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  • 14 Mar 2019 8:02 PM | James Wolfe (Administrator)

    Hello ATD Long Island! Spring is upon us and we are heading into it with great events, in-person and virtual. Hopefully you can catch our March profile member at one of them!

    For March, we are lucky to introduce you to Linda Berke, President of Taylor Performance Solutions. Ms. Berke is also a former President of our chapter, helping to keep ATD LI a strong resource for the talent development community.

    ATD: How did you come to be a part of ATD LI?

    LB: When I started my business in 2003, I was looking for groups with the same interest as me and I was introduced to SHRM and they asked me to present at one of their meetings. After I presented at the SHRM meeting, one of the women in the audience suggested I join ATD.

     

                   

    ATD: Where do you work currently and what does a work day look like for you?

    LB: I run a training and consulting firm called Taylor Performance Solutions. We have such a variety of projects and clients that a work day might mean working on new training designs, running focus groups/interviewing managers and employees to complete a needs analysis, listening to recorded phone calls to analyze the skills of a call center,  going undercover and shopping/eating/being a tourist as part of regular mystery visits/mystery shops at our client locations, delivering training or consulting with management teams on their customer service and sales processes. Pretty much anything that is related to developing custom training and improving service, sales and leadership at a company.

    ATD: How did you begin your career in talent development?

    LB: I was in a management/sales position and was asked to deliver customer service training one day a week after work to other branches. I absolutely loved it and knew I had found my calling. This was in 1990!

    ATD: What do you suggest to new members for them to gain the most benefit from ATD LI?

    LB: ATD LI is an amazing, warm, talented and supportive group of talent management professionals. I suggest new members get to know the group and join a committee or join the board. This was suggested to me and I ended up being the President for a few years and was able to work and learn with many talented people.

    ATD: What was the most challenging experience you ever had in talent development, and why?

    LB: Since we custom design all of our learning experiences and sometimes need to learn about a new industry or business in a short amount of time, all of our projects bring positive challenging experiences! The most important challenges we face on every project are identifying how to align the training to our client’s culture, how to motivate our learners to change and how to design the program in a way that is fun and helps them build new skills quickly. 

    ATD: What are some of the biggest challenges facing the learning and development field?

    LB: From our perspective, the biggest challenges facing the learning and development field is making sure the learning is reinforced after training. We only spend between a few hours and a few days with our learners helping them be better at what they do. Since our focus is on skills such as service, sales or leadership, if the learning is not reinforced and supported after training, it is too easy to fall back into old habits.


  • 15 Feb 2019 3:55 PM | Sayeedul Islam (Administrator)

    The Long Island Chapter of the Association for Talent Development has been awarded a Champion of Learning Award for our joint program with the ICF-Long Island 

    The chapter is very proud to have won this award. We'd like to thank the ICF Long Island team for teaming up with us on this event. 

    Check out the pictures from thejoint ATD LI ICF event below. 


      


  • 11 Feb 2019 5:52 PM | James Wolfe (Administrator)

    Hello ATD Long Island! With so many great events and benefits being offered by ATD: LI, it is nice to get to know the people responsible for the hard work, as well as the professionals in the field that we are here for.

    February's Member Profile checks both boxes. This month we introduce ATD: LI's Director of Membership and BNB Bank's Director of Talent Acquisition, Lisa Garraputa.

    ATD: How did you come to be a part of ATD LI?

    LG: I had attended the SHRM-LI Conference and met some really great people at the ATD booth.  After speaking with some folks, it peaked my interest to learn more about the ATD-LI organization and chapter.




    ATD: Where do you work currently and what does a work day look like for you?

    LG: I am currently the Director of Talent Acquisition for BNB Bank.  A work day for me is leading the recruitment function by continuously building and strengthening relationships internally and externally.  I act as a strategic partner to our business lines to ensure we are connecting, mentoring, and empowering, internal and external talented professionals. 

    ATD: Describe a major career achievement that led to your current position.

