Thursday, April 14, 2011

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

Wow, this post is late this month. But there are still five great options for learning professionals in the Atlanta area. Here are are a few events you shouldn't miss this month (or at least should strongly consider). Hope to see you there.

Measuring Informal Learning at Equifax

April 19

Measurement and informal learning are both hot trending topics. During this ASTD Atlanta Chapter meeting, Alan Brewer of Equifax and Rick Graves of KnowledgeAdvisors will seek to define informal learning and then discuss when (and hopefully some 'how') it should be measured.

I really enjoyed ISPI Atlanta's event on Informal Learning Measurement last month. That was led by KnowledgeAdvisor's John Maddox. We might see some of the same themes here.

Register for the ASTD Atlanta Chapter meeting.

Using Interactive Workshops/Games to Improve Sales Training (from DrawSuccess)

April 20

During this ASTD Atlanta Sales Performance Improvement SIG event, Brownell Landrum of DrawSuccess will lead participants through an interactive process that will help us come up with ideas for improving our own sales training effectiveness. I've never heard Brownell speak, but have heard good things. Plus, the Sales Performance Improvement SIG has quickly become one of my favorites.

Register for the Sales Performance Improvement SIG.

Going Undercover & How It Adds to Corporate Strategy and HR Excellence

April 21

I love the CBS show Undercover Boss. And this SHRM Atlanta chapter meeting will feature two Atlanta CEOs who were on the program, Coby Brooks of Hooters and Joel Manby of Herschend Family Entertainment Corporation. They'll talk about how their experiences on the show have given them a better understanding of the challenges within the organization. Cool stuff.

Register for the SHRM Atlanta Chapter meeting.

How Does Personality Help or Hurt Leaders Facing Daunting Challenges?

April 25

Mark Scullard, co-author of The 8 Dimensions of Leadership, will discuss with the ASTD Atlanta NE SIG his DisC model research and what part personality plays in helping leaders meet the challenges of leading in a global economy.

Register for the ASTD Atlanta Northeast SIG.

What does mobile learning mean to you?

April 28

And here's the other hot topic -- mobile learning. This Technology Association of Georgia Workplace Learning Society meeting promises to demonstrate a wide variety of mLearning examples and give ideas that we all can implement in our own learning strategies. Presenters are from ElementK, Merlin Mobility, and Silly Monkey. I'm really excited about this one.

Register for TAG Workplace Learning.

Be sure to start prepping your calendars for May; there are some great events coming on topics such as Predictive Evaluation (ISPI Atlanta), Building a Culture of Accountability (ASTD Atlanta Organizational Development), and Best Practices for eLearning Simulations (ASTD Atlanta Technology-Based Learning).

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