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SW England Area Group Meeting – Wednesday 12th August 2015

The next meeting is to be held at The George Inn, Bristol from 7.30 pm to 9.30 pm.

The general topic chosen for the next meeting is Standards.  Perhaps members can share their experiences and tips with standards they are intimate with – useful links, pitfalls to avoid, why we might consider bringing in certain standards where they are not already in place, etc.

If you would like to attend, it would be helpful if you would register using the Eventbrite link here where a map and directions will also be found.

TCUK 2015

The Technical Communication UK (TCUK) conference for 2015 will be in Scotland for the very first time. TCUK 2015 takes place on 29th and 30th September and 1st October, and is at the Beardmore Hotel and Conference Centre, at Dalmuir in Clydebank, just outside Glasgow.

TCUK is the ISTC’s annual conference for everyone involved in writing, editing, illustrating, delivering and publishing technical information.

This year’s special focus is Breaking the Boundaries of Technical Communication.

One of the exciting aspects of technical communication is its changing nature. Assumptions are being challenged, boundaries are being broken, as technical communicators meet the needs of users. You’ll be hearing from others about their experience of, and thoughts on, moving beyond the technical communication that we know today.

Thames Valley Group Monthly meeting – 7th July 2015

The meeting on 7th July will discuss etiquette including formality versus informality in documents, including emails.

The meeting will be at the Bird in Hand Country Inn, Knowle Hill near Reading from 19.30 to 21.30 and all are welcome.

If you would like to attend, please register using this link to Eventbrite.

Meet up #2 for SW England area group – Wednesday 8th July 2015 at 19.30

Venue: The George Inn (head upstairs to “Abbot’s Retreat”)

General topic to underpin conversation for this meet is ‘productivity’. Some prompts to get the mental cogs turning:
* What productivity challenges do you have? What do you struggle with in terms of getting stuff done? Coping with email is sure to be a common theme – what others?

* What methods have you developed or discovered to improve your productivity in some area? Perhaps others can learn from it, suggest improvements or at least enjoy hearing about it?

* What methods have you heard good things about but never tried? Perhaps others have and can share their experiences with pros/cons?

Please use this link to Eventbrite to register your attendance

Hope to see you there!

Eric Weston

Southern Area Group – Tuesday 11 August 2015

August’s Southern Area Group ISTC Meeting will be given over to practise sessions for TCUK Conference 2015 speakers. The aim is to give those speakers the opportunity to develop their presentation skills with a timed session, in a relaxed environment.
This year’s TCUK Conference will be held in Glasgow from 29 September to 1 October 2015, and is entitled “Breaking the Boundaries of Technical Communication”. Details can be found at: http://technicalcommunicationuk.com/.

Time & Venue
We advise that you arrive at 6.45pm to start promptly at 7pm. The event will be held at the offices of Fotech Solutions Ltd, a leading provider of Digital Acoustic Sensing fibre optics solutions.

Address details can be found at http://www.fotechsolutions.com and there are car parking facilities for up to 15-20 vehicles. Fotech is based between Junctions 4a and 5 of the M3, in Church Crookham. Nearest railway station is Fleet. Please contact the organiser if you wish to be picked up from the station. You will have to arrive at Fleet railway station though by 6.30pm, latest.

Please register your interest here for security and catering purposes.

Meeting Format
There will be two speaker sessions and conference facilities will be available for those who wish to join us by webinar.
This meeting will also be sponsored by Adrian Steel, Head of Engineering at Fotech Solutions Ltd. If you have any questions about the company and its products, he will be available to answer your queries.

GOTO Meeting details are:
Tue, Aug 11, 2015 7:00 PM – 10:00 PM GMT Daylight Time
Please join my meeting from your computer, tablet or smartphone.

You can also dial in using your phone.
United Kingdom : +44 (0) 20 3713 5028 +44 (0) 20 3713 5028

Access Code: 184-329-933

Time Speaker Presentation
7-7.45pm Marjorie Jones Source Control

This flows on from Marjorie’s presentation last year at TCUK entitled “Lessons for Technical Authors from the field of Software Engineering”.

8-8.15pm ALL Light Refreshments provided by Fotech Solutions Ltd, and a chance to network with other attendees
8.15-9pm TBC Presentation 2
(If there is no speaker, then there will be a chance to discuss any ideas or issues arising that members need support with).
9-9.15pm Q&A
9.30pm Finish

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