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Subject:Re: More about the changes coming to tech writing From:Gene Kim-Eng <techwr -at- genek -dot- com> To:"McLauchlan, Kevin" <Kevin -dot- McLauchlan -at- safenet-inc -dot- com> Date:Wed, 7 May 2014 09:34:54 -0700
I've never attended a conference that wasn't local to me, but at various
times have managed to get budget to send a few of the writers reporting to
me to some. It always seemed to me that it was better to get writers to
these things than managers.
On Wed, May 7, 2014 at 8:10 AM, McLauchlan, Kevin <
Kevin -dot- McLauchlan -at- safenet-inc -dot- com> wrote:
> For me, it would have USED vacation, as the same employers that didn't
> have travel and conference budgets for employees not travelling TO DO their
> jobs, also didn't pay salary for not being at work.
> I was tempted a few times in the early 2000s, but it wasn't long before
> anybody who was innovating anything in the field was on-line about it, with
> their own sites or blogs, or - most recently - with their own
> self-published ebooks and other ways of monetizing.
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> techwr-l-bounces+kevin -dot- mclauchlan=safenet-inc -dot- com -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com] On
> Behalf Of joanne grey
> Sent: May-06-14 3:59 PM
> To: Robert Lauriston; techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com
> Subject: Re: More about the changes coming to tech writing
> Robert, I've paid my own way to conferences for years. It's not a
> vacation, it's a way to keep myself up on trends. It's a way to talk to
> people one-on-one who I might not get to talk to otherwise and see what
> they are doing. What works, and what doesn't work. It's a great way to make
> sure I stay valuable.
> I consider it money well spent. Regardless of first or second career,
> it's up to me to show the value I bring and show that I can add even more
> value. It's what gets me that extra at raise time, and what gives me more
> confidence that I can justify my position with the company. It lets me grow
> into the expanding role of tech writing instead of worrying that it's going
> Just my .02.
> On Tuesday, May 6, 2014 12:43 PM, Robert Lauriston <robert -at- lauriston -dot- com>
> The only people I know who go to tech writing conferences do so because
> their employer pays their expenses, so basically it's a free extra vacation.
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