys eating sandwiches with french fries on them. Examples of his large scale visual notes here: http://www.flickr.com/photos/jonnygoldstein/4880176170/in/set-72157624580111701/ March 2011 Meeting How Microsoft SharePoint Gives You a Realistic Approach to Content Management
|When:||Thursday, March 24th 6:30-8:30 PM|
|Where:||Omnyx, LLC 30 Isabella Street, Suite 301 Pittsburgh, PA 15212Google Maps|
|Price:||Members: $12 / Non-Members: $15 / Unemployed: $8 / Students: Free|
|RSVP by Monday, March 24th with your name, phone number and e-mail address to Robin Davidson at firstname.lastname@example.org.|
Meeting Overview How Microsoft SharePoint Gives You a Realistic Approach to Content Management Whether you are a single author or part of a team, managing your content is an important practice that ensures efficiency in your work and accuracy in your documentation. Content management practices will help you route material through an approval or signature process, ensure that the right people work on it at the right time, facilitate quality assurance, allow you to track changes, and facilitate content reuse. The problem is that most content management systems are very expensive and require a large learning curve. In fact, many implementations fail because of the complexity. Why not use Microsoft SharePoint? SharePoint has built-in document management features that you can begin using immediately without worrying about a costly implementation and learning cycle. Acquiring and implementing SharePoint is not a hard sell because most organizations already have it and, if not, there are free versions of SharePoint available. For these reasons, SharePoint is becoming the gold standard for many business activities, including content management. This session will discuss why you should use SharePoint (or how it is much easier than people think) and what features you can take advantage of. We will also spend a few minutes discussing Doc-To-Help and its integration with SharePoint. Speaker Bio Nicky Bleiel is the Lead Information Developer for Doc-To-Help. She has 16 years of experience in technical communication; writing and designing information for software products in the documentation, media, industrial automation, simulation, and pharmaceutical industries. She is a Director-At-Large of the Society for Technical Communication and has presented talks at the STC Summit, WritersUA, tcworld, LavaCon, and DocTrain on many topics, including embedded help, tools and technologies, user assistance design, single sourcing, wikis, Web 2.0, and convergence technical communication.
Call for Vice Presidential Candidates
STC Pittsburgh Chapter
Our chapter is looking for a vice president for the 2011-2012 program year. The vice president will work with (future) president Robin Davidson and will become president for the 2012-2013 program year. This officer also will attend 4 board meetings throughout the year. The vice president’s particular duties are:
- Oversee program development
- Write the monthly Constant Contact meeting notices
- Keep track of meeting registration and coordinate meeting location and catering for meetings
- Assume the duties of president when the president is unavailable
If you are interested, please contact Nancy Carpenter at email@example.com to put your name on the ballot. The chapter will hold formal elections at the March meeting.
February 2011 Meeting
|Time:||Wednesday February 16, 2011, 6:30-8:30 PM EST|
|Location:||DynaVox 2100 Wharton St # 400 Pittsburgh, PA 15203Google MapsParking is either on-street or in the nearby paid lot at 20th & Sidney.Enter the building at the 21st Street door and take the elevator to the 4th floor.|
|Cost:||Members: $12 / Non-Members: $15 / Unemployed: $8 / Students: Free with valid ID|
|Submit your RSVP via the PayPal button below, or send an e-mail to vicepresident at stcpgh.org to pay cash at the door.|
As many Documentation departments struggle to enforce consistent structure and formatting in their publications, structured authoring can enable writers to author consistent content, publish across different media, and reuse content throughout information products. With many commercial solutions costing thousands (and even hundreds of thousands) of dollars to implement, how can a writing team take advantage of these benefits without breaking the bank? Please join Technical Writer and XML evangelist Bill Lawrence as he shows the value structured authoring can provide for you while demonstrating an end-to-end authoring and publishing solution using entirely free, open source solutions.
