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Technical Communication 2020 – Forget Hindsight, Look Ahead!

September 22, 2018 @ 8:30 am - 3:30 pm EDT

Northeast Ohio STC Welcomes Bernard Aschwanden

Bernard Aschwanden, a prolific presenter and past president of the Society for Technical Communication (STC), visits NEO STC for a special full-day event.

The multiple topics throughout the day promise to unshackle previous methods of technical communication and usher exciting ideas and strategies for meeting the ever-expanding challenges for technical communicators. For those who have attended Bernard’s presentations, you can expect humor, insight, and useful knowledge wrapped in his proficient teaching abilities. A virtual option is available for those who cannot attend in person.


Buy “Tech Comm 2020” and 1 more NEO STC webinar = 1 free NEO STC webinar!

Attend this webinar and unlock additional savings! Attendees who purchase a subsequent NEO STC educational program during the 2018-2019 chapter year may attend another NEO STC educational program for free. Free educational program must be redeemed during the current chapter year (last program is held April 2019).


STC member: $50  |  Non-member: $195

Students, attend for FREE! Contact us for a special discount code.

Can’t attend in person? Register for the virtual event (cost is the same).


8:30 a.m Registration (coffee & pastries)
9:00 a.m. Building a Business

Whether you want to start and run a business, or you interact with those who do, there are core things every business owner (small or large) has to do to succeed. That includes getting expert input on your business, knowing when to listen to (or ignore) that input, and build a business based on what you know, learn, and experience. This session discusses ideas, but also explores the direct experience of the presenter. What are some issues? How do you grow a business? What impact will tech comm have on any business? How can we take what we do and know and create our own business or talk to our co-workers and employers to show our value to the company? Learn more at this introductory session.

10:15 a.m.  Break / Networking
10:45 a.m. Plan for Tomorrow: Tech Comm and Project Management

Writers are involved in project management. From the smallest piece of content to the most complex content going, we manage scope, schedule, budget, quality, risk, stakeholder input, and so much more. Isn’t it about time we leveraged the best practices of project management to deliver the best documentation we can?

Learn to manage projects better by knowing more about the core components of a project. Leave with a key list of 10 knowledge areas, and an understanding of how they relate to every single tech comm project we work on. Better documentation through better management of our work. Sounds easy, right? Show up, learn how, show immediate value when you return to work.

Noon Lunch (provided)
1:00 p.m. Adobe FrameMaker 2019: Hands-on computer session (demo for virtual attendees)
3:30 p.m. Program Ends


Bernard Aschwanden is a recognized publishing technologies expert. He is an Adobe Certified Expert, a Certified Technical Trainer, and the author of numerous articles on xml-based publishing and single sourcing. He is the founder of Publishing Smarter. Aschwanden is also past president of the Society for Technical Communication (STC) and an Associate Fellow of the Toronto STC community.

Devore Technologies, a modern computer teaching and web-development facility in Beachwood, OH, will host the event.

A very special thank you to Adobe, the leading content creativity, design, and development solution provider to the technical communication industry. To learn more about Adobe’s products and services, visit www.adobe.com.

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September 22, 2018
8:30 am - 3:30 pm EDT
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Devore Technologies
3593 Green Road
Beachwood, OH 44122 United States
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