STC Tech Comm Brunch – March

Thanks to everyone who came out to our networking brunch! We enjoyed the company of STC Toronto’s current president Rob Cundari and past presidents Vic Bhai and Rob Hanna.

Discussion topics this month included:

  • Evaluating your company’s needs, the scope of your role as a tech writer, and related roles  your company should consider hiring for.
  • Learning from common challenges tech writers face while developing documentation.
  • Promoting positive change and mitigating resistance from internal teams.

It wasn’t all business though. We also shared the personal interests and backgrounds that led us to tech comm and this event!

We always look forward to getting to know our members over brunch. These casual gatherings allow local technical communicators to connect, get advice, and share experiences with like-minded professionals.

Join us next month at Moxie’s Yorkdale. Saturday, April 28th at 11 AM. Non-members welcome. We look forward to seeing you!

STC Tech Comm Brunch – February

Thanks to everyone who attended our February networking brunch! Organizer Rob Hanna and STC President Rob Cundari shared valuable knowledge with tech comm newcomers and experienced professionals alike. 

We discussed a slue of relevant topics, including:
•    Cultivating positive relationships with engineers.
•    The pros and cons of contract vs. full-time employment.
•    Being part of a team vs. being a lone writer.
•    Content management systems.
•    How to thrive as a company’s first technical writer.

Our monthly networking brunches provide a fun forum for local technical communicators to share advice and experiences with like-minded professionals.  Join us for our next one on Saturday, March 24, at Moxie’s Yorkdale at 11 AM. RSVP here. We look forward to seeing you!

STC Tech Comm Brunch – January

Thanks to everyone who came out to our networking brunch! Thanks also to Rob Hanna for organizing this special monthly event and to STC Board Treasurer James Bousquet, who came down from Waterloo to welcome our own new Treasurer, Vanitha Krishnamurthy.

We had a diverse crowd of 17 technical communicators, from current students and recent grads to seasoned professionals. We shared experiences from various industries and areas of specialization, including: software, transit, finance, instructional design, and translation. We also enjoyed getting to know each other personally and exchanged business cards to stay connected.

Weren’t able to make it today? Save the date for our next brunch! Saturday, February 24th. We look forward to seeing you!

STC Tech Comm Brunch – October

What a great turnout at our monthly brunch on October 28th! We joined our Community Director – Mona Albano – for a delicious morning at Yorkdale’s Moxie’s Bar and Grill. We welcomed back some familiar faces and met some new members.

Our discussions included what it means to be a Certified Professional Technical Communicator, integrating previous skillsets as technical communicators, the future of the industry, and a lot of fun on the side.

STC Toronto would like to thank Rob Hanna for organizing the brunch, and look forward to seeing everyone at our next event! Make sure to stay up to date on all our events by subscribing to the STC Toronto mailing list, or following our social media.

Dashboards for Technical Communication

On October 10th, we joined Elia Scher of Dundas Business Intelligence to learn about using dashboards as a medium for technical communication.

Information is valuable only when it’s understood, and making it understandable is a role for technical communicators. Dashboards captures the big picture of critical information on one screen, is the online equivalent of a one-page document, and eliminates scrolling.

Elia describe the stages of a dashboard project and the many ways in which we can convey information. Dashboards must use the concept of key performance indicators, use the principles of visual design, and be interactive to provide the maximum amount information in a small area.

Attendees at this event found the information valuable and timely. We look forward to hearing from Elia Scher again!