Usability and Technical Writing: A 30-year Perspective

Speaker: Nicki Davis

About the presentation

Technical writing is a solution; what problem are we trying to solve?

Our goal is to make it easier for people to use a product to get something done. Usability testing is one of the tools we can use to achieve this goal. In this presentation, Nicki will describe:

  • How the role of technical writer has changed from writing 400-page user manuals to working with designers to craft UI text.
  • Helpful hints for planning and executing usability tests.

About the speaker

Nicki Davis wrote her first user manual in 1980, two years before she earned her PhD in chemistry. She has been a member of STC since 1983 and currently serves as the Secretary of the San Francisco Bay chapter.

In 2015, Nicki was honored as an STC Associate Fellow.

Event Info

Time: Wednesday, March 9, 2022, at 6:30 PM Pacific

Location: Zoom

Program:
6:30 to 7:00: Networking
7:00 to 7:25: Announcements
7:30 to 8:30: Presentation
8:30 to 8:45: More networking
~ 8:45: End the Zoom meeting

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Meeting ID: 824 1432 6338
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Find your local number: https://us02web.zoom.us/u/kQKmupVX8

Important notes:

  • Members of other chapters welcomed. If you belong to another STC chapter, you can attend our meetings.
  • IABC members welcome. All members of the San Francisco Chapter of the IABC are welcome to register for Berkeley STC General Meetings.
  • Non-members can attend. You don’t have to be a member to attend our meetings.
  • Tell us if you’re hiring or job-hunting. Attendees are encouraged to announce open positions or to announce that they are searching for work. Feel free to bring job listings, resumes, or business cards for distribution.

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The Editor as Collaborator: Communication Makes the Difference

Speaker: Lori Meyer

About the presentation

Editing skills play an essential role in quality technical communication. However, even the most skilled editors need to communicate professionally and effectively with writers. This presentation will discuss how effective communication with colleagues and clients is an enduring principle that helps editors enhance team communication, improve documentation, and provide writers with valuable insights to strengthen their writing.

About the speaker

Lori Meyer is a technical communicator in Northern California, where she develops and edits cybersecurity software documentation and UI content. As an STC member, she has served many STC communities in various roles. She is the immediate past president of the Rochester Chapter, a director at large for the Florida Chapter, a past co-manager of the Technical Editing SIG, and a volunteer at large for the Instructional Design and Learning SIG. Lori also serves as an ad-hoc member of the STC Community Affairs Committee.

Lori has received Distinguished Community Service awards from six STC communities, President’s Awards from three chapters, and a Spotlight Award from the Florida chapter. In 2015, Lori was honored as an STC Fellow.

Event Info

Time: Wednesday, February 9, 2022, at 6:30 PM Pacific

Location: Zoom

Program:
6:30 to 7:00: Networking
7:00 to 7:25: Announcements
7:30 to 8:30: Presentation
8:30 to 8:45: More networking
~ 8:45: End the Zoom meeting

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Meeting ID: 824 1432 6338
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Meeting ID: 824 1432 6338
Find your local number: https://us02web.zoom.us/u/kQKmupVX8

Important notes:

  • Members of other chapters welcomed. If you belong to another STC chapter, you can attend our meetings.
  • IABC members welcome. All members of the San Francisco Chapter of the IABC are welcome to register for Berkeley STC General Meetings.
  • Non-members can attend. You don’t have to be a member to attend our meetings.
  • Tell us if you’re hiring or job-hunting. Attendees are encouraged to announce open positions or to announce that they are searching for work. Feel free to bring job listings, resumes, or business cards for distribution.

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Virtual Happy Hours for 2022

By popular demand, we are continuing our virtual happy hours in 2022! Please join us between 5 pm and 7 pm Pacific Time each Friday for good company and interesting conversations. You do not need to be an active member or part of STC to participate. All are welcome!

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Meeting ID: 853 3269 8043
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Meeting ID: 853 3269 8043
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If you have any questions, please contact Nicki Davis at nickinmr@gmail.com or secretary@stc-berkeley.org. Hope to see you there!

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December 8th – Virtual Holiday Party

Description

Instead of having a December guest speaker, we will be hosting a virtual holiday party on Zoom!

The highlight for the evening will be our Creative Sharing time. During this time, we want to invite our members and guests to share their creative efforts with us. This can take any form, including but not limited to:

  • A short story or poem
  • A piece of art
  • A piece of music or rap
  • A video, either created by the sharer or showcasing them pursuing their passions
  • A craft project, such as a quilt or a sweater

We hope you will share your talents and passion with us as we come together to celebrate this season! Sharing is completely optional; if you don’t feel comfortable sharing, you don’t have to.


Event info

Time: Wednesday, December 9th, 2020 6:30 p.m. Pacific

Location: Zoom

Program:
6:30 to 7:30: Networking
7:30 to 7:45: Announcements
7:45 to 8:30: Creative Sharing
8:30 to 8:45: Mad Libs, More Networking
8:45: Clear the room; move conversations to offline

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Meeting ID: 824 1432 6338

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Meeting ID: 824 1432 6338

Find your local number: https://us02web.zoom.us/u/kQKmupVX8

 


Important notes:

  • Members of other chapters welcomed. If you belong to another STC chapter, you can attend our meetings.
  • IABC members welcome. All members of the San Francisco Chapter of the IABC are welcome to register for Berkeley STC General Meetings.
  • Non-members can attend. You don’t have to be a member to attend our meetings.
  • Tell us if you’re hiring or job-hunting. Attendees are encouraged to announce open positions or to announce that they are searching for work. Feel free to bring job listings, resumes, or business cards for distribution.
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Recording for November Chapter Meeting

Hello all! Hope you are doing well and staying safe.

The recording for the November meeting is now available on our chapter YouTube channel! You can also view the video below. Thank you again to Sam Coniglio for presenting to us this month!

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