Newsletter Header 800wide
Southwest Florida Chapter of ASTD Newsletter

February 2013 



Ken Bodenhamer 2011

Rejuvenate Now!

I can't think of anything to write about this month.  I am drawing a blank.  There is no creativity running through my veins.  What's the deal?  Could this be what they call the "New Year Blahs"?  Is anyone else experiencing the "blahs" as well?  I need to be rejuvenated.  Calgon, take me away!


One way for me to refresh and recharge is to review what kind of goals I have put in place both professionally and personally.


Are you ready for 2013?  Do you have your professional and personal goals set?


Here at ASTD of SWFL goals are set!  And, your 2013 ASTD of SWFL board is ready to keep professionals connected, cutting edge, and rejuvenated by providing another amazing year of value added chapter meetings focusing on ASTD's "Communities of Practice". 


A personal goal of mine for 2013 is to continue learning a new training technique, tool, or tip from each monthly meeting that I can apply right away to my professional or personal life.


So, if you are one of those people experiencing the "New Year Blahs", remember ASTD of SWFL. Make a commitment to join us each month, volunteer your time, share best practices, and become rejuvenated!


Get connected, and I hope to see you at our February chapter meeting.


Your ASTD SWFL President,

Ken Bodenhamer

Newsletter Contents
Meet February's Speaker
January Chapter Meeting Recap
Upcoming Events
Employment Opportunities
Did You Know?
February Chapter 2013 Meeting
2013 Meeting Dates
Learning and the Brain Facts
Meet February's Speaker


 Diane AlexanderDiane Alexander is President of The MindWorks Inc.  She brings a wealth of education (graduate degrees in psychology, business, and neuroscience) and practical work experience to her audience. Diane appears on CMH Fox News, writes a regular business column titled "The Executive Brain" and her book Break-out Creativity is required reading for many corporations. 



January Chapter Meeting Recap
Twitter We have all heard of it and some of us might use it regularly, but how well do we really understand its power for facilitators? 

Vikki Dingman spent time during January's event to explain Twitter basics and how to incorporate this platform into a successful learning event.  

                             Jan Mtg 05

Twitter as a learning tool should be used in 3 separate phases of a session; pre, during, and post.  

Pre-session, the learning facilitator should create a hashtag and communicate it to the participants.  At the appropriate amount of time before the session reminders, session expectations, or simple excitement building can be communicated with everyone.
During a learning session the hashtag conversation should be displayed in a common space. Participants should be encouraged to share insights or questions as the event is taking place.  This method for communication and feedback is particularly useful because it is in real time so misunderstandings or clarification can be given immediately.  Sessions that have participants in different locations or larger sessions will benefit from this most.

Post-session is when you are really looking for the transition of knowledge. Have participants share success stories or take-aways about the topic and take any opportunity to reinforce learning moments.  You could even use the hashtag as a source of session feedback.  Ask what participants liked or would change.  Follow up materials can also be shared to anyone following the hashtag.

Unfortunately, only about 9% of those who have a Twitter account actually use it on a regular basis.  One of the main reasons this disconnect exists is simply because people are not sure how to use it. Be sure your participants are in tune with this communication tool before making it the sole forum for information.  

Jan Mtg 03

Click the links below to download Twitter tips and basics.  
Upcoming Events


Chapter Board Meeting at Cracker Barrel from 8:00am - 9:00am on Wednesday, February 6th.  


Wednesday Coffee Social will be February 27th at Books-A-Million, off Colonial in Ft Myers.  Join us starting at 5:30 pm to socialize, discuss the most recent chapter meeting, or brainstorm on any topic you would like.  


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


*Please note a correction to the January newsletter.  We incorrectly stated the Tri-County event in March. The correct date is May 17th.  We apologize for any inconvenience.

Employment Opportunities
 Charlotte Regional Medical CenterCharlotte Regional Medical Center is searching for an Education Manager.  This role will be responsible for the management and implementation of Educational Programs. Develops, organizes, implements and maintains a Critical Care Staff Education program that promotes the development of employee competence in both knowledge and skills.  Does require Nursing education and experience.  Click Here to learn more.



VantivVantiv is looking for a virtual Training Specialist 1.  This role will assess, design, and deliver service/sales training on company initiatives virtually.  Click Here for more information.   


Saks Fifth Avenue Saks Fifth Avenue is looking for a Talent Development Director.  In collaboration with the Regional Talent Development Director and the General Manager, you will co-create and execute the people strategy to include organizational design, competency coaching, career development, internal movement, retention strategies, talent acquisition strategies and succession planning for the Store population. Click Here for more details and to apply.



Marc-Allen Recruitment firm, Marc-Allen, is searching for a Learning and Development Manager. This role will be responsible for HR Development plans and activities, education, and self-directed learning resources.  Programs and resources specifically to new hire orientation, 90 day follow up plans, career path development plans, and supervisory and management plans.   


Learning and Development experience in an apparel retailer is a requirement, 5 years preferred.  Click Here for more details and application.


Did You Know?

ASTD's ICE will be held this year May 19-22 in Dallas, Texas. Take advantage of the opportunity to learn from and share stories with Learning industry leaders.  Pre-conference workshops and certifications available.  Click Here to view event details.

Looking for help with learning curriculum design?  Check out the "Design Thinking Toolkit for Educators" under the "What's New in Learning" bar on the Chapter website or Click Here.  This FREE toolkit will help you start to think outside of the box when it comes to helping others learn.
ASTD's Training and Development Competency Model has been updated!  The Model redefines the skills and knowledge required for trainers to be successful now and in the future. It captures changes driven by digital, mobile, and social technology; demographic shifts; globalization; and economic forces.  Click Here for more detail.
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 

February 20, 2013
Chapter Meeting

The Brain - Unlocked  




Now thanks to the field of neuroscience, we can actually see inside the brain as it learns. For the first time training approaches are now available for improving human learning.  


The implications for corporate human performance are enormous. 


You'll learn the emerging discoveries in brain research and specifically how they are being employed by corporations across the United States to dramatically increase measurable performance.


What you'll experience:

  • Awe inspiring stories about the brain's ability to learn and change
  • Ground breaking discoveries about the brain and how learning occurs
  • Specific techniques that are being used in companies across the nation to create breakthroughs in productivity


  Register Here Button  



 When: February 20

11:30-1:00 pm  


Where: Rasmussen College

9160 Forum Corporate Parkway

Fort Myers, FL 33905



You can pay by credit card or choose to pay at the door.  We can only accept credit cards online.

Chapter ASTD Member
: $15 with lunch, $10 without lunch 

GUESTS or Non-Chapter Member: $20 (with or without lunch)

Student w/ID, Non Chapter Member: $10 (with or without lunch)

Student w/ID, Chapter Member: $5 (with or without lunch) 


Lunch is from Jason's Deli. 
Choose the type of Lunch that you would like to have from our menu listing when registering.  Choose no lunch if you are opting out.  Thanks! 

Cold Water will be provided for everyone.

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



Follow Us on Twitter
Learning and the Brain

In anticipation to Diane's discussion regarding the brain and learning, below are a few thought provoking insights about the human brain and learning.


Music changes brain wave speeds in ways that impact mood and alter productivity.


Cynical mindsets literally block creativity, impact talent, and stomp out innovation.


Encouragement can change the chemistry of a brain through raised serotonin.


Stress literally shrinks the brain.


Venting is bad for the brain and creates new neuron pathways to do much more of the same.


Greet a person through speaking that person's name, for a spike in personal awareness.


~ Dr. Ellen Weber



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!


Join Our Mailing List!