STC Houston continues with a bang!
On October 14, STC Houston hosted its first networking meeting – review here.
It was a good turnout for the first networking meeting, on a Tuesday night. In all, 17 people gathered at Pappasito’s Cantina. Everyone chatted. Many ate. Some indulged in margaritas!
Fifteen of us waited for a mystery guest . . . Melanie Flanders, visiting home from China. She came to the meeting on one of her final days in town! We also had a visitor from Austin, who is searching for a new opportunity in Houston.
After dinner, we divided the room into teams and played trivia. Team Taco – made up of Evalyn Shea, Ann Blankinship, and George Slaughter – won the round by giving the group an awesome list of reference books.
On November 11, Bernard Aschwanden, STC Vice President, presented his “Tech Comm Cheatsheat,” sharing tips and tricks for using everyday tools to streamline and help you rock your job with productivity – review here.
Are you a cheater? Would you admit it, if you were?
STC Vice-President Bernard Aschwanden thinks technical communicators can “cheat” with some of the tools we use every day on the job. In fact, he recommends that we all follow his cheat sheet when it comes to improving work efficiency. Actually, it’s not really cheating when you realize that these are features built right into the software we use. However, most people do not realize the power of these features and how to use them to their benefit at work.
Aschwanden presented an interesting and fast-paced talk to STC Houston members and visitors at our last program meeting, Tuesday, November 11th at the American Red Cross. His presentation spanned topics including ways to make features in Microsoft Excel, PowerPoint, and Word work better for you, as well as some tips for Adobe Framemaker.
December’s meeting will be a blast – details here.
Come to the next networking meeting on Tuesday, December 9, 2014, at the Cadillac Bar, where we’ll again eat and drink (but not drink and drive), converse, and even exchange gifts. Gift Exchange: Since we’ll be meeting in December, we’ll have an optional gift exchange. Bring along a good book and swap it for another good book. You can also bring your business cards or resume and job leads.
Our Admin Council has started their work – and their bios are here so you can get to know them.
Don’t forget to fill out our demographic survey so your council can plan the programs and events that you want to see!
And submit any articles, news, or events of interest to fellow STCers to the newsletter editor for Dateline Houston!