Presentation: The future for technical writing – learning from other professions

Ellis Pratt, Sales and Marketing Director at Cherryleaf, has been invited to speak at the ISTC Cambridge area group’s meeting at 7pm on Monday 26th April. The presentation is called: “The future for technical writing – learning from other professions”.

We’ll look at what the future may hold for technical communicators, and whether we can learn lessons from similar professions, such as publishing and education. 

The event, we understand, is free and open to both ISTC and non-ISTC members alike. It will be held at CSR’s offices, on Cambridge Business Park. For more details, contact the ISTC or ourselves.

Documentation Managers peer group meeting

The third Documentation Managers peer group meeting is scheduled for 2pm on Wednesday 13th January 2010, in Maidenhead, Berkshire.

Each meeting, one or two participants seek advice concerning a particular problem, or, possibly, the group discusses a previously agreed topic, under the Chatham House Rule of confidentiality.

This session is free of charge (there has been a notional fee for teas and coffees for the previous meetings).

Feedback on our 1st Documentation Managers/Leaders mentoring meeting.

If you might be interested in participating in future events, then do contact us.

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.

Trends in technical documentation – Is technical writing broken?

Cherryleaf and Ovidius are in the early stages of organising a free seminar for the technical communication community at the Møller Centre in Cambridge.

The themes for the event are likely to be future trends in technical authoring, and related to this, is technical writing broken?

We’re liaising with the ISTC’s Cambridge area group on possible dates. The event is is likely to be in the late afternoon or early evening, sometime in June.

Contact us if you’d like to attend.

Cherryleaf to host mentoring meetings for Documentation Managers

Cherryleaf will be hosting, half-day peer group meetings for documentation managers and leaders. These afternoon meetings will be held initially on a quarterly basis in Russell Square, London, under the Chatham House Rule basis of confidentiality.

These will be run in a similar way to the peer group meetings run for Chief Executives by organisations such as Vistage - in a trusted, confidential setting, leaders from diverse industries meet on a regular basis in a peer-to-peer environment to solve problems and take advantage of opportunities. A Chairman leads each meeting, guiding both process and content to ensure members achieve real results. 

These meetings are intended to complement the ISTC regional group meeting initiative. They differ in that there will be an emphasis on problem solving rather than networking, and they are aimed at a different audience.

Contact us for more details.

Cherryleaf’s article in “Communicator” – Benchmarks for High Performance

Copies of the Institute for Scientific and Technical Communication’s magazine “Communicator” should be arriving through member’s letterboxes today. This edition is special in that contains an article on page 22 by me, entitled “Benchmarks for High Performance”. I hope people like it.

We noticed this Spring 2009 edition also includes two articles by authors we’ve placed and another by a customer of ours.

We’ve also been asked to write an article for Society for Technical Communication’s “Intercom” magazine. Their July/August 2009 edition will be on the theme ”Technical Communication’s Value Proposition: Providing Value and Return on Investment.” Our article, if accepted, is provisionally titled “A different perspective on measuring the value of technical communication.”