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  • Manage Your Time; Skyrocket Your Success
    Manage Your Time; Skyrocket Your Success
    Alexis Haselberger, Time Management Coach Recorded: Jul 17 2019 64 mins
    In this webinar we discuss the 3 primary roadblocks to productivity and simple methods to overcome them. Learn easy-to-implement techniques that will allow you to spend more time on the things that matter, decipher the difference between immediacy and priority, and make more progress on your goals and projects than you previously thought possible.

    Join Scott Abel, The Content Wrangler, and his special guest, time management expert Alexis Haselberger to learn the most common roadblocks around productivity, and how to overcome them with these three takeaways:

    1) How to create an effective task management system

    2) How to make time for your most important projects and

    3) Easy-to-implement techniques for minimizing distractions and increasing focus.
  • Turning your Documentation into Answers Using Taxonomy
    Turning your Documentation into Answers Using Taxonomy
    Lawrence Orin Recorded: Jun 27 2019 60 mins
    In today's world, like it or not, your documentation is part of your company's overall digital experience. The goal of your content must be to provide relevant answers to technical questions about your product as quickly as possible. In most tech-related businesses, technical content resources make up the large majority of content assets across your web presence, providing potential for the greatest impact on the overall digital experience and customer satisfaction. In this session we will demonstrate how taxonomy helps you to facilitate that excellence in personalized content delivery.

    Join Paul Perrotta, The Technical Communication Wrangler, and his special guest, Lawrence Orin, Product Evangelist and Customer Implementation Expert for Zoomin Software for this free, one-hour webinar.
  • Writing Microcontent: Precision Content Structured Authoring Workshop Preview
    Writing Microcontent: Precision Content Structured Authoring Workshop Preview
    Rob Hanna Recorded: Jun 25 2019 57 mins
    In an omnichannel world, people want information they can easily use. To do that, you need content that is designed and structured for user-intent and optimized for today’s technologies. It needs to be microcontent. However, when it comes to creating content, most organizations are stuck with outdated processes and old-school tools. Your organization needs to have the right information flowing to the right people so your business can thrive.

    Structuring your content is a critical first step. Structured Authoring Training is a standardized, methodological approach to content creation based on decades of research into how the human brain reads and understands information and modern content creation best-practices.

    Join Scott Abel and his special guest, Rob Hanna and attend this webinar to learn about the three-day Precision Content® Structured Authoring training course in San Jose CA, August 14-16, 2019.

    By the end of this webinar you will have learned:

    1) What structured authoring is and why it’s important when considering omnichannel digital transformation
    2) Why we need to write differently and focus on user-intent
    3) How the five information types will help you align your writing for microcontent delivery
  • Think Like an Instructional Designer When Delivering Technical Documentation
    Think Like an Instructional Designer When Delivering Technical Documentation
    Kristine Murphy, Margaret Collins, Lawrence Orin, and Joe Gelb Recorded: May 29 2019 60 mins
    Instructional designers and technical writers both exist to explain how things work. Traditionally, instructional designers were focused on creating content experiences that educate, while technical writers were more concerned about crafting clear, concise instructions for using a product or service. Both disciplines strive to do the best job possible using the skills and tools at their disposal. And, increasingly, they’re being charged to do create the same types of deliverables.

    Join me, Scott Abel, The Content Wrangler, and my special guests, eLearning specialist Margaret Collins, and Senior Software Engineering Manager, Kristine Murphy, both of adaptive experience platform, Progress. We’ll be joined by Lawrence Orin and Joe Gelb from Zoomin Software to discuss how the Progress team applies a learning and instructional design mindset that allows them to focus on user types and creating role-based, personalized content experiences.
  • [Quickinar] What is a Component Content Management System?
    [Quickinar] What is a Component Content Management System?
    easyDITA and The Content Wrangler Recorded: Apr 26 2019 6 mins
    We'll teach you what a component content management system is, why you might need one, who uses them, and for what purposes.
  • The Value of Visual Content and a Simplified User Interface
    The Value of Visual Content and a Simplified User Interface
    Daniel Foster, TechSmith & Scott Abel, The Content Wrangler Recorded: Apr 10 2019 59 mins
    It can be difficult to onboard users to new and complex interfaces and workflows. New research shows that images and video enhance understanding and retention of complex information and tasks and can even increase productivity, but software often changes quickly and requires regular updates and localization. How can we leverage the power of visual communication without having to constantly localize new visual content?

