November: Intercultural Communication and Business

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Date: Wednesday, November 8, 2017
Location: Highlands Country Club, 110 Hiller Drive, Oakland, CA

 

In today’s global economy, what are common issues and challenges that occur in intercultural work environments? Why do intercultural communication misunderstandings and conflicts occur, and what strategies help to avoid and resolve them? This talk will explore the impact of intercultural communication issues on business situations, the roots of intercultural miscommunication, and some strategies for overcoming issues that can arise in international work environments. Topics will include practical cultural analysis, adapting communication and business strategies for success, and building cohesive international teams.

 

Madeleine Adkins has worked in a number of fields, including technical communication, instructional design, teaching, linguistics, leadership planning, and intercultural communication. Over the course of her career, she has worked both in and with traditional corporations, high tech firms, NPOs, universities, and small businesses in the US and Japan. A speaker of multiple languages, Madeleine has undergraduate and graduate degrees in linguistics. Her academic studies, as well as much of her work, have focused on the interplay of language and culture.

 

Remember to get tickets.

Program:

6:00 to 7:00 pm: Networking, conversation & dinner
7:00 to 7:15 pm: Announcements
7:15 to 8:30 pm: Presentation
8:30 to 9:00 pm: Conversation, follow up on job announcements
9:00 to 9:15 pm: Clear the room; move conversations to the sidewalk


Do you need a ride to the meeting? Contact rides@stc-berkeley.org and we will try to match you with someone who is driving or help to arrange a ride from Rockridge BART.


Non-members are always welcome to STC meetings.


 All members of the San Francisco Chapter of the IABC are welcome to register for Berkeley STC General Meetings at the member price.

Enter Your Work in Touchstone

This year’s Touchstone competition is starting. The deadline for entries is Saturday, October 7, at 2 p.m. Details are at http://www.stc-touchstone.org/2017Competition.html.
We need judging volunteers. The first judging meeting is Sunday, October 15, 2017, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., at Mudrakers Cafe, 2801 Telegraph Ave, Berkeley, CA 94705. Details are at http://www.stc-touchstone.org/Volunteer2Judge.html.

Mini Job Fair

Looking for a job? Want to brush up your resume? Just want to stay aware of trends in the field? Please join the Berkeley chapter for a mini job fair in place of our September 13 chapter meeting.

This event features tables where you can discuss current positions with local employers and agencies. It features a progression, in which small groups meet with industry experts to discuss topics about technical communication and job seeking.

We’ll also have resume counseling, lots of networking, and light refreshments.

Register now, on our reservation page.

Date and Time:

Wednesday, September 13, 2017 
6:00 to 9:00 PM

 

Teaching Through Illustration

 

In this talk, Joanna Bujes will talk about how to to create and use illustrations to reinforce learning, lighten complexity, illustrate multiple relationships, and make the material easier to remember. We will discuss types of illustrations, general principles for creating illustrations, and placing the figure in text. Additional topics include working with artists, localization, and accessibility.

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Evaluating Technical Writing Candidates: A Hiring Perspective

July 2017 Chapter Meeting

Writers may see the recruitment process solely from a single candidate’s perspective: their own. In order to create a positive impression, writers must speak to the needs of the people considering them. In this moderated panel discussion, candidates can learn what this process looks like from a manager’s role.

Our panelists will speak candidly about what they really need, why things are the way they are, and what the entire process looks like from their perspective: justifying the budget, creating a position, writing the job description, filtering and evaluating candidates, perhaps working with recruiters, interviews, offers, on-boarding, and outcomes.

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