It’s truly amazing how quickly time passes and how briskly the weeks fly by between our monthly CAPS meetings. It’s always a pleasure to connect with members and to continue to build our relationships.
February’s meeting was no exception, and the room was packed with returning guests, newbies, new members, and our wonderful team of CAPS Professional members, Keystone speakers and ProTrac participants. All were there to hear our National President, Bob Parker, speak on his platform for 2014: Experience 3D – Different, Disrupt, Discover.
To start off our meeting, our local chapter President, Rolande Kirouac, showcased the CAPS Code of Ethics. This reinforced to all present just how great an organization the Canadian Association of Professional Speakers really is — key word professional. Please take a moment to review our Code of Ethics if you were not present at the meeting as it was definitely eye-opening to our guests in attendance.
“I love listening to Rolande. She is such a fabulous presenter and throws in humour in unexpected places. I found Bob’s presentation to be very thought provoking. I plan on experiencing Bob’s 3D’s – being different, disruptive and a discoverer. Now I’m wondering What kind of a “pit crew challenge” can I come up with for my business? A day well spent.” – Judith Single
Pat Hirst of Touchstone Resources was our CAPS Spotlight Speaker and she provided us a wonderful overview of her range of HR consulting services. Some of the key messages that she gave include:
- 90% of conflict is perceptual and it usually results from a misunderstanding or miscommunication;
- everyone has the right to change their mind, make mistakes and to look after their own needs and interests;
- consider body language when communicating , as whatever we are thinking leaks out in our body language;
Pat works with companies to help people communicate effectively and work through differences to achieve organizational results.
During his visit on Feb 15, Bob Parker shared many great suggestions on how to become more engaging. In this event recap we will share some of the insights that our members walked away with, and other aha moments when our light bulbs blazed on throughout the day. Watch out Winnipeg! Our attendees are set to improve the delivery of their next presentation and to adopt experiential learning into their training and speaking models as this trend is on the grow.
A info-entrepreneurs, we have noticed an increase in our clients asking for hybrid events where they can connect others at a distance through live-streaming and other technology integration. Bob also noted that he has seen a marked increase in smartphone interactivity, especially in problem solving group activities at training events. The overall theme seems to be that speakers are saying from the stage “let’s go on a discovery mission together” and less “sage from the stage” style speaking where the expert simply lectures to their listeners. Self-directed learning is here to stay and trainers and speakers are actively seeking ways to incorporate the new and different into their presentations.
Interactive events include:
- Action Learning
- Open Spaces
- Experiential Learning
- Coaching & Mentoring
The training trend is that Action Learning, which is actionable projects incorporated into learning programs, will become more and more popular. This means training in real-life situations, helping client teams to complete real life projects and to enhance their productivity and efficiency. The hired trainer teaches the how-to, and the clients immediately apply the tools in their everyday lives. Then the trainer comes back to provide coaching and mentoring opportunities.
teach –-> coach –-> debrief –-> re-coach –> retrain
Why is there a demand for action learning?
- Organizations want to see a demonstration of what they have learned immediately!
- Does your program work? They want proof.
- Creates touch points for coaching/mentoring opportunities.
- Ensures that there is an immediate application – they want measurable outcomes!
What is Eduscapism?
The eyes of our attendees really lit up when we heard that new word “eduscapism”. Even when you Google it, you will only find one page referencing a Duke University publication.
It’s the way to change the context of training to create an environment conducive to learning objectives. Have a read… click here.
Bob stresses that you “need to get your listeners to do experiential learning so that they change at the belief level – that’s where you really change the results! Change the way they see themselves, and the world, and it will make sense why they are doing it. Do first then Be.”
We’re always ready to share our knowledge, and that is truly what sets CAPS apart as an association! This blog post could go on and on and on about all the great tidbits that were shared, not only by Bob, Rolande and Pat, but also by our group of members, but you really had to be there for the whole story- sorry!
Our Next Event:
We hope you will join us at our 11th Annual Speaker School on Friday, March 14th at the Norwood Hotel where Steve Lowell, Sylvia Kuzyk, and Stephen Sim will be sharing more wisdom with our attendees.