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  • Wednesday, August 31, 2011 9:39 AM | Deleted user
    We've posted tons of new career opportunities for learning and workplace performance professionals in the Baton Rouge area.  Be sure to check the Career Opportunities page to see what's available in the Baton Rouge area.  ASTDBR members receive exclusive access to Career Opportunities in the area.  Not a member?  Be sure to join!

    Click here to view career opportunities (members only).

    Click here to join ASTDBR.
  • Wednesday, August 31, 2011 7:23 AM | Deleted user
    For the last several years, chapter members have been able to pay both national and chapter dues through the ASTD National website.  ASTD National no longer accepts chapter membership dues.  Be sure to renew your membership through this website.  Members must sign in and click the View Profile link in the upper right of the page to renew membership.  
  • Friday, July 22, 2011 12:19 PM | Deleted user


    President’s Message

    Welcome to the July issue of our eZine.  I hope your summer is going well.

    Our July 28 meeting promises to be a great way to celebrate mid-summer.  Elise Bouchner and Phyllis Arceneaux, both of Excelerant, will help us learn how to identify critical conversations we can use to help our CEOs work more effectively.  Come and learn how to engage your executive team.  Here’s the link:

    When you find a few minutes and want something to take your mind out of the midsummer sleepies, why not complete our annual member survey.  It’s easy to do on-line, and it could even save you some money.  All members who complete the survey and enter their names in question #24 will receive a discount to our September 22 meeting. We’d love to hear from you about how to make the chapter even more valuable to you, so hop on over to:

    As summer ends, your thoughts may naturally turn to your professional development.  We can help there, too.  On October 6, from 8:30 AM to 3:30 PM, we’ll be hosting Vicki Halsey.  Author of Brilliance by design, Vicki will be showing us how to Energize our learners, Navigate our content, Generate meaning for our learners, Apply our content to our learners’ worlds, Gauge and celebrate learning, and Extend learning into action.

    As an incentive to register early, we have extended a 32% early-bird discount to ASTD members.  Sign up before July 31, and you will pay only $129. Wait until August 1, and you’ll have to pay $189.  Why wait?  You know you need to be there. Why not sign up right now?  It’s easy. Just click here:

    See you there!

    Kent Blumberg, PCC


    Nominating Committee Presents 2012 Slate to Membership

    The ASTDBR 2011 Nominating Committee is pleased to announce its recommendations for the 2012 Board of Directors.  Listed below is the slate that will be recommended to the membership at the chapter meeting on Thursday, July 28th at Ralph & Kacoo’s Restaurant.  Elections for the 2012 Board of Directors will take place at the chapter meeting on Thursday, August 25th at Ralph & Kacoo’s Restaurant.  Please mark your calendars now to take part in these two important events and to ensure the future success of ASTDBR!

    The Nominating Committee has worked very hard to carefully select and recommend the right person for each position based on their individual talents and interests.  As many of our chapter members have already experienced, board service is a strong catalyst for career development.  If you are interested in leadership opportunities with ASTDBR, please contact Leah Tate, President-Elect at

    The 2011 Nominating Committee consists of Robin Schooling, Chairperson; Kimberly Seeger, Past ASTDBR President, and Leah Tate, President-Elect.

    Positions                                            Recommended slate for 2012

    President                                             Leah Tate

    President Elect                                    Tricia Ferguson

    Past President                                     Kent Blumberg

    Treasurer                                            James Colvin

    Secretary                                             Kathy Richmond

    VP Hospitality                                      Darrel Lewis

    VP Publications                                   Elizabeth Beckham

    VP Technology                                    Amanda Newfield

    VP Communications                           Jaime Nakamoto

    VP Membership                                  Damona Banks

    VP Programs                                       Lindsey Eason All

    VP Professional Development              Robin Kistler

    VP Marketing                                      Brent Haydel

     July Program:  Engage Your Executive Team!

