Over a month down since ATD 2017: let’s check-in?

I have two questions for you: After conferences, how do you bring back the energy, connections, and projects to life? Do you follow through? At some point, we’ve all been through the “not following-through” formula. We have all met brilliant folks, gathered great insights but then when it comes to ACTION, what happens? It’s all gone to the drain.

Everyone talks about pre-conferences, and then post-conference experiences, and insights (almost immediately after they’ve attended one). Of course, it is for obvious reasons: the knowledge is fresh in people’s minds, we recall faces and people better, and we aim to market ourselves well, to literally put ourselves out there, right? But no onw talks about what do we do with all the knowledge and contacts. How do we effectively channelize information? Indeed, ATD ICE, May 2017 was a blast for me! It was a mix of fun learning, engagement, meeting friends, making friends (

Indeed, ATD-ICE May, 2017, was a blast for me! It was a mix of fun learning, engagement, meeting friends, making friends (I wouldn’t want to use the term “networking” 😉) and of course doing business.  This year, instead of writing ‘what I did each day,’ I decided to FOLLOW THROUGH, the new concepts I’d learned, check-in with people I met, complete the projects I received.


I was planning to write a post almost immediately after the conference, however, things didn’t quite turn out the way I’d imagined. I came back to the sad and disheartening news of my mother-in-law’s demise. I immediately rushed to Mumbai. I was heartbroken, I dearly loved her like my own mom. The impermanence of life hit me hard. It took me a while to get back to work. However, while I was at it, I decided that this year, instead of writing ‘what I did each day,‘ I am going check-in if I FOLLOWED THROUGH.

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Learning in Reflection 4: What’s the trend?

ATD 2016, Day 4 (25 May, 2016):

I jumped out of the bed and kick-started my day with Becky Pike Pluth‘s session, Discover 7 techniques to enhance learner motivated (5 ways to avoid squelching motivation).CjTwDShUkAAi4X3 She built the session around what she was propagating, curiosity. She is an experiential trainer and practically engaged the entire 200+ professionals present at her session. I’m sure, even if there was a 1% chance of someone feeling a little sleepy, would have woken up with the idea of using clickers in the session! Who doesn’t love indulging in a little bit of playful activity? She used game based elements to assess our prior knowledge and what we gathered at her session. Her emphasis on generating curiosity through creative training techniques for the learners, such as Continue reading “Learning in Reflection 4: What’s the trend?”

Learning in Reflection 3: Vulnerability leads to courage.

ATD 2016, Day 3 (24 May, 2016):

The third day began with great zeal and excitement. Didn’t happen to sit right at the front, but had a pretty good view. I was absolutely excited for Brene Brown‘s session, she is THE master for teaching courage through vulnerability. For those of you, who don’t know her, she is a best selling author, speaker, storyteller and researcher.

Brene’s book Daring Greatly, among others, has been appreciated by many and her TED talk is one of the top viewed talks of all. 20160524_110702She makes sure she calls herself a researcher storyteller and she sure is that. Her emphasis on storytelling struck a chord with me. I love storytelling in elearning, and in informal learning and even in training. (I love using stories from my life and from my environment, to enable a positive change in teams, organizations and people: guess what, this strategy has been successful 90% of the times). So, which is why, I completely agreed and nodded vehemently, when Brene Brown shared that “narratives lead to a behavior change and our brains are wired for stories.” Storytelling aid information recall, allow us to learn better and actually transform ourselves into our best possible selves. Continue reading “Learning in Reflection 3: Vulnerability leads to courage.”

Learning in Reflection 2: Leadership, ROI and Girl Power!

ATD 2016, Day 2 (23 May, 2016):

I’m back with another post in my learning in reflection series.IMG_nhlm1y First of all, I have to state, I loved being greeted by the Big Blue Bear at the convention center, every morning. The headline’s a little weird, isn’t it? Well, they are related to an eventful and action packed Monday I had at #ATD2016. It all began with the inspiration from Simon Sinek in the morning’s keynote!

The day began early, with a huge line waiting Continue reading “Learning in Reflection 2: Leadership, ROI and Girl Power!”

Learning in Reflection: Meet, greet and begin!

ATD 2016, Day 1 (22nd May 2016):

It’s 2nd time in a row that I  went for Association of Talent Development’s (ATD) International Conference and Exposition (ICE). The ATD ICE 2016, held in Denver had a lot in store and I knew I had to prep in advance. IMG-20160603-WA0001

Homz Umrigar and I are the husband and wife duo of ATD, as we’d like to call ourselves 😉 Even though we love sharing knowledge, we are almost always on Continue reading “Learning in Reflection: Meet, greet and begin!”

The #ATD2015 Series: Day4, the last and final day!

20 May, 2015:

I feel everyone was quite hungover from the networking night, I didn’t seem to find too many people in the convention center the next morning. I started my day at the Global Village, slowly moving to Susan Croft’s networking session. She was great and it was a lively session, overall. She made networking sound fun to even those who call themselves to be extremely introvert. The key to networking is Continue reading “The #ATD2015 Series: Day4, the last and final day!”

The #ATD2015 Series: Day 3: fun at the Expo, meeting people and more…

19 May, 2015:

I was quite excited for Day 3 and hearing it from Dr. Sugata Mitra about his “Hole in the Wall” project. I knew he was talking about the future of learning, I’d heard him speak on TED, other conferences, several times over the decade. His work is phenomenal. But I kept wondering, now what’s next? My morning didn’t have much planned, so I was headed towards the EXPO hall to join in the hustle bustle of the expo. I met the Axonify team, bumped into my husband again, met a few lovely and happy personalities of L&D. Moving on with the day, I had planned to attend a couple of sessions, Continue reading “The #ATD2015 Series: Day 3: fun at the Expo, meeting people and more…”

The #ATD2015 Series: Day2 – General Sessions, Exposition and Social Media :)

18 May, 2015:

I barely slept the night before Day, 2. 18th May, 2015 started with the general session, early morning Andrea Jung,CEO of Grameen America and former CEO of Avon, delighted the audiences with her key message on #leadershipdevelopment that CEOs need to Continue reading “The #ATD2015 Series: Day2 – General Sessions, Exposition and Social Media :)”

The #ATD2015 Series: Day 1 of the Conference at Orange County Convention Center!

17 May, 2015:

I was super excited to be at the #ATD2015 conference in Orlando. Before the excitement, came the 14 hour flight from Dubai to New York and then from New York to Orlando, which was almost 20+ hours of travel. (Mind it, this is gonna be skewed towards Instructional Design and Learning Technologies, because Continue reading “The #ATD2015 Series: Day 1 of the Conference at Orange County Convention Center!”