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Master Class: Road to the Future - 5 Keys to Unlock Success for TD and HR Professionals (CEUs Available)

This Master Class delivers a powerful view of the future of business and talent development.  Join industry thought leaders as they map out strategies and tactics for future success in a TED talk-like format.

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Mindfulness 101: Reducing Workplace Stress Through Awarenessby Erin Hailstone

The June meeting of the Southwest Florida ATD Chapter was held at Florida Southwestern State College. Participants explored the concept of Mindfulness and how a Mindfulness practice can assist with managing workplace stress.

Stress is a natural physical and mental reaction to life experiences. Stress that is perceived as “positive” can instigate creativity, new ideas, and enthusiasm. Stress that is perceived as “negative”, long-term, or chronic can be overwhelming and debilitating. The physical repercussions of negative stress can include depression, anxiety, forgetfulness, emotional response, fear, and an over aroused sympathetic nervous system.

Developing a daily Mindfulness practice can assist with managing stress. Mindfulness activities train the brain to remain “present or in the moment” while avoiding the temptation to ruminate on the past or project into the future. Mindfulness practitioners believe that allowing the brain to ruminate or project can increase the stress response in the body and brain. Both formal and informal mindfulness practices were suggested at the session:

  • Mindful eating
  • Yoga
  • Silent retreats
  • Breathing moments
  • Meditation
  • Gratefulness practice
  • Internal & external observations

The session included an activity that contrasted the concepts of “Mindfulness” and “Mindlessness”. Increased understanding about the moments that we are mindless can assist with improving Mindfulness awareness. Participants were asked to reflect on the ways that they engage these two opposing concepts in workplace meetings, when speaking with another person, and when facing disappointment. They were asked to share their thoughts with another person.

Mindfulness can be a challenging but highly effective practice. Measurable changes, in the grey matter of the brain associated with the stress response, have been observed through brain scanning in numerous university medical studies (studies cited during the workshop). Research participants additionally indicated improvement in stress reduction, through self-reporting. These studies involved 27 minutes of meditation over a brief 8-week period. It appears that even short-term Mindfulness and meditation practices result in positive outcomes for stress reduction. 

In can be difficult to avoid stressors in our busy lives. Implementing strategies, such as a daily Mindfulness practice, may improve the ability to cope with stress and workplace challenges while positively supporting the stress response in the body and mind.


 
Message from the President

Lorna KibbeyDid you know that we have amazing talent amongst our Southwest Florida members? Take for example the Master Class – “Road to the Future – Five Keys to Unlock Success for TD and HR Professionals” - being offered July 14. Five professional speakers bring their message to us to help prepare for our future. It is going to be an amazing session (and we are rewarding attendees with CEU credit!). CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFO

Another example? Five of our members went to the ATD International Conference and Exposition (ICE) this year. As you know, it takes extreme dedication to make time and find resources to invest in such a large conference. Even more wondrous, our President-Elect – Rebecca Ruding, and chapter member Dick Daniels – presented at the conference! On August 16, ICE attendees will share their experiences with you – giving you important information on the latest trends in our industry – at our ATD Chapter Meeting. CLICK HERE

I’m sometimes asked why I think our Chapter is so strong. The answer is always the same – and doesn’t change – it’s our talented people! We have authors, speakers, corporate trainers, professional educators, entrepreneurs, consultants, scholars, and coaches. We have incredibly dedicated and passionate Board Members. And we have members who give their time freely to further the profession and help those who have a desire to be part.

As with many things in life, it holds true that the more you give, the more you receive. ATD SWFL is a win-win for everyone who wants to be part. I sincerely hope you will join us at the upcoming meetings and be part!

As those participating in the facilitation of the Master Class have proclaimed: “Do something today that your future self will thank you for.”


Your SW FL ATD President,
Lorna Kibbey


 
Use ISDs to Interact and Engage by Dr. Geri McArdle

According to a study conducted by ATD and the Institute for Corporate Productivity, (TD Magazine March 2010), 97 percent of the responding organizations stated that they were using traditional classroom courses, the learning was becoming more customized and technologically mediated. 

Although six years have passed, classroom training still rules! In The TD March 2017 Blog Buzz, author Charles Jennings stated that classroom teaching or, some type of experience where learners come together, still has a place and purpose.

So, given this evidence that classroom training rules,  why do we constantly read that developing effective learning programs has always been a challenge and many companies have programs that are, at best, moderately effective in achieving both business and learning goals? 

What are we missing here?  It’s simple.  Here are two points to consider. Click here to learn the two points and more about how ISD programs must adopt to the evolution in the ways that learning is designed, developed, and delivered states.

 
 
ICE Melts - August 16th Learning Event

Not able to attend ICE this year? Join us at our August meeting to learn some of the “nuggets” a few of your fellow chapter members collected this year. Everyone has a different track of interest, so there is great variety! This will be a fast-paced session, filled with the highlights that this group took away. They will provide tips, take-aways, links, handouts and ideas. The work has already been done to distill the information they heard, so come reap the benefits. There will be time for Q & A. 

 
 
It's Contagious! by Jim Smith, Jr.

Do you have it?  Over 90% of the trainers that I've observed and coached do.  Moreover, a great majority of the leaders, facilitators and speakers I've watched have it too.  It's called "front-of-the-room-itis" and it's contagious.  Symptoms include fear, lack of creativity, whetted to one approach and lack of vulnerability. People who have this dreaded disease typically make their entire presentation from the front of the room. That's akin to going to your favorite restaurant and ordering the same entree every time.  How exciting is that?

The workshop room has space, usually enough space for the trainer to move around.  At some point during your session every part of the room should have been converted into the front of the room (and because of your amazing eye communication every one should feel that you had one-on-one moments with them).  This way you keep changing your learners' viewership which impacts how they're taking in the information. Having them stay in the same seat, facing the same direction all day will certainly increase the likelihood that you're going to lose them.  You ever get drowsy while driving on a highway that looks the same for miles?  I think you get my point.

Remember, we're in the experience-creating business.  In doing so, we should bring curiosity, intrigue, surprises and movement into our teaching and presenting opportunities.  This is one of those little things that can mean a lot.  Consider starting from the back of the room.  Send them to breaks from the center of the room.  We are the most constant visual aid in the room.  Let's take more advantage of it!  

Used with permission from www.jimsmithjrintl.com.

 
 
Special Interest Group Update: Independent Training and Speaking Professionals

Our ATD Special Interest Group (SIG) for independents is going strong – and getting stronger. In SW Florida, this SIG is known as Seriously Independent Gurus. This is a great forum for discussing your ideas, issues, and thoughts on how to do business as an independent here in SW Florida. If you would enjoy discussing a wide array of topics with a wide array of professionals, please join us. All who attend agree that we very much enjoy the richness of our discussions and appreciate the support provided to one another.

We meet monthly with our next meeting being on July 12th at 8 AM at Keiser University. There is no cost for attending other than what you choose to spend on breakfast! All are welcome.

Questions? Please contact Lorna Kibbey at LKibbey@LKibbey.com.

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

We send monthly job opening emails to SWFL Chapter members. 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 erinburnheimer@gmail.com.

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 melrizzuto@gmail.com.

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August 17, 2017 at 1:00 p.m.  - BUILDING CAPABILITY VS. PERFORMANCE MANAGEMENT

 
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