Top Ten Reasons to Attend an STC Regional Conference
by Brenda Huettner, Associate Fellow, Southern Arizona Chapter
- Save $$$! For a fraction of the cost of the annual conference, you’ll
get the wisdom and advice of many of the same experienced technical communication
professionals who present at the STC Annual Conference and other conferences
around the world. For less than the cost of a single course at a local university,
you’ll get professional guidance in a wide variety of subject areas.
Compare STC Regional Conference costs (typically under $200) to those of
for-profit conferences—you’ll agree, regional conferences offer
the biggest bang for the buck you’ll get all year.
- Fun, fun, fun! You
get to meet and hang out with other people who understand exactly what you
do. Share war stories, exchanges tips and tricks, compare
techniques and environments.
- Learn something new! You’ll find out about
the latest techniques and processes in the field, and about the ways that
making an impact in new areas.
- Solve your current technical communication
quagmires—or at least
get some options you may not have thought of before! Even if you don’t
find a session that addresses your current challenges, you’re bound
to find someone who can help.
- Most regional conferences have job-related
areas! Looking for work? Looking to hire? Many conferences include resume
books, interview areas, and other
resources. I’ve even seen interviews conducted on the spot.
- The smaller
scale of the regional conferences lets you get to know other attendees and
the presenters on a more personal level than you would at larger
- A regional conference is likely to be closer to your home than other
events! This not only reduces your travel expenses, it also means it will
to follow up with all the new, local contacts you’ll make.
- Meet STC
leaders from your own region and from other regions! Your director is your
link to the STC Board, and they want to hear what you have to say.
demonstrations let you compare vendor products easily! Because there are
fewer attendees than at the annual conference, you’ll get
more time with exhibitors to really try out the products and ask questions.
- Expand your horizons by visiting a new city! As a bonus, the conference
comes with built-in hosts from the local chapter who can tell you exactly
where to find the best cup of coffee in the morning, the perfect after-dinner
or anything in between.