TCUK 2012, Leah Guren, A Fish Tale

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  • 1. A Fish TailorCarpe Diem: Six Life-lessons from OurFishy Friends

2. It was a pretty good day 3. Lesson 1: Take a leap of faith. 4. Believe that TC will be here.Believe enough to invest in thefuture. 5. Stay in school. conferences, certificates, additional degrees, courses, seminars, workshops, trade journals, e-zines, user groups, forums 6. Lesson 2: Invest in better PR.$15 million$80100K per fish per movie$10.79 at PETCO 7. Names matter. =common carp =ornamental koi 8. Technical CommunicatorTech Writer Documentation SpecialistUser Experience FacilitatorInformation ArchitectContent Specialist 9. Lesson 3: Adapt or die. DITA, XML, Web 2.0, usability, Help authoring, personas, wikis, v-blogs, Controlled English, instructional design 10. Lesson 4: Find the right stress.What does notdestroy me, makesme strong. Friedrich NeitzcheYeah, right 11. If you are unhappy with your job make it harder. (a la Gretchen Rubin)Get out of your comfort zoneVolunteer for something youve neverdone. Tackle a fear. Push yourself. 12. Lesson 5: Actively swim in abigger pond.Like carp, we grow to fit our world. 13. It is the opposite of big fish, little pond.You may be more special orvaluable in a larger pond. 14. Professional growth vialarge pond identificationglobal TC community(STC, Tekom, IEEE)national TCcommunity(ISTC)immediateTCcommunitywork 15. Lesson 6: Enjoy the process. 16. The Six Life-Lessons1. Take a leap of faith 4. Find the right stress. (stay in school).5. Actively swim in a2. Invest in better PR bigger pond. (names matter).6. Enjoy the process.3. Adapt or die.Leah Gurentechnical communicationtraining & [email protected]