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September 20 & 21,
ASTD Telling Ain't Training Mini-Conference, Atlanta, GA
October 15 & 16,
ASTD Telling Ain't Training Mini-Conference, Dallas, TX
November 5 & 6,
ASTD Telling Ain't Training Mini-Conference, Washington, DC
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Harold Stolovitch and Erica Keeps are Certified Performance
Technologists (CPT). The CPT designation is awarded by the
International Society for Performance Improvement (ISPI) to
experienced practitioners in the field of organizational performance
improvement, whose work meets both the performance-based Standards
of Performance Technology and application requirements. For
more information, visit www.CertifiedPT.org.
50th Anniversary ISPI!
On April 20 - 23, 2012 the International Society for Performance
Improvement (ISPI) celebrated 50 years as the premier professional
organization for instructional and performance technologists. The
conference, held in Toronto, Canada, brought together over 550 researchers
and practitioners from 21 countries:
the USA, Canada, Argentina, Australia, Bermuda, Chile, China, Germany,
Hungary, Ireland, Latvia, Malaysia, Nigeria, Oman, Puerto Rico,
Republic of Korea, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, South Africa, Thailand,
Trinidad and Tobago. (To learn more about ISPI, click HERE.)
At the opening event, ISPI honored its past presidents, many of
whom are still active professionally and participated in this conference.
They shared with old timers and new members, and attendees what
ISPI was like during their term as president. This special feature,
created and hosted by Margo Murray and Roger Addison brought many
great memories for long-time members and welcomed newcomers to the
April 22, ISPI threw an anniversary party with a huge, delicious
cake for all to enjoy. Prior to the party, ISPI staged a skit in
which past president Jim Hill re-enacted his Mr. Rogers persona
in "A Visit to Mr. Rogers Neighborhood." ISPI neighbors
from various nations visited with Mr. Rogers. Through Mr. Roger's
interviews with "neighbors," we learned about ISPI, what
it stands for, its past, present and future. Then, Jim traded his
well-worn Mr. Rogers sweater for a doctor's coat and mad scientist's
wig. Dr. Jimmy took us on a hysterical journey through the human
brain...of a 22-year old male. Fun was had by all!
On April 22, Harold Stolovitch presented a half-day research symposium.
During this very informative event featuring key researchers in
a variety of areas, no other conference sessions were offered. The
clear message was that practitioners and researchers have much to
learn from each other. The myth busting proved to have high emotional
impact as practitioners and researchers alike were forced to give
up "beliefs" held to be true, that empirical data simply
does not support.
President Judy Hale called our attention to the fact that while
ISPI was celebrating its 50th Anniversary, ISPI's Certified Performance
Technologist initiative was celebrating too...10 years! (To learn
more about CPT, click HERE.)
Excellent conference sessions, great networking opportunities and
a community spirit are all hallmarks of ISPI's annual conference.
If you attended this year, we are certain you would agree. If you
missed ISPI in Toronto, we hope to see you next April in Reno, Nevada!
Erica and Harold
Ain't Necessarily So! Science Versus Lore in Learning and
You are reading this brief article. Could it be because the
title piqued your curiosity? Now that you have invested a
few moments of your time to come this far, please stick with
us a little longer. There are benefits ahead for you, which
we will share shortly. Right now, however, let's play a game
called Hit or Myth. Click HERE
appreciate your playing along with us. Believe it or not,
there is a rationale for this seemingly bizarre treatment.
We are gathering data on what triggers beliefs related to
our professional work. We have collected the choices and the
bases upon which these were made from over 200 respondents
to date. We expect to gather over a thousand more over the
next few months, then share with you our findings as well
as much more. You have just contributed to our growing database.
the answers to the four statements, you will have to stay
tuned for a while. They will be included in our forthcoming
book, It Ain't Necessarily So! Science
Versus Lore in Learning and Performance, that will
deal with over 70 workplace learning and performance (WLP)
beliefs. Before then, we promise to provide you with some
of our key findings and the answers to the four statements
(two of which, as you noticed, have nothing to do with WLP,
but which play a role in explaining beliefs).
stay tuned for more on what science and solid evidence have
to say about many commonly held WLP beliefs. You have helped
us - and we owe you.
Ain't Training Conference
Based on ASTD's all-time bestselling book Telling Ain't
Training, this conference offers an experiential approach
to transforming telling into activities that result
in long-term retention and behavior change. Along the way,
you'll gain valuable tools that you can use to inspire and
gain interest from your learners.
Despite the irreverent title, this conference tackles the
persistent training question: How do I make learning stick?
- Learn to convert your subject matter into high-probability
learning material for any audience in any delivery method.
- Discover how to develop and utilize games and gamelike
activities to generate powerful learning and performance.
- Use lessons on the brain and human behavior to make your
training based on experience and not just classroom instruction.
Make 2012 the year you
lead successful, performance-based learning in your organization.
Register for September's Telling Ain't Training in Atlanta
before August 17 and receive an early bird discount!
to register or to learn more.
With Harold Stolovitch
You are invited to a virtual lunch with Harold Stolovitch,
co-author of best-selling books Telling Ain't Training
and Training Ain't Performance.
Book a virtual lunch with Harold and you get one full hour
of consultation free of charge. Bring your learning and performance
support concerns to Harold and he will provide you with a
full hour of uninterrupted consultation. He will help you
solve a pressing problem or at least get you on track. Harold
brings 50 years of experience and wisdom to the "lunch
table." Click HERE
to read some "free lunch" reviews.
To learn more about this
offer or schedule a "free lunch," contact Erica
Keeps at 310.286.2722 or firstname.lastname@example.org.