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5 TechComm Conferences Not to Miss in 2017

We all have different relationships with Technical Communication. For some of us it’s just started as love at first sight, for others it has been a long term relationship based on love and commitment. But all of us have been waiting for this perfect moment to be asked the question: Are you ready to carry out your New Year resolution and learn something new, grow professionally, and broaden your horizons? If yes, then pack your bags and make some room for good knowledge as the TechComm society prepared something astonishing for you in 2017. Conferences! Because everybody loves conferences, right?

Here is a list of some must-visits in 2017 located in Europe.

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Buzzfeed test: your ideal SME

In her recent post, Natalia Bortkevych very astutely described the typical cases of SME interviews gone wrong.

In truth, when the subject is confusing enough in itself, it helps little to have an SME who has aversion to human race or talks in the “codish” variety of English.

Still, even if your SME is able in every way – approachable, knowledgeable, adorable – it’s no guarantee they will be willing to grant you an interview or a review if they are busy, even if you sorely need it. On the other hand, if you are disposed pleasantly towards each other and get along well, they’re bound to be more cooperative.

And while there are many tips and techniques for building that connection with your SME, sometimes it just happens naturally. It’s much like falling in love – you just have to find the right person.

We have designed this test to help you find out what kind of SME is your natural match!

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Piktochart: limitations you need to be aware of

As advertised, Piktochart is a really easy-to-use infographic maker.

The story goes: I, an Information Developer, was asked to prepare a Case Study, quickly and in the form of an infographic. Sounds typical. But the branding dictates colors, size, opacity, and styling. Sounds like complex editing. Cheerful me took the friendliest tool and now can share my personal lessons learned.

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Poetry and Prose of Information Developer’s Life

For me, to find a perfect profession has always seemed to be even more difficult than to choose a favorite book. Some jobs were like societies of free poets—creative, funny, extraordinary, but at the same time too crazy and unstable. Other professions that I’ve been choosing look as if they were created by Marcel Proust—before you become interested in it, you should read a thousand pages, and overcome a routine and a desire to fall asleep. So, I was wandering as a Rimbaud’s drunken boat “in search of lost time” (and a place, certainly!), until I’ve accidentally found a new book with a very intriguing and promising title—Information Development. I must confess that when I’ve started discovering this book, I didn’t know the plot, the theme, and the main characters of it. But now, I’ve already read some chapters, and I can honestly tell you that this is a unique profession where poetry and prose are harmonically connected creating a “golden mean”.

So, let’s follow the white rabbit and see what this book is about!

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Tackling SEO with LSI Keywords

We, bloggers, dream to make our content visible, visited, and viewed. And even if we don’t think of SEO when starting our blogs, the time to look for tools for link building and keywords research always comes.

If you have already scratched the surface of the iceberg we call SEO or you just don’t want your website to be buried in the depth of Google search results, you surely need to know the notion of latent semantic indexing (LSI). And that’s when the article by Nikolay Stoyanov may be your first and foremost resource.

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