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Takin’ It To The Streets

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This presentation was made to the ASTD Leadership conference to explain how a loose network of individuals came to launch an annual professional learning conference, EDUCATE.

This presentation was made to the ASTD Leadership conference to explain how a loose network of individuals came to launch an annual professional learning conference, EDUCATE.

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  • Takin’ It to the Streets Bringing Employee Learning Week to the wider Community
  • Presenters
    • Megan Devlin-Petty, Organization Development Manager, City of Bloomington (IL)
    • Diana Hauman, President, DDH Enterprises
  • Objectives
    • Increase awareness of potential partners for Employee Learning Week celebrations
    • Plan activities to move Employee Learning events beyond ASTD chapters and into the non-ASTD community
    • Increase community contacts/potential membership base
  • If you could celebrate your profession, who would you invite to the party?
    • Pair up with someone from outside your chapter
    • Introduce your role in the chapter, your role in the community (in-house trainer, manager, consultant, academic, other)
    • Who else do you work with when developing learning activities?
  • Who’s who and what they do
    • And who do they know?
    • What will it take to get you working toward a common goal?
      • What goals do you have in common?
  • How Employee Learning Week came to central Illinois
    • ALC 2005: ASTD promotes Employee Learning Week to chapter leaders
    • One person training department of Bloomington, IL concentrates training activities that week and invites the neighbors
      • We already did this, but this time said why
      • Called the newspaper
      • Advantage of being government: get the Mayor to make a proclamation
  • What didn’t happen working alone
    • No camaraderie or fun
    • No big splash
    • Limited participation outside one organization (CofB)
    • No sense of impact
    • No one to celebrate with afterwards
  • 2006: That was nice but…
    • There have to be more people doing employee learning, right?
    • Two ASTD members talk—in May—about December
      • What if we could get the community college involved?
      • What if we could get the Chamber of Commerce involved?
      • How do we get the community’s largest employer to recognize this?
  • There’s a new guy (or two) in town
    • One old acquaintance leveraged
      • How can we get your new boss on board?
    • One new acquaintance made
      • How can we help you establish yourself in this community?
  • A lunch date set
    • What if we could….
    • Wouldn’t it be great if…
    • Would you help us with ….
        • And
        • Do you know anyone
        • who would …
  • A Committee is Born!
    • Not all smooth sailing
      • Some didn’t work out (no fire in the belly)
    • One key member joined as a replacement
    • How to tie a community and a huge company?
  • Exercise #2: Plan Your Battles
    • What obstacles might you face?
      • In own organization
      • In partner organizations
      • From partner individuals
      • In timing
      • In resources
      • Other
      • Self
  • Obstacle  possible solution (x7)
    • Always touch base with your motivation
      • Why do this?
      • Our reasons may not be your reasons
  • What worked
    • Layers of promotion
      • Leveraged multiple networks
      • Media (limited success)
      • Calling
      • Email signature lines
    • Calling on friends
      • Big speaker, no fee
      • No charge, free things
  • What worked
    • Speaker
    • Panel
    • Networking time
    • Parallel internal celebrations (2 organizations)
  • What didn’t
    • Timing
    • Relationships with “sponsors”
    • Keeping people for the whole day
    • Mini-sessions
  • What’s next
    • Exercise: what have you done?
      • Successes:
      • Learning experiences:
  • Celebrate immediately
    • Pass the baton
    • Accept new ideas
    • Focus on success
    • Start planning future success
  • Plan your next steps
    • Don’t leave ALC without a plan
    • Schedule your plan
    • Take first steps in next week
  • 2007: CIELE becomes
    • EDUCate (Employee Development Unlimited Conference a team effort)
    • Shifts from an ASTD function to a chamber of commerce function with ASTD sponsorship (this is OK!)
    • Calendar and day schedule rearranged (not Employee Learning Week—this is OK!)
  • EDUCate: Latest news from Central Illinois
    • October 11, 2007
    • October , 2008
  • How can we help you?
    • What else do you want to know?
    • Who do you have in mind?
    • What are you going to do next?
      • Thank you for learning from our successes and growing pains!
    • What are you going to do for Employee Learning Week?
    • And now a word from our sponsor…