Saturday, January 1, 2011

5 Atlanta Learning-Industry Events You Shouldn't Miss - January 2011

Many people I've talked with recently list networking and their own professional development as being two of their new year's resolutions. There is no better time to start than January. And, as usual, there are some great events for learning professionals in the Atlanta area this month. Here are five events for the learning industry you shouldn't miss (or at least should strongly consider). Hope to see you there.

January 14, Emotional Intelligence Across Generations

Brent Darnell and Mary Marvin Walter will inform the Southeast Association of Facilitators (SEAF) on how to use emotional intelligence and an understanding of generational differences to enhance your effectiveness as a facilitator. They'll share tactics which will help you recognize and respond to differences among your classroom participants.

Register for the SEAF chapter meeting.

January 18, Preview of the Technology Association of Georgia's 2011 State of the Technology Industry Report

OK, this one is technically not a learning-industry event, but to be effective in our roles, we need to have a good understanding of the environment we're working in. TAG provides a great deep dive into the state's technology industry each year. The full report won't be available until the Georgia Technology Summit in March, but you can get a good preview at this TAG Consulting Society meeting.

Register for TAG Consulting.

January 19, Implementing Instructional Technologies in Your Organization

An ISPI Atlanta panel will discuss implementing technical systems for training, including insights on the selection process, implementation approaches, achieving adoption, and other lessons learned from their own experiences. Panelists include Alexis Balkum of Turner Broadcasting System, Rick Darby of Rollins/Orkin, and Erick Allen of Level4 Performance.  This should be a really informative event.

Register for the ISPI Atlanta chapter meeting.

January 25, ASTD Atlanta 'State of the Chapter' Webinar

Anyone interested in the chapter is invited to this free webinar; chapter leaders will review ASTD Atlanta's 2010 activities and discuss plans for 2011. This will be an easy way to learn how you can get more involved and grow professionally in the year ahead. Separate webinars with tailored information are offered on the 26th for sponsors and 27th for corporate learning leaders.

Register for the ASTD Atlanta chapter webinar.

January 25, Blogging, a New Year's Resolution

Erik Wolf of Zero Creative will outline simple strategies for getting into good blogging habits and integrating this effective marketing strategy into your weekly routine. This is the ASTD Atlanta Independents SIG, but I'm sure that many of us would benefit.

Register for the ASTD Atlanta INC SIG.