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Recording of “Video Tutorials for User Assistance” (UA Europe Presentation)

2013-06-24 :: Tom Johnson

Download MP3 (right-click, then Save Link As) PowerPoint Slides PDF version This is an audio recording of a presentation I gave at UA Europe in June 2013. Here’s the description: Next to Google, YouTube is the second most popular search engine on the web. The popularity of video, especially for how-to scenarios, suggests that it Continue Reading »

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Recording of “Making Content More Findable When Users Browse and Search” (UA Europe Presentation)

2013-06-24 :: Tom Johnson

Download MP3 (right-click, then Save Link As.) PowerPoint slides PDF version of slides This is an audio recording of a presentation I gave at UA Europe in June 2013. Here’s the description: Users tend to search Help material when they have a specific question they’re looking to answer. In contrast, users tend to browse Help Continue Reading »

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Podcast: Include It All, Filter It Afterwards — Interview with Mark Baker

2012-12-11 :: Tom Johnson

Download MP3 Length: 45 min. In this podcast, I talk with Mark Baker from Every Page Is Page One about the ideas he discussed in his Lavacon presentation: Include It All, Filter It Afterwards. This is a line from David Weinberger’s book Too Big To Know, which explores the way that knowledge is taking the Continue Reading »

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Webinar Recording: Designing Quick Reference Guides

2012-02-18 :: Tom Johnson

A couple of weeks ago I gave an STC webinar called Designing Quick Reference Guides. This was a general STC webinar, and usually I am not allowed to repost the recording, but due to some audio difficulties, I had to re-record it, and the STC gave me permission to post the re-recording. Here are the Continue Reading »

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Webinar Recording — Organizing Help Content: Breaking Out of Topic-Based Hierarchies

2012-02-18 :: Tom Johnson

I recently gave a presentation to the Southwestern Ontario STC chapter called Organizing Help Content: Breaking Out of Topic-Based Hierarchies.  Here’s a recording of the presentation: Webinar recording Slides only Audio only…

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Podcast: Organizing Help Content: Breaking Out of Topic-based Hierarchies

2011-05-18 :: Tom Johnson

The recording is available in a variety of formats: Audio with Slides MP3 Audio Only PowerPoint Show File PowerPoint Original File iPod format I recently gave a presentation at the STC Summit in Sacramento titled “Organizing Help Content: Breaking Out of Topic-based Hierarchies.” I would have recorded my presentation, but recording is not allowed. I Continue Reading »

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Podcast: Content Strategy and Agility, with Noz Urbina

2011-04-05 :: Tom Johnson

Download MP3 Length: 40 min. I recently spoke with Noz Urbina, consultant from Mekon Ltd, about his upcoming conference, Congility, and about content strategy. Based in Valencia, Spain, Noz is one of the industry’s thought leaders on XML, DITA, component content management, and content strategy. This year he and Mekon are running a conference called Continue Reading »

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Podcast: A Practical Guide to Information Architecture, with Donna Spencer

2011-03-18 :: Tom Johnson

Download MP3 Length: 40 min. Donna Spencer is the author of A Practical Guide to Information Architecture as well as two other books (on card sorting and writing for the web). She’s an experienced information architect, based in Australia, who gives regular workshops on information architecture at conferences such as the IA Summit and also Continue Reading »

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Podcast — Visual Composing: Document Design for Print and Digital Media, with Jo Mackiewicz

2011-03-14 :: Tom Johnson

Download MP3 Length: 45 min. Recently Jo Mackiewicz (Auburn University) and Kathryn Riley (Illinois Institute of Technology) published Visual Composing: Document Design for Print and Digital Media with Pearson. This book covers the visual side of document design, including all the design decisions from the font you use to the colors you choose to the Continue Reading »

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Podcast with Alan Houser — Candidate for STC Vice President

2011-03-06 :: Tom Johnson

I recently interviewed Alan Houser, candidate for STC vice president, in a podcast about his perspectives and plans for the STC. Both Alan and Vici Koster-Lenhardt are running for this position. I asked each of them the following five questions: What's one of the greatest challenge STC members face right now. Any solutions? What would you like to see differently in the STC? …

