STC Reach for a Star

At STC, we know that our members are the shining stars of the technical communication profession. STC members are dedicated to reaching their highest potential while looking to STC to enhance their careers.

Why not share the same valuable opportunities with your colleagues?

STC Reach for the Stars Member-Get-a-Member Campaign is really about you. We know that you realize the value of your membership in STC and you will encourage others to join. We want to reward you for doing that.

The Campaign runs from 8 October 2008 through 31 December 2008. Please click on one of the “stars” to the left to find important information on how chapters, SIGs, and individuals members can recruit and become eligible to win fabulous prizes. Awards will be announced in January 2009.

Recruiting a Member Is Easy!

Did you know that a large percentage of new members join STC simply because someone asked them? Reaching out and recruiting a member is easy when you find yourself interacting with colleagues at meetings, online, on the job, or while networking. Simply tell your colleagues how you have benefited from your membership in STC and suggest that they visit to learn more about membership and to join.

If a friend or colleague joins STC on your recommendation, they need to put your name and the name of the chapter or SIG on the online application form in order for you and your chapter or SIG to receive credit. STC will keep track of your recruitment activity for you. It’s that simple.

Prefer to Refer?

Sometimes it may be more convenient or appropriate for you to provide us with contact information for an individual who is a candidate for membership, and we take the next step. Send the potential new member’s complete contact information to Stacey O’Donnell. STC will send membership information and an application. However, you will not be considered the “recruiter” unless the new member provides your name on the application as the person who introduced him/her to STC.

Whether you recruit or refer, you will be contributing to the growth of STC. So Reach for the Stars and recruit, recruit, recruit.

Webinars offer affordable training without traveling

Bring your lunch and get tips on selecting and implementing software in your department, including evaluation techniques that take more than just the softwares cost into account. John concludes his presentation by discussing how to assess the softwares effectiveness after it has been selected and put to use.

Program Title: Choosing a Software Package

Date and Time: Wednesday, April 15, 12:00 1:30 PM CST

Presenter: John Hedtke

Cost: Free to MTC members, $10 for non-members.

Location: Tanner Corporate Services, Main Conference Room. You may bring your lunch to eat during the presentation. Drinks will be provided.

Directions to Tanner Corporate Services:
Tanner Corporate Services, Inc. is located at 58 Lindsley Avenue Nashville, TN 37210. For directions from your location, use the following link: To read more about Tanner Corporate Services, visit

Presentation Description:
Choosing software for your department or company is not just a matter of checking the prices. The real cost of a product includes the price of the software and the cost of implementing it as well. This presentation by international, award-winning author John Hedtke will show you how to identify the features you need, the features you want, and the features you dont care about. The presentation will also discuss ways to determine other important selection criteria, such as the hardware and operating system requirements, the products interoperability with other departments, new and intermediate user training requirements, and the need for continuing product support. Youll see how to create a list of selection criteria that accurately reflects your needs and priorities, evaluate the products that may fulfill your criteria, and make a selection. The presentation will conclude with tips on evaluating the products appropriateness after youve been using it for a month or two.

(The slides for the entire presentation, along with a variety of other resources, will be available for download through the presenters website.)

Presenter Bio:
John Hedtke is the award-winning author of 25 books. He has 30 years in the software business, over 25 years writing, and 7 years in technical publications management. John has developed and written documentation and books for many leading software products, and has received 26 writing awards to date. A complete list of books, articles, projects, and awards can be found online at his website, John owns a small company that offers writing and business consulting services for a variety of private, public, and governmental clients. John also does numerous radio and magazine interviews and frequently travels to do lectures and guest appearances at conferences and seminars. John was the last Region 7 Director on the Society for Technical Communications Board of Directors and is also a Fellow of the Society.