Looking at my own Biases





Finan Hagos
, Training Specialist
Provident Credit Union

I had the opportunity to attend a virtual event on the topic of “Exploring Diversity and Inclusion”. Lisa Fairchild, a Life Coach, Public Speaker and Workshop Facilitator uses ‘Faces’ from Points of You® tools and methodologies to explore how we view ourselves and others. We were asked to share one word that came to mind when we think of the word Inclusion and my word was “openess” because we should be open to the differences in others. The exercises that we did followed Points of You® methodologies of Pause, Expand, Focus and Doing. My highlights of each methodology include:

Pause: Points of You® always start with Pause to music. While we were listening to a song, I had to ask myself “how do I feel physically? “What are my thoughts and emotions?” At first, this was a little uncomfortable because of the silence but it made me realize after a moment that it allowed me to focus on the present and relax my mind. (more…)

The Talent Development Community Can’t Be Silent


A MESSAGE FROM JEFF BAUMANN,  ATD GOLDEN GATE CHAPTER PRESIDENT

Like you, I’m sickened, angry and indignant at the senseless acts of inhumanity that so persistently plague our culture. I would also like to acknowledge that I’m sickened, angry and indignant at myself for taking this long to say something to our community.

I have the feeling that I’m not alone. Many of you agree with the cause and acknowledge everything about Black Lives Matter and yet feel like silent agreement is all you feel comfortable doing. Taking a vocal stance is scary, you never know who may attack you for trying, for saying something, for saying something poorly… but what has saying nothing gotten us?

Let’s be better. Let’s show support for what we KNOW is right and actively work against the things that we know are wrong. Please reach out to me at president@tdgoldengate.org if you have an idea regarding how we can use the ATD Golden Gate Chapter community to create better awareness and change. (more…)

Defining the “new normal”




Joanna Sharp
Training & Development Specialist, Fremont Bank

When we think of networking it normally involves meeting rooms, handshakes, and in-person conversation, something that we won’t be doing for a while. Fortunately, technology is allowing us to network while physically distancing. Hosted by Kalenga Pembamoto, South Bay Group Team Leader, ATD Golden Gate held a structured networking event for participants to meet and discuss the topic ‘redesigning your future normal’.

After introductions and setup, we were split into breakout rooms to discuss two questions: “what’s on our minds at the moment?” and “what support or advice would we like from the group?”. The discussions were lively and engaging, and offered great advice. Some examples include: (more…)

Adding Improv to your Leadership Skills




Joanna Sharp
Training & Development Specialist, Fremont Bank

On Thursday, June 5 ATD Golden Gate members virtually gathered for a fun filled zoom training where imaginary balls were dropped, a small red ball became a meatball and a basketball for pixies, and we learnt how many ways you can make the letter T out of the top half of your body. Gary Ware, founder of Breakthrough Play, took the group through five different games that opened up our imagination and got us energized. He then helped us connect how we can bring our experiences into our jobs and lives. One of our realizations, especially relevant for now, is how adaptable and agile we can be in situations where there isn’t much time to think. Mistakes are opportunities to learn and grow, and there is always time for fun. (more…)

Facilitating Online Workshops




Andrew Scott, Coach and Facilitator, U.K.
Reposted with Permission

I was not a fan of the idea of running the kinds of workshops that I normally facilitate online. However, I have been pleasantly surprised by how effective they can be – and somewhat moved by how valuable some have found them to be in these extraordinary times.

So I thought I would record a few of the things that I have learned, that seem to make them run rather more effectively than I had imagined; and also a few things I have learned by attending online events that have worked rather less well… I also have an unresolved question, which I’ll get to later.

The first thing is to recognise that this is a different type of engagement and plan accordingly – don’t simply do online what you would have done face-to-face.

One of the limitations is people’s attention span in listening to one person. I can hold an audience for a good while when face to face; but don’t attempt to do so online (I have sat through some poor presentations that involved hours of lecturing – which would probably have worked well live, as the presenters are experts and have interesting material, but really doesn’t work online.) (more…)

Recap from the Presenter




Scott Stiefvater

I had of pleasure of leading a mini-workshop for ATD Golden Gate on November 14, 2019. The title was “Speaking in Line with the Brain’s Design.” For those of you who were unable to attend, here is a recap of the main ideas:

There is not a neuron in the brain for public speaking. There is not a neuron in the brain for presenting or giving speeches. There ARE neurons in the brain for one-to-one conversations. In fact, there is a precise brain coordination system for talking to another human being, but almost no one is taught how that system is designed to work.

Instead, those of us that want to speak with more power get caught up in the public speaking paradigm. We are taught to talk to a room – an aggregate of the human beings in the audience. We talk to everybody and nobody at the same time. Our heads swivel like a lawn sprinkler, spraying our gaze around as if to tell the audience, “I haven’t forgotten you are there.” (more…)