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Southwest Florida Chapter of ASTD Newsletter

January 2013 



Ken Bodenhamer 2011


Happy New Year Everyone!


The following word jumble summarizes the Southwest Florida Chapter of ASTD mission for 2013.


Your ASTD SWFL President,
Ken Bodenhamer





ASTD Mission Jumble  

Newsletter Contents
Employee Learning Week Recap
Upcoming Events
Career Opportunity
Did You Know?
January Chapter 2013 Meeting
2013 Meeting Dates
Linked In Facilitation Advice
Employee Learning Week Recap
Thank you to all who participated in the December Employee Learning Week Panel event.  It was an exciting evening of networking and experience sharing from our esteemed panel.  Our panel represented Arthrex, Lee County Clerk of Courts, Cypress Cove, and Lee Memorial.  Each presenter brought insight to their current industry trends and challenges as well as tools and approaches to make training initiatives successful.  Below is our panel from left to right; Carol Simmonds- Lee Memorial, Ammie Black- Cypress Cove, Karen Jaye- Lee County Clerk of Courts, Michael Winder - Arthrex.

Dec 12 Panel   
Below, participants enjoy hors d'oeuvres and networking.
  Dec 12 Networking 

Congratulations to the following 50/50 and Starbucks gift card 
winners from the evening:
Lara Sladick- Goodwill Industries, Karen Jaye- Lee County Clerk of Courts, Lorna Kibbey- Lorna Kibbey Leadership Solutions.
Upcoming Events


Chapter Board Meeting at Cracker Barrel from 8:00am - 9:00am on Wednesday, January 9th.  


Wednesday Coffee Social will be January 23rd at Books-A-Million, off Colonial in Ft Meyers.  Join us starting at 5:30 pm to socialize, discuss the most recent chapter meeting, or brainstorm on any topic you would like.  


February's chapter meeting.  Please join us as we learn about how our greatest tool, the brain, learns.  Diane Alexander, President of Brain Works, will give us insight on groundbreaking research on the process of learning. 


Tri-County Conference is Friday, March 17th at Holiday Inn Airport @ Town Center.  The theme this year is HR- Rocking and Rolling with the Changes.  Mark your calendars today!


Career Opportunity
Chico's Logo The Sr. Instructional Designer is primarily responsible for designing and implementing technology-based content and sales curriculum to various levels of associates to support the individual and organizational performance. In addition, this position is responsible for leading Organization Change Management associated with technology implementation including, Business Readiness and Measurement, Communication, Engagement, Training & Performance Support.     
Terraces of BS LogoThe Terraces is in search of a Human Resources Manager for their under construction Bonita Springs location.  This not-for-profit senior living community is expected to open its doors to 300 active seniors upon completion.  
The Human Resources Manager is directly responsible for the overall administration, coordination, and evaluation of the Human Resources function. Meets corporate human resource needs in the areas of employee recruitment and selection, payroll and benefits, employee relations and training.


Did You Know?

ASTD's State of the Industry report is free to national members. 
Find the most recent bench-marking data about how employers around the country are growing their #1 asset, their people.  Not a national member? Enroll through your local chapter and receive a discounted rate. 
Click Here for enrollment information.
Volunteers needed for one hour a month! We are looking for help with the welcome and registration portion of our events. You would need to be available to be on site at least hour before our events to greet and register incoming members/guests. This would not interfere with your ability to participate in the event. 

If you are interested in volunteering for one or more of our events please email Kathleen Choquette at 

We have a BOGO program for visitors.  Do you know someone who could really find value in our group, but wants to try it out first?  Members, utilize this program and provide that person with a free meeting and meal.  Click the link below for the BOGO ticket.  Members must be present to qualify. 


Charlie CarpenterThank you for reading and enjoying this month's newsletter.  Our chapter is vibrant and growing.  Attend a meeting and you will find it to be value adding.



Charlie Carpenter
ASTD SWFL - VP of Communications & Technology 

January 16th, 2013
Chapter Meeting


 How to Maximize the 

Tweet Effect during Training!


Twitter in training could be your 

enemy or your friend. 


Learn how to integrate and maximize the power of training with Twitter. 


Vikki Dingman will walk us through how to use Twitter before, during and after training sessions.  As a trainer, Vikki will also share tips on how to get up to date information, connect with the Twitter training community and join the conversation! 


Be sure to sign up for a Twitter account, if you haven't already, to make the most of this hands-on session! 



  Register Here Button  



 When: January 16th


Where: Rasmussen College

9160 Forum Corporate Parkway

Fort Myers, FL 33905


Why: Because Twitter is here to stay!  Don't be left behind, stay current with the latest technology.


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Save the Dates 

2013 Monthly Chapter Meetings


January 16*

February 20*

March 20*

April 17*

May 15*

June 19*

July 17**

August 21**

September 18**

October 16**

November 13**

December 11 (Dinner)


* Rasmussen College

9160 Forum Corporate Parkway

Fort Myers, FL 33905


**Keiser University



Local ASTD Member: 

$15 with lunch, $10 without lunch


 GUESTS or Non Local ASTD Member: $20 (with or without lunch)


Student with ID Non Local ASTD Member: $10 (with or without lunch), 


Student with ID Local ASTD Member: $5 (with or without lunch)



Best Facilitation Advice
for Trainers
Recently LinkedIn asked facilitators around the globe what was the best advice they had ever received.  Below are the
top 3 answers:

"Every facilitation engagement should have a clearly defined goal-and that is your focus, not your script or your slides.  Be "free" to support the group if it chooses to take a different route to the desired destination.  Remember the word facilitation comes from the root word "facil," which means to make easy.  So make it easier for the group to achieve the goal, not yours."
~ Ralph Lassiter, Omaha, Neb.

"Shut up. Ask the questions that get them (the participants) talking.  There's an energy "ball" in the room.  The goal is to keep it moving by asking questions, pushing back, getting others to push back, and so forth. As soon as you start talking for longer than it takes to share new information, you kill the energy ball.  
Eileen Peterson, Vancouver, Can.

"Do it your way and be authentic.  If you're not a storyteller, don't tell stories; if you aren't an entertainer, don't try to mimic someone who is - you won't get the results you were going for.  Also, trust your design and stick to your plan- going off your presentation usually has impact on timing and intended outcomes."
~ Peggy Stelle, Philadelphia, Penn.

Harry Chapin Food Bank

Our Chapter donates to the Harry Chapin Food Bank at every Monthly Meeting.  We can't do it without You!

The mission of the Harry Chapin Food Bank is "to overcome hunger in Charlotte, Collier, Glades, Hendry, and Lee counties through education and by working in a cooperative effort with affiliated agencies in the procurement and distribution of food, equitably and without discrimination." 


Every dollar donated allows the Food Bank to distribute $6 worth of food!


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