Employment Roundtable 2011 This year’s Employment Roundtable will be focusing on Alternative Employment: Freelancing, Self-Employment, & Franchising.
|Starts:||Saturday January 22, 2011, 09:00AM EST|
|Ends:||Saturday January 22, 2011, 12:00PM EST|
|Location:||Duquesne University, Student Union Room 613 600 Forbes Ave Pittsburgh, PA 15219 USPark in the Forbes Garage (cash only) and proceed to the top floor to cross to the Student Union. The Locust Garage is permit only. You will see a flag pole and a Starbucks sign outside of the Duquesne Union. Elevators are located at the back of the lobby past the shops and university offices.Campus Map|
|Cost:||$20 Non-members / $15 Members / $10 Unemployed / Students FREE with valid ID|
|Submit your RSVP via the PayPal button below, or send an e-mail to employment at stcpgh.org to pay cash at the door.|
Speakers & Services
- John Tubridy of FranNet will speak about franchising
- Ron Kubitz of Brayman Construction Corp. will give a talk entitled “LinkedIn to Linked Together – Using Social Media to Find a New Career”
- Tim Sullivan of the Pittsburgh Business Times will be conducting a Smart Reader Seminar
- Ruby Wilkosz of Volunteers of America’s Working Order program will speak about being an entrepreneur
Thank you to the Pittsburgh Business Times for once again sponsoring this event.
Holiday Party 2010 Please join STC Pittsburgh for our annual Holiday Party. We will meet at noon at the Carnegie Science Center on Saturday, December 18, and tour the center together. The center closes at 7 pm that day so there’s plenty of time to see everything. We will purchase tickets at the group rate for one building. Cost to us is $7 per person, including children. Meals and Omnimax and Submarine are on your own. Please RSVP on the stcpgh.org web site by December 16. You can pay using PayPal, or send a check to Nancy Carpenter. Nancy will have your tickets. We hope you can join us! Note: We need at least 15 people in order to get the group rate. If we don’t get that number by December 16, we will cancel and refund your money.
November 2010 Meeting When: Thursday, Nov 11th, 6:00-8:30 PM Where: Duquesne University – Duquesne Union Room 613 600 Forbes Avenue Pittsburgh, PA On Campus: Campus Map Park in the Forbes Garage (cash only) and proceed to the top floor to cross to the Student Union.The Locust Garage is permit only.You will see the flag pole and a Starbucks sign outside of the Duquesne Union. Price: Members: $12, Non-Members: $15, Unemployed: $8, Students: Free RSVP by Monday, November 8 with your name, phone number and email address to Robin Davidson at firstname.lastname@example.org Summary of Panel Review You know that your website is not as effective as it could be, but are not sure why. You’ve been told that your website needs to be updated, but are not sure how. You’ve heard about website usability, but are not sure what it really means. We are here to help. With several web and writing professionals, STC Pittsburgh volunteers will hold a panel overview of attendee websites. Each website must be submitted to email@example.com by 5:00pm on Friday, November 5. Please submit your website URL, five most valued keywords/terms, and the overall goal of your website. Using this information, our panel will review your website and present a 15-20-minute overview of how well your website is performing and where it could improve. Please join us to provide your own insight, learn how you can improve your own website, and to find out more about the latest trends in web design and usability.
September 9th: She’s a Director; He’s a Fellow! Date: September 9th 2010 Time: 6:30-8:30 PM Place: Penn Brewery – 800 Vinial Street Pittsburgh, PA 15212 – www.pennbrew.com – Phone: 412-237-9402 Cost: Free RSVP: Please RSVP through http://stcmixerpitt.eventbrite.com. It has been another great year for the Society for Technical Communication Pittsburgh Chapter. The chapter continued to achieve distinction within the Society, as Nicky Bleiel was re-elected to the STC Board of Directors, and Alan Houser earned the distinction of STC Fellow and served as STC Summit Conference Manager. Join Nicky and Alan for an evening of food, drink, networking, and conversation, as we celebrate our chapter and look forward to another great year. This event is sponsored by Group Wellesley, Inc. and ComponentOne. There is no charge for this event. Questions? Contact Alan Houser, firstname.lastname@example.org or Nicky Bleiel, email@example.com. August 26th: Technology Group Social Media Mashup Date: August 26th 2010 Time: 5:30-8:00 PM Place: AlphaLab Google Maps Cost: Free RSVP: Please RSVP through http://techmashup.eventbrite.com/ as there is a 150 person limit. STC Pittsburgh, along with TechPOWR, is proud to announce the chapter’s second Pittsburgh Technology Group Mashup. All technology groups in Pittsburgh are invited to attend as well as anyone interested in social media. This three hour event will include opportunities to network along with two or more presentations on social media. Our Keynote speaker will be Ian Rosenberger, Social and Emerging Media Director of Strategic Images. More information can be found in the Blue Pencil blog under the post: Pittsburgh Technology Group Social Media Mashup Thank you to AlphaLab for proving the location and to our sponsors: Gold Sponsor: Best Buy For Business Silver Sponsors: Group Wellesley, NuRelm