Liz Asks: Will I see you this month? It’s Conference Season 2017!

Conference season 2017 started last month and we’re on the road! In fact, I’m two conferences down with two more to go.  I love to meet people in person and hear their stories.

The last couple of years I’ve started to prefer local events and have made it a point of attending STC regional events. These local conferences average 100 people and it gives you a chance to get to know the people who are really dedicated to their careers and to sharing their knowledge with others in their profession. Sure, the big events are great, but nothing beats a local, smaller event to really connect with someone.

Plus, smaller events give me more opportunity to travel around to where many people actually are.

Where to find us this conference season

I’ll be at two more conferences this season and have a workshop and several presentations scheduled. If you’re going to be at one of them, drop in and say hi! Continue reading “Liz Asks: Will I see you this month? It’s Conference Season 2017!”

Which TC Dojo level are you?

TC Dojo is a virtual meeting place for the Technical Communications professional. Whether you are just starting out in the field or you are a well-seasoned expert, everyone can gain valuable learning at the TC Dojo.

We called it the a dojo because a dojo (道場 dōjō?) is a Japanese term which literally means “place of the way“. Typically, it is the place for learning and practicing a martial art form. We decided to borrow this theme and apply it to the practice and learning for the art of Technical Communication.

In keeping with the metaphor, we borrowed the notion of levels and color representations. Instead of belts, we have wristbands. Continue reading “Which TC Dojo level are you?”

3 Things You Need In Your Family Travel Kit

Summary: I travel frequently for business and have perfected my pre-packed kits to make travel simple. Family travel is different. These items keep people happy, make travel easy, and, when packed into a single kit, you can just pick it up and zip out the door.

Last month my family and I went on two trips that resulted in us being gone 5 out of 7 days in 2 different places.  I travel fairly frequently for business, and have my travel routines down. I have a couple of pre-packed kits—one for toiletries, one for technology—that have everything I could possibly need for the presentations and workshops I give on the road.

Traveling with family is different. Everyone needs wifi access which, in some cases, can be $$ per day per device.  Everyone needs chargers for all their (inevitably) different devices. Someone will always leave that one connector they really, really need back at home. Even if you remember everything, carting around all that gear can really weigh you down.

When I got home from our last trip, I decided that I really needed a travel kit that was geared toward family travel, covered all the bases, worked for everyone, yet didn’t take up too much packing space or weigh down my carry-on.

Continue reading “3 Things You Need In Your Family Travel Kit”