From the President

March 2017

Collaborate2017 and the Salary Survey results. Need I say more? Welcome to March!

Salary Survey results unveiled

Take 139 respondents, a sprinkling of Prezzy-Card bribery, and a Steve-Moss-analysis, and voilà! Katie Haggath summarises the results of the 2016 Salary Survey. As always, we tease you with a few details, but if you want access to the full report, you need to be a TechCommNZ member.

Are you coming to Collaborate2017?

This is going to be the Tech Comm event of the antipodean year. I know – if it sounds like hyperbole, it might just be hyperbole. But truly, it's not. The programme speaks for itself, and like any conference, it's not just about the speakers – it's also about the inbetween conversations and camaraderie. Your colleagues want to meet you – it's time to collaborate and share – everyone is welcome!

If you're having trouble making up your mind, Jim Costello has taken some time out of his week to talk to two of our speakers, and I have no doubt that the results will have you registering in a heart-beat:

Hot-damn Shelly Davies is stirring up the plain English world – she throws words around like "sexy" and "unapologetic" in a way that makes me want to write like a rock-star. Read why...

King of Metadata, Jaco Swart, will make sure our metadata rocks as much as our web-pages do. He'll be explaining the "why" of metadata but also giving us a tune-up on the latest "how" of metadata. It might not sound sexy but it's fundamental to getting your messages heard.

Hedging and equivocation

A friend and colleague sent me this wonderful evidence-based article on why clinical guidance documents need to be hedge-free and unequivocal. Even if you're not writing clinical documents, you might find it handy next time your company asks you to be vague!

Until next month, keep your powder dry...