TCUK 2016 – a preview

CJ WalkerWow, I can’t believe summer is really over and it’s time for TCUK again – it’s coming up fast. Technical Communication UK conference is happening from 13-15 September at Wyboston Lakes Executive Centre, between Cambridge and Milton Keynes.

The theme for 2016 is ‘From Novice to Expert – Writing Your Career Path as a Technical Communicator’, which, of course, as a digital communications recruiter, I’m very much looking forward to.

I was the keynote speaker organiser again this year so I know we have a great line-up. This year, we have:

  • Sarah Richards, former Head of Content Design for GDS, presenting her career journey From bit-of-a-scaredy-cat to banning words for the UK government. She’s also giving a very useful workshop on persuasion of naysayers, entitled ‘Using evidence and data to have tricky conversations’.
  • Chris West, a professional writer and co-author of The Beermat Entrepreneur, is going to give his keynote about the publishing and branding process for his book – and how that translates for writers who want to get their work published.
  • Our final keynote was going to be Jack Molisani, LavaCon executive director, author of Be the Captain of Your Career and head of his own employment agency for technical writers and other content professionals. Unfortunately, Jack has had to cancel just this week for family reasons. I sincerely hope we can have him another year as a keynote at TCUK.
  • Ray Gallon, an experienced technical communicator and co-founder of The Transformation Society research and training institute, has graciously offered to give a keynote on short notice. In Let Us Say ‘Yes’ to Our Presence Together in Chaos he will look at how the techcomm industry is changing and how to adapt – for survival, for sanity and for success in a world without documents.
  • Chris Hester will present a workshop entitled Be the Captain of Your Career based on Jack’s book. Chris comes from Chicago, where she is the founder of Red Desk Studio, which offers content strategy, training and knowledge management. Chris is already presenting You’ve got Style, Darlings, about, well, style guide best practices.

There are going to some really cool presentations this year. I can’t name every one of them here but here are a few of the ones I’m most excited about, (also based on time slots when I’m free to attend):

You can see the full programme and plan your TCUK 2016 on the event website. And don’t forget to follow the online conversation through the event hashtag: #tcuk16

And do come and find me to say hello if you’re attending TCUK next week. I’ll be at the Adobe booth with my other Cajun-living-in-France colleague, Toni Ressaire. I’d love to talk to you about techcomm, and training and recruitment. At Firehead we find the best technical communicators for our clients and are always on the lookout for talented candidates in the field.

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