    As a successful company, your executive team's ability to honestly, vet, make, and commit to decisions about company goals and strategies to support their accomplishments is critical.  CEOs and their teams now recognize the impact of making quality decisions when it comes to their people strategy and that it is their job to do so.

    As a learning and development professional, you must help them do this.  Executives may be challenged to honestly vet, make, and commit to decisions about people goals and strategies.  Why is this?

    In this session, presenters from Excelerant will help you to:

    • Identify critical conversations you can engage in with your executive team to assess how the team is performin gand if it could be performing better
    • Identify support that you can provide as your company navigates these important waters.

    About the presenters:

    Excelerant is a group of certified professionals who provide strategic direction to chief executives for the people side of their international, national, or regional corporations of 50 or more employees.  As a team, Excelerant offers a wide array of critical expertise supported by professional certifications, traiing, and experience in strategic planning facilitation, company and leadership development, and coaching executives and managers, among other specialties.

    It was Bouchner’s years in and out of the courtroom, steering clients through the maze of human resource management issues that inspired her concepts for The Training Source and its ultimate evolution to Excelerant™. Highly sought-after for her facilitation of Executive Meetings, her peer-to-peer relationships with C-suite executives have helped form her big-picture viewpoint that allows her to deftly lead clients and their companies to greater profitability and success.

    Arceneaux’s 25 years experience as an entrepreneur in both business-to-business and consumer-focused industries coupled with her background as a certified coach since 1991, allows her to make powerful connections and generate instant rapport whether in the board room or in the field. She is known as an exceptional facilitator with an eye to bottom-line impact and is a unique asset for our clients in both group and individual scenarios.


    Thursday, July 28


    Ralph and Kacoo’s Restaurant

    6110 Bluebonnet Blvd., BR, LA


    Networking/Registration:  11:30 am

    Business Meeting/Program:  11:50 - 1:00 pm


    Fees:  $20 for members; $30 for guests.  Preregistration is required.  Walk-ins can not be accommodated.  Click here to register for this event.

     Free Webinar: 6 Keys to Creating Learning Experiences that Inspire and Engage

    Leaders, like teachers, transform people’s lives. That’s because leadership and teaching are both focused on bringing out the brilliance that exists within people. But what often happens is that people who teachundefinedin classrooms, meetings, workshops, or any setting where learning happensundefineddon’t know how to bring out the best from others effectively. They tell people what to do, rather than teach them how, and are often disappointed in the outcomes.

    In this presentation, applied learning expert Dr. Vicki Halsey will show you how to structure your presentations in a way that deeply engages and energizes learners because it keeps them front and center every step of the way. 

    You’ll learn how to create content that is clear, relevant, easily absorbed, and readily retained because it is tailored to each audience’s specific needs, abilities, and inclinations. 

    Drawing from her new book, Brilliance by Design, Vicki will share a six-step ENGAGE model that radically improves the learning transfer process to drive optimum individual and organizational results. 

    You will learn proven ideas, strategies and practices that will enable you to: 

    • Energize learners at the beginning of any learning session;
    • Help them Navigate the new content and Generate personal meaning and relevance from it
    • Apply their learning to the real world
    • Gauge and celebrate their progress
    • Extend their learning to action

    Don’t miss this opportunity to learn how to dramatically improve your effectiveness for sharing new concepts, ideas, and content!

    When: Thursday, July 20, 2011 at 9:00 AM PDT.  Click here to register for the webinar. 

    Member Programs and Services Survey:

    The leaders of ASTDBR invite your input!  Our chapter seeks to meet the needs of its members by providing programs and services targeted to their interests.

    It has been our policy to conduct a Member Survey every year.  By doing so, you will be able to influence the chapter's planning for the future.  We appreciate the time you will take to help us out.

    To complete the survey, click on the link below - or cut and paste the link in the address bar of your browser.   Once you have completed the survey, click the "Submit" button. The survey will take about five minutes.

