Dallas ASTD Webinar:

The Counselor Approach for Techies with Zain Ali

Business Challenge can be seen in all organization where very smart technical professionals such as Engineers, Information Technologists, Accountants, Human Resources, Compliance, etc. are great at what they do but have a very hard time in working with their internal clients.

Session Objectives are to explore the reasons behind this challenge as well as review a 5 Step Consultative Process to overcome these challenges.

Participants will be able to walk away with 5 takeaways that will lay the foundation for:
• Establishing trust & willing corporation
• Gaining in depth knowledge about clients business needs
• Help drive business innovation
• Fostering long term partnership

Since 1989, Zain Ali has progressively moved into higher leadership roles in the areas of Engineering, Operations, IT as well as Consulting and Sales.

Zain has served global companies such as Emerson, Bombardier, AT&T, NCH, Capital-One, Barnes&Noble, Raytheon, Mack Trucks, Global360, Haggar, etc. as an employee or as a client while working for Accenture, Wipro & The Hackett Group prior fouding Sunbonnet Partners in 2009. 

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Training Essentials Workshop

Training Essentials is appropriate for trainers and subject matter experts who must periodically train others.

Date: Tuesday May 6, 2014

Time: 8:15 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.


5543 Legacy Drive,
Plano, TX 75024

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Community Relations Update
Half Price Books' Half Pint Library
Thank you to all who contributed to our first Community Relationships event of the year! Along with the Fort Worth ASTD Chapter, we collected over 200 books for Half Price Books' Half Pint Library! 

We hope that you are as excited as we are to truly make a positive impact on our professional and local communities and we look forward to your participation throughout 2014. Stay tuned for our next partnership with the local community. If you have any ideas or feedback, please feel free to reach out to our team at communityrelations@@dallasastd.org.

Dallas ASTD Discovery Event – March 2014 Meeting Outcomes

What happens when 100 Dallas ASTD members gather at the Perot Museum of Nature and Science to mess with some really cool innovations such as Leap Motion, GoPro, Bluetooth Low Emission (BLE), and touchscreen technology?

Over 150 new ideas spring up for taking training to a whole new level…that’s what happens.

The Dallas ASTD Discovery Event in March was an energizing time where 100 members got to network together, share their ideas, and get exposed to new tools and technologies that could really impact developments in the training and development industries. 

The format was perfect for the subject matter. We received actual exposure to new technology and were able to discuss its usage across industries.” – Event Attendee

“I got some terrific but unexpected ideas!” – Event Attendee

If you didn’t get to attend the event, check out several of the ideas that came about:

Leap Motion

·         Virtual healthcare training

·         Forensic simulations

·         Skill checks and knowledge transfer assessments

·         Anatomy training

·         Hand-eye coordination


·         Record safety demos

·         Capture job shadowing

·         Role play observation

·         Creative task team building events

·         “How to” videos


·         Location assistance

·         Scavenger hunt for learners

·         Station-based assignments

·         Job aids

·         Offer instructions in other langauges


·         Learning process maps

·         On demand training

·         Schematic diagnostics

·         Product knowledge

·         New hire orientation – global perspective

If you were unable to attend, check out the video below to see what you missed. We’ll see you next time!

ASTD Discovery Recap from SVI on Vimeo.

Special thanks go to The Apollo Education Group, the Perot Museum of Nature and Science, and to all of the volunteers that helped make the Discovery Event a big success.



Certified Professional in Learning and Performance (CPLP) Updates

Please note the upcoming changes to the CPLP exam and ASTD Learning System.

Current ASTD Learning System Portal Users: Download a copy of the eBook (PDF) to a local computer or other device prior to August 31, 2013. Users will continue to have access to the eBook, both for study and for reference.

2013 Exams and Materials: The current version of the ASTD Learning System supports exams held through October 5, 2013. If you have not already registered for the exam, the deadline is August 5, 2013 for the September 14-October 5 testing window.

2014 Exams and Materials: The new ASTD Learning System will be available in November 2013, and will support the revised CPLP exam. The new exam will be offered beginning in March 2014. It is recommended that anyone planning to take the exam in 2014 should purchase the new Learning System for study purposes. The current version of the Learning System can be used as a reference, but should not be used to study for the new exam as there are significant updates and additions throughout the new Learning System.

The next Dallas ASTD Study Series begins in June 2014. Now is a great time to begin planning ahead for your studies! For more information, you can visit the following sites:

"I definitely encourage you to attend the CPLP Study Group.  Besides getting a chance to network, I learned from a group with a wide range of expertise.  The ASTD body of knowledge came to life when others presented and the group asked questions.  Everyone had a chance to share their real world examples of applications.   I felt this helped everyone clarify the data and gain a deeper understanding of the content."

Cathy McCreedy Howard, CPLP

Upcoming events

02 May 2014 11:45 AM • 15950 Dallas Parkway-Building Two, Suite 400, Dallas, TX 75248
06 May 2014 8:15 AM (CDT) • MedAssets, 5543 Legacy Drive, Room N1.200, Plano, TX 75024
14 May 2014 12:00 PM • MedAssets, 5543 Legacy, Plano, TX 75024

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