Monday, August 12, 2013

Free Trainings & Events for Gov Communicators

Posted by: Britt Ehrhardt - Monday, August 12, 2013
Photo of Britt Ehrhardt.

Whose office has money for training anymore? With budget constraints and new spending restrictions, many federal communicators have no budget (or almost no budget) for training, conferences, or skill-building events, no matter how valuable they might be.

But there are free training opportunities available. FCN tries to catalogue these for you every six months or so. Better add these free opportunities to your calendar TODAY! After all, no one can build your skills and your network but you.

Free Events for Federal Communicators, Fall 2013

Aug 14 The Research Behind the Redesign - online, 2pm-3pm ET
GSA's DigitalGov University presents a talk by Katie Messner of HH. Her insights can help your agency improve user experience as you update your website.

Aug 14-15
Drupal Government Days 2013 - in-person, Bethesda, Maryland
Last year, 350 participants attended. This year, even more opportunities to share, learn, and explore about open source software for government websites etc.

Aug 19-23
Adobe Creative Cloud Design Week - online
5 days of free live workshops, 9am-4pm PT, covering well-known Adobe tools like Photoshop and InDesign, now in the cloud. Plus other photo, video, audio, and design software tools with which you might be less familiar.

Aug 22
Social Media Performance Metrics: Direct Engagement - online, 2pm-2:30pm ET
GSA's DigitalGov University presents a talk by Nicole Callahan from DoEd. While counts of retweets or followers provide some basic measurement of engagement, they don’t tell you enough about whether you’ve achieved any meaningful outcomes.

Photo of a guy in a collared shirt in a training classroom. He has two thumbs up and is making a funny face.
Free training? YEAH! Sign me up!
(Photo courtesy of Flickr user destinyuk*, CC BY-NC-ND)
Aug 29
More Than a Hashtag: Using Social Media to Achieve Mission Goals - online, 2pm-3pm ET
IBM Business Analytics and Government Executive present a free webinar on how to use social media to reduce costs and improve on delivery of your mission.

Sept 10
Schmoozeday Free Networking Happy Hour - online, 6pm-8:30pm ET
The DC chapter of AIGA, the professional association for design, is hosting a free happy hour in Dupont Circle.

Sept 23-27
Social Media Week DC - in-person, many locations around DC
There were a ton of gov participants and event organizers at the last Social Media Week DC in February 2013. A week-long festival featuring independently curated (and mostly free) speakers, panels, workshops, events, and parties connects people around emerging trends in social and mobile media.

Oct 14-20
DC Design Week - in-person
The DC chapter of AIGA, the professional association for design offers a week-long program of events, workshops, and schmoozing that highlights designers, illutrators, photographers and others. [Not all events are free.]

Nov 22
Defense & Security Mobile Technologies Symposium 2013 - DC
3rd annual event from the Armed Forces Communications and Electronics Association of Washington, D.C presents this symposium focused on gaps to coordination, collaboration, information sharing, and active threat deterrence across agencies, domains, and private owners of U.S. infrastructure. [NOTE: Free only for GS-8 and below, as well as Chief Warrant Officers and NCOs and below. GS-9 and above, as well as Officers 01 and above, pay registration fee that depends on date of registration.]

Anytime Training - Some of Our Favorites...

Media Training 
Media Training How-To Videos - 5-part YouTube series by trainer TJ Walker, includes segments Be Cool about appearing on TV, and Answering Questions.

Emergency Communications
Be Ready When Mayhem Strikes: Government Emergency Communications - GovGirl puts up a new video every Wednesday.

Web Content Management 
The Seven Deadly Sins of Web Content Management - Adobe Digital Government hosts this on-demand webinar with Stephen Powers of Forrester Research.

Plain Language
Plain Language - Free online training from NIH.

Innovation, IT, and Technology
FedTalks 2013 - Archived talks from FedScoop's annual summit on technology in the federal government. Features brief presentations on big ideas, modeled after TED Talks, from big names like Dan Tangherlini of GSA and Steve VanRoekel, U.S. CIO at OMB. Scroll down for presentations.

If you know about a free or inexpensive event open to other communicators, especially those organized by not-for-profit organizations, please let us know, and we'll promote it.

The Federal Communicators Network tweets about free events all the time. Follow FCN on Twitter to make sure you don't miss an opportunity.

This discussion is brought to you by the Federal Communicators Network. FCN members are government employees managing U.S. government communications. We've published lots more on this topic. Check out February 2013 Free Trainings & Events for Communicators.

1 comment:

  1. This is an awesome listing, Britt. Thanks so much for all you and Dave do for FCN members.


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