May 2016 Newsletter

ATD SWFL Monthly Newsletter

May 2016   
Message from the President


Christine DavlinMay is upon us. I always think of May as a transition month. We aren't quite into full summer, but we are no longer experiencing cool breezes and lower humidity.

Dharani Sridharan made us stop and think during her presentation in April. She led us down a different path to consider how we can enhance the learning experience of an individual. It was a refreshing and candid presentation.

This month we have another great program in store. Rebecca Yost, Coordinator, Faculty Development and Training at FSW will discuss what makes a good presentation. How can we present information that is clear, understandable, and memorable? This session will provide simple design tips for creating presentations that anyone can use.

We strive to offer programs that meet your needs, and help to develop your skill set. We would appreciate any ideas you have for future presentations. If you are interested in hosting or facilitating a program, please contact Lorna, our VP of Programs at

On behalf of the board, we hope to see you in the near future!

Warm regards,

Christine Davlin

Powerful Presentations: Essentials of Design (at FSW)

Most people can tell you what makes a bad presentation. Hours and hours of slides with too much text, loud sound effects, topsy-turvy animations, unreadable fonts, and worst of all… it's all done with the lights off. So what makes a good presentation?

At the end of this session, participants will be able to:

  • Determine what type of presentation aid to use in different scenarios
  • Describe essential design principles in action (including visual unity, pattern, balance, emphasis, and rhythm)
  • Evaluate visual support for purpose, clarity, and retention
  • List applications for creating presentations


April Event

CPLP Update by Rebecca Ruding

Rebecca RudingLooking for a way to quickly prove your value when applying for new positions? Consider the Certification of Performance and Learning Professional (CPLP).

With only 1,484 certifications worldwide, the CPLP promotes your Talent Development expertise and experience in the field, instantly bringing credibility to your personal brand. Interested in learning more? Join us at our monthly study group even if you're just interested in learning more about CPLP.

Contact Rebecca Ruding for more information.

2016 Testing Schedule | New Learning System | Preparing for the CPLP



CPLP Study Group: Email Rebecca Ruding for details at

Date: June 7th | Time: 5:30 PM | Location: Starbucks Gulf Coast Town Center

Special Interest Group: Independent Training and Speaking Professionals

Our new SIG (Special Interest Group) has had three successful meetings!

This SIG is for training and speaking professionals who are independents – including anyone who:

  • Runs their own business.
  • Considers themselves an entrepreneur.
  • Operates as a consultant.
  • Is thinking about going out on their own.
  • Works happily with an organization but is thinking of an independent project (writing a book for example).
  • Just wants to have some good discussion on related topics.

Our next meeting will be a breakfast gathering on Monday, May 16 from 8:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. at Panera Bread at Gulf Coast Town Center, 9970 University Plaza Drive, Fort Myers, FL 33913 .

If you’d like to join us, you are welcome. Click here to RSVP online. There is no cost for the event (other than what you decide to buy for breakfast).

Click here to learn more about the Special Interest Group.

Five Reasons to Stay Active in ATD Southwest Florida by Teresa Hiatt

Teresa HiattIf you are making a decision on whether to join or renew membership in ATD Southwest Florida (or you boss is asking you to justify why you belong) consider these five reasons.


ATDSWFL has a very diverse and amazing mix of skills, experience, and knowledge in their members. This can be a very valuable resource, no matter how many years you have been in the industry. These members bring us details about breaking news in our industry, share best practices (built off of their painful mistakes instead of yours!) and provide a safe environment to brainstorm or bounce new ideas you may have off. Another benefit of enhancing your network is that you may find a mentor to help you with your professional needs or be able to mentor them.

Manage Your Career

Whether it means being aware of current job openings through the monthly "Jobs Posting" or finding a ready talent pool to fill vacancies in your own team or knowing what the market value of your position is so that you can negotiate at review time, membership in ATDSWFL can provide information to help manage your career. Because this is a synergistic group of professionals in YOUR industry, there is a sense of security and trust that allows exchange of ideas you can't get within your own organization or with clients.

Knowledge is Power

Belonging to ATDSWFL brings access to resources such as real world examples (including case studies), articles written by members with actual experience, white papers and opportunities to share books by experts in your field. With National membership, you get online access to journals, research data, benchmarking metrics, and webinars in key topics.

Develop Leadership Skills

It can be risky to try out new leadership skills at your job, especially in the fast-paced speed of business. By joining a committee, helping with a project, or taking a leadership role in ATDSWFL, it's possible to develop the organizational and presentation skills required without the panic of performance reviews to contend with and with the security of full support of the group. Every leadership position in the group comes with a step-by-step guide prepared by ATD with assistance and resources to ensure your success.

Gain Inspiration and Motivation

It is so easy to get into a rut in a career and do what's required to maintain the status quo. Staying active with ATDSWFL may be the perfect way to gather inspiration with new ideas to invigorate your job or business. Seeing what others are accomplishing may bring motivation to tackle those areas of concern in your world. Then, you can capitalize on your success by sharing it with the group!

These are just a few reason to be excited about renewing your membership. What are some of the reasons you have gained value through your membership?

Do you have other ways you have benefitted from your ATD membership?  Send your story or quick tips to Teresa Hiatt at and we’ll include it in a future newsletter.

Employment Opportunities
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Are you looking for a new position in the talent development field?

We will begin sending monthly job opening emails to SWFL Chapter members in 2016. If you are interested in receiving these emails and are not yet a member of our chapter, please consider joining. More information can be found on the Membership page of our web site and you may also contact Erin Burnheimer, VP Membership at

If your organization is looking for new talent, please consider sharing your job openings with us so we can include them in our monthly job opening emails. Please send relevant information to Melissa Rizzuto, VP Technology at

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10 Areas of Expertise &
6 Foundational Competencies.

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