Monday, September 16, 2013

Workshops, Seminars and Conferences

Now is the time of year when everyone rushes off to a workshop, seminar or conference. We sit in large rooms with raised stages, podiums and microphones watching endless power point presentations. We feel inspired and hopeful by what we have learned. We return to the work place fired up and committed to changing everything.

The difficulty is that once we are back in the swing of things at the office, we often get overwhelmed and frustrated. At times, the perfect clarity we had achieved at the conference seeps away and the difficulties in the office return.

However, it does not have to be this way. Kevin Cashman in his book, Leadership From The Inside Out: Becoming a Leader for Life, Berrett-Koehler, 2008, shared an important study by the American Society For Training and Development (ASTD) that demonstrated a 72 percent improvement in learning when coaching follows training.

My advice this week: send people to workshops, seminars and conferences but also commit to 60 days of coaching post the training in order to assist them with the on-going learning and integration of what was presented. The choice is yours. The ROI will be priceless.

Geery Howe, M.A. Consultant, Executive Coach, Trainer in Leadership, Strategic Planning and Organizational Change Morning Star Associates 319 - 643 - 2257

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