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Confirmed Speaker - Ethan Edwards Joins the Training & Development Summit, New Orleans

The Training & Development Summit is welcoming Chief Instructional Strategist of Allen Interactions, Ethan Edwards, to the speaker spot light. Edwards will host a seminar at the next summit taking place at the Ritz-Carlton, New Orleans in September.

Ethan250.pngEdwards joins a seminar line-up of training professionals who will host 45-minute sessions throughout the summit. Edwards draws more than 30 years of industry experience as an e-learning instructional designer and developer. He is responsible for the delivery of the internal and external training and communications that reflect Allen Interactions’ unique perspective on designing and developing meaningful and memorable e-learning programs. Edwards is the primary instructor for ATD’s e-Learning Instructional Design Certificate Program. In addition, he is an internationally recognized presenter on instructional design and e-learning, has written several white papers on creating effective e-learning, and regularly blogs for Allen Interactions’ e-Learning Leadership Blog. Ethan holds a master’s degree and significant doctoral work in educational psychology from the University of Illinois-Urbana Champaign.

Allen Interactions is dedicated to building Meaningful, Memorable, and Motivational custom learning solutions for learners. Their focus is developing performance-driven training events backed by the best instructional design.

Allen Interactions targets what learners need to do and not just what they need to know. For more than 20 years, they have been devoted to delivering custom learning services and instructional products that assist hundreds of leading organizations and thousands of learning professionals achieve this outcome.

Allen Interactions is also a confirmed solution provider attending the Training & Development Summit. For more information on the summit and to reserve your space, click here.


Forum Events Confirms Ritz-Carlton, New Orleans for the Training & Development Summit and HR & Employee Benefits Summit

NEW ORLEANS, LA - The Training & Development Summit and HR & Employee Benefits Summit will take place at the Ritz-Carlton, New Orleans on September 14th and 15th, 2015. Senior-level HR and training executives will meet at the elite venue just steps from Bourbon Street and the French Quarter for the appointment-based event featuring one-on-one meetings, seminars by world-class speakers, and entertaining networking activities.

As part of Forum Events’ complimentary registration, executives receive free overnight accommodation at the prestigious Ritz-Carlton, New Orleans, all-inclusive dining and refreshments, and a personalized event itinerary.

This historic hotel is set in the 1908 Beaux Arts Maison Blanche building. It features traditional Southern ambiance with an interior that reflects the graciousness of antebellum mansions. With live entertainment, exquisite accommodations, and a five-star rating, this is the ideal setting for executives to comfortably network, learn and connect.

The Training & Development Summit and HR & Employee Benefit Summit are specifically designed for C-suite executives who are actively sourcing new solutions and services in the HR, employee benefits and training industries. Executive attendees are introduced to solution providers who specialize in their upcoming projects during one-on-one, pre-arranged appointments. The events also incorporate 45-minute seminars led by industry leaders in an open-discussion format and networking meals and after-hour activities.

Forum Events is the most effective method for busy executives to source new solution providers and learn about breakthrough services in their industry – 98 percent of attendees report a forum is a “better way to source new suppliers than a trade show,” and 95 percent say they have saved time sourcing and meeting new buyers at a Forum. Using a unique matching software, Forum Events connects executives with sponsors based on information they have provided. Unlike a traditional trade show, attendees are able to speak privately with experts about their companies and develop a plan of action in a no ‘hard-sell’ environment.

Forum Events originated in the United Kingdom in 1996. They have since expanded to the United States to headquarters in Sarasota, FL. The company has hosted more than 250 successful appointment-based events across ten different industries.

To register for either of the summits taking place in September, click here. For more information on Forum Events, contact Yasmin Parsloe at, or by phone at (941)925-7585, ext. 122.

Kicking Off 2015 With A Successful Summit!

The first Training & Development Summit of 2015 is marked as another great success. Testimonials continue to pour in following the summit which took place in Los Angeles, California last month with more than 70 registered delegates including Activision Blizzard, Inc., ArcelorMittal, Kimpton Hotels, MGM Resorts International, Panasonic Avionics Corporation, Panda Restaurant Group, Technicolor, The Walt Disney Company and Wells Fargo in attendance.

Extracurricular networking activities were also a fun, productive way for attendees to network and connect! During the evening gala dinner and casino night, both sponsors and delegates met over meals and again at roulette tables for a more laidback experience.Following registration on day one, the main ballroom where one-on-one meetings were held was thriving, with Child Development, Inc. saying “[It’s] nice to have one-on-one conversations about the products/services and our needs.” While each attendee was given a personalized itinerary, their meetings were separated by industry seminars and networking break outs. During the time between meetings, attendees also browsed a sponsor lounge which is designed for sponsors to showcase their services, “Having exposure and having the opportunity to gain a better understanding of what is not there [in my current practices] is very helpful,” said one director of The Walt Disney Company. 

