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Viqui Dill

Viqui Dill
Viqui Dill is the STC Washington, DC – Baltimore (WDCB) Chapter's Social Media manager, is on the STC Community Affairs Committee, and is co-manager of STC's Instructional Design and Learning special interest group. She loves using social media channels to spread good news about technical communication and has presented at several STC Technical Communication Summits. As Technical Communication Lead for American Woodmark in Winchester, VA, Viqui is passionate about continued education and lifelong learning. Sharing the tips and tricks she has gathered in her 20+ years as a writer, she is actively promoting networking with other writers to help us all learn and stay connected. An engineering graduate from Virginia Tech, Viqui switched to technical writing in the 90s for the flexibility and interpersonal connection that our field offers. She has worked for IBM Federal Systems in Manassas and BMC Software in the Dulles Technology corridor before moving to the Shenandoah Valley in 2002. In her free time, Viqui plays bass in several bands including Hot Flash, a band of mothers who rock out in clubs throughout the DC area. Viqui and her husband Keith have a bluegrass band called the Dill Pickers and are sometimes joined on drums by their son Jim, a recent Virginia Tech graduate. The Dills have been married for 30 years and live on five acres just outside Winchester, VA. Viqui describes herself as a "technical writer, wife, mom, bass player, and worship leader: I'm happiest when folks sing along with me."
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Recent Posts

Rah! Rah! Rah! Training is More Like Cheerleading Than Coaching

Posted by Viqui Dill on Jul 25, 2017 12:24:47 PM
Modern Learning professionals

Some folks talk about training as “coaching." I think they have the metaphor wrong. Coaching means developing skills within a team by repetitive drilling and motivating them using a combination of respect and fear. Real training is nothing like that. Real training is more like cheerleading than coaching. 

Engage the Players (Learners)

So I’m standing in a conference room with my trusty slide deck and handouts, looking out at the other folks in the room for my training. My position looks like it’s up front but really I’m on the sidelines. The real action will be with those learners.

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Topics: Modern Learning, Coaching