Combine learning and networking for maximum results
2022 is shaping up to be a great year for professional development. Over the past two years, learning approaches have undergone many changes. One of the biggest transitions has been delivering and taking professional development courses online. This has led to an increased desire to come together again for in-person learning and networking opportunities – ATD offers many in-person and virtual programs and conferences to provide you with the learning experience that best suits your schedule and your budget.
As I host ATD Education programs throughout the year, both in person and live online, the question I hear the most is: how do I convince my supervisor to invest in my professional development? In short, people are looking for more professional development opportunities and need to tie them to business impact. Even though that’s what we do for a living, sometimes it can be hard to sell to prioritize our own learning because we have to allocate time apart from daily tuition, travel expenses, etc.
One suggestion I always have is to maximize your time and budget investment by finding opportunities that offer a variety of learning and networking options in one trip. the ATD International Conference & EXPO energizes the learning and development landscape. It brings together thought leaders and practitioners from our industry to discuss best practices, latest trends, new solutions and insights on how to attract, retain and develop top talent. The conference brings together talent development professionals from around the world, allows you to learn from inspirational speakers and industry experts, and offers you the opportunity to interact with your peers at receptions and networking evenings. . The event will give you a plethora of information, tools, and even potential future business partners to bring back to your team and organization.
To maximize your return on investment, enroll in an ATD certificate program to be taken during the same trip. ATD offers its flagship courses on the conference site, starting just before the conference itself. Learn about ATD courses offered through the pre-conference program, earn an industry-recognized certificate, then attend the conference to take advantage of networking opportunities, world-class speakers, and an exhibit featuring featured innovative vendors in the talent development community.
If budget, travel or personal comfort are still a concern, you can join the conference virtually to experience a robust virtual conference with educational programming and a virtual marketplace. Whichever way you choose to participate, we hope to welcome you to ATD22 in the most ideal way for your professional development. Are you looking to build your business case to attend? ATD has you covered with our Manager Letter, Session and Exhibitor Worksheet, and Investment Worksheet to help you convince your boss advantages.