B Online @ ATD International Conference and Expo
San Diego, USA – It was a productive week spent in sunny San Diego taking in the ATD International Conference and Expo (May 6-9)! It is always great to spend time with the learning community while also taking in sessions headlined by fantastic speakers like former US President Barack Obama, and thought-leaders such as Marcus Buckingham and Connie Podesta. As we continue to partner with our clients on their learning journeys, it is continually positive to connect with so many other brilliant attendees to confirm that what we are working towards continues to push boundaries, support growth, and ensure efficiency wherever possible. Overall, it was an inspiring week, and I have a few quick stories to share about our time at ATD ICE 2018.
As I mentioned, US President Barack Obama was a speaker at this event, kickstarting the entire week as the opening keynote. I’ve been to quite a few ATD events in the past, but this was the first time I’ve ever seen a line as long as this leading up to the start of a talk. I showed up an hour before the start time, and still ended up behind approximately 15,000 people anxious to hear this man speak. After we all made it into the hall and took our seats, the lights dimmed, and the next hour just flew by! Obama offered sixty minutes of pure inspiration and down-to-earth advice; I think everyone in the room was able to take something away that they could either apply to their work, family, or even personal lives.
Following Obama’s talk, I was able to take in sessions around bureaucracy in the workplace that can hinder change and growth, with a focus on a corporate training department as well as a talk on “You’ve bought your LMS, now what?” Each session had great information around the frustrations you may experience while trying to introduce and embrace change or lead your organisation through a process of digital transformation in learning. The first session discussed the resistance to change and the roadblocks that organisations may encounter. Also presented were the many logistical questions and frustrations that can surface even after your organisation has embraced the concept of change, including the growing pains that can be experienced as you attempt to migrate processes to a new way of thinking while introducing new systems and applications. As a partner in your learning environment, we are very aware of these challenges, and it was great to talk this through with other community members that are going through similar things so that we can continue to be a step ahead and minimise the impacts of these changes on your organisation.
Days two and three were very similar: each day was jump-started by incredible talks by Marcus Buckingham and Connie Podesta respectively, who each discussed their version of work and how important it is to love what you do and do what you love. Buckingham and Podesta were equally inspiring and challenged everyone in the room to take a look at why they are doing what they are doing and to refocus on striving for great things for themselves and their employees/clients.
The sessions continued with many insightful workshops that focused on our Healthcare customers. We were able to take in some best practices that considered the transition from a traditional method of learning solely in an in-class environment, to jumping into a digital learning platform and utilising these and other applications to make life easier and provide better access to information.
These conversations were fantastic simply because at the same time I was attending these sessions and meeting with other attendees, we launched our Project Vegas #boldlp campaign!
Project Vegas is our brand new digital learning technology that we will be further introducing to the world over the next few months. Every goal we have in mind for this platform is focused on making our clients’ lives easier and giving them access to better and more relevant information. All of these conversations aligned with the direction we are headed in with our new digital learning platform. We are so excited to share more about this and how we will be able to have all the tools to really help you embrace your transformation to digital learning! More info @