Watercooler Chat - Going for Personal Best: Tips and Tools

Like athletes, technical communicators may enjoy great winnings, but they also face significant challenges. To attain great results and personal bests, both groups need savvy approaches to training and cultivating the right mindset.

Whether you have questions, answers, or both, join this virtual chat, moderated by Carol Lamarche. Prepare to engender the Olympic motto:



This watercooler chat follows "Clutch and Cool Tech Comm: How to Train," a progression that Carol Lamarche presented at the STC 2012 Summit.

Date and Time: June 28, 2012, at 11:00 am - 12:00 noon ET
(Convert to your time zone .)

Possible Topics:
  • Communications essentials – What are the key areas for technical communicators to develop in 2012? Did you learn some at the STC Summit in May?
  • Learning and networking – Where are the best places to meet your needs as a growing professional? Where do you go, or want to go?
  • Best productivity tools – Which tools work to save time in areas such as collaboration, prospecting, time management? What are your standbys?
  • Time management – What saves time? Share your top three tips.
  • Small business – What do contractors need to excel? If you have questions or solutions for resources, implementation, or expansion, bring them.

How to Participate

  • Think about the topic and prepare a few questions or comments to discuss.
  • Be ready to participate in the live chat, rather than just "listen."
  • Test the mySTC chat software at least one day before the session. For complete login instructions, see http://www.stc-techedit.org/Chat . You do not need to be an STC member to join the mySTC network.
Join the Online Chat: During the event, chat with other participants in real time. First, log in to mySTC, and go to the TE SIG Watercooler Chat room. You do not need to be an STC member to join the mySTC network.

Access the Chat Transcript: After the event, download the chat transcript from the file gallery (members only).

Watercooler Format

  • No formal presentation will be given.
  • All who attend are encouraged to participate.
  • The discussion will be held in a text chat interface.
  • The chat will NOT have an audio component.
  • See Watercooler Chats for more information.

Moderator Introduction

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Carol Lamarche
Carol Lamarche is a seasoned technical communicator and sports enthusiast who grew up running the trails of the Gatineau Park. She enjoys discovering fun ways to challenge herself, and attain PBs. For years she has trained with the STC, Toastmasters, meditation groups, and athletic teams. Carol has served as a leader of the Technical Editing SIG for several years: earlier, as programs manager, she spearheaded the award-winning Watercooler Chat series; now, as SIG co-manager, she helps make the SIG a go-to place for people interested in technical editing. Carol is the principal of the newly launched Healing Tree Communications, whose vision is to provide a range of innovative communication services in the fields of health care and medicine.

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