Posts Tagged ‘NWTCG’

North West Technical Communicators

Wednesday, June 20th, 2012

North West Technical Communicators Group

Title: North West Technical Communicators
Location: MadLab
Description: Technical writers/communicators, information designers based in and around the North West.
Date: 06-09-2012
Start Time: 19:00
End Time: 21:00

Title: Making DITA a reality

Speaker: Rachel Johnston

Description: Everyone in the tech comms community is talking about DITA and its benefits, but in practice, DITA adoption can be challenging. In this session we’ll be talking about the barriers to DITA adoption, how they can be overcome and the practical factors you need to consider before making the move.

Rachel has been a technical author for over ten years, working in a variety of settings from software to healthcare. In the last year she has joined Mekon as a consultant, advising clients on how they can use structured authoring tools and techniques to create, manage and share content more effectively.

 

 

 

 

 

 

North West Technical Communicators

Tuesday, February 21st, 2012

North West Technical Communicators Group

Title: North West Technical Communicators
Location: MadLab
Description: Technical writers/communicators, information designers based in and around the North West.
Date: 05-07-2012
Start Time: 19:00
End Time: 21:00

Title: Beyond The Comfort Zone

Speaker: Robert Scott-Norton of Sage UK

Robert’s presentation will focus on the changing world of technical
communication. Technical communicators sometimes worry about the future of their roles as user-generated content grows, documents shrink, and agile methods make teams of ‘generalists’. But there are opportunities to use the skills that technical communicators possess – somewhere out there beyond the comfort zone. This story is one of how technical communicators were part of a key project team to manage thousands of customers through the transition to new software. From designing the earliest messages, planning and delivering both a customer and employee engagement plan, producing specialist materials for hundreds of conference attendees, all the way to inventing a robot. It is how the skills and knowledge of technical communicators can provide
essential complement to those of product managers, marketing communicators, and technical support experts to produce something radically different from another help file. It is a story of what might just exist for you somewhere, just a little beyond your comfort zone.

 

North West Technical Communicators Group

Thursday, February 16th, 2012

North West Technical Communicators Group

Title: North West Technical Communicators Group
Location: MadLab
Description: Technical writers/communicators, information designers based in and around the North West.

Date: 07-06-2012
Start Time: 19:00
End Time: 21:00

Author-it Cloud

Andre Streefklerk from Triview will demonstrating Author-it Cloud. Author -it is a powerful solo-author to enterprise content management system.  Author-it Cloud brings you all of the power of Author-it delivered, “On-Demand” over the Internet.
Instead of installing and maintaining software, you simply access Author-it via the Internet, freeing yourself from complex software and hardware management. This simplifies deployment and vastly reduces your upfront costs.

Andre will be demonstrating the full range of the software and the talk will be suitable for beginners and experts who are unfamiliar with the Cloud option. Powerful options available include the Reviewer module and Localization manager.

Author-it are sponsoring the event and there will be a draw for  a 12 month subscription to Author-it Cloud Professional Edition; 1 Author, 2 Reviewers.

The value is £1920.00

Register for the event here: http://nwtcgjune12.eventbrite.com/.

North West Technical Communicators Group

Saturday, February 4th, 2012

North West Technical Communicators Group

Title: North West Technical Communicators Group
Location: MadLab
Description: Technical writers/communicators, information designers based in and around the North West.
Date:03-05-2-2012
Start Time: 19:00
End Time: 21:00

Handling Difficult Conversations – staying steady and communicating clearly in high-stakes interactions

Whether it’s selling your ideas, asking for help, or dealing with upset or angry customers, we can all do with some
help in handling awkward situations!

Andrew Lightheart is a communication specialist who you may have heard speak at TCUK11.

As well as coaching presentations, Andrew also helps professionals get better at difficult conversations.
In this talk, he will give you practical advice about:  how to deal with the dread of awkward interactions

  •   how to prepare so that you are more able to hold steady in the face of challenging interactions
  •   how to listen in ways that reduce everyone’s stress
  •   how to speak so that things move more naturally towards positive outcomes.

With plenty of time for questions,  you really don’t want to miss this intensive yet accessible session.

North West Technical Communicators Group

Tuesday, January 10th, 2012

North West Technical Communicators Group

Title: North West Technical Communicators Group
Location: MadLab
Description: Technical writers/communicators, information designers based in and around the North West.
Start Time: 19:00
Date: 2012-02-02
End Time: 21:00

North West Premier of “Push the Button

The documentary “Appuyez sur le bouton : au pays des modes d’emploi” was produced and broadcast across France in 2008. The film is an inventive and entertaining approach to an unusual subject, and it deserves showing in the UK, particularly to professionals working in the field of technical information.
“Push the Button” is an excellent little film: telling the story of how our lives have become so dependent on and entwined with the technical instructions that support so much of life’s stuff. The ISTC and the IDA organised the English subtitling of the film and the production of DVDs so that the film could be rented out to technical communicators and information designers.