Connect with me

Connect with me in a variety of formats online. I’d love to hear from you.

Bio http://wdcb.stcwdc.org/about-us/chapter-bios/dill-bio/

Blog https://viquidill.wordpress.com/

Email social_media@stcwdc.org

@viqui_dill https://twitter.com/viqui_dill

Linked In http://www.linkedin.com/pub/viqui-dill

Facebook https://www.facebook.com/viqui.dill

 

Slide13

I’d appreciate your support in the election. But more importantly, I want you to say “Yes” to STC. We need you.

Read all the posts, beginning January 5th and posting every other day, in my blog at https://viquidill.wordpress.com/

See all the slides on my slideshare account, http://www.slideshare.net/viqui_dill

Advertisements

Social Media is not the Devil

Here are slides from my Lightning talk at the STC Summit 2014. More serious content wrapped up in silliness and set to music. I presented the material to the tune of “The Devil Went Down To Georgia” and attendees sang along.

I’m starting to get excited about 2015 and pulling together my ideas for a new presentation about training. Stay tuned.

Hot Flash: Rock n Roll Mama

The very first video from my mamaband, Hot Flash.

Many thanks to Steve Pendlebury for his mad production skills. Props to Brian Johnson for the audio. Applause to Patrice Moerman for creating this awesome song. And hats off to Katy Johnson for her rhythm, vocals, and set decoration.

See it on youTube at http://youtu.be/Fq9Zu5KiJ8A

InterChangeNE: Day Four – SightSeeing in the Rain

On March 29th and 30th, I attended InterChange 2014, STC New England’s annual conference at the UMass Lowell conference center in Lowell, Massachusetts. After the conference was over, we hung around town to take in some of the sights and history.

This post is about Day Four. You might also enjoy reading Day One, Day Two, and Day Three.

Snowing? Seriously?

Snow on the way

I can’t believe it’s March 31st and it’s snowing

You may recall from Cindy Currie-Clifford’s keynote speech on Day One that it’s an InterChangeNE tradition that it snows during the conference.

So it didn’t exactly snow, it sleeted and iced instead.

If you know anything about me, you know I’m a real wussy about driving in snow or ice.

Dang. What to do?

Rick Lippincott to the rescue! Über conference planner and veteran snow driver, Rick Lippincott volunteered to drive us around in his rugged jeep. I volunteered to sit in the back and pretend it’s just rainy. Jimmy Dill volunteered to ride shotgun and watch videos on his iPhone.

 Sight #1: OmniView

The OmniView® Gantry Cargo Inspection System is a Monster X-Ray that can see through a truck and into the cargo bay

The OmniView® Gantry Cargo Inspection System is a Monster X-Ray that can see through a truck and into the cargo bay

Our first stop is a drive-by of the awesome OmniView® Gantry
Cargo Inspection System.

While the rest of us technical communicators are writing “Click OK to continue”, Rick is writing about this bad boy.

We are at AS&E, American Science & Engineering, in Billerica. The security gate is open and we can look in. I hand my iPhone up to the front seat for a quick picture.

Concord

The headstone of Louisa May Alcott, where visitors leave tokens like flowers, notes, and writing implements

The headstone of Louisa May Alcott, where visitors leave tokens like flowers, notes, and writing implements

In Concord, we visit the Concord Museum, Louisa May Alcott’s orchard house, Author’s Ridge in the Sleepy Hollow cemetary, and the famous Old North Bridge.

At Author’s Ridge, I was touched by the little tokens left by visitors to Louisa May Alcott’s grave. Many of the visitors left pens as a tribute to her writing. She inspired many so many of us, especially young women.

At the Old North Bridge, we are accompanied by a busload of middle school students and their chaperons. It was fun to hear their happy chatter as we trudged toward the Minuteman statue in the cold rain.

Back to Lowell for more sushi

Lowell canals

A view down one of the many canals in Lowell Massachusetts

By the time we saw the sights in Concord, it was time for lunch and our thoughts returned to sushi. On a cold damp day, nothing warms you up inside like a nice carafe of sake.

Yep, we had sushi at Etsogo Sushi and Asian Restaurant. Again. Yum.

I made a little Instagram collage of our day.

Instagram collage of the rainy day after InterChangeNE: Rick's workplace, selfie of us, Alcott's grave, the minuteman, and more food!

Instagram collage of the rainy day after InterChangeNE: Rick’s workplace, selfie of us, Alcott’s grave, the minuteman, and more food!

Say good-bye to InterChangeNE

So as we prepare to head back to Winchester Virginia after the InterChangeNE conference, I am super pumped up about all things #TechComm and looking forward to next year.

Many thanks to the New England STC chapter and all the folks who put in so many hours to make this local conference a success and a blessing.

