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TCUK Polymath Resources

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Are You a Polymath? On Thursday, I’ll be discussing The Value of the Polymath Communicator at the Technical Communication UK conference. As part of my research for this talk, I’ve found a variety of interesting resources to share with you. These range from TED talks to journal articles and books that you might also find […]

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Remote Work for Sustainability

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Saving Money and the Planet A recent article in Quartz, “Working from home can save you thousands of dollars every year,” was popular on LinkedIn. And for good reason! People want the flexibility to work from home, at least part-time. At the recent TC Camp, the most popular sessions focused on acquiring and maintaining remote work […]

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Living Sustainably

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The Sustainable Clothing Purge Last month, I worked up the momentum to purge 15 garbage bags full of clothing. About five of those bags were my kid’s stuff, outgrown in one growth spurt or another. The rest was mine. Why so much stuff? About three years ago, we had a fire in our house. As […]

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Thank You

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I wanted to take a moment to offer a sincere thank you to the STC membership. Thank you to those who took the time to vote in the election. Thank you to those of you who put your trust in me for another two-year term. And thank you to the Nominating Committee for putting together […]

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The Role of HR In Sustainability

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HR Plays an Important Role Last month, I talked about the importance of sustainability communications. Clear communications can get organizations, supply chains, and investors on the same page. Yesterday morning I came across an article in the newsletter from GreenBiz: “Does your HR department hold the key to corporate sustainability?” HR sustainability is an aspect of […]

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STC: Last Chance to Vote

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STC Elections Close 9 March 2018 Just a quick reminder that tomorrow (9 March 2018) is the last day to vote in the annual STC elections. As I mentioned before, we have an excellent slate of candidates to choose from. Take the time to familiarize yourself with the candidates and help to decide the future of […]

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How to Choose Speaking Topics

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Don’t Panic When I speak at conferences, I get a lot of hallway questions — the kind that people ask one-on-one rather than in a group. Today I’m going to address a common one: how to choose speaking topics. My system for selecting speaking topics works a lot like this: Generate about a dozen interesting, […]

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The STC Election Begins Today!

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Don’t Forget to Vote Today is the first day of election season for the Society for Technical Communication. If you are a member in good standing, you should receive voting instructions in your email. Who’s Running? We have an excellent slate of candidates this year, and I’m proud to be part of it. Your choices […]

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Try Something New

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Earlier this year, I talked about some of my reflections and goals for the new year. My friend Rene Siegel, CEO of Connext, had asked for a one-word goal for 2018, and I adopted “explore” as my word of the year. For me, explore is simple: it means that I should try something new. I’m […]

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Who Is Telling Your Sustainability Story?

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Sustainability is a Complex Idea I just got back from the GreenBiz conference in Phoenix, “The premier annual event for sustainable business leaders.” A few people have asked why I went. After all, most of my business comes from healthcare and tech. What does green business have to do with anything? As you know from […]

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