Plan your 2012 Conference Schedule Now!

Have you planned your 2012 conference schedule yet? Registration is open for several now, if you have 2011 funding that you need to spend before the new year.

Some of my favorites:

  • 27th Annual International Technology and Persons with Disabilities Conference (CSUN), February 27 – March 3, in San Diego, CA, USA. I’m not presenting at CSU (the Microsoft MVP Summit is taking place at the same time), but I’m hoping to attend at least one day.
  • WritersUA (The Conference for Software User Assistance). March 11-14, in Memphis, TN, USA. I’ll be presenting two sessions during UA 101 on Sunday (“HTML and CSS” and “Help Authoring Tools”).
  • LavaCon 2012 Graduate Event in Honolulu, April, 2012. If you attended LavaCon in November 2011, you can attend the Graduate Event (limited to 30 attendees). More information will be published soon.
  • Technical Communication Summit, May 20-23, Rosemont, IL, USA. This year’s conference has over 80 sessions, organized in 10 tracks. “Really Early Bird” registration (limited to the first 100 registrants) expires December 31, and “Early Bird” registration expires March 30.
  • Big Design Conference, May 31-June 2, Addison, TX, USA. You can purchase “Early Bird” tickets until February 29. The schedule is still being filled in, but a partial schedule is available.
  • LavaCon 2012, October 2012, Portland, OR, USA. This year’s management focus is “Increasing Your Corporate Value”, and the technology focus is “Creating and Deploying eBooks”. More information will be available in 2012.

Hope to see you in 2012!

Nov 8-12: Take advantage of Char’s visit to Houston!

I’ll be speaking at STC Houston about HTML5 and CSS3 on Tuesday, Nov. 9, from 5:30 pm to 7:30 pm. (Get more information at the STC Houston website.)

While I’m in Houston, I’m offering half- and full-day consulting slots to companies who want me to come onsite. The time slots are being offered in the following order:

  • Tuesday morning (half-day only)
  • Monday afternoon or Monday all day
  • Monday morning
  • Wednesday morning or Wednesday all day
  • Wednesday afternoon
  • Thursday morning or Thursday all day
  • Thursday afternoon
  • Friday morning or Friday all day
  • Friday afternoon

Terms and conditions:

  • Any topic is fair game, EXCEPT for HTML5/CSS3. Some possibilities include collaborative authoring, creating CSS-based layouts, virtual teams, accessibility, and Help authoring.
  • Companies can choose to “pick my brain” or receive specific instructions on a topic, or a combination of both.
  • Fees will be determined after we discuss what you need. I will cover all expenses (although I won’t say “no” if someone wants to take me to lunch ;-)).
  • A 50% non-refundable deposit is required, which holds your time slot. All deposits must be received by 15 October 2010. Purchase orders for the deposit or entire fee will be accepted.
  • First come, first served. Once a time slot has been reserved and the deposit or purchase order has been received, it will be removed from the list. (I’ll update the list as people tell me that they want slots.)
  • All arrangements must be in process by 28 September 2010. (I have to make travel arrangements that week!) If you make any changes after that date and those changes affect my travel plans, you are responsible for change fees.

Feel free to contact me if you have any questions! (And I hope to see you at the STC Houston chapter meeting. Come by and say “hi!”)