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Podcast with Victoria Koster-Lenhardt — Candidate for STC Vice President

2011-03-06 :: Tom Johnson

In this podcast, I talk with Victoria Koster-Lenhardt, candidate for STC vice president, about her perspectives and plans for the STC. Both Alan and Victoria Koster-Lenhardt are running for STC vice president. I asked Victoria following five questions: What's one of the greatest challenge STC members face right now. Any solutions? What would you like to see differently in the STC?…

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Podcast: Educational Programs and Workplace Practices

2010-11-23 :: Tom Johnson

Last week we recorded an Intermountain-STC chapter event, “Educational Programs and Workplace Practices,” held in Layton, Utah. The event included a panel of academics from local technical communication programs in Utah. We had six programs represented: BYU Provo, Westminster College, Utah Valley University, University of Utah, Utah State University, and Weber Utah State University.…

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Technical Writing Is More Than “Click This, Select That” [Podcast]

2010-10-21 :: Tom Johnson

Download MP3 Length: 50 min. This is a presentation I gave at BYU Idaho last week to students interested in entering professional writing. For the accompanying slides, see this post. For the overall question I was trying to tackle, see Students Contemplate Whether a Technical Writing Career Will Be Fulfilling. Blog Sponsors StiltSoft: Add-ons for [...]…

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More Students Questions about Technical Writing

2010-09-08

Download MP3 Length: 12 min. In this podcast (another monologue), I respond to more student questions about technical writing. The questions are as follows: Question 1 – Who/what are the people and purposes that you write for now? And in the past? Q…

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Answers About the Field of Technical Writing for Students

2010-09-06

Download MP3 Length: 27 min. In this monologue podcast, I answer a student’s questions about the field of technical writing, including how I fell into it, what kinds of projects I work on, and other details. Her questions are as follows: What did yo…

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Podcast: “Anyone Can Write”: Changing Roles for Technical Communicators

2010-04-26

Download MP3 Length: 45 min. Powerpoint This podcast is a recording of a presentation I gave to students at the Missouri State University technical writing conference on April 23, 2010. This presentation has some overlapping content from the previous pres…

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Podcast: Trends in Technical Communication

2010-04-26

Download MP3 Length: 45 min. Powerpoint This podcast on Trends in Technical Communication is a recording of a presentation I gave at the Missouri State University Workshop for Teachers of Technical Writing on April 22, 2010. Although trends in technical c…

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Podcast: From Overlooked to Center Stage [12]

2010-04-18

Download MP3 Length: 45 min. Powerpoint This podcast is a recording of the presentation I gave at the STC Currents conference titled “From Overlooked to Center Stage.” If you read the essay and then listen to the recording, you’ll notice…

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Podcast: Ten Voiceover Techniques (PodcampSLC)

2010-04-12

Download MP3 Length: 45 min. A couple of weeks ago I presented on voiceover techniques to an audience of about 35 people at PodcampSLC. I should have researched my audience a little more before the presentation because, from what I could tell, most people…

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Podcast: What’s New in Flare 6 — Interview with Mike Hamilton

2010-03-02

Download MP3 Length: 45 min. Flare 6 is available today from Madcap Software. This weekend I interviewed Mike Hamilton, VP of Product Management, about the new features Flare 6 contains. In this podcast, we talk about five of the new features in Flare: Ba…

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Podcast: Finding and Creating Relevant Content — Strategies for Social Media

0000-00-00 :: Tom Johnson

Download MP3 Length: 70 min. In the barrage of information created by all the social media channels, how can you find relevant content? How can you move past forms of noise to actually produce content that engages users? What forms of social media do stud…

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Podcast: Developing a Personal Voice in Audio (Intermountain-STC event)

0000-00-00 :: Tom Johnson

Download MP3 Download the PowerPoint PowerPoint in Zip file (in case you have trouble with the above) Length: 60 min. A while ago, our chapter held a half-day eLearning event, and I presented a version of my Developing a Personal Voice in Audio presentati…

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