Workshop Descriptions

Saturday, April 17, Morning Workshop

Living and Leading in Turbulent Times, Amy Friend 8:30 – 11:30 AM ET

There are a few things that are certain in this world: birth, death, and change. How we perceive change greatly impacts how gracefully or painfully we navigate it. This was quite obvious 16 years ago upon the sudden passing of STC super-member, Steve Ridley. At the first Spectrum after his passing, we talked about managing change both personally and professionally.

The changes we are experiencing today are just as if not more severe. Unprecedented global crises result in social, political, environmental, technological, and medical consequences. People who can’t adapt are most likely to experience issues with health, wealth and well being.

This session covers models and strategies– old and new– to help you cope with change and support others during turbulent times. Participants will explore stages of change, feelings associated with change, and best practices for facing change with resiliency and grit.

Saturday, April 17, Afternoon Workshop

Using PowerPoint O365 to Create Infographics and Visually Appealing Slides, Kelly Schrank 12:30 – 3:30 PM ET

Many clients and employers are requesting infographics and ramping up expectations for slide design. But some technical communicators may not feel ready to move past what they have done in the past—blocks of words in a Word document or slides with lots of bullets—to present data and ideas in a more visually appealing manner. This workshop will start by presenting elements of infographics and visually appealing slides, helping technical communicators visualize data and ideas in different ways. Then participants will be shown how to use templates in PowerPoint to create infographics and some simple tricks in PowerPoint to take slides to the next level. Sprinkled throughout will be practice exercises, so that the knowledge and skills stick and participants will be more confident and better able to use PowerPoint O365 to create infographics and more visually appealing slides.

September 11 and 18, Workshop Parts 1 and 2, 12:30 – 3:30 PM ET

Applying Imagineering to Technical Communication, Lou Prosperi

The Spectrum workshops continue in September with this updated workshop, providing new information and hands-on experiences. Description to be provided.

On Demand Learning

Watch the on demand listings at the end of the Conference Sessions page for an interactive recorded presentation to help you build skills in using Canva for graphics. This will be in the archive for all registrants.