Now, think of your network. Do you know of anyone who needs a new job? Maybe someone is just starting out in workplace learning and performance and needs to gain skills and build a network. What about that friend who really wants a mentor?
Are they involved in ASTD-TCC? If not, you can be the one to get them started. Between now and April 30, 2013, new members can join the chapter at the renewing rate of $110. That’s a $20 discount. Just use the code friend during membership enrollment to unlock the savings. Note: the promo code is case sensitive.
The ASTD-TCC mentor program, Partners in Learning, in partnership with DRI Consulting, is now in full swing.
We held our kick-off orientation Thursday, March 14th where mentor/mentee pairs had the opportunity to learn more about the program, each other’s background and experiences, and why they wanted to be involved in this program. We finished the evening with mentor/mentee pairs working together to begin building their foundation and discussing their goals.
Have an interest in eLearning or want to learn more hands-on, practical ways to implement online learning at your organization? The ASTD-TCC eLearning Special Interest Group (SIG) is a supportive network designed for just that purpose. Our group meets 10 times a year in face-to-face and/or virtual environments at various locations around the metro area. Meetings are typically the fourth Thursday of the month from 11:30 AM-1:00 PM and, generally, we have a speaker who addresses a specific topic of interest.
ASTD-TCC’s 8th Annual Conference and Expo will draw in more than 400 attendees from all over the Midwest. Marketing will touch more than 4,000 professionals multiple times through a regionally-focused, aggressive multi-media campaign. This conference offers international-quality presenters, an enhanced expo for our valued vendor partners, and unique opportunities for you to create lasting impressions with your target market.
As a part of the 70,000 member-strong American Society for Training and Development (ASTD), the Twin Cities Chapter (ASTD-TCC) is the second largest in the United States, with more than 600 members. We are the premier professional development resource for workplace learning and performance professionals in the Twin Cities. Join us and unleash the power of learning and performance in 2013.
The ASTD-TCC’s first-ever mentor program, Partners in Learning, officially kicked off on Thursday, March 14, 2013. We are more than excited to work with the 22 individuals participating (11 mentor/mentee pairs), who applied via our online application process.
The Partners in Learning Mentorship Program is an added-benefit program to the ASTD-TCC chapter. What does this mean?
Both the chapter and members benefit as this is an exclusive option that no other workplace learning and performance associations in the Twin Cities area currently provide, as well provides an additional unique way to obtain in-depth information and skills aside from already beneficial chapter meetings and conference.
We are excited to move forward with the 2013 cohort for the course of the six-month program. Look for future Spectrum articles featuring some of our participants and how the program is benefiting them.
Thank you all for your support and interest in this program and making it possible!
The mission of the ASTD-TCC Coaching SIG is to be a vibrant networking and learning community for Training & Development, Human Resources and Coaching professionals interested coaching in organizations. The format of our meetings is participant driven with an intentional focus on sharing knowledge, experiences, and ideas on tools, trends, and best practices in the organizational coaching profession.
Our sessions have included a depth of topics including:
Using the MBTI Step I, II, and yes, Step III in coaching
From Coach to Positive Psychology Coach
Verbal and non-verbal coaching strategies
Training with World Café
Emotional Intelligence: The Organizational Advantage
Coaching using the StrengthsFinder
What’s ICF – Becoming a certified coach
Coaching your client to find Organizational Fit
Overcoming Adversity – Lessons from Shakespeare (using a creativity in coaching)
Coaching and your client relationships
Your coaching contract
Presenting with Pecha Kucha
Coaching with Positive Self Talk (changing your clients behaviors).
One thing that makes our SIG special is we offer the opportunity for participants – newbies and veterans alike – to use a session to pilot a new tool or hot topic of interest. This gives participants a platform in which to move from coach to trainer and a space to hone their presentation skills. There is no better way to learn a coaching tool or process than to train it!
Last but not least, our SIG offers a safe and intimate setting for folks in transition to meet and network with other trainers, coaches, and human resources professionals. At every meeting our leaders and regular participants make it a point to reach out to others, sharing smiles and laughter.
Here’s what one of the regular attendees says about the Coaching SIG:
"As a participant and as a speaker, I will tell you that the ASTD-TCC Coaching SIG provides a great chance both to receive and to provide training in the area of coaching for organizations or businesses. It is a terrific place for learning new information, getting tips and recharging your enthusiasm to implement what you have learned. Julie and Cindy foster a supportive environment where can try out new presentation techniques, practice your group coaching skills, and have fun with your peers. The purpose of the group is clear and simple – peer-to-peer learning exchange."
~ Arona Fay Roshal, All About You Coaching
If you have any questions about our group please contact:
Julie Berg at or Cindy Edwards at .
Minnesota is the home of a vibrant workplace learning and performance community, which is evident in the American Society for Training and Development -Twin Cities Chapter (ASTD-TCC). As the second largest ASTD chapter in the nation, our over 650 members work together to make ASTD-TCC the place for professionals to learn, connect, and grow.
This past week I hopped on a bus to get downtown to see a client and the meter to swipe my “GoTo” pass card didn’t work. No lights… no beep… no nothin’! Trying to be friendly in my inquiry to the bus driver who was right in front of me but completely unresponsive to my plight as I swiped a 2nd, then 3rd time, I smiled and said “This doesn’t seem to be working. Is it a free ride today?” I was really quite shocked by what happened next…
By Mary E. Casey, M.A., and Shannon Murphy Robinson, M.A
What if you could learn to use your brain to access transformational thinking and create positive actions and outcomes even under pressure and stress? Today’s leaders need to know how to respond quickly and efficiently to ongoing changes in their organizations. Whether these changes come from internal decisions or forces from the outside, today’s leaders must be creative, open minded, and able to effectively manage ambiguity and fluid situations while supporting employees with care and understanding. This level of complexity requires a new approach using higher levels of thinking and responding.
Here are some comments made by attendees at the February 15, monthly meeting – presented by G. Riley Mills: Get the Reactions You Want with the Pin Drop Principle!
Communication principles are empowering when applied with knowledge and practice. The presentation was well tuned to what Plato once wrote, "The measure of a speech is not the orator but the listener.” – Natalia Harkins