Friday, June 1, 2007

Getting down to business

Last evening the new officers of STC Atlanta met to set goals, brainstorm about the coming year, and plan for the coming year. We met over pizza and beer in Alpharetta and it was a pleasant time. Present were Howard Speck, Robert Armstrong, Leigh Richardson, and Jeff Albers. Holly Harkness had a prior commitment.

We are the officers who have been elected to serve you this year and we are going to do our best to make this an exciting and eventful year.

Before I forget, I would like to remind you of Michelle Schoen's podcasts at One of her podcasts was picked up and linked by Tom Johnson at Tech Writer Voices, a podcast site with a lot of interesting information pertinent to technical communicators. Tom's site is at He has recorded a podcast from the Suncoast chapter meeting about Microsoft's new Vista operating system. He linked to Michelle's podcast of Rob Houser's presentation at the last STC Atlanta meeting.

I think this is a great thing. This is the sort of thing that all STC chapters should be doing. Every chapter has interesting meetings, presentations, and members and we should share this information. Kudos to Michelle for providing her podcasts! Look for her podcasts to be posted on the STC Atlanta website as soon as our new webmaster, Kevin Hayes has a chance to get it set up.

Back to our meeting, we discussed many topics like the possibility of rotating meetings to different areas of Atlanta. We will definitely be having at least one meeting at Southern Polytechnic State University (SPSU) sometime during the year. We are considering other locations. Tell me what you think. Post your comments below.


michelle schoen said...


Thank you for your generosity in promoting the podcasts. I wanted to take a minute and elaborate with my reasons for volunteering to do these recordings in the hopes that other members from other chapters will do the same.

1.Development of a new skill (podcasting). What better way to learn a new skill without fear of screwing up?
2.Help all the other knowledge junkies out there, like me, that HATE to miss out on a good presentation just because they can't get to a meeting.
3. Help your fellow members get their three minutes of notoriety by interviewing them. Potential members can listen and have conversation starters when they run into us at a meeting. And people who can hire us may hear a skill or industry experience discussed in the interview that they are really looking for. You get that warm, fuzzy feeling for helping someone get a lead on a job!

Hey and it's fun. You can pretend you are Barbara Walters and ask some really deep questions.

Anyhow, go pick up a digital recorder and start podcasting!

Al Hood said...


I am very happy that you are podcasting our meetings. And I am very happy that we (STC Atlanta) can provide you with the medium and facility for you to learn a new skill. Keep it up!