    Please complete this survey by Friday, August 26th.  All members that complete the survey will receive a $5 discount at our September 22nd meeting.  The discount code will be emailed to you before September 1st. Thanks for your participation!

    REGISTER NOW! ASTDBR 2011 Professional Development Event

    ASTDBR is proud to host Vicki Halsey, author of Brilliance by Design: Creating Learning Experiences that Connect, inspire and ENGAGE, will be sharing her powerful approach to inspiring brilliance in your learners. 

    Marcus Buckingham, international bestseller and trainer, says that, “Vicki’s ENGAGE Model has enabled us to revolutionize the learner’s experience.”  Ken Blanchard, huge bestselling author and presenter, calls Vicki his “master learning conductor.”  These world-class presenters and trainers use Vicki and her approach to create their success.  You can, too.

    Vicki’s approach reveals the secrets to optimized adult learning.  In this power-packed day-long event, you will learn how to:

    Energize your learners

    Navigate your content

    Generate meaning for your learners

    Apply to your learners’ real-world

    Gauge and celebrate learning

    Extend learning  into action

    Date: October 6, 2011

    Time: 8:30 am to 3:30 pm

    Place: West Baton Rouge Conference Center


    Cost:  $129/personundefinedEarly Member Registration (available until July 31, 2011)

    Non-Member and Late Registration Costs:

    Non-member Early Bird Registration


    ASTD Member Late Registration


    Non-member Late Registration


    Click Here to register for this event.

    Invest in Yourself in 2011

    A couple of years ago, a group of ASTD members (including me) and a few non-members started meeting on a semi-regular basis to discuss professional development books that we selected to read.  Knowing that others were reading the same book and expecting me to be able to discuss what I had read gave me the discipline to read books that I would never have read on my own.  Since that time, I have read a lot of really great books and, even better, been able to incorporate what I learned into my professional and personal life.

    For example, from Monday Morning Leadership by David Cottrell:

                “Look around this libraryundefinedthere are more than a thousand books in here.  More than half of those books are about management and leadership.  Executives call me to help them solve business problems.  I’ve never ‘made up’ a solution.  None of their problems are unique.  The value I offer is the wisdom of all the people who have written these books.

                “You learn more by reading more.  I’m living proof that the more you learn, the more you earn.

                “Did you know most people don’t read one non-fiction book in a year?  Not one.  You’d think books must be scare or expensive.  But there is an abundance of books at every public library, waiting for people to simply walk in and check them outundefinedat no chargeundefinedfree!

                “Now let’s suppose you decided to read one book a month on management or leadership.  Most books are between 12 and 20 chapters, so you’d be reading about half a chapter a day, which would take you about 10 minutes.  During the next year, you’d have read 12 books.  Do you think you’d know more about management and leadership if you read 12 books a year on the subject?”           

    If you are interested in:

    • improving your personal knowledge,
    • finding new resources to incorporate into your professional and personal life,

    ·        and increasing your earning potential (“the more you learn, the more you earn”),

    then please join us for the:

    Professional Development Study Group

    co-sponsored by ASTD BR and GBR SHRM

    at 6:30 PM first Tuesdays

    Bluebonnet Public Library

    Non-members are welcome and encouraged to participate!

    Although the purpose of these meetings is to discuss a book, you are NOT required to read it – you are welcome to join us to find out why you should!

    Aug 2     The Speed of Trust: The One Thing that Changes Everything, by Stephen M. R. Covey

    Sept. 6   Socialnomics: How Social Media Transforms the Way We Live & Do Business by Erik


    Oct. 4    The Soul of Leadership by Deepak Chopra             

    Nov. 1    Drive: The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us by Daniel Pink                    

    Dec. 6    Do More Great Work: Stop the Busywork, Start the Work That Matters by Michael

                  Bungay Stanier

    Please contact me at for more information or to let me know that you are interested in participating.      