    Join Scott Abel, The Content Wrangler, and his special guest, Daniel Foster, Strategy Lead for TechSmith, for this free one-hour webinar. Daniel will show you how a Simplified User Interface helps you create powerful and useful images to help your users better understand your content, while extending its shelf life and often eliminating the need for localization.
  • Streamlining Your Release Notes Process
    Streamlining Your Release Notes Process
    Jarod Sickler Recorded: Apr 9 2019 60 mins
    Release notes are a crucial part of customer communication for product companies. It seems too many organizations either do the bare minimum and hope no one notices, or simply accept an inefficient and expensive process. At Jorsek LLC, makers of easyDITA, they’ve been working on their release notes process for easyDITA and they have made some big improvements.

    Join Paul Perrotta, The Technical Communication Wrangler, and his special guest, Jarod Sickler, Customer Success Manager for Jorsek LLC, for this free, one-hour webinar. Jarod will take you through Jorsek’s process, tools, and results for the creation and production process for release notes.

    ABOUT JAROD SICKLER:

    Jarod Sickler is a Ph.D. candidate at the University of Rochester and an Information Developer at Jorsek LLC, makers of easyDITA. Most of Jarod’s time is revolves around developing clear, precise, and concise content and arguments. Any remaining time, Jarod spends in the outdoors, with his family, climbing rocks and ice.
  • [Quickinar] What is Structured Content?
    [Quickinar] What is Structured Content?
    easyDITA and The Content Wrangler Recorded: Apr 3 2019 5 mins
    We demystify structured content — briefly explain what it is, why it's needed, and how it works.
  • Planning for a DITA Implementation
    Planning for a DITA Implementation
    Stephani Clark, Head of Customer Success Recorded: Mar 19 2019 60 mins
    It’s pretty easy for many organizations to recognize the benefits of moving their content into DITA. However, once you’ve decided to make the move to DITA and selected a tool for authoring and content management, you’ve only gotten past the first hurdle. Now you have a DITA implementation to plan. A well-planned implementation can result in significant savings, in costs, resources, productivity, and stress!

    Join Paul Perrotta, The Technical Communication Wrangler, and his special guest, Stephani Clark, Head of Customer Success at Jorsek LLC, for this free, one-hour webinar. Stephani will outline the major aspects of a DITA implementation and what you should plan for when embarking on a DITA implementation.
     
    In this session, you will learn how to build a timeline, plan, and budget for your implementation, focusing on:

    1) Information architecture
    2) Content strategy
    3) Content conversion
    4) Development of published outputs
    5) Training requirements
    6) Expectation and resource management

    ABOUT STEPHANI CLARK

    Stephani Clark is Head of Customer Success at Jorsek, the makers of easyDITA. She works to train and assist users of easyDITA’s software. Stephani is experienced in planning and overseeing DITA implementations and constantly works to identify ways to improve the customer experience.

    Before she worked for easyDITA, Stephani spent over ten years working in the energy efficiency industry. During that time, she worked in sales management, operations, and project management. Stephani also developed the company’s training program and served as their National Training Administrator.

    Stephani lives in Rochester, NY with her husband and three-year old son. Stephani enjoys spending time with her family, cooking, reading, traveling, and organizing anything and everything.
  • What’s Up, Doc(s)? Bringing the Global Personalization Trend into Documentation
    What’s Up, Doc(s)? Bringing the Global Personalization Trend into Documentation
    Joe Gelb & Lawrence Orin Recorded: Mar 13 2019 58 mins
    Personalized content is all around us. Google search results are personalized. Online shopping sites offer intelligent recommendations to up-sell the customer with products they might want. Banks, travel services, hotels, newspapers, streaming television networks, and social media feeds — everywhere you look, personalization is the way content is delivered today.

    So why is technical documentation still stuck in the Dark Ages, with manuals, chapters, and static text?

    Join Paul Perrotta, the Technical Communication Wrangler, and his special guests, Joe Gelb, Founder and President of Zoomin Software, and Lawrence Orin, Product Evangelist at Zoomin Software for this free, one-hour webinar from The Content Wrangler.

    During the webinar, Joe and Lawrence will explore how we can bring various personalization methodologies in use today into the technical documentation space to offer users recommended and personalized product content. They will also explain how some of the world's fastest growing brands leverage technical product content to improve customer experiences, and ultimately, increase customer satisfaction.

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