RE: Conferences in the early 21st Century

Subject: RE: Conferences in the early 21st Century
From: John Posada <JPosada -at- book -dot- com>
To: "'kcronin -at- daleen -dot- com'" <kcronin -at- daleen -dot- com>, TECHWR-L <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Thu, 28 Aug 2003 12:45:54 -0400

Keith..does knowing how to use a tool mean that you know how to use every
in-depth and advanced feature of the tool?

f'instance...I like to think that I know FM pretty well...I can create large
complex documents, way more complex and controlled than anything anyone is
creating around here in Word.

However, suppose my boss comes to me and asks me to do something above and
beyond what I know and what I was expected to know...let's say something
like advanced XML using Structured FM or API development to allow
integration with database'd data.

Would this qualify as an acceptable tools training opportunity on a tool
that I already know?

John Posada
Information Hunter-Gatherer
Special Projects; Information Technology
NY: 212-414-6656

I've always wondered how people talked their employers into forking out
thousands to send them to seminars about tools they're already supposed to
know how to use.

I can see being able to pitch an STC conference, or some other
multi-faceted gathering, where the employee could conceivably learn about
new solutions to bring back to the company. Or I can see subsidizing
attendance at seminars that deal with the actual TECHNOLOGY you're
documenting. But to spend that much just so you can hang out with people
who use the same word processing software? Hats off to you if you can pull
it off. I'm not saying the conferences are worthless, just amazed that
some can get their bosses to pay for them to attend.

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