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Falling Is Not Failing

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Lessons from My Kid In the final week of school, each student has to choose their own topic and “teach” the class in a brief lesson. My 9-year-old son chose Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, an activity that he’s been doing two to three times a week since last summer. As we rode in the car, he chattered from […]

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Why I Bought an iPad Pro

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Minimizing Paper I’m a longtime Apple user, but not the kind who waits in line for the latest and greatest release. When I heard about the iPad Pro, I thought it was cool, but didn’t see a use case for it. After all, I’m not a designer. And frankly, the early ads really leaned towards […]

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Conference Attendance: Investing in Myself

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Making Conferences Work for Me I’ve had a few people message me about my approach to conferences, and my willingness to pay for my own adventures. I’ll start with a little bit of background. I never had an employer that would pay my way to any conference. Worse, none of them would give me time off to […]

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After STC Summit

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Measuring Conference ROI Yes, I am on the board of directors for the Society for Technical Communication (STC), so there is probably an inherent bias to any analysis of the conference, but I can honestly say that this was quite possibly the best Summit I’ve ever attended. The speakers were excellent, the sessions were packed, […]

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Come Hear Me Speak at STC Summit

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Closing the Deal Have you registered for the STC Summit in Anaheim? It’s not too late. Register now and you’ll have the chance to hear some excellent speakers, including keynotes from David Beebe of Marriott International, and David Rose of the MIT Media Lab. Oh, and I’ll also be speaking. You can hear me on Tuesday, […]

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My Experience with MOOCs

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MOOC: The Data Science Specialization I’ve long wanted to take continuing education classes through a massive open online course (MOOC) provider. I decided that I’d attempt a programming class for for my first venture into the world of MOOCs. I’ll let you in on a little secret: prior to starting the Coursera Data Science Specialization […]

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STC Election Day

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Vote for Your STC Candidates After months of preparation for the STC board candidates, the big day has finally arrived. Today is the start of the two-week election period where you can choose the board members who will represent your interests for the next two years. According to STC: You will be receiving an email from our […]

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Election: About Your STC Candidate

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How Can I Help STC? I’ll start by saying that I’m not much for campaign promises. I know that I only have a very small window into what goes on within the STC board, and I’m not going to make specific promises of change until I have that insight. As I mentioned in an earlier post, I’m […]

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Election: Director of STC

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What’s Important to Me in STC I’m honored to be a nominee for Director of STC. We have a great slate of candidates this year, and I’m proud to be a part of it. I’ve been a member of several professional organizations in my career. I think that in recent years, STC has proven itself to […]

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The Final Indignity

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What I Learned from My Nana’s Nursing Home In the final years of her life, my Nana lived in a nursing home. When she first moved in, she told me about the day that the social worker came for her mental/emotional evaluation. “Do you ever think about leaving here?” the woman asked. Nana, with her deep […]

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