March Newsletter

Dear Readers,

It seems that as professionals we are always running inventories and reporting on status. Our student body has assignments to keep up with and the professionals in our chapter always have an eye on what is next, what we can do to advance our careers, and ways to ensure we are always at the leading edge. No matter where you are in your career, you sometimes wonder what you will be doing next. You sometimes feel that you have reached the top of the mountain or have been in the valley for too long. Last month’s webinar was all about personal inventory. To learn more, see our very own treasurer’s takeaway from the webinar written below.

This month, we will inventory content. What happens when you've got tens of millions of pages, stored in dozens of CMSs, managed by hundreds of organizations with no single oversight board, and you know the experience is broken.

Best Regards,

Esther Asham
NTLSC President

Upcoming Events

March 12
March 24

The Lowdown

Understanding Your Strengths

In February’s online webinar "Understanding Your Strengths" Vici Koster-Lenhardt challenged us to ask ourselves where we are on our current career journey--do we enjoy what we do or do we feel stuck?  She introduced us to her STAR method to help us start analyzing our most recent accomplishments and help us discover the skills/lessons we can use in our future career path and projects.

“During the webinar, Vici analyzed a personal achievement of mine as an example for the participants.  She asked thought-provoking questions that made me look at it from different perspectives--what skills I used, what challenges I faced, what things I learned about myself or others, and what I enjoyed most about it.  Her analysis encouraged me to start reflecting on not only other past accomplishments, but also current activities and projects to really start thinking about what I enjoy doing and how I can do more of it in the future.” 
Beth Allphin, NTLSC Treasurer

Self-knowledge is the beginning of self-improvement. 

~ Baltasar Gracian ~

Getting Unstuck

If you missed the webinar, read this article that Vici wrote for Intercom.

Getting Unstuck: Repurposing Your Technical Communication Skills to Climb Your Career Ladder, Earn More Money, and Enjoy Your Work

Note: Use your STC credentials to log in to the Intercom site.

Call for Mentors and Mentees

The STC Lone Star Chapter's main goal is to build a stronger community of technical communicators and writers. We all find ourselves at seasons in our career where we are either creating new experiences or living off of older ones. In our last council meeting,  STC Lone Star Chapter officers and board members discussed the vision of creating a mentor/mentee program.

Please email the following information to to participate in this program:

  • Name

  • Title

  • STC membership status

  • Role (mentor/mentee)

  • List areas of experience (mentors)

  • List topic of interest (mentees)

We will reach out to you with more information.

Looking forward to building a stronger community!

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STC Summit Registration Open

The STC Summit is May 15-18 this year in Bellevue, Washington and registration is now open!

Click here to visit the website for more information and to register.

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Student Volunteers Needed
for STC Summit

The STC Summit call for student volunteers has begun, and STC needs 18-20 student volunteers this year. Only STC Student members are eligible. Applications must be submitted by April 1, 2020.

Click here to visit the website for more information and to register to volunteer.

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STC 2020 Membership Open

We’re excited to tell you that we have added the following new benefits for increased value and a direct return on your professional investment:

  • New Sustaining membership category, a long-term membership choice for those who wish to pledge their support to the technical communication profession by making a 15-year membership commitment with STC. Click here for more information.

  • New asynchronous online education courses, which let you work through course material at your own pace, over a set time period.  

  • New Health & Medicine Special Interest Group.

  • New Salary Database, which will only be available to 2020 members.

  • New Member Perks discounts from Blasty,, GE, and ReillyCo Advertising.

All 2020 members will continue to receive the same great benefits, including digital access to STC’s Technical Communication journal and Intercom magazine, as well as discounts on CPTC certification, annual Technical Communication Summit & Expo registration, STC job bank postings, webinars, and online courses.

Click here to join or renew.

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Leadership Opportunities

As we turn our attention to our 2020 programs, we invite you to consider joining our leadership team. We have the following positions available:

Council Member
Serve as a member of our council. Join in on the planning of events and help us determine the direction of the chapter. Commitment is one hour council meetings on the second Tuesday of every month. Of course we hope you’ll volunteer to head up committees when available.

2nd VP
Serving as our 2nd Vice President puts you in succession for the role of President. You’ll spend 2 years serving as a VP to learn the ins and outs of our chapter. If serving as the President is something you want, join the succession and start learning how we function as a chapter.

Volunteer for the TCBOK

Have you heard about STC’s Body of Knowledge? The mission is “to develop and implement a single knowledge source that concentrates and delivers all that is technical communication – in short, a Technical Communication Body of Knowledge (TCBOK).”

In an effort to help create a complete resource for all things related to the field and practice of technical communication, STC has chartered a volunteer project to develop the (TCBOK).

As a volunteer-powered project, it is essential to identify experienced technical communicators, educators and instructors, and students that are willing to help populate the TCBOK. If you would like to be a part of the team that is constructing what will become globally recognized as the definitive online resource for information on the profession, please email

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Support Our Chapter

We now have an image at the top of our website home page, so use our Amazon Smile link when you purchase from Amazon to donate a portion of the proceeds to our chapter.

Your support of our chapter matters. North Texas Lone Star STC Chapter is a 501(c)3 charitable organization.
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Do you have a talent for photography? Are you a people person?
Want to get involved, but don't have a lot of time?
If so, we need your help.
Below are the areas in which we have a need for volunteers.
Contact if you are interested in helping.

Take pictures at events.
Record chapter meetings.
Volunteer Coordinator
Help connect volunteers to their interests.
Short Volunteer Projects
Help with brief or one-time projects.

Want to Get Your Degree or Certificate?

Consider a degree or certificate in Technical Communication. DFW has several local universities with excellent programs, and STC offers their own professional certification program.

Society for Technical Communication - Professional Certification at the Foundation, Practitioner, and Expert level. For more information, visit

University of North Texas – BA, BS, and MA in Professional and Technical Communication, and Technical Writing Certificate. For more information, visit

Texas Christian University – BA in Writing. For more information, visit

University of Texas at Arlington – Technical Writing Certificate. For more information, visit
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