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Southwest Florida Chapter of ASTD Newsletter

March 2013 



Ken Bodenhamer 2011

March Madness Indeed!  

As we are fast approaching the end of the first quarter, I am realizing that the "New Year" frenzy has not shown any sign of slowing down!  I now have a new found love for the slogan "March Madness".  "March Madness" usually refers to college basketball tournaments and stuff like that, but I have now adopted that slogan as my current status for anything social or business like.  

As I try to stay out of the weeds at work, I can't seem to get my time management skills to kick in and allow me the opportunity to finish that book "What Got You Here Won't Get You There"; complete my power point presentation on workplace planning; and to have special bonding time with all my fabulous friends.  It's MADNESS!  March Madness Indeed!

Anywho, trust and believe, I will continue to stay focused and take control of my time so that I can achieve all that I set out to do and then some.  Anyways, what could be worse, "April Showers"?  

Stay connected, and I hope to see you at our March chapter meeting. 


Your ASTD SWFL President,

Ken Bodenhamer


Newsletter Contents
Meet March's Speaker
LinkedIn Overview Video
February Chapter Meeting Recap
Upcoming Events
Employment Opportunities
Did You Know?
Socialization and Productivity
March Chapter 2013 Meeting
2013 Meeting Dates
12 Lessons in Leadership
Meet March's Speaker


Michelle Hudson
Michelle L. Hudson
is the Director of Publishing and Special Projects for, UptimeŽ Magazine, and the Reliability Performance Institute.

She joined the company after nearly 15 years at The News-Press, where she was most recently the Digital Editor. She has more than 20 years of experience in the publishing business. Michelle serves on the board of the United Way of Lee, Hendry and Glades Counties and is the vice president of the Social Media Club of Southwest Florida. A native of Indiana, she has a bachelor's degree from Indiana University and a master's degree in information systems management from Hodges University. When not working, you'll find her on a soccer field or a golf course. 

Introduction to LinkedIn
Linked In Overview, from Social Media Quickstarter
Linked In Overview, from Social Media Quickstarter


February Chapter Meeting Recap
Did you ever wish you had a more creative or innovative impact on your organization's goals?  Or maybe you already have those skills and want to be more analytical and strategic when the time calls for it.  
Our natural ways of thinking and behaving are driven by the function of our brain.  Those who function naturally in a world of ambiguity and fluid work processes function primarily out of your brain's right hemisphere.  Those who function naturally by creating structure and understanding project details primarily use the left hemisphere. 
A large misconception about our brains is that whatever hemisphere you primarily function in is the only one you can access.  The truth is, the brain is a muscle; the more you use it the stronger it becomes.  The synopsis that take place in between your brain cells increase as the brain is stimulated by learning.  The more frequent synopsis takes place between the cells, the quicker you become at making decisions.  Not just decisions, better decisions.
The neuroscience industry is currently tracking how learning to use the weakest side of your brain helps create individuals who think quicker, make better decisions, and achieve more.   
Feb Mtg #2  
Click Here to Follow Diane via LinkedIn 
Upcoming Events


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


Wednesday Coffee Social will be March 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!



Employment Opportunities
Avow HospiceAvow Hospice is currently seeking a Clinical Education Director. This role will oversee the Education department including Orientation, In-Service Training, Clinical Skills, and Continuing Education, Clinical Certification Training Programs, and financials.  Click Here to learn more.
Chico's Logo Chico's is searching for an Instructional Designer- E-Learning.  The Instructional Designer eLearning Developer is responsible for the development of innovative and engaging online training content that incorporates mixed media such as graphics, animation, text, audio and video using a working knowledge of instructional design and development software tools and methodologies. Click Here to learn more.
Lee Memorial Health Systems  
Lee Memorial Health System is looking to hire an experienced Leadership Development Specialist.  This candidate would be responsible for the need assessment, design and launch of leadership development programs across multiple levels within the organization.  Master's degree and at least 7 years experience in the same or a similar role.  Click Here to request more information about this position. 


Did You Know?

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.
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. 


Socialization and Productivity
Team Stock Photo
As trainers it can sometimes be a challenge to get organization leaders to understand the importance of   one-on-one employee interaction when strengthening a team's collaboration and productivity. 

A recent study done by Bank of America found teams who interacted more frequently had a 10% higher productivity rate.   

Several other studies researching employee interaction have even suggested that you can predict an employee's likelihood of leaving an organization or getting promoted by data gathered in these studies.

Wanna know the key behaviors driving collaboration or separation?

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 

March 20, 2013
Chapter Meeting
Social Media - Get the Most from LinkedIn


  Join us and learn how you can put Linked In to use to benefit both you and your organization.


Executives from all of the Fortune 500 companies are on it, and many even use LinkedIn for recruiting and hiring. But it's not just for the big guys! 


LinkedIn is a valuable resource for small businesses because you can grow relationships and drive new business.   


We'll show you how to put LinkedIn to work for you.

Resume Meets Rolodex


Linked In Rolodex


LinkedIn is a cross between an online resume and an interactive rolodex. Get it on your computer, or get it on your mobile phone. Either way, it gives you immediate access to your complete network.



  Register Here Button  

Registration Closes at Midnight Monday March 18th.  


 When: March 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


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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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12 Lessons in Leadership
Coach John Wooden
  1. Good Values Attract Good People
  2. Love is The Most Powerful Four-Letter Word
  3. Call Yourself A Teacher
  4. Emotion is Your Enemy
  5. It Takes 10 Hands To Make A Basket
  6. Little Things Make Big Things Happen
  7. Make Each Day Your Masterpiece
  8. The Carrot is Mightier Than A Stick
  9. Make Greatness Attainable By All
  10. Seek Significant Change
  11. Don't Look At The Scoreboard
  12. Adversity is Your Asset

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