In an earlier post, we shared with you that I was going to be the featured speaker at the April 2010 meeting of the Lone Star Community-Society for Technical Communication.
I had a great time talking with my fellow technical communicators about how to best showcase their talents, abilities, and breadth of work to prospective employers and clients. I’m a firm believer that rather than a traditional portfolio consisting of hard copy work, in today’s environment, multiple—hard and electronic—formats are necessary to successfully portray your skills and career direction.
Throughout the presentation, I’ve shared what has worked for me as an individual and a company as well as what I’m looking for when I need assistance with projects. I use real-life examples of the steps Content Solutions went through as we did a total overhaul of our website, particularly our portfolio, and our presence in several social media outlets such as Facebook, LinkedIn, and Twitter.
And while this presentation focuses on how individuals market themselves, I shared some of the tactics that have proven successful as I’ve helped my clients build their brands and promote their services. In other words, even if you’re not a technical communicator (writer, editor, graphic designer, web developer….), I’m confident you’ll find a nugget or two of information that you’ll find useful for your business.
Many thanks to the LSC folks for allowing me to talk to the group. I had a lot of fun sharing my experiences with everyone!
Without further ado, here’s the slide deck from my talk.
This presentation was a dry-run for the progression presentation that I’m going to do at the Technical Communication Summit in a couple of weeks. If you’re attending, be sure to stop in and join me for a taste of this presentation on steroids at the Consulting and Independent Contractor’s SIG Progression at 11:30 am on Tuesday, May 4. (I say steroids because this 50 minute presentation will be packed into 15-20 minutes!) Hope to see you there!
Oh yeah, stay tuned. We’re working on refreshing the design of this blog to be in alignment with the rest of our presences. Fresh new look, same great content!
Questions about the presentation? Fire away in the comments. We’ll do our best to answer them.