I’m a bit of a conference junkie. The field of corporate training professionals offers some great conferences. Some of my favorites are eLearningGuild’s DevLearn (focus on creativity this year), ATD International Conference & Expo (one of the biggest in the field), and Learning DevCamp (one of the more intimate ones).
This year, I’m checking out a new conference: The Training, Learning, and Development Conference (TLDC) in San Diego in just a couple of weeks. What intrigues me most about this conference is that I feel like I’ve already been there. I can tell it’s going to be an intimate setting where I will make some new friends in the field.
It’s obvious that the conference founders have built this conference with a lot of care to offer something different. They can tell that things are changing in our field and this conference is not about telling us what those changes are, but collaborating with us to discover them and working with us on what we can do to compensate.
- I feel like I can reach out to any one of the speakers at anytime for deeper insight on what it is they’re trying to tell the world.
- I know that I won’t just get a series of sessions out of this conference; I’ll get an experience that will inspire me as I face new challenges long after the conference is over.
- I get the sense that I’ll be able to draw on everyone attending to help me with issues long after the conference is over.
What I’m most excited about is meeting fellow attendees who are attending TLDC because they have the same passions I do. They know that our role in corporate America is strategically positioned to make a difference in the lives of the people we’re charged to train and develop. They know that things are changing and we can leverage each other’s experiences to find a way to make things better.
I hope to meet you at TLDC. I’m working on setting up an evening bike ride or healthy walk somewhere nearby. Let me know if you’re interested and I’ll keep you posted. You can find me on Twitter under @KatieStroudPro, or send an email to katie@ (this website domain).
P.S. I’m bringing the family on a road trip down from the Pacific Northwest. Just for fun, take a tour of the RV we’ll be driving and hear about what I’m trying to do to make a difference in training, learning, and development.