                                                                            Carrie L. Miller, SPHR 

                                                                            HR à la carte, LLC  

    Consultants! Showcase your Services on the ASTDBR Consultant Directory

    Showcase your services on the ASTDBR Consultant Directory, and help potential clients find you!  The prices can’t be beat:

    • $39 per year for ASTDBR members and National members
    • $49 per year for ASTDBR members
    • $99 per year for ASTD National members
    • $149 per year for non-members

    Compare those prices to a yellow pages listing, which can run more than $100 for a full month.  And with the ASTD Consultant Directory, you are reaching exactly those people who are most likely to want to purchase your services.
    Sound good?  If so, just email the following information to

    • Your name.
    • Your title.
    • Company name.
    • Address.
    • Phone.
    • Website.
    • Email.
    • Photo (jpeg) if desired.
    • 125 words (maximum) description of your services.

    Available Training Positions

    Members, are you looking for a new position? Employers, are you in need of experienced workplace learning professionals? Utilize our membership-only job bank to post jobs. 

    Current Positions Available:

    Louisiana Department of State – Civil Service:  Click Here for Job Information


    Volunteers Needed!!

    We are looking for members who have the knowledge, skill, and enthusiasm to lead or participate in various chapter committees.  ASTDBR, as a non-profit, is managed and supported by volunteers.  Volunteering is a great opportunity for you to offer your ideas, expertise, and time to the Baton Rouge Chapter.

    What will fit into your current professional lifestyle?  Volunteer opportunities of all sizes exist! Whether you are able to commit a lot of time and effort or have only a little time to spare right now, your help is welcomed and appreciated.  Get the most out of your membership by becoming involved working with other members and working with operations.  If you are interested, click here to find out more

    If you are interested, contact Damona Banks,

  • Thursday, June 23, 2011 10:13 AM | Deleted user
    Tom Kuhlmann is back! Join us for a webinar on October 25, 2011, where Tom Kuhlmann will help you leverage PowerPoint to bcome a start rapid e-learning designer.  Click here for more details.
  • Wednesday, June 22, 2011 11:08 AM | Deleted user
    Check out the latest ASTDBR news.  Click here to see the June 2011 edition of the ASTDBR eZine.
  • Friday, June 03, 2011 6:26 PM | Damona Barnes

    Early Registration Ends on July 31st, 2011!!

    All ASTD-BR Chapter Members will recieve a code to enter so that you can register for Brillance by Design by Vicki Halsey Event! Look for this code via e-mail this upcoming week!

    Click Here to Register:

    If you have any questions regarding registration or the event please contact me at

  • Tuesday, May 17, 2011 7:09 PM | Deleted user
    Check out the latest ASTDBR news.  Click here to see the May 2011 edition of the ASTDBR eZine.
  • Sunday, May 15, 2011 9:10 PM | Deleted user

    Vicki Halsey, author of Brilliance by design: Creating learning experiences that connect, inspire and ENGAGE, will be sharing her powerful approach to inspiring brilliance in your learners.  

    Marcus Buckingham, international bestseller and trainer, says that, “Vicki’s ENGAGE Model has enabled us to revolutionize the learner’s experience.”  Ken Blanchard, huge bestselling author and presenter, calls Vicki his “master learning conductor.”  These world-class presenters and trainers use Vicki and her approach to create their success. You can, too.

    Vicki’s approach reveals the secrets to optimized adult learning.  In this power-packed day-long event, you will learn how to:

    Energize your learners

    Navigate your content

    Generate meaning for your learners

    Apply to your learners’ real-world

    Gauge and celebrate learning

    Extend learning  into action

    Registration is Open:

    Date: October 6, 2011

    Time: 8:30 am to 3:30 pm

    Place: West Baton Rouge Conference Center

  • Sunday, April 24, 2011 6:32 PM | Deleted user
    On May 1, 2011, you'll notice a new look on the ASTD-BR chapter website.  We're upgrading our look and will be delivering you more features and tools via a new website!  Be sure to check back often to see new features as they are added.
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