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Published by the Twin Cities Chapter of the Society for Technical Communication
                                                                                                               July 2017, Volume 3, Issue 7


Free Training on How to Set Up Programming

Do you ever wonder how our President Barbara Beresford finds all our great speakers month after month, without fail?

We'll show you how! STC TC will host two training sessions led by Barbara. She will teach you how to set up programming for webinars, speakers, and panels.

Join us on July 10th or July 27th. Write to Lily at with questions and to sign up.

Minnesota International Society for Performance Improvement (MNISPI)

You're Invited to Join our Partner MNISPI to Celebrate
with a Banquet and Book Exchange
Please join MNISPI as we all celebrate a successful year and acknowledge all of the volunteer contributions that have made MNISPI thrive for 39 years.

We will also provide a Book Exchange. You can grab a great book if you either:
• Bring a book to contribute to our collection OR
• Pay MNISPI $5/book (what a deal!)

Tuesday, June 20th, 5:30-8:00 p.m.
Networking, Appetizers, Dinner & Awards

  • Free Appetizers!
  • Dinner and drinks are your responsibility.
RSVP online via eVite or email Kristin Soo at or call 612-267-3584.
Axel’s Bonfire Restaurant (Grand Room)
850 Grand Ave St Paul, MN 55105
(651) 312-1299

Bonfire is located South of I-94 in the SE corner of Grand Avenue and Victoria Street in St. Paul. Limited street parking or paid parking ramp across Victoria.

Other questions? Email or call 612-719-8191.

Recap of Our June Meeting

This Old Tech Writer: DIY Tricks to Stay Marketable
presented by "vintage wonderful" Karen Mulholland

A summary of the STC TC meeting on June 13, 2017 at the Wilder Foundation in Saint Paul, Minnesota, provided by Johanna Schels, STC TC Secretary


Does ageism exist? Are experienced, mature professional writers being discriminated because of their age? According to Karen Mulholland, ageism in the professional world of technical communication is real. Writers need to be prepared to “make assumptions irrelevant” by demonstrating that their decades-long experience counts when strategic, long-term, practical thinking is what the employer needs.

Karen Mulholland uses a smart analogy; she compares the strategy for preparing a job search to the strategy of selling a home.

Her advice:

Repair: We all go through ups and downs in life. Learn to achieve a healthy emotional state, despite these life challenges.
Renovate: It’s important to keep up with digital trends. Inventory your skills and see how they compare with skills employers want nowadays.  
Refresh: Find the “wonderful and fabulous” in you, and then express it. Be authentically you!

Karen Mulholland, the “vintage wonderful” senior technical writer wins over her audience with a show of healthy self-confidence, a “vintage wonderful” style, and an exceptional sense of humor.

To request her presentation, please contact:

Writer Spotlight

Johanna Schels is a Technical and Medical Translator for English, German and Spanish.

Johanna is also a Technical Writer and an expert in writing for translation and content reuse.

Please visit or write to

Clear Writing Draws a Clear Picture 



Our Treasurer Melissa 
​had her baby!

His name is Ethan Olanrewaju Parker. He was born on 04/28/17 at 11:25pm.

Congratulations, Melissa and family!

STC TC has created a Facebook group. It's basically a chat room where members who are on Facebook can join a private discussion of all things tech comm!

Join us here. Your requests will be approved as they come in.


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