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Published by the Twin Cities Chapter of the Society for Technical Communication
January 2018, Volume 4, Issue 5

Git and GitHub for Documentation, with Anne Gentle

Wilder Foundation
451 Lexington Avenue North
St. Paul, MN 55406

Tuesday, January 9, 2018
5:30pm - 7:30pm
Webinar begins at 6:30pm

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Looking for a way to invigorate your teams and grow documentation expertise to include developers, designers, and writers of all backgrounds? When you treat docs like code, you multiply everyone’s efforts and streamline processes through collaboration, automation, and innovation.

Let’s talk about:
  • Why teams already use developer tools and systems for docs.
  • How to choose the right information architecture and workflows.
  • When to improve upon existing writer and developer teamwork.
  • How to evaluate tools and create best practices for REST API docs.
  • How to improve quality with automation and review techniques.
  • What tools enable continuous publishing and released docs.
Anne Gentle is the author of a book called Docs Like Code. In it, she shares tested tools and techniques with all who want to provide helpful, accurate technical information to the world.




InDesign's New Features

Twin Cities InDesign User Group will host a free meeting next Wednesday, January 10th, at Concordia University (their sponsor).

​Topics covered during the meeting:
  • Technology update on Apple, internet security, workflow techniques, and more
  • Demonstration of a brand new Creative Cloud application: Adobe Dimension
  • Overview of new features in the just released InDesign CC 2018
Where: Concordia University, St. Paul
            1282 Concordia Avenue, St. Paul MN 55104​

Room: Library Technology Center, 214/215

When: 7:00 - 8:30pm

Directions to Concordia, St. Paul
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No RSVP Required



Recap of December's STC TC Meeting with Esther Choy
by Johanna Schels

Esther Choy is President and Chief Story Facilitator of Leadership Story Lab, a business communication training and consulting firm for today’s communicators and business leaders.

Ms. Choy joined the meeting at 8:30 AM from Hong Kong to give a presentation about the persuasive power of storytelling.

An alumna of the Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University, Esther discovered persuasive storytelling as an effective rhetorical tool when she worked as an admission officer at the University of Chicago Booth School of Business.

An admission officer in a competitive environment not only evaluates the candidate’s qualifications but also the candidate’s overall narrative and ability to present his/her story.

A résumé creates a sense of fit, but what you tell others about yourself and what you do, and most importantly, how you say it, will finally convince them. In Esther’s words, “You are 60%-70% there if you can tell people effectively what you do.”

Esther Choy launched Leadership Story Lab in 2010 and has since coached managers of U.S. Fortune 500 companies how to tell their stories. Her first book, Let the Story do the Work: The Art of Storytelling for Business Success, teaches readers how to best structure a story and incorporate it in a message that will be remembered.

With just a few tips and some rhetorical finesse, you can create your own story that lets you stand out when it counts.


The STC Nominating Committee is pleased to announce the preliminary slate of candidates for the 2018 Society election: 

  • Jane Wilson to automatically succeed from the office of Vice President
Vice President
  • Pam Brewer
  • Ben Woelk
  • Kirsty Taylor
Director (any two)
  • Ramesh Aiyyangar
  • Alisa Bonsignore
  • Todd DeLuca
  • Mak Pandit
Nominating Committee (any two)
  • Jackie Damrau
  • MK Grueneberg
  • Li-At Rathbun
The Society election is scheduled to open on 26 February and close on 9 March 2018. To be eligible to vote, members must have paid their dues by 1 February 2018.
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