The Training & Development Summit seminar program was packed with industry hot topics, including a seminar led by author of Just Listen, Mark Goulston, MD and CEO of The Goulston Group and Goulston Group Productions. An interactive favorite led by Alan Fine, a renowned trainer, speaker and performance expert, was “You Already Know How to be Great,” which emphasized the power of focus in numerous partner activities. Entire classrooms left each seminar with a greater understanding of their field and how to improve.  

“I found the event staff to be fabulous and accommodating. The location was also a great choice and the event structure, simply genius!” said Kimpton Hotels. The Summit took place at the Pacific Palms Resort, a recognized two-championship golf resort which was the perfect blend of luxury and outdoors aesthetics!

Attendees left the Summit enlightened, refreshed and prepared to tackle upcoming goals!

“This event was amazing and I am grateful we had the opportunity to participate!” - National CORE. 

Short & Sweet: Effective Team Building in Seconds

Team building is a proven method to boost morale and develop better communication in the workplace, however a 2012 study revealed that some team building activities may actually be counterproductive because they inflict peer embarrassment or test employee comfort levels. While growing franchises like Dunkin’ Donuts, Anytime Fitness and Subway are heavily spending on team building activities, you don’t have to break the budget to build morale. We have composed a list of activities that can easily be incorporated into a weekly business meeting or regular regroup.

No. 1: Back-to-Back Drawing

Have a problem with communication? Need to explain the importance of better directions? This is the game for you! Pair off your team and have each person in the pair sit back-to-back. One person will receive a picture of a shape, the other will receive a pen and paper. The person with the picture of the shape must describe the shape without actually saying what it is while the other person draws it. When finished, each pair should compare their drawing and consider how they worked together and where they could’ve communicated better.  

No. 2: A Truth & a Lie

This is the perfect activity should you have newcomers or if you want your team to welcome a new employee. Go around the room, introduce yourself and say one fact about yourself and one lie. The group then has to identify which is the truth and which is the lie. This is a great ice breaker and encourages group communication and creativity.

No. 3: Opposites Attract

This game is perfect for a team that’s just getting used to one another and is effective in just two to three minutes. The group is given a list of characteristics, and then instructed to find people that have different characteristics to them. For example, different gender, different height, different marital status, etc. This is an informal way to break down perceived barriers and encourages easy conversation.

No. 4: Tooting My Horn

Have you had a bad day? Is your team going through a tough patch? Has a team member just been let go? This is a great way to remind your team that they are valued and a vital part of an organization. The group is separated into pairs and then each player has 15 seconds to tell their partner ten things they do well. Each person then has to make two lists: one should be a list of ten things they do well professionally, and one list of things they do well personally. The goal of the game is that they should put these lists in a common place where they can re-read the lists and remember just how worthy they are! According to a study, after 21 days of reading the lists each day, the person will have a greater sense of confidence and pride.

No. 5: Have a Ball!

This is a fun game for a sales environment and can boost energy levels in an office. Use a ball, and agree upon a particular event, maybe a sale or a common question. Each time someone makes a sale, they throw the ball to another team member as a signal of success. This generates team acknowledgement of a particular event and connects team members.

As you can see – just a few moments can generate an upbeat and changed atmosphere. Team building exercises, while they sometimes have a negative connotation can be short, sweet and equally effective – all while not breaking the bank.


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Chicago Summit Success!

XpertHR meets with a delegate attendee from 
DePaul University at the Chicago HR & 
Employee Benefits Summit. 

The HR & Employee Benefits Summit successfully ran alongside the Training & Development Summit this July in Chicago, IL. We are pleased to announce the numerous testimonials we have received from the combined events and have heard of multiple new business deals that have since arisen.

HR & Employee Benefits executives along with Training & Development directors arrived for breakfast and registration in the ballroom of the Hilton in Downtown Chicago.  Instantly – the Forum team knew the attendees would be a pleasure to work with as all the guests were eager to begin networking.

Following a short but sweet opening presentation – the ballroom was buzzing with introductions as delegates met one-on-one with solution providers! These meetings continued throughout the day, separated by our healthier lunch menu and multiple coffee breaks – all of which acted as additional casual networking opportunities.

Vendors & Delegates mingle at the pre-
drinks reception before the Gala dinner
& Casino 
night kicked off. 

That evening, attendees met for a cocktail reception before heading to a grand Gala dinner. The evening  was electric as everyone had already made formal introductions and were quickly on the way to becoming friends! Groups mingled at the reception and the party continued through to the next wild event: Casino night.

Guests enjoyed an open bar throughout the evening as many laughs were shared around poker and roulette tables. The dealers joined in, giving insight and creating an electric atmosphere as three lucky winners duked it out to win several bottles of wine.

The next day – attendees regrouped for another hot breakfast before heading straight to additional meetings. By this time – the majority of attendees have met so the atmosphere blossoms and meetings become especially lively.

The event closes at mid-day and is followed by one final lunch. Here, attendees make their final connections before heading home – all sharing the same intimate experience and willing to reconnect with vendors from the event.

View testimonials from this Chicago event.

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