    LG: I believe a major career achievement that lead me to my current role was revamping our Internship Program.  Revamping our Internship Program involved creating a new business case, providing guidelines to management and creating a quality internship program that provides students with a valuable experience in the professional fields they are considering for career paths.  This program also was created to enrich the growth of BNB emerging leaders.  The revamp of this program has resulted in several growth opportunities for our organization in addition to internal growth and mobility for our previous Interns (4 of which have been brought on-board full-time.)   I believe my passion to empower young professionals to take the first step in their career combined with my expertise in mentoring and developing talent has allowed me to become a leader within the Talent profession.

    ATD: What do you suggest to new members for them to gain the most benefit from ATD LI?

    LG: My suggestion for a new member to gain the most benefit from the ATD- Long Island Chapter is to go to meetings, network, get out of your comfort zone and meet new people.  I’ve learned so much about common trends, talked about hot topics and even met great people who I could bounce ideas off.    It is incredible to be surrounded by talented professionals who share the same passion, which is helping develop talent no matter their level.

    ATD: What was the most challenging experience you ever had in talent development, and why?

    LG: The most challenging experience I had in Talent Development was when I had clients resistant to change. I believe that clients can be very set in their ways because “things have always been done this way…”  I overcame this challenge by asking “why do we do it this way...have we thought about trying this…”

    ATD: What are some of the biggest challenges facing the learning and development field?

    LG: I think one of the biggest challenges we are facing in the learning and development field is the virtual learning space.  There are many great benefits to virtual learning – however, we lack face-to-face interaction and may miss important pieces to the training.

     

  • 10 Jan 2019 4:40 PM | Lawrence Kravitz (Administrator)

    For the past 10 + years, holding a management title in Learning & Development, I have received countless vendors asking me to join a webinar.  You know the invite; come to a webinar and learn all about LMS technology, leadership training, employee engagement, etc.  I will ask you to be honest and ask how many of you hit delete prior to even reading the topic? C’mon now.  Be honest.  We all have a lot of work to do and no have time for those sales focused webinars.

    In 2019, I want to challenge you.  I challenge you to read some of those invites.  Is the topic something that interests you?   Maybe a topic that might be useful for you to have some insight in for the future. 

    Let me start by saying almost every one of these vendor webinars has some sort of sales component.  After all, no one gives away anything for free.  But there are some great vendors that you can learn from, are respectful of your time, and are good to keep in the virtual Rolodex should you need them.  One of my favorites is The Ken Blanchard Companies.  Ken Blanchard offers some great webinars (https://www.kenblanchard.com/Events-Workshops) for FREE, some even with Ken himself.  These webinars are truly chock full of information and are by no means pushy to make you buy.  Yes, they want you to buy something, but they truly strive to be a learning partner.  Training Mag Network, https://www.trainingmagnetwork.com/, is another place where I go to learn.  Tons of topics, many different vendors, and even a technical series.  NetSpeed Leadership also has some nice offerings.  You can find them at https://netspeedlearning.com/.  I would be remiss to not mention the Franklin Covey Web Series.  They have a number of webinars on their courses and are located at https://www.franklincovey.com/Events/webcast-series.html.

    In 2019, make a commitment to devote an hour a month to a webinar.  I can almost guarantee you will learn something new!


  • 09 Jan 2019 4:45 PM | James Wolfe (Administrator)

    Hello ATD Long Island! Every month from now on we will be highlighting one of our esteemed members, providing an overview of their professional lives as well as some valuable insight into current topics. 

    For January, we are excited to introduce ATD: LI's current President, Larry Kravitz. If you would like to find out more about Mr. Kravitz or maybe discuss some of his answers with him, make sure to join us at our Winter Social Event on Thursday, January 17th! 

    ATD: Where do you work currently and what does a work day look like for you?

    LK: I work as the Organizational Development Manager at Henry Schein.  I do everything from training design and delivery, manage the mentor and reverse mentor programs, help leader with Talent Planning and work on special projects.

