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September 2016   
Five Generations in One Classroom by Dr. Geri McArdle

I teach a public seminar for a global management organization. A couple of months ago, in New York City, I walked into a class, opened with a welcome, and conducted a one-minute needs assessment with the group.

During this introduction, I noticed a rather strange arrangement: one group of participants consisted of two Millennials and a Baby Boomer; another group consisted of five generation Xers, and the final group consisted of all Baby Boomers, and then there is me, a pre-Boomer for a total of five generations in one class.

What immediately came to mind were the research findings reported by Patty Gaul in TD Magazine, “Millennials Need Training to Manage More Effectively” (March 2016). In the article, Gaul states that “… forty-seven percent of Millennials surveyed feel that they are the most capable generation to lead yet, only 14 percent of the respondents as a whole said so.”


Later in the same article, Gaul states that according U.S. News and World Report August 2014, “… a poll found that 45 percent of Generation X and Baby Boomer respondents believe that they lack pertinent experiences … [and that] could have a negative impact on a company’s culture.”

My first reaction to my New York situation was that any traditional training approach would likely be met with resistance. The Baby Boomers might reminisce about chalkboards, rotary phones, and shops around the corner. The millennials counter the Boomer view by taking online classes, accessing information on Google, researching topics on Wikipedia, and making friends around the globe using Facebook. Click here to continue reading more, including:

  • How Millennials Operate
  • How Millennials Learn Best
  • Millennials Learn Differently
  • What Happened In My Five-Generational Class
  • Why Open-System Learning Made a Difference

Click here to read the entire article by Dr. McArdle.

In Case You Missed It...

Moffitt SpeechAt our August 17 meeting, Dr. Brian Moffitt, faculty at Keiser University and SWFL Chapter & Power Member, facilitated our August Monthly meeting title “Bad Speech – Good Speech.” It was a very interesting and active meeting. Dr. Moffitt reviewed context and purpose of a speech (see diagram below). He showed the informative and persuasive parts of the speech that the speaker must develop to get the topic across to the audience. Dr. Moffitt also led us in examining the differences between a bad speech and a good speech. Speech skills are the foundation for all talent development activities, whether a presentation, training or facilitation.  At the learning event, we explored this foundation, including the 12 core elements of effective speeches:

  1. Introduction (grab the audience attention, state purpose, explain rationale and preview main points)
  2. Organization (clear main points sequenced logically and of relative equal weight, with transitions)
  3. Verbal Citations (to build credibility)
  4. Language (clear descriptions, minimal filler/redundancy and vocalized pauses)
  5. Notes (cards, slides, outlines without being distracting)
  6. Eye Contact (looking at individuals and groups throughout speech)
  7. Audience Orientation (making content relevant)
  8. Non-Verbal Behavior (appropriate appearance and effective use of gestures, body movements)
  9. Vocal Quality (appropriate rate, volume, pitch variation, and enthusiasm)
  10. Content (interesting and substantive)
  11. Visual Aids (clear, simple, compelling)
  12. Conclusion (summarize purpose and main points and with memorable ending).

Participants then critiqued a "bad" and "good" speech using these elements.  Participants are encouraged to assess their skills in these 12 areas to enhance their talent development activities.

Click here to download a larger PDF version of the diagram (Members Only).

Master Class - Friday, September 23rd

Learning Event

Lee Memorial Health System's succession planning process has been recognized by the Association for Talent Development as a best practice effort. The Leadership and Organization Development department will present their work during the ATD October regional conference in Charlotte, NC. You can hear this award winning work first hand by attending this Master Class Session to learn how Lee Memorial Health System created a best practice approach to succession planning by:

  • Aligning efforts to organizational strategy
  • Classifying leadership pipeline levels
  • Identifying competencies by leadership level
  • Measuring organizational competence
  • Implementing a development model
  • Creating a visualization of its pipeline


Message from the President

Christine DavlinGreetings!

I am feeling energized about our chapter! Recently we have seen some new faces, which bring new ideas to the chapter and for the future of our organization.

Dr. Brian Moffitt presented Bad Speech, Good Speech in August. It was an interactive and entertaining session examining the differences between the good and bad. We were able to critique speeches based on 12 core elements and discuss as a group. The rubric will be a helpful tool for assessing your own skills!

In September our chapter will be offering a Master Class (in lieu of our monthly meeting) on Friday, September 23 from 8:30am to 12noon. A panel from Lee Memorial Health System will be discussing their succession planning process. Their process has been recognized by the Association for Talent Development (ATD) as a best practice. The Leadership and Organization Development department will present their work during the ATD October regional conference in Charlotte, NC. We will have the opportunity to listen to the program first!

The board is meeting on October 11th for our 2017 Strategic Planning meeting. If you are interested in becoming a board member, volunteering for a committee, or wish to participate in our planning meeting, please let me know.

If you have any ideas for future presentations, or are interested in hosting or facilitating a program, please contact Lorna, our VP of Programs at

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

Warm regards,

Christine Davlin

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: September 13th | Time: 5:30 PM | Location: Starbucks Gulf Coast Town Center

Special Interest Group Update: Independent Training and Speaking Professionals

Our SIG for independents continues to meet every month. The group has adopted the nickname “Seriously Independent Gurus!” Please feel free to join us at our next gathering at Panera at Gulf Coast Town Center, 9970 University Plaza Drive, Fort Myers, FL 33913, on Monday, September 19 at 8:00 AM. Our discussions revolve around all issues involving the training and speaking business in Southwest Florida and beyond! This has become a great place to bounce ideas, gain support, and share information. There is no cost to attend other than what you buy for breakfast!

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).

This SIG (Special Interest Group) is for training and speaking professionals who are independents. Click here to learn more about the Special Interest Group.

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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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