Don’t forget to visit Rick Lippincott’s photostream of the event.

See you in Phoenix!

InterChangeNE: Day Three – Naked Chris and other Social Media Success Stories

On March 29th and 30th, I attended InterChange 2014, STC New England’s annual conference at the UMass Lowell conference center in Lowell, Massachusetts. It’s my first time presenting at a local chapter conference and I’m so excited about the opportunity. My goal for the day is to break as few things as possible and impersonate a grownup.

This post is about Day Three. You might also enjoy reading Day One and Day Two.

Getting Ready

Instagram collage of me getting ready for the presentation: making coffee, ironing my shirt, putting on make up, and setting up the computer

Instagram collage of me getting ready for the presentation: making coffee, ironing my shirt, putting on make up, and setting up the computer

I’m so excited about the day, I even found the iron in the closet of my room at the Conference Center.

I ironed my shirt and drank all the self-serve coffee in the room. Then I went out in the lobby for more coffee. Thank you to UMass for all this awesome coffee.

I found makeup in my purse and put some on my face, mostly hitting the target, but very out of practice.

The wonderful UMass conference center staff were in the room bright and early and let me use the remote control for the laptop. It has a laser pointer on top, which I thought was just too cool.

Social Media Success Stories!

Viqui at the podium

Here I am at the podium as I begin the presentation about Social Media success stories
Photo by Rick Lippincott https://www.flickr.com/photos/rjl6955

The talk begins and I’m having fun. Social media is one of my favorite topics and the story we’re telling today has a happy ending as I used some fun graphics and memes in Facebook to spread the word about an event for my church.

We start out with a serious discussion about EdgeRank, the algorithm Facebook uses to figure out what it will show and what it will hide in your NewsFeed. We start out all brainy, defining parameters and using big math concepts long dormant to discuss how to use the process to our advantage.

Viqui Presents Naked Chris

Viqui shows the top reaching slide of the Naked Chris meme to the attendees at InterChangeNE
Photo by Rick Lippincott https://www.flickr.com/photos/rjl6955

Then the fun begins and we look at the silly graphics and memes.

You can check them out on Facebook here and here if you want to see the originals. While you’re there, you can like them (please) and maybe leave a comment (please please please).

Lots of nice folks showed up for the presentation. These folks are so smart and asked great questions. Some of them told great stories about their own social media journey.

When the presentation was just about over, we gathered for a group photo as a way of saying thanks to Adobe for their generous sponsorship of the conference.

Thank you Adobe

After the presentation, we gather up front for a group photo to say
“Thank you” to Adobe and STC New England
Photo by Rick Lippincott https://www.flickr.com/photos/rjl6955

 

Many thanks to Rick Lippincott for all the photos of the conference. Be sure to check out his flickr photostream.

And I didn’t break anything. Goal accomplished!

I posted the slides online, so have a look for yourself.

Communicating with the Audiences of the Future

Steve Jong brought us a brilliant analysis of how different generations think, act, communicate, and feel. Steve’s slides are on slideshare. Check them out.

Creating Accessible Documents with Microsoft Word

Brenda Huettner, Cindy Currie-Clifford, Char James-Tanney, and me

Here I am with some technical communications superstars: Brenda Huettner, Cindy Currie-Clifford, and Char James-Tanney

Char James-Tanny is one of my tech comm heros. I am so star struck when I’m around her. She spoke about accessibility, specifically relating to Word, and also in general everyday life. She is knowledgeable and generous with her knowledge. She is well respected in our field. She has purple hair. I ask for a picture of us together.

We are pictured here with Brenda Huettner and Cindy Currie-Clifford, two of my other tech comm heros. And the photo is taken by Ed Marshall, another superstar and an amazing bass player.

Closing Speech & Raffle

At the end of the conference, we all gathered for a closing speech by Rick Lippincott about “Looking Backward” and gave a fun history of technical communication throughout history. Rick, if you’re reading this, please share your slides. I want to steal some of your ideas.

Then STC New England chapter president Emily Alfson and VP Nancy Allison draw tickets for the raffle. I didn’t win but it was fun to be a part of seeing others win.

Sushi #2

We did not start out to eat sushi again after the conference. We tried to go to several other places but none of them were open on a Sunday afternoon. I was secretly hoping that we could have sushi. The conference center did not start serving dinner until 4:30 and we were hungry at 3:30. I was secretly hoping that we could have sushi. The Irish Pub was closed. I was secretly hoping that we could have sushi. Another pub down the street was also closed. Dunkin Donuts was open. I was secretly hoping that we could have sushi.

We had dinner at Etsogo Sushi and Asian Restaurant. Again. Yay.

The conference is over but we’re staying in town for a day of site seeing. More about that on Day Four.