The 2013 membership season opened on 1 October, and we’re already seeing plenty of renewals as well as a number of new members! Your Friendly Neighborhood Blogger looked through the names and picked a few people to talk to about their membership and why they’re a part of STC. Below are a few questions with Liz Herman, who returned to STC last year as part of our Alumni Program and renewed once again this year. Keep an eye on STC’s Notebook for more conversations with members!
First of all, welcome back to STC for another year! I see that you returned to STC with our Alumni program last year after a few years out of the Society. What was it that drew you back?
STC had been part of my professional life for so many years that I wasn’t entirely comfortable with my decision not to renew. That decision came out of time limitations that we all face—the push and pull of career and family and various other life obligations. When I received the email about rejoining with the Alumni program, it was the push I needed to rejoin. While the price was enticing, it was more about retaining my senior member standing and being able to continue networking with the great group of people that belong to the Eastern Iowa Chapter.
What have you seen from STC this time around that made it worth renewing for 2013?
The publications, Intercom and Technical Communication, come to mind. I have been impressed with the variety of articles and the high quality of the articles. They are relevant, informative, and thoughtful. Even though my career has evolved, I have realized that I will always be a technical writer and editor at heart, which is why articles like “The Essentials: Handy Editing Resources” (Intercom, September 2012) resonate with me.
In addition, the Eastern Iowa Chapter members make renewal worthwhile! When I rejoined, I was delighted to be warmly welcomed back into the chapter. Although I am not able to attend all of the meetings because of business travel commitments, I appreciate the program offerings, the dedication to continue the local chapter, and the camaraderie that has developed among chapter members.
Can you talk a bit about what’s different in STC from when you were first a member?
Wow, that’s asking me to remember things from more than a decade ago! I think STC has evolved and has begun to treat this profession of technical communication much more broadly. And that broadening of scope is critical as the careers of our members evolve. My own career has moved from technical writing and editing to management and talent development. STC still “fits” me as a professional organization because it addresses those larger issues.
I see that you’ve joined both a chapter and a SIG. Can you tell me about the value both of those bring to your membership?
I joined the Management SIG because that’s my primary role right now and I am always seeking more information about managing the publication process with a balance of innovation and efficiency. I like the ability to specialize in a specific area, which is why the SIGs are such a great resource. Regarding the Chapter, I like having that local connection. And the Eastern Iowa Chapter is filled with terrific people who are passionate about technical communication. I always learn something new when attending a chapter meeting!
What other value do you anticipate STC bringing you in 2013?
I am planning to attend the 2013 TechComm Summit! I heard great things about the 2012 Summit and remember my own favorable experiences attending these several years ago. I’m looking forward to the energy and excitement of the 2013 Summit!
Anything else you’d like to add?
I’m happy I’m back with STC!