Boston Broadside
November/December 2002
Vol. 60,  No. 2
 Newsletter of the Boston Chapter of the Society for Technical Communication


Copyright © STC Boston 2002

Professional Development

STC Offers Telephone Seminars

STC is offering 10 telephone seminars in 2002-2003. Beginning November 7th, two seminars will be offered each month through March 2003. Telephone seminars have been very successful in bringing cost-effective training to STC members and others seeking to improve their skills and knowledge. This year, STC is offering online registration at

What Is a Telephone Seminar?

A telephone seminar is much like a large conference call where the speaker makes his or her presentation over the phone. You simply dial the 800 number from your phone, enter your personal identification number, and you're connected! You then sit back and listen to the presentations and join in the lively Q&A discussion.

Benefits of Telephone Seminars

  • No travel time
  • Pay per site and not per person
  • Train all your people without anyone leaving the office


Telephone seminar costs are per site, not per person:

  • U.S. sites: $145.00 USD
  • Canadian sites: $160.00 USD
  • Overseas sites: Please contact the STC office

An additional $10 will be charged for registrations that are received less than five days before the seminar.

First Seminar: Getting Into Instructional Design

Are you ready for a move into the challenging and creative field of Instructional Design? In this seminar, we will use a self-assessment exercise to help you understand your current skill set and readiness for the move. How does Instructional Design differ from related careers? We will compare the skill sets that are associated with related fields and review sample resumes to illustrate a candidate's "fit" with Instructional Design.

What organizations can help you develop the skills and contacts you will need to make the career transition? What should you look for in higher education programs that can help you gain the knowledge and skills needed? What tools are most valuable for an Instructional Designer? How can you develop a strategy to move into the instructional design field from where you are right now? Constance Billé will present this seminar, which takes place on November 7 from 1 pm to 2:30 pm. This seminar is appropriate for any STC member who is interested in a career in instructional design.

Telephone Seminar Lineup

The following are the remaining seminars that are scheduled for 2002-2003:

  • November 19, 2002, 1:00-2:30 p.m. Eastern Standard Time, "Looking, Finding, Searching...How Users Do It." Whitney Queensbury will lead this seminar.
  • December 13, 2002, "Finding Work in Troubled Times." Douglas Florzak will lead the presentation.
  • December 17, 2002, "A Brief, Comprehensive Indexing Primer." The seminar leader is Seth Maislin.
  • January 8, 2003, "Organizing and Leading a Software User Interface Design Team." Diane Feldman and Carla Merrill will conduct this seminar.
  • January 15, 2003, "Using Personas to Bring Your Users Into the Development Process." Whitney Quesenbery will lead the presentation.
  • February 5, 2003, "Creating Persuasive Executive Summaries." The seminar leader will be Stacia D. Kelly.
  • February 13, 2003, "Fast and Easy Time Management." John Hedtke will conduct this seminar.
  • March 12, 2003, "Making the Complex Clear and Pretty." Phylise Banner will lead the presentation.
  • March 19, 2003, "Evaluating an Index (even if you only have five minutes)." The seminar leader is Seth Maislin.

For one registration fee, several employees at a company may benefit from the seminar presentation and develop their own interactive discussions. You can get more information and register online at You can also complete the registration form in the October 2002 Intercom.

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