Sunday, February 6, 2011

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

The Atlanta area professional associations are really ramping up their schedules now. As usual, there are some great events for learning professionals this month. Here are five events for the learning industry you shouldn't miss (or at least should strongly consider). If you know of others, please post them in the Comments! Hope to see you there.

SharePoint as a Content Management System

February 15, 2011

First, I'm thrilled that STC Atlanta has pre-published their chapter meetings for the upcoming year. In the past, it's sometimes been hard to plan for a meeting.

The speaker hasn't been publically announced yet, but using SharePoint as a Content Management System (CMS) is very practical; I'm sure good tips will be shared.

Check the STC Atlanta website for information.

New, Sustainable Approaches for Sales Training - Four Key Components That Make Sales Training Stick

February 17, 2011

ASTD Atlanta's new Sales Performance Improvement SIG is already one of my favorite groups; attendees have great experience and energy. For this session, Tim Sullivan, a Director at Sales Performance International, will discuss why traditional paradigms for training don’t work for sales professionals and how, instead, you can take advantage of a breakthrough approach for training sales people.

Register for ASTD Atlanta Sales Performance Improvement.

Turner's Integrated Talent Management Strategy: Tactics to Build Future Leaders

February 22, 2011

This should be an excellent ASTD Atlanta chapter meeting. Alexis Balkum and Steve Waechter from Turner Broadcasting System will describe how Turner addressed key talent challenges and created operational excellence by implementing CornerStone onDemand, an integrated talent management system and one of, if not the, top players in that market. I saw Alexis speak as part of an ISPI Atlanta panel last month; she's very open and honest and shares real-world experiences.

Prior to the meeting, ASTD Atlanta is also offering a Career Coaching / Resume Review session AND New Member Orientation. Check the website for details.

Register for the ASTD Atlanta chapter meeting.

Adapting 20th Century Training Models for the Future: Technology's Impact?

February 24, 2011

The Technology Association of Georgia's Workplace Learning Society (TAG WLS) will debate Adapting 20th Century Training Models for the Future: What impact will technology have on the "Sacred Cows" of the training / education industry? Further details haven't been announced yet, but TAG WLS is typically a great forum and one of my favorite groups.

Register for the TAG Workplace Learning Society.

PowerPoint Power: Simple Ways to Ignite Your Presentations

February 28, 2011

The ASTD Atlanta Northeast Atlanta / Athens GIG will feature Michael Schwartz, president of Business Power, an Atlanta-based presentation design firm. There's been a great deal of focus in our industry over the past few years on improving presentation design. Michael will share tips such as using basic design elements to add sophistication to your presentations, building presentations that are memorable, and finding free or low-cost visuals that elevate the quality of your presentations.

Register for the ASTD Atlanta NE Atlanta / Athens GIG.

Be sure to start prepping your calendars for March. There will be more great events, including the ASTD Atlanta Technology-Based Learning SIG (ASTD TBL) and ISPI Atlanta.