As the first State Conference for WV I was not really sure what to expect from this weekend. Even being one of the planners & speakers for the event we had some pretty big obstacles, including our geographical distance from one another. As a passionate trainer and a never ending optimist, I knew that even if it was only 10 people at The Greenbrier we were going to have a great time – and all 40 of us did!
Day 1 was filled with some great speakers & many networking opportunities. Erin Murphy, the Chapter Relations Manager for our area from ASTD, was first up to give us a brief overview of the industry and a brief review of some of the many resources that are available through our ASTD National Membership. I immediately came home and downloaded a few FREE Infolines & e-books – Thank you for the reminder! I was only slightly nervous that she was going to take my whole presentation – I guess that’s what happens when you speak on Day 2.
Chuck Stump followed up with an active presentation about Change and our perception of it. It’s rough having the middle of the afternoon speaking spot (this is usually when I am looking for my second cup of coffee), but this active presentation got us all physically moving and taught us that what we really need to change is our perception. The world will continue to change around us, but how do we intend to ‘improve’ with it.
The rest of the day was spent with a great networking activity during the conference and then another meet and greet later on in the evening. Topics discussed that evening included Training on a Shoestring Budget, Effective On-line Training, Personal Development, & Influencing Management Teams. It was a great way to wrap up a day of learning with a more casual setting for networking.
Day 2 – Speaker Central. Laura Prisc started the day off with a wonderful presentation focusing on one area of John Maxwell’s book Everyone Communicates, Few Connect. This book is now on my wish list as learning only the 4 H’s (heart, hope, help, and humor) was not enough for me! Michelle Woomer gave a powerful presentation about Transformational Leadership full of humor, videos, pop culture references and heart. Rita Hodges was our last presenter of the day who left us with an important message about why feedback should be seen as a gift – even if it is a little hard to hear sometimes.
I also joined the fray, presenting on how to use the ASTD Competency Model as a roadmap for your career. A special nod to Jennifer Naughton, ASTD Senior Director of Competencies & Credentialing, and everyone that she works with! They have provided wonderful webinars, articles, and other resources to make using the competency model as a roadmap possible and thus my presentation possible. J
As I drove back to the Eastern Panhandle my head was filled with new faces (maybe a name or two stuck!), ideas on how to implement some of the things I learned, and a momentum of training excitement that I know I brought back to the office that Tuesday. I am looking forward to 2014 as I know the WV Chapter has a few more surprises up their sleeves, and I look forward to the ASTD WV 2015 Conference!
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