    ATD: How did you come to be a part of ATD LI?

    LK: I got involved with ATD LI by presenting on Learning Management Systems for the group.  Sy Islam happened to be the President and knew my wife.  I had just gone through the selection and implementation of a new enterprise LMS.  About six months later, I hosted ATD at my training site and was asked to become involved.  I’ve been addicted ever since!

    ATD: How did you begin your career in talent development?

    LK: I began my career in talent development in college.  I worked for IKEA where I started training.  I was a cashier for a few weeks and then I was asked to train cashiers.  I continued to train all team members on detecting fraudulent payments.  I then designed my first “workbook”.  My intent was to teach High School English but decided I liked training adults better.

    ATD: What do you suggest to new members for them to gain the most benefit from ATD LI?

    LK: When a new member gets involved, I suggest they get “all-in”.  Join a committee and volunteer as much as you can.  This will help you to learn about the organization, learn about talent development, and build a strong network.  I think our members worry about how much they are going to be asked to do.  We won’t push you to put more time then you wish to, however everything we do is because of our volunteers.

    ATD: What was the best experience you have ever had in talent development, and why?

    LK: In my past organization, I pushed for a Leadership Development program for many years.  Although I did not fall under HR there, I saw many managers who became managers because they were successful individual contributors.  Finally, after many years, the CEO saw a need for this program.  Although we brought an outside vendor to do this, I was able to lead the project and it was an absolute win for the managers.

    ATD: What are some of the biggest challenges facing the learning and development field?

    LK: The fact that learning is so readily and easily available is a great benefit, however it is also a huge challenge for the L&D field.  The benefit is that anyone with some basic technology can learn anything they want, often for free.  The challenge is helping people to focus in on the learning they need.  In addition, as learning becomes less formal, tracking is harder for organizations.  As organizations focus on a culture of learning, leaders will need to sit down and figure out formal learning plans.



  • 10 Dec 2018 8:58 AM | Lisa Privett-Wood (Administrator)

    Dec 3-7 was ATD Employee Learning Week. For your reference, see below for the links and suggestions we posted on our chapter site, because really, EVERY WEEK should be Employee Learning Week!

    • What is the "learner experience" and how can we Talent Development   professionals influence it? Link to this article for a list of great resources.
    • Download this PDF and explore numerous links for FINDING (e.g. fonts, templates, images) and CREATING (e.g. videos, infographics) Learning Resources. 


  • 03 Dec 2018 1:54 PM | Lawrence Kravitz (Administrator)

    Your employees are your most valuable asset! I know, it’s difficult to find time and resources to dedicate to learning but it is so important. Learning is directly connected to achieving organizational results.

    Imagine a workplace with no learning. The growth would become stagnant, sales will start to decline, and employees will not feel engaged. 

    How do you participate in Learning Week? It’s simple. If you are an individual contributor; start learning. Learn what you might ask? Learn anything. You can learn from Google and YouTube for free. For around $10 Udemy.com can teach you tons. Go to Edx.org for free college-level courses. Otherwise, invest in yourself and spend some cash. If you manage others, encourage others to learn. Not just from courses, but from anyone and anywhere. Have each member of the team teach the others members something.

    I promise you that when learning stops, so does company growth. So keep on learning. Employee learning week is a great time to start, but keep it going.


  • 12 Nov 2018 8:57 AM | Lawrence Kravitz (Administrator)

    How often have you sat and watched a presenter/facilitator and wished you could be so great in front of tens to hundreds of people.  After standing up in front of groups for the past 23 years of my life, I still think that.  It’s not wrong to think that way.  In sports, they teach you to practice with someone better than yourself.  It’s the only way you’ll get better.  So let’s talk a bit about being a great presenter.

