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The Secure Communicator–upcoming webinar

Category:Bulletproofing,Information Security,Infosec Communicator,Internet Safety,Lessons Learned,mobile device,password,Privacy,Risk,STC Tags : 

Has the Heartbleed bug made you more aware of the challenges you face trying to protect confidential or private information online? I’ll address the impacts of Heartbleed and other threats to your security in “The Secure Communicator,” an STC Education webinar on Thursday, June 5, at 5 pm EDT (GMT-4). I’ll provide registration details as soon as they’re available.

Here’s a general description of the seminar:

  • Most technical communicators know the importance of securing their work and online presence, but are often concerned only about confidentiality. However, good security is about three areas: Confidentiality, Integrity, and Availability. The presenter will explain the importance of these areas to your work as technical communicators and provide tips for ensuring that both your work and online presence are secure.

Won’t you join me?


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Technical Communications Skills Map

Category:Infosec Communicator,Leadership,STC,techcomm Tags : 

techcomm skills map

Technical Communications Skills Map | Red Gate Software Development.

Have you wondered about the job possibilities available to you as a technical communicator? This skills map by Brian Harris provides a great view of where core techcomm skills can take you.

Are there any areas you would add? For me, information security fits into both domain expertise and risk management.

The Society for Technical Communication provides a great place to learn about techcomm and develop the networking connections to take you along your career path. If you’re interested in techcomm, check us out.

 

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Leaders Come In All Personality Types

Category:Infosec Communicator,Introverted Leadership,introverts,Leadchange,Leadership,STC Tags : 

Guest post from Hannah Morgan. This post will also appear on careersherpa.net, sherpaandguru.com, and notebook.stc.org.

You don’t need to be the most talkative, outgoing person in the room to be a leader. Instead, all you need to do is tap into the innate strengths of your introverted self.

Quiet Giants

Where would we be today without Wozniak, Einstein, Jobs and Gates? These often quiet leaders invented some of the world’s most concepts, and yes, they are all introverts. How were they able to take their innovative ideas to the next level and build Google, The Theory, Apple and Microsoft? They led with their strengths.

The Innovator

Introverts naturally have the ability and desire to think deeply about topics, issues and problems.This deep thinking spun into innovation and new ideas.

 Really Hearing What’s Being Said

Listening rather than speaking also allows introverts to make great leaders. Introverts prefer to take in information, roll it around in their heads and think about it before responding. While today’s economy moves quickly, the introverted leader is less likely to miss warning signs or overlook key details critical to growth and new opportunities.

Honesty Reigns Supreme

Another key trait introverts share is our desire to do the “right thing.” This isn’t to say other personalities don’t have morals and values, but the core of what drives and motivates an introvert is that decisions be based on facts and that we “do the right thing.” We aren’t in it for fame or fortune, but because it means something to us.

Igniting Followers

Introverts’ enthusiasm can be contagious and we know how to rally teams around an issue, not because we say so, but because we believe so strongly in what we are doing. We observe the strengths of others and tap into those to help move things forward. We analyze, listen, we’ll do the right thing!

You Aren’t Broken

Once you begin to realize all the strengths you possess, it isn’t a matter of fixing what’s broken but capitalizing on your strengths.

Learn More:

If you would like to learn more about the strengths of introverted leaders, register for theupcoming webinar by Ben Woelk and Hannah Morgan on October 1, 2013 from 10:00-11:00am EDT (GMT-4). https://www.stc.org/education/online-education/live-seminars/item/empowering-the-introvert-within?category_id=53

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STC President Nicky Bleiel Interview with Marcus Hunt from Owners Manual

Category:Infosec Communicator,Lessons Learned,Review,STC,techcomm Tags : 

Marcus and Ed as BeekeepersGreat interview by STC President Nicky Bleiel of Marcus Hunt from AMC’s Owners Manual. Marcus is quite complimentary of technical communicators and their dedication of producing a well-written manual. Marcus also describes the usefulness of video in conveying a lot of information in a short time. (The picture on the left is from Episode Four. It was incredibly painful to watch them collecting honey.)

Enjoy!

Check out this video (and many other cool techcomm columns) at the STC Notebook Blog.

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Visualizing Your Professional Network

Category:Infosec Communicator,Social Networking,STC,STC Rochester Tags : 

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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