To quote Bob Dylan, "Oh the times, they are a-changin'!"
Change is in the air. The end of August brings the beginning of a school year, which reminds us of change, and new beginnings. It doesn't matter whether you're helping children get ready for a new year, or you are going back to school yourself, or you simply remember what it was like.
Not only is it a season of change, but also change is all around us. Change is accelerating in many areas - including our profession. The move from Training and Development to Talent Development is indicative. There are many kinds of Learning Professional roles in Talent Development - Facilitator, Coach, Trainer, Instructional Designer and/or Developer, Administrator, Manager. For all these roles, the mastery of your craft is an exciting journey, filled with many questions. How do you continue to grow and add value for your constituents? How do we develop others? How do we help find a solution for problems? Do we have the skill sets to guide and support when the solution is not training? How do we continue to be part of the solution? Where do you want to go next?
This may be exciting, terrifying or both. Take a minute and reflect where you are. What is your next step in the development of your talent? Are you ready to present and guide solutions? How are you viewing the changes in front of you? Something as simple as our point of view can make a difference in how we cope or embrace the change that is coming at us.
Our chapter has lots of resources to help you prepare for the future. Our next few meetings offer some exciting tools - Carol Clark and gamification in September, and Ken Phillips will provide two webinars and a live event to help you better assess the efficacy of your training.
There are also webinars, ATD National programs, the Denver Chamber of Commerce and our many partnerships. Take a look at the "events" tab on our website www.atdrmc.org. The Facilitator's Exchange, an ATD-RMC Special Interest Group (SIG) is re-launching on Thursday, August 28th. We hope to see you there.
Finally, do not forget the wealth of support you have in this chapter. You are a phone call/email away from somebody who can give you ideas for how you can continue to grow as a Learning Professional.
Speaking of change, we continue to re-brand our chapter. By now you've seen our new web site. At future meetings you'll continue to see the new face of ATD-RMC. Many thanks to Yvonne Bogard and Ted Penberthy for their leadership on this front.
Your chapter continues to thrive. Today we have $27,074 in the bank, which covers a year of expenses, as part of our Chapter Operating Requirements (CORE). We currently have 218 members, up 1 from July.
Thank you for your continued support and contribution to our community. Your participation, thoughts and energy keep us strong and help us thrive. I encourage you to make the most of your membership by joining us at meetings, and volunteering. Volunteering expands your skills/knowledge, and helps you get and stay connected to the Denver learning community.
We are here to serve you. Please let us know if you have any questions or suggestions. You can email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
2014 ASTD Rocky Mountain Chapter President
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