Monday, June 1, 2009

ASTD ICE 2009, Part 1

Today was the first full day of the ASTD International Conference & Expo. So, even though I have been there for four days, today was the day that hordes of WLP folks descended on the city to wreak havoc in the name of training.

So far, it seems as though ASTD is doing a phenomenal job of keeping things running smoothly and providing a whole lot of value for the price. I will go into the specifics of some of the sessions in my next post.

First, a general observation. The theme of this year's conference seems to center around Linking to Business Outcomes. My response is, and I don't use this term loosely, "Duh." Is this really news to anyone?

Session Facilitator: "Hey the economy is bad, so it might be a good idea to show your value."
Me: "Ohhhhhh, THAT's what I've been doing wrong!"

Anyway, I am definitely open to anyone who disagrees and encourage comments!

Bad Training Closing #1
(or, how to make sure everyone in class checks their blackberry)
"Now, use the remaining time to reflect on what you have learned and how you will put it into action."

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