Category Archives: Leadership

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Get On Board! Entraining Volunteers

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I’m delivering the presentation below as part of a progression at Summit 2013 Leadership Day in Atlanta. Summit Leadership Day provides STC community leaders with the knowledge and guidance they need to lead successful communities, both geographic chapters and SIGs.

Volunteers are the heart of the community. They enable us to offer meaningful services to our members. However, getting volunteers can be challenging. Issuing a cattle call doesn’t usually lead to good results. Baby Boomers, Gen X, Gen Y all have different priorities that you must consider when recruiting them.

Personally, I’ve found volunteering in leadership in my local chapter (Rochester) to be one of the most rewarding experiences of my professional career. Volunteering has stretched me and equipped me as a better leader. I don’t have a magic formula. However, STC Rochester fills 8-10 council positions each year. That’s more than 10% of the community engaged in leadership.

This presentation provides strategies and tactics for recruiting and retaining volunteers.

 

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Empowering the Introvert Within | Bulletproofing Your Career Online

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Empowering the Introvert Within | Bulletproofing Your Career Online.

Preview Hannah (Careersherpa.net) and Ben’s newest presentation, Empowering the Introvert Within: Becoming an Outstanding Leader. Presentations are currently scheduled in Rochester at Spectrum, March 22, 2013 and in Atlanta at the STC Summit, May 6, 2013. Contact us at info@bulletproofingyourcareeronline.com if you’d like us to provide a presentation, keynote, or workshop.

 


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Why I Want to Serve as a Director for the Society for Technical Communication

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If you’ve visited this site recently, you may have noticed that there’s a menu link to Ben Woelk for STC Director. I was asked by the nominating committee of the Society for Technical Communication to run for a Board position. The Board is the elected leadership of the Society and serves without remuneration. STC is facing significant challenges as the Baby Boomers who built the organization retire and it adapts to the changing priorities of younger generations and I believe I can help position the Society for the future.  If you’d like to hear my position on different challenges facing STC and why I’m running for Director, please listen to my podcast at https://www.stc.org/images/stories/audio/ben-woelk.mp3.

Here’s a little background on why I accepted the nomination:

Why I want to serve as a Director

I want to make a difference. The Society for Technical Communication is facing tremendous challenges as it adapts to a culture where volunteerism is waning. I believe my ability to analyze problems and devise solutions, understand customer requirements, and willingness to make tough decisions will serve the Society well.

I believe that the degree of satisfaction we gain from involvement in a professional organization is directly related to the depth of our involvement. One of the most rewarding ways to serve is in leadership. I’ve been able to make a difference in the Rochester chapter as an active leader and as the architect and team lead of the Outreach program of the Community Affairs Committee. Although it’s been challenging, it’s also been incredibly exciting and fulfilling.

I want to be a change agent and help STC reinvent itself to keep pace with a changing profession and society.

Voting in the 2013 Society for Technical Communication (STC) election begins March 11 and ends March 22 at 5 pm ET (10.00 GMT). Visit https://stc.org/election for details and to learn about the candidates for all positions.

Whether you choose to support me or not, please vote. In the last two Director elections there’s been a 1-2 vote difference between being elected or not.

Thanks for reading this far! If you’re an STC member and would like to pose questions to the candidates, please visit the candidate forum at https://www.stc.org/forum/candidate-question-and-answer.

 

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