Feedback on our 1st Documentation Managers/Leaders mentoring meeting

We hosted the first of our peer-group mentoring meetings on Tuesday, and I pleased to say the event went as well as we could have expected. We’ve attended and hosted sessions for other entrepreneurs, but this was our first experience of running such an event for documentation managers.  The interactions and the nature of the outcomes were the same as we’ve seen before.

The feedback from the participants has been positive too:

The whole afternoon was thoroughly enjoyable as well as informative. This is a unique forum for sharing experience and ideas. It’s the only forum where we can discuss management issues specific to our profession.

Regards,
Jacquie

Firstly, thank you so much for setting up the meeting – your efforts, and Ginny’s, are very much appreciated.

As feedback, I offer my thoughts and comments:

For the first session, I thought the topic was quite challenging. Thanks to your skilled moderation and guidance, and the terrific participation of everyone, some really significant and valuable perspectives were tabled.
It may surprise you that, although I am removed from the situation that was discussed, I found it surprisingly beneficial and therapeutic to hear what everyone had to say.
Hearing the wisdom and thoughts of yourself and fellow communicators cannot be overvalued. The effect of having a safe container and the elimination of any sense of isolation enabled healthy and open discussion and the resulting stream of delving questions were very thought-provoking.

The venue was ideal, too.

Heartfelt thanks and congratulations on an excellent idea executed with skill. Please consider this a great success!

I look forward to the next meeting.
Thanks again and best regards,

John

Thank you for organising the Peer Group Meeting yesterday. I would definitely recommend these meetings to Documentation Managers/Leaders. As advertised it provided a safe forum for the subject to share their issues and receive recommendations and suggestions from a diverse group of peers.

Kind regards
Amanda

“Many thanks to Cherryleaf for setting up this Documentation Peers Group. It is a wonderful opportunity to discuss professional ideas and issues amongst a group of like-minded individuals!”

Cheers, Briana

 

It was great to meet other documentation professionals and to discuss a real issue facing the industry. Much more fun that arguing about full stops in bulleted lists.

Mark

 
We are considering setting up additional Mastermind groups – in the UK and mainland Europe – so contact us if this would be of interest to you.

Potentially these may also expand to Melbourne in Australia and Raleigh-Durham NC in the USA – again, contact us if this would be of interest to you.

Workshop on on career development – an approach and key skills

I’ve been asked to present a workshop at the STC TransAlpine Conference on “career development – an approach and key skills”. This will be held on 8th June in Vienna. I’m a late replacement for a speaker who has unfortunately been taken ill.

We’ll look at:

  • Future trends in technical communication – where’s it all heading
  • Personality of success – for technical authors
  • Marketing yourself (with exercises)
  • Job hunting and networking (with exercises)

Delegates can also bring along their CVs/Resumes and I ‘ll critique them.

DITA Workshops: Should we re run these on a second date?

We’re wondering if we should arrange for Tony Self to delay his flight home so we can re run the DITA workshops on a second day – either Tuesday 11th November or Wednesday 12th November.

We need to ascertain if there would be sufficient delegates to run it. Please email us (info@cherryleaf.com) if you’d be interested in attending.

Announcing two new half-day DITA workshops – with case studies

Cherryleaf is delighted to announce two special DITA workshops
presented by one of the world’s leading experts in single sourcing
and DITA.

We’ve managed to persuade Tony Self – CEO of HyperWrite, Chair of the DITA Help standards committee and lecturer at Swinburne University, Melbourne – to make a detour on his way back from his presentation at the tekom conference in Germany, so he can share his expertise and experience with you.

The two workshops are: Getting started with DITA and Implementing
DITA
.

The workshops will be held in London on Monday 10th November 2008.
Each seminar is only £55 ex VAT.
Places are really limited, though.

For more details see
http://www.cherryleaf.com/dita098workshop.htm