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Welcome to the ASTD San Diego Blog

Fri, April 13, 2012 9:16 AM | Alan Landers

We want to create a place where our members can easily exchange ideas, ask questions, and share knowledge.  We’d like this blog to be that place.  We have many, many members who have over 15 years of diverse experience and we have members who are new to our profession eager to learn.


One of the characteristics of trainers in general, is their desire to share.  I see it all the time.  When I started 30 some years ago, people like Bill Pfeiffer, John Jones, Tony Alessandra, Carl Albrecht, and even Ken Blanchard, the One Minute Manager himself, were members of our chapter and actively shared their ideas.  Today, Marshall Goldsmith, Allison Rosette, and others are doing the same. But you don’t have to be an industry guru to share.  Everyone has something they know that can help others.


So to begin this blog, I have a simple question... In your opinion, what are the three most important factors or traits that contribute to the success of a professional trainer or consultant?


Alan Landers, ASTD San Diego President 2012


  • Sat, April 14, 2012 12:33 PM | Anonymous
    Great question Alan!
    As someone who is venturing into a solopreneur status in training and development, the three factors I am finding most important are:
    1. Enjoyment in the process of "building relationships:" I enjoy meeting the members and guests attending our ASTD-SD meetings, special interest groups (SIGS) and Meet N'Greets. I've made new friends and colleagues - who have been instrumental in sharing their wisdom, providing mentorship and support.
    2. Adaptability - times are changing faster than we could ever imagine - and we need to keep looking forward and adapting to new technology, We are a global society and we must more effectively and conveniently address the learners' needs.
    3. Passion for the field - If you don't love it - it won't love you back! If you're passionate about your work and/or making a difference - it will be obvious to others - and you will be memorable.
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  • Wed, April 18, 2012 2:36 PM | Mary Jane Riccardi
    For me, it's all about individuals and organizations, and how they come together. My three are: 1) A sincere desire to help individuals and organizations improve. 2) To understand the business and connect-the-dots between organizational goals and initiatives, and individual skills and behaviors. 3)Enjoying a challenge. It is not easy to do this well, but when it all works, it's great fun.
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  • Wed, May 02, 2012 11:05 AM | Anonymous
    How does one post a blog on the ASTD blog? Thanks, Cathy B.
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