by Liz Fraley

I’m about to start booking the speakers for TC Dojo sessions in 2018. I have two sessions lined up, but I still have 10 to fill.

January will be fun. Rather than the same old boring end-of-year trends session, we’re going to get tips on how to keep up!

Personally, I’ve never been a fan of trends sessions. Trends aren’t a meaningful measuring stick: What matters is whether your company is meeting the needs of your customers and your business, not whether you’re doing the same thing as everyone else.

It’s far more important that you know how to keep up so that you’re ready when your boss comes to you and asks if you know how to provide that the new thing your customers need. If you’re keeping up, then you know where to go, who to talk to, and how to evaluate whether a particular solution fits the bill.

To that end, in our minds: Trends are out. Keeping up is in.

In March, Eliot Kimber will be talking DITA Keys. Cool, huh? I know I’m looking forward to that.

The rest of the year? Well, we’ll be looking at the TC Dojo Survey over the next week and booking 2018 before the year closes out. If you want a say in what the critical topics are, be sure to vote ASAP.

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Just to set expectations...

Voting will take you a short while. Technical communications is complicated. There are lots of specialties, lots of skills, and lots of tools involved. You can skip around in the survey; you can also make suggestions. Thanks for voting!

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