Keeping the Magic of Summit Alive

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Keeping the Magic of Summit Alive

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Keeping the Magic of Summit Alive

STC Summit Anaheim was my ninth Summit! For the last several years, I’ve almost always returned from Summit energized, excited to have made new connections, sad about saying goodbye to friends that I see only once a year, and full of new ideas that I want to try.

Invariably, the magic fades

The tedium/rhythm of everyday life returns, and the excitement is over. Summer is traditionally a slow period for many chapters as well, so there’s not always an opportunity to put Leadership Day recommendations in place while they’re fresh.

This year, I decided that I did not want to lose the magic so quickly.

Here’s what I’m doing to keep the magic alive

I presented An Introvert’s Journey to Leadership at this year’s conference. The presentation was about my journey to leadership and included strategies and resources for introverted leaders. Like many of the sessions, it was standing room only. I had numerous conversations with attendees, realized the impact of the presentation, and decided I wanted to continue the discussion.

  1. I’m in the process of connecting on LinkedIn and other social media with my session attendees (Names gleaned from SCHED, the social networking tool STC provided for Summit attendees.) I’m also inviting them to #2 below.
  2. I have created a Slack channel to discuss introverted leadership, personality types, and the books I recommended as resources. (The channel is open to anyone interested. Contact me and I’ll invite you.)
  3. Using that Slack channel, I’m forming a study group for the Certified Professional Technical Communicator (CPTC) exam, STC’s revamped certification program. (Initially, I was unsure what to think of certification. However, we’re living in an age when industry-specific certifications are becoming ubiquitous.) I received my Certified Information Systems Security Professionals (CISSP) designation last year, so why not add a CPTC? I’ve also been talking to security professionals about techcomm basics, so it makes sense for me to have the certification I’m recommending.
  4. I’m doing selected follow-up conversations with connections, aka peeps, made at Summit. Individual followup provides an opportunity to strengthen these new connections and to determine how I, as a seasoned leader, can best support them. (I have a passion for mentoring and coaching new leaders.)
  5. The Rochester Chapter is holding an end of year celebration of our Community Achievement Award recognition as Community of the Year, Platinum Community, and Pacesetter Community. We’re going to share our best takeaways from Summit.


It’s less than one week after Summit. I’m writing this now because I need to get my thoughts together before they fade.

What are you doing to keep the magic alive?

Here’s another blog post from STC Director, Alisa Bonsignore!


1 Comment

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MK Grueneberg

May 25, 2016at 11:42 am

I, too, am trying to keep the magic alive! Like you, and most others I would assume, I have in the past come away from the Summit with grand ideas and plans that get set aside for far too long. This year, I decided not to let opportunities pass. So as for me, I have/am…

1. Installed and set up several new apps that I learned about through presentations and conversations (including Slack and LastPass).

2. Joined your Slack channel for CPTC prep. After more than 30 years in this profession, I had initially dismissed to usefulness of certification. However, the reality we live in is that there is no such thing as job security and you never know when a little something extra can help.

3. I have also been following up with new contacts made at the Summit – connecting on LinkedIn, having email discussions, etc.

4. STC Chicago will also be celebrating our Platinum Community and Pacesetter status at our end of the year meeting. Along with some fun trivia games, we will be discussing highlights of the Summit for those who could not attend.

5. I have written a blog for my company’s internal User Assistance Jam group on the benefits of a tech comm conference – beyond the technical insights gleaned.

6. I am working on a presentation for my company’s UA Day (Americas) on the best take-aways from the STC Summit.

Hopefully, that’s not the end of my list, it is only the beginning.

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