[ISDC2006] Ad Hoc Training

Ronnie Lajoie space at knology.net
Tue Nov 22 13:23:46 EST 2005

Great idea Sam!  Within NSS, we have been fairly good at coming up 
with the "content" for such training, but we have a very poor delivery 
style, making it very hard to attract "students" from the more 
exciting talks going on in the main tracks.

Back in 1993, ISDC Chairman Greg Allison "forced" everyone to attend 
at least some activist/training session by having what he called a
"horizontal" track, from 11:00 AM to Noon if I remember correctly.
Thus, rather than hold training in a tiny room well separate from the
main events, training/motivation was PART of the main events.

Sometime in the 1980s I attended an Amway conference, and the motivation
speaker was the ONLY main event, or at least the only one I remember.

-- Ronnie

On Mon, 21 Nov 2005, Spaceman Sam <sam.coniglio at gmail.com> wrote :

> Craig:  You brought up a good point.  Here is another option:  Get
> motivational speakers to help pump up and educate folks.  I just
> finished an amazing weekend event called the Millionaire Mind
> Intensive.  It was a high-energy, fun way to educate and inspire
> people to reevaluate how they look at wealth. They covered all the
> bases, including follow-up programs.
> http://www.peakpotentials.com/new/
> http://www.millionairemindintensive.com/
> Space conference meetings tend to be dull and uninspiring.  
> Let's find a way to pump it up!
> Sam
> On 11/21/05, Craig E. Ward <cewcew at mac.com> wrote:
> >
> > Some past conferences have included training sessions. They don't
> > seem to be popular and this is unfortunate.
> >
> > Rather than a full "activist training track," perhaps we should
> > consider some more targeted sessions.
> >
> > One of my pet peeves with the extended NSS (chapters, regional
> > groups, as well as NSS itself) is that so many meetings happen and so
> > little gets done at them. (The recent ISDC teleconferences have been
> > a cut above so this is not a comment George's meeting skills.)
> > Could we have a session that focused on that?
> >
> > http://www.mpcfilms.com/products/meetings_bloody_meetings.htm
> >
> > The link above is to one site for the training video "Meetings,
> > Bloody Meetings." with John Cleese and others. A former employer used
> > the video for new employee orientation so I  have seen the video and
> > feel that it is worthwhile. The reputation of Cleese might entice
> > more people to attend a training session.
> >
> > This particular page lists the VHS rental as $250/5 days. I don't
> > know if that is the best price or if this vendor is the only one
> > licensed to distribute the video in the US. I think it worthwhile at
> > that price.

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