Webinars & Podcasts

Past Webinars

TCAB Q&A with Kristina Halvorson: Content Strategy

View the recording from March 3, 2022

Technical communicators may often talk about content strategy in their work, but what does this mean? How should we define content strategy? Kristina Halvorson is an expert in all things content strategy – she is the CEO and founder of Brain Traffic, a content strategy consultancy; author of Content Strategy for the Web, a book critical to understanding the field of content strategy; host of The Content Strategy Podcast; and founder of both Confab and Button conferences, which are dedicated to content strategy, content design, and UX writing. Kristina will share how she understands content strategy, how it is connected to technical communication and UX, and how to develop the mindset needed to become a successful content strategist. 

Jacqui LaLiberte and Paul Anheier: Expanding Tech Comm: The Journey from TC to UX

View the recording from February 17, 2022
In connection with the theme of "expanding technical communication," TCAB hosted a webinar focused on how you can extend your interests and careers into the field of User Experience (UX). TCAB members, Jacqui LaLiberte and Paul Anheier, who have both recently made transitions to or within the UX field, presented. Jacqui and Paul shared insight about their professional work in UX, how they started their careers, and what to keep in mind when considering how to expand your tech comm interests into UX. If you're at all curious about UX careers or the field of UX in general, please watch!

Ashley O'Brien and Lynn Wehrman: Usability & User Experience (UX)

View the recording from February 12, 2021
TCAB members Lynn Wehrman, founder and president of WeCo Accessibility Services, and Ashley O'Brien, a user experience designer for the City of St. Paul joined us to describe their work with usability and UX, share best practices, and offer insight on careers in these industries. 

Teeghan Herian and Mark Larson: Content Strategy and Management

View the recording from December 4, 2020
TCAB members Teeghan Herian, a technical content manager at 3M, and Mark Larson, a technical writing manager at Medtronic, are not strangers to content strategy and management in their professional work. In this webinar, Teeghan and Mark both discuss their experience and expertise with content strategy, including what this work looks like, the products and documents that are the focus of this work, best practices, and how teams are a part of this work. 

Kari Gordon and Jim Hall: Usability

Watch the recording from March 14, 2019 
Kari Gordon, a manager at MEDITECH and 2005 BS alumna in scientific and technical communication, has worked with online help writing, software documentation, usability testing, user experience design, software testing, project coordination, and management. Jim Hall is the chief information officer for Ramsey County. He graduated from the University of Minnesota MS program in scientific & technical communication in 2014.

Janel Anderson and Sam Racine: Global Virtual Teams

Watch the recording from February 28, 2019 
Dr. Janel Anderson is the founder of Working Conversations, LLC, a company that helps organizations communicate more effectively so they can collaborate better, be more innovative, and get work done faster.  Sam Racine is a Global Proposal Manager for Unisys, leading the creation and delivery of compelling business tenders and client presentations.

Scott Kubie: How to Write for Design-Based Projects

Watch the recording from November 26, 2018 
Scott Kubie is Lead Content Strategist at Brain Traffic, an industry-leading content strategy agency in Minneapolis, and the author of Writing for Designers, presented a webinar about how to write for design-based projects – and why it’s not done already.

Jolene Rowan and Jacqui LaLiberte: Project Management

Watch the recording from November 15, 2018 
Jolene Rowan, Chief Learning Officer and EVP of Solution Design and Development Ops with Dashe and Thomson and Jacqui LaLiberte, 2017 BS alumna in technical writing & communication and technical writer for Graco Inc., presented a webinar about Project Management.

Jerry Grohovsky: Job Searching

Watch the recording from May 3rd, 2018 
Mr. Jerry Grohovsky, member of our Technical Communication Advisory Board and co-founder and president of JPG & Associates, Inc., a technical communication company based out of Minneapolis/St. Paul since 1993, shared his insight about finding a job in technical communication. He discussed career paths to consider, behavioral traits to develop, types of hiring options, and more.

Daphne Walmer: Content Management Systems

What the recording from April 5th, 2018 
Ms. Daphne Walmer, member of our Technical Communication Advisory Board and a retired expert and consultant in medical device labeling and technical communications, will share her insight about content management systems for technical communicators. She will discuss content management tools, best practices, and recent trends in the industry.

Matt Brundage: Usability Testing

Watch the recording from March 1st, 2018 
Mr. Matt Brundage, supervisor in development and usability testing at Medical Information Technology, Inc. (MEDITECH), will share his insight about usability testing. He will discuss usability best practices, usability testing tools, and methods for analyzing usability data.

Matt Abe: Project Management

Watch the recording from February 1st, 2018 
Matt Abe, member of our Technical Communication Advisory Board and senior analyst in knowledge management at MAXIMUS, will share insight about project management in technical communication. He will focus on the skills and knowledge needed to manage professionals in technical communication as a project manager.

JoAnn Hackos: Best Practices in Technical Communication

Watch the recording from November 16, 2017 
For more than 30 years, Dr. JoAnn Hackos has addressed audiences internationally on subjects ranging from content management, effective interfaces and information, minimal information products, and online and Web-based information, to managing the information design and development process. JoAnn is considered an expert in the fields of content management and information design, with some of her work in the fields being described as groundbreaking.


Episode 1: JoAnn Hackos

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We are proud to unveil the first episode of the TCAB podcast! In this episode, we interview Dr. JoAnn Hackos who has an extensive history in technical communication. JoAnn talks about how she began her career, her involvement with international standards, the Society for Technical Communication (STC), and more! 

Episode 2: Teeghan Herrian

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In the second edition of the Technical Communication Podcast, we interview Teeghan Herian, technical content management supervisor at 3M. Teeghan discusses content management, 3M's company culture, and what she looks for when she is hiring someone at 3M. If you would like to connect with Teeghan, you can look for her on LinkedIn.