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A Love Letter to ATD for Hosting ICE 2015!

loveWe would like to begin by saying, thank you ATD 2015 for reminding we why we do what we do. ATD Conference organizers really know how the bring it!

We thank you because after a long, cold, and dark winter and an overwhelming demand of client mandates we were feeling unmotivated and questioning if our efforts as leading industry contributors are being heard or was it all for not? After the last few days meeting friends, peers, and followers it is all for something.

This post is to share our feelings with you because we don’t think we are alone in our self-reflection. After speaking to some other colleagues (also leading industry contributors) we were not the only ones feeling this way…and it seems ATD 2015 was the medicine to cure our melancholy.

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‘Snake Oil’ From the Bully Pulpit

bullying2Recently, a well-respected workplace learning peer posted an interesting and conversation-inducing discussion about dealing with a ‘snake oil’ person within your personal learning network (PLN).

Personally, I found this blog post very insightful. I respect the message the post is attempting to communicate but a thought crossed my mind, “How prevalent is the issue of having a ‘snake-oil’ person in a PLN  become?” It doesn’t seem to be a significant issue within my PLNs.

Since it is not an issue for me, I reflected on how would I define a ‘snake oil’ person within my PLNs? And, do they exist in my PLN or other learning environments I participate?

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Slaying the “Elephant” in the Training Room

Stop Wasting Your Organization’s Money If You’re Not Delivering Learning

ElephantThe past few months have been a whirlwind for us speaking at one conference after another….and it’s starting again. It is truly a privilege to speak at these excellent learning and performance conferences. What is disappointing, however, is the lack of learning that actually takes place both from the participants and from the many conference speakers.

Yes, we want to address the “elephant in the training room”. We’re going to state what many Learning professionals and leaders are thinking (and afraid to say aloud). From our vantage point as conference speakers’ there are two significant concerns. First, participants look as if they are always seeking a “quick fix” rather than a sustainable solution. This is very disconcerting since workplace learning efforts are a process not a “fix”. Read the rest of this entry »

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Post-Conference Meltdown…Why Training Professionals Don’t Apply What They Learn?

Ajay M. Pangarkar and Teresa Kirkwood

So…it’s been just over one week since the “mother” of all workplace learning conferences took place. The ASTD International Conference and Expo (or as the regulars know it, ICE) is the leading and largest conference in the training space.

This is not to take away the great efforts placed by other conferences (most of them I enjoy) but ICE is IT! ICE attracts the largest number of WLP professional and specialists from around the world…up to 10,000 participants at times. It also invites the most innovative and leading speakers to conduct workshops and concurrent sessions…including yours truly! Read the rest of this entry »

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See Ajay at ASTD ICE 2012!

Ajay will be hosting two session at ASTD ICE 2012 (Denver, Co.). Join him for:

  • Building Business Skills to Empower Trainers and the Training Function, May 5 (Half day workshop: 8:30am-12:00pm)
  • THE ROI LIE! Debunking the Misrepresentation of Training Evaluation (Tuesday May 8, 2012, TU322)

For more information please visit: http://bit.ly/JQXGFt

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