    I’ve heard it before, and I’ll hear it again.  “Your job is so easy.  You just get up in front of people and speak”.  Of course, I just get up in front of people and start speaking, with no preparation, no planning, no research, no content development, nothing.  And of course, that is not true.   On the short side, research shows you will spend 10 hours; on the long side 60, for every one hour of presenting time!

    You may be wondering what presenters need to do.  First, it’s understating the audience.  A good presenter never walks into a session with no information.  You have to understand why the audience is there.  What’s the WIFFM (what’s in it for me) for each person in each seat?  Then, it’s time to research content.   The 10-60 hours I mentioned.  That’s a big range, but this is also a small blog post.  You need to figure out what research supports the points of your presentation.  Oh yeah, you have to figure out what those points are too.  Then you’ll have to create content.  PowerPoint is easy to use, and also very easy to overuse.  Do your homework on trends in PowerPoint to ensure you have a clean deck that is within current trends.  Once you have all your content, you’ll need to practice.  A lot.  In front of a mirror, a camera, your spouse, or your dog.  Anyone who will listen.  The more you practice the more polished you become. 

    And now it’s getting closer to the big day.  Logistics.  Don’t forget about logistics.  Where is the presentation and what time?  Do you have handouts?  Will your laptop fit with the technology in the room?  Do you have a room?  How big or small is it?  Oops, the room is too big for some of your content on the PowerPoint so you might have to re-do some of that.   Do you have control of the temperature in the room?  Will the air conditioning be blowing on a 40-degree day?  These are all things that great speakers think about.

    Finally, the day has arrived.  Butterflies flutter around your stomach.  My way of dealing with it is planning my open.  I typically know the first three minutes inside out and am ready to go.   I also get in as early as I can.   It gives me time to work with all the things that can and will go wrong, time to unwind a bit, get a cup of coffee, listen to some music, and maybe even meet some early bird audience members.  Then it’s off.  If you have prepared and you have a passion for your topic, your credibility will show through and people will be thinking about how they can be a great presenter like you.


  • 10 Oct 2018 12:34 PM | Lawrence Kravitz (Administrator)

    How many of you have a friend or colleague that you go to when you have a need because THEY know everyone? Have you ever had someone land the perfect job, and you wonder how THEY knew about it or got the offer? Well, THEY are not magicians. THEY simply leverage the power of networking.

    So, if THEY can network, why can’t you? Why don’t we all have enormous networks?

    In my experience networking holds long-term value. For many of us, we seek out opportunities that only provide us with immediate returns. Networking does not typically work this way. Many years ago, I joined a service organization. I liked the organization and that is why I joined. I had no ulterior motives. Later, I obtained a job where I was able to leverage my contacts, and I did so. It worked because I was a valued member of the organization.

    Networking involves getting your hands dirty, or at least shaking a lot of hands and having conversations about individuals and things you never thought you might be interested in.

    I joined ATD Long Island because I saw value in the organization. I liked the topics, I liked the people, so why not join? I was asked to join the Board and I got more involved and began meeting and talking with more people. It was some work, but I got to know the organization better. And the people in the organization got to know me better. I was building my network. That networking, with no intention, in the beginning, to do so, wound up in a job offer.

    You see, networking is not magic. You have to go into it expecting almost nothing, and over time, hopefully, you will see the return.

    So, whether you join ATD Long Island or another network, get ready to become involved. Give to the network and over time the network may give back to you.


  • 02 Oct 2018 9:01 PM | Lisa Privett-Wood (Administrator)

    ATD LI recently had the pleasure of hosting a free webinar from Jack Appleman, principal of Successful Business Writing. His topic about how a thoughtful selection of words can drive employee engagement is popular today in every industry. 

    With thanks to Jack for sharing, see below to access the recording of Wowing with Words: Writing to Drive Employee Engagement-20180920 2207-1  (Thursday, September 20, 2018) 

    Play recording (52 min)   Recording password: uEK95Afb

    If you haven't already, sign up to join ATD Long Island today. Don't miss out on future relevant and compelling members-only webinars.

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