The Summit offered a broad range of topics, time to reconnect with friends and colleagues, and opportunities to meet technical communicators from around the world. I had an enjoyable conversation with a technical communicator from Japan, a first time attendee. Outside the Convention Center, the attractions of downtown Columbus were within walking distance.

The opening keynote speaker Nancy Duarte, a communication expert and award-winning author, discussed how to create presentations that resonate with your audience. It was fascinating to watch Nancy deconstruct several famous speeches to show what made the speeches so effective and moving to their audiences.

There were over 80 offerings that included presentations, progression sessions, and the popular lightning talks. The TE SIG’s accomplishments and services were cited during the “The Future of Technical Communication Programs: Data Points from the Field” presentation. Lisa Meloncon, University of Cincinnati/Tek-Ritr Group was the presenter.

On Tuesday morning the TE SIG leaders held our SIG Business meeting where we had the opportunity to meet members and discuss plans for the SIG. Thank you to all who attended for your helpful suggestions. We also had fun with an icebreaker where we shared a fun fact about ourselves. Who interviewed Tiny Tim, a ukulele playing entertainer from the late 1960s and early 1970s? Sorry, I am not telling. You had to attend the meeting!

Our table at the community reception.
Our table at the community reception.

In between sessions I met with other SIG and Chapter managers to discuss ways that we can work together to improve services to our members.

This year, the Summit also had a closing keynote speaker, Denise Jacobs, a creativity evangelist and best-selling author. She challenged the audience to think of 10 ideas a day. The ideas do not have to be unique or something that you would actually implement. The goal is to practice thinking creatively.

Thank you to the TE SIG leaders who helped during the Summit: Li-At Ruttenberg Rathbun, Fundraiser Manager; Marcia Wood, Membership; and Lori Meyer, Secretary. I would also like to thank Kelly Schrank,former TE SIG leader and current member,for her help during the Communities event and other Summit activities.

The TE SIG has many members who are leaders in their field and the STC. At this year’s Summit we were proud to see two of our members be recognized for their contributions to technical communication, the TE SIG, and the STC. Francis Bao was designated an STC Associate Fellow and Lori Meyer was designated an STC Fellow. Congratulations to you both on your well-deserved honor!

On behalf of the TE SIG Leadership Team, we hope to see you next year at Anaheim. If you have not attended a Summit, I strongly recommend attending a conference. The Summit once again proves that technical communicators are a great group of people: friendly, articulate, and engaged.