The 2014 Mid-Atlantic Technical Communication Conference will be on Saturday, March 22 at the Giant Community Center in Willow Grove. Mark your calendars. We will be sending out a call for proposals soon!
Archives for September 2013
Thursday, October 17, 2013 from 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM
Proposals – What to Say, How to Say It, and How Much to Charge
A proposal can be terrifying. If it is off-base, you probably just wrote yourself off the candidate list. What if you propose something too expensive? What if you underestimate the complexity of the project and quote a price that is too low? Conni will share some approaches that should make you feel more comfortable and confident when writing a proposal.
Conni will discuss the structure of a proposal template and how to adapt to different situations, such as Request for Proposal responses, Statements of Work, and Letters of Agreement. The audience is encouraged to bring their own questions – whether as a developer of a proposal or a developer of a Request for Proposal.
About the Presenter
Constance Billé, M.Ed., has developed and negotiated proposals from both the vendor and the purchaser perspective for more than 30 years while producing performance improvement programs, multimedia learning courseware and technical information in the software, pharmaceutical, healthcare, financial and hospitality industries and for government and nonprofit organizations.
She is currently helping the City of Philadelphia implement its Green Cities, Clean Waters program, and previously served as Director of Organizational Development and Training for LRA Worldwide. Earlier, she held management and professional positions at SAP, Towers Perrin and IMS Health.
To learn more about the Society for Technical Communication Philadelphia Metro Chapter, please visit www.stcpmc.org.
A message from Gary Sternberg:
Greetings! Hope you’ve all had a great summer. Now that fall is approaching, I’d like to have our next get together of the STC (Society for Technical Communication) South Jersey networking group. Details are:
When: Thursday, September 26, at 6:00 p.m.
Where: Famous Dave’s Barbeque, 104 Route 70 East, Cherry Hill, NJ 08034
The restaurant is on Route 70, a few blocks below I-295 (from I-295, take the Route 70 West exit) and just above Kings Highway.
If you are planning to attend, please RSVP by sending email to firstname.lastname@example.org, although you are still welcome to come at the last minute. Also fee free to contact me if you have any questions. Thanks.
Hope to see you this week!
The following is from organizational announcements provided to chapter president Steve Adler:
Consider gold level membership
When renewing your STC membership for 2014, look at the gold level membership. Gold level membership will include all the benefits of the classic membership, plus membership in one chapter, membership in multiple SIGs, 50% discount on one online course, 5 live web seminars, and the Really Early Bird registration rate for the Summit whenever you register. The Summit registration fee could be a value of as much as $500! STC will not offer the SIG Value membership in 2014.
New archived web seminars available
We have added 25 new web seminars to our archived seminars. For more information, go tohttp://stc.org/education/online-education/recorded-seminars.
Summit call for proposals deadline approaches
The deadline for submitting proposals is September 16. You can also submit proposals BEFORE this date as well.
Summit registration rates to be announced soon
The Very Early Bird rate, available only to STC members, will be $825, the same as last year. This rate will be offered for a limited time.
Member-Get-a-Member campaign to start
The member-get-a-member campaign will start when renewal season starts. Watch for details on the STC website and blog.
For details, go to stc.org.
The 2013 Regional TechComm Competition, that the Philadelphia Metro chapter is co-sponsoring with the New York Metro and Houston chapters, is underway. We’re accepting both entries and applications for judging through September and October. It’s well worth the time to contribute.
This is my third year working with the event. I’ve judged twice and submitted an entry, which won an Award of Merit. This year, I volunteered to help the organizational committee, and publicize the event through various media channels.
Each aspect of my competition experience has been rewarding on its own.
The opportunity to analyze the work of others outside my company was one of the more important advantages of judging. I got exposure to different information products, and since I had to judge by specific competition criteria, I had to review them much more thoroughly.
Additionally, I gave the most detailed feedback that I could. The entrants I judged were created and maintained by professionals who entered the competition expecting to receive professional review. I could do no less.
Overall, I enhanced my own skill in evaluating content, through both intensive review and collaboration with the other judges on my team.
As an entrant last year, my goal was to get feedback from other professionals. What I received was worth the entry and the wait. The judges validated the quality of the writing and the product’s organization. They also notified me of a few design and usability issues that I had not caught before, and offered some suggestions to improve the work’s usability.
All of this feedback was immediately practical, and I will be applying it in future editions of that product.
Personally, though, it was gratifying to know that other professionals judged the work to be clear, usable, and appropriate.
The award was appreciated, too.
This year, supporting the competition has taken a different, but no less valuable path. I’m meeting and working directly with professionals from other chapters. We’re organizing and supporting a vital aspect of the event, and I’m developing promotion and media skills that will enhance my value.
The technical communication competitions I have participated in since I joined STC have provided a wealth of experiences that I could not otherwise have had. Although the work was challenging, the benefits were worth the effort.
Consider applying as an entrant or a judge. Sign up today!