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Publications > Dateline Houston > September 2002 > Feature Article


Volume 42, Issue 1

September 2002

Technical Communicators Get Geared for Success

By Suzanna Laurent, Region 5 Conference Manager, Senior Member, Oklahoma Chapter

The Oklahoma chapter of STC is proud to host the Region 5 Conference, Geared for Success on Route 66, from October 4–6, at the Hilton Northwest in Oklahoma City.

With a kaleidoscope of sessions, any professional involved in communicating technical information is guaranteed to benefit from this conference. From writing to multimedia to graphics art, STC members and non-members can gear up to learn through linear tracks or by combining sessions that best meet their individual needs.

There are 36 educational opportunities offered in four tracks that include a dynamic range of individual sessions lead by professionals from around the world. Tracks include:

  • Customized Models: Web and Graphic Design
  • In the Driver’s Seat: Career Development and Management
  • Your Tool Kit: Technology and Applications
  • Taking a Test Drive: Users and Usability
  • Under the Hood: Writing and Editing

The keynote speaker, world-renowned Jim Stovall from Tulsa, Oklahoma, is the Emmy-winning founder of the Narrative Television Network (NTN), the first network to bring television to the more than 13 million blind and visually impaired people in the United States. NTN now includes over 1200 cable systems and broadcast stations, reaching over 35 million homes in the United States and 11 foreign countries.

NTN programming is also presented via the Internet at www.NarrativeTV.com, serving millions of people around the world. Stovall promises “You will laugh and you will cry, but you will never be the same!”

In addition, attendees can select from a variety of pre-conference workshops on October 3. Even if you don’t attend the conference, you can attend one of the eight-hour workshops on Project Management, Web Site Design and Development, or Motion Media Scripting.

For conference registration information, go to www.stcregion.org/region5/conference/2002/home.htm or contact Suzanna Laurent at 405-376-4210 or slaurent@prodigy.net.

On Sunday morning a free, regional leadership workshop will be presented by Linda Oestreich, STC Region 5 director-sponsor, Judy Glick-Smith, immediate past society president and Thea Teich, first vice president of the society, as they share their expertise in this lively session that will be part interactive discussion and part exercises. No doubt you’ll leave this workshop with some valuable tips on how to be a better leader in your STC life, in your work life, and in your “life” life!

With the “mother road” as a backdrop, the Region 5 Conference will help you navigate the new horizons of technical communication. Just as the original tourists had to take care of the basics of fuel, oil, and tires, our conference sessions on writing and editing will help you reconnect to the basics. And, just as the original tourists dubbed Route 66 the “road to opportunity,” never knowing quite what was around the next bend, our conference sessions on new and innovating technologies and concepts will help you map your future successes. Plan now to join us as we get Geared for Success on Route 66.


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