TC Camp Gazette #34

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Your TC Camp day starts with optional workshops. Vote here to help TC Camp organizers choose the workshop topics for TC Camp 2016.

I Am a TC Camp Volunteer

by Cherie Woodward

I travel pretty far to go to conferences and must prioritize worth vs. time away from home. TC Camp was my first unconference. The thought that I could influence hot topics presented in the afternoon session was titillating. I wasn’t disappointed. The afternoon sessions selected by popular demand were so inspiring, I felt it important and SO worthwhile to attend the next two TC Camps.

After the second TC Camp, it just felt right volunteering at the 2015 TC Camp. It was an opportunity to really get to know many of my peers to whom I’ve nodded at this, that, and the other conference. Being recognized by folks I met that day has been a boon for getting contracts. Networking is a big draw for me. You never know where it may take you.

It was also an opportunity to connect with star personalities of technical communication who were there presenting or plugging products. And too, helping folks get where they needed to be or chat with them when I thought they looked lost and seeing relief cross their faces was rewarding. I haven’t even mentioned the relief that crossed the coordinators’ faces that they could count on one more person to pitch in when more ice was needed, signs needed posting, or for a traffic director to guide folks to ticket-free parking.

Even though I was a busy volunteer, I did not miss out on cramming my brain full of tools and trends such as how a development team was implementing Agile and its impact on the technical communicator in their group, and how SDL turned a doc team into corporate rock stars.

I now live in the Sierra Foothills, and appreciate a good webinar. Since I’m a contractor, I attend many to stay on top of my game. I am active in my local STC chapter, have attended several STC Summits in the last three decades, and presented at the 2012 AMWA Conference. I want to know the next trend in technical communication as soon as possible. I want gigs where interesting technology is being developed. So you see, my enthusiasm runs rampant.

Maybe this is why I enjoy getting in there and helping out the good folks who run TC Camp. I want TC Camp to succeed for my own selfish reasons:

  • To expand my toolset, knowledge, and marketability
  • To network and maintain contacts
  • To be informed about TC developments

It also makes me happy to be the smiling face a colleague sees when they arrive!

About Our Sponsors

TC Camp is looking for sponsors for 2016, and we need your input. Who would you like to be a TC Camp sponsor?

Some of our sponsors are given air time to address all attendees in the general session. What would you like them to talk about? What topics? How would you like them to present it? For example, last TC Camp we had one sponsor present a series of skits. Did you like this, or would you prefer some other form of presentation? Remember this is camp, so be creative.

If you have an idea for a sponsor or what they should present at TC Camp, contact Nathaniel Lim at nathaniel@tccamp.org. In addition to the company name, a sponsor’s name with their contact information (phone, email) is preferred.

About TC Camp

TC Camp is an Unconference – a single-day event of learning and sharing knowledge among technical communication professionals.

TC Camp 2016 is currently scheduled for January 30, 2016 in the San Francisco Bay area.

TC Camp, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation.

We Need You Now

We’ve begun planning for TC Camp 2016, and there’s lots of work to do. Join one of our virtual volunteer teams and help us make the next TC Camp the best yet. You can contribute to a team that updates our website, manages our social media presence, or creates newsletter announcements. To volunteer, email counselor@tccamp.org.