More STC Annual Conference Tips

Subject: More STC Annual Conference Tips
From: Binion Amerson <aba -at- OC -dot- COM>
Date: Thu, 13 Apr 1995 14:30:42 -0500

My friends George Hayhoe and LaVonna Funkhouser have listed a number of
great tips for attending an STC Annual Conference. As the General Manager
of the 40th STC Annual Conference held in Dallas during June 1993, I'd like
to offer a few more tips:

* Wear Comfortable Shoes and Clothing! You will be standing and walking
more than normal.

* Attend the Chapter Leaders' Workshop. Held from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
on Sunday, this is a must for all current and incoming chapter leaders.
Here you will meet other chapter leaders from around the world and hear
a series of presentations and discussion sessions on chapter management.

* Do Not Miss the Welcome Reception. Although George and LaVonna said to
attend all social function, do not miss the Welcome Session on Sunday
evening from 7 to 10 p.m. There will be food, music, and plenty of time
to meet new and old friends. And, LaVonna will be here to personally
hand out yellow TECHWR-L stickeys.

* Do Not Miss the Opening Session. This sets the stage for the remainder
of the conference. This year's opening speaker, former newscaster Edwin
Newman, should be great.

* Wear Your Badge. It is important to wear your badge at all times while
attending conference functions so as to identify yourself. But, take
your badge off if you leave the hotel on nonconference functions. To
wear your badge elsewhere immediately targets you as a tourist. (Of
course there are a lot of tourists in DC; I know as I worked in DC for
7 years.)

* Attend Your STC Region Reception. This is the place to meet other
technical communicators from your region. Each of the eight STC
Director-Sponsors are hosting separate receptions as follows:

Region 1 Monday 6:30pm - 8 Maryland B
Region 2 Monday 6:30pm - 8 Maryland A
Region 3 Tuesday 9:00pm - 12 Maryland A
Region 4 Monday 6:30pm - 8 Maryland C
Region 5 Tuesday 9:00pm - 12 Maryland B
Region 6 Monday 6:30pm - 8 Virginia A
Region 7 Monday 6:30pm - 8 Virginia B
Region 8 Tuesday 9:00pm - 12 Maryland C

* Go to the Exposition. Make sure that you visit the exhibits where you
can talk one-on-one with representatives from many of the leading
technical communication related companies and view first hand their

* Visit the 43rd STC Annual Conference Preview Booth. Do not miss the
preview booth for the 43rd STC Annual Conference to be held in Seattle,
May 5 - 8, 1996. Here you can pick up brochures on that conference and
on Seattle; and, if its like previous conferences, you can register for
some great prizes.

* Visit the Competition Winners Display. You must spend time in the
Competition Winners Display area of the Exposition. Here you can view
the winners of the International Technical Art, Publications, Video, and
Online Communication Competitions. There is a wine and cheese reception
on Monday, April 24 from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. in the display area where you
can meet many of the winners.

* Visit the Employment Booth. If you are looking to find a job or have a
job opening at your company, visit the STC Employment Booth in the
Exposition area. Do not forget to bring copies of your resume if you
are looking for a job. Likewise, if you have a job opening, bring copies
of the job description.

* Visit the Society Publications Booth. Located in the Exposition area,
the Society booth is the place to pick up your List of Attendees and any
other STC publication that you may want. Don't forget to tell the staff
how much you appreciate all they do for STC.

* Attend the STC Annual Business Meeting. If you would like to hear about
this year's accomplishments and plans for next year, attend the STC
Annual Business Meeting on Tuesday from 10:30 a,m, til 10 Noon.

* Attend the STC Forum. If you would like to ask a question about an
issue concerning the Profession, the Society, and the Conference, join
former STC President Gunther Marx as he moderates this sometimes lively
session. All STC Board of Directors, Executive Director, and other
Society leaders will be on hand to answer your questions. The STC Forum
runs from 4 to 5:30 p.m. on Tuesday afternoon.

* Attend the Honors Reception and Honors Banquet. George mentioned this
one and I am repeating it. Do attend this event so as to honor the
Society's newly elected Honorary Fellow, Fellows, and Associate Fellows.
Also learn for the first time which chapters have won the coveted Chapter
Achievement Awards and the Pacesetter Awards. This event is Tuesday
evening from 6 to 9 p.m. Come and cheer chapter and their leaders.

* Attend the Closing Session. Like the Opening Session, do not miss the
Closing Session which formally ends the Conference. Here you will learn
how to savor what you have absorbed over the past three days.

* Do Not Miss the Host Chapter Party. Come to this party and help the
Washington, DC Chapter celebrate the conclusion of the 42nd STC Annual
Conference. The party, which runs from 5:30 to 8 p.m. on Wednesday, will
give you an opportunity to thank the host chapter for a job well done.

I am sure there are other tips for conference attendees--first-timers and
long-timers alike. As one attends more and more of the STC Annual
Conferences (This will be my eighth consecutive one.), they become part of
your life.

See you all in DC.

Binion Amerson, aba -at- oc -dot- com (B), aba -at- unicomp -dot- net (H)
Director-Sponsor, STC Region 5

Binion Amerson, Senior Technical Writer, OpenConnect Systems, 2711 LBJ, Ste
800, Dallas, TX 75234, Ph 214/888-0447; Fax 214/484-6100; E-mail aba -at- oc -dot- com
Director-Sponsor, Society for Technical Communication (STC) Region 5.

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