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Cambridge Group – Ideas and Places

Ideas please

I’d like to get some ideas for subjects for our meetings.

  1. What ideas do you have for meetings; what do you want to know about?Is there a skill you need to develop?
  2. Can you suggest a venue, will your employer let us use a room? (if you live or work in Stevenage or Luton read on)
  3. Can you give a talk on something you know about (skills transfer)
  4. Can you do a “show and tell” on the work you and your company does. I’ve had one very positive response about this and would like some more.


Which brings me to… Stevenage and Luton.

We have members living and working in these two major towns and I was wondering you would like to have a meeting held there. It would save having to come to Cambridge, thus saving you time and money. We are going to keep the Cambridge meetings going so Stevenage and Luton are additions.

If this seems like a good idea and have the local knowledge to suggest a venue (pub or whatever) or your employer can put us up please make contact via the linked in group.

All the best, Richard.

Southern Area Group Meeting 5th February 2013

The next ISTC technical communicators’ meeting for the Southern Area Group will take place in Winchester on Tuesday 5th February, from 7pm. Come along to talk about latest news and trends in communication or just to meet other technical communication professionals.

The event is free, apart from the cost of drinks and food (if you want to eat), and is open to anyone interested in technical communication.

Venue: The Queen Inn, 28, Kingsgate Road, Winchester, SO23 9PG

If you plan to attend, please sign up for the event at http://southernareagroup20130205.eventbrite.co.uk/ so we can let the pub know how many people to expect.

Please forward this message on to your colleagues or anyone else who may be interested. If you need further information, please contact Marjorie Jones by e-mail: southernengland_areagroup@istc.org.uk

Dates and locations for Southern Area Group Meetings 2013

Dates and locations for ISTC Southern Area Group meetings 2013 

Tues Feb 5th  (Winchester area, venue and booking information to be announced shortly)

Tues May 7th (Guildford area)

Tues Aug 6th (Winchester area)

Tues Nov 12th (Guildford area)

All meetings are from 7pm onwards, and will be pub socials (unless someone volunteers to give a presentation!). They are free and open to anyone who is interested in any aspect of technical communication. You don’t need to be an ISTC member, or currently working as a technical communicator.

For more information (or to volunteer to give a presentation) please contact Marjorie Jones on southernengland_areagroup@istc.org.uk

NW Meeting Report – Your Intranet is bad and you should feel bad

The cold, wet and windy weather kept several of the regular members away which is a shame when you consider that our presenter, Kimb, travelled the 40 miles from Barnsley to present his ideas. Ideas around what an Intranet is and how he is going to provide exactly what is needed for the Barnsley Hospital Trust where he works. Kimb discussed how the word “Intranet” is an overused and poorly defined term. His conjecture is that the intranet is simply the network, like the Internet, although the term is often confused with all of the html-based services that are available inside enterprise networks. His conclusion: Barnsley Hospital Trust need a staff website. A good website. And that is all!

Kimb enjoyed his night and as one partner in an event-organizing duo he expressed how keen he is to attend more meetings and even bring some of his other connections to speak at the meeting. My assessment is that Kimb is a social pioneer and deserves every success with his Make Do venture (http://www.makedo.in )


East of Scotland meeting report – 22nd November

We meet for the second time on what turned out to be a very busy Thursday night in Le Monde, Edinburgh. It was great to welcome many new faces – and not only tech writers. Several attendees were interested in pursuing a career as tech writers and wanted to find out more.

There was a mix of experience and fields represented, so those interested in the field certainly got a good range of views. Unfortunately, the continuing tram works around the city played a role again by hindering some from attending.

Topics discussed were varied, but as you’d expect plenty of time was given over to Thanksgiving. Thanks to the ISTC for providing copies of the Communicator. These were  greatly received by non-members and sparked discussions around the benefits of membership as well as topics in the magazine.

We are looking forward to our next meeting in February and happy to welcome more Tech Writers, or those connected with, or interested in the field.

Merry  Christmas to all

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