If you’ve been following this blog over the last month (Thank you!), you know I’ve been writing about how our local STC chapter is redefining its value proposition and rethinking how we engage our membership and the community. This blog entry provides a personal view of how STC Rochester is valuable to ME.
Benefits–Why I’m in STC Rochester
- The opportunity to network globally with leading technical communications practitioners.
- The opportunity to network face-to-face with the local chapter.
- Engagement with high level and challenging thinkers in the technical communications profession helps me sharpen my own thinking. Iron sharpens iron.
- Opportunities for recognition through tech pubs competitions at local and international levels.
- The opportunity to be a change agent, to impact a close circle of fellow practitioners in a positive manner.
- The opportunity to help an organization reinvent itself to keep pace with a changing profession and society.
- The opportunity to use my skills and knowledge to mentor others and help them advance in the profession.
- The opportunity to forge friendships with a great group of people who face similar challenges.
- The opportunity to participate in regional and international conferences.
- The opportunity to learn.
- The joys and challenges of casting a shared vision.
- The opportunity to learn and practice servant leadership.
Cost–The flip side
- $240 in direct costs for international and chapter membership (subsidized by my employer)
- Another $80-100 for different meeting fees, tech comms publication entries, etc.
- One evening each month for our admin council
- One evening each month for meetings, programs, etc.
- One full day for Spectrum, our regional conference
- Ten-twenty hours to prepare a presentation at spectrum
- Many “spare” moments thinking about what we can achieve this year as a chapter. (I’m not sure if this is a cost or a benefit.)
- Countless hours at the keyboard communicating with chapter leadership and the chapter as a whole.
Why are YOU active in your organization?