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Dec 30: To Be More Efficient and Consistent, Build a Better Checklist

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If you are an independent contractor or a freelance technical writer, you are being paid for your services by either an hourly rate (for however long they need you) or a fixed amount of money (to produce a specific deliverable).

Companies often ask you to sign their contracting agreements. Do you ever ask them to sign yours?

While I am not an attorney and am not qualified to give legal advice, I’m happy to share some lessons I’ve learned about what to contracts, and why.

This webinar covers:

  • The difference between a contract, a letter of agreement, and other contracting terms
  • How to document what you are going to do
  • How to document what you are NOT going to do
  • How to manage change requests (aka “mission creep”)
  • How to set payment terms that favor you
  • Other hard-won lessons learned from over 20 years of buying and selling corporate services

Anyone writing, editing, or managing any type of communication for a living is feeling the crunch. There is less time to create and edit; more types and formats of content; more apps, software, and systems to learn. And we expect quality, accuracy, and consistency from ourselves because we take pride in our work. In this webinar, we’ll discuss how to address a multitude of modern dilemmas with a relatively old-school hack: a checklist.

Come to this webinar to learn how using a comprehensive checklist created and updated for a specific communication task can help you differentiate workflows, systems, and activities; spell out style and formatting details, track your progress, document metrics, and give you a sense of completion and peace of mind.

Speaker Profile

Kelly Schrank

Kelly Schrank, MA, ELS, has been in technical and medical communication for over 20 years. Through her business, Bookworm Editing Services, she brings consistency, structure, and clarity to her clients’ content regardless of whether she is writing content like blog posts, style guides, and standard operating procedures or editing formulary dossiers, manuscripts, proposals, slide decks, and training materials.

Kelly is an Associate Fellow of STC and a BELS-certified Editor in the Life Sciences. Kelly has presented on checklists, Microsoft Word and PowerPoint, editing, side gigs, and networking in webinars and conferences.

Cost and Registration

This event is open to members and non-members.

  • Santa Barbara chapter members: $0
  • Los Angeles chapter members: $0
  • Technical Editing SIG members: $0
  • Students: $0
  • Other STC members: $10
  • Non-members: $20

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A joint STC Technical Editing SIG,
Santa Barbara STC, and
Los Angeles STC event