TechWhirl: Technical Communication Recap for September 21, 2012

Subject: TechWhirl: Technical Communication Recap for September 21, 2012
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Date: Fri, 21 Sep 2012 10:35:44 -0400

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One critical aspect to doing a successful career upgrade in technical
communication concerns professional development. TechWhirl is fortunate in
being able to cover some of the leading conferences in technical
communication and content strategy, such as the LavaCon
we’ll be presenting sessions on winning business cases and on change
management) and the STC Summit. And we’ve also presented features that look
at distance learning as a professional development option.

Professional development and professional certification are important
topics both here in North America, and around the world. Tekom, Europe’s
largest membership group devoted to technical communication, takes a
different approach to certification than the STC. We take a look at
the TCTrainNet
offered through tekom’s English language arm, tcworld, and its training and
certification components.

Given that professional development focuses on your future success, you
might want to watch our Fast 5 interview with Noz
who’ll present at LavaCon on the future of technical communication, and
took some time to answer a few big questions for TechWhirl. If your future
has freelancing written into it, take a few minutes to vote in this
week’s technical
communication poll on the challenges of
let us know your thoughts. Scott Abel, the Content Wrangler, is
conducting a benchmarking survey about technical communication and
which will provide some critical information about the direction of the
profession, but only if you participate.

And we think it’s always worthwhile to spend time building your network and
our community of technical communication professionals, who are always
ready to offer advice, assistance and opinions via the email
discussion list<>.
It’s easy, free, informative and entertaining.

Have a great weekend!

-The gang at TechWhirl

In Case You Missed it: This Week @ TechWhirl

*New features and articles on <>**

- Tech Writer This Week for September 20, by Craig Cardimon |
- TCTrainNet: The Global Perspective on Technical Communication
Professional Development & Certification, by Connie Giordano|
- Technical Communication Poll: Challenges in Freelancing |
- Future of Technical Communication: TechWhirl Fast 5 with Content
Strategist Noz Urbina |

*Tech Comm News on <>:*

- DCL Introduces Harmonizer On Demand to Manage Redundant Content |
- Adam Charles Consulting Expands Services with New Partners |
- Kenexa Releases the first Social LMS as Part of Its Learning Suite 3.0

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