Category Archives: STC Rochester

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Visualizing Your Professional Network

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Did you know that LinkedIn Labs provides a graphical representation of your professional network? It’s similar to a hyperbolic browser I saw demonstrated several years ago in a research facility in Silicon Valley. The map allows you to hover over each point and provides a popup of your connection. After spending last week at the STC Summit conference and adding many contacts to LinkedIn, I thought it would be fun to take a look.

Here’s a picture of my network, highlighting one of my favorite connections. You’ll note that the connections are clustered in several different groups, representing my involvement in two professional organizations, higher education, and the corporate world.

Graphical representation of Ben Woelk's LinkedIn Network.

LinkedIn provides a short video overview of the connections map.

Do you find this type of graphical representation useful? Why or why not?

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Ben Woelk Receives STC Distinguished Chapter Service Award | STC Rochester Chapter

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Ben Woelk Receives STC Distinguished Chapter Service Award | STC Rochester Chapter.

Ben Woelk receiving the DCSAI was truly humbled and honored to receive the Society for Technical Communication‘s Distinguished Chapter Service Award (DCSA) for my work over the last few years with the Rochester Chapter.

The citation on the award reads:

For your unwavering dedication, willingness to initiate innovative activities, and wholehearted support of the success of the Rochester Chapter.

Volunteering with STC Rochester has provided an opportunity to gain leadership skills and discover my talents. I encourage you to serve in your community.

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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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