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From Laurie - member since 2018
I joined ATD Detroit less than a year ago, selecting the Top Trainer Throwdown as my first event. I had been an ATD National member for two years, reading the magazines and taking some of the courses offered. I was slow to join the local group because of my work hours, but thankfully I have a supportive boss who is working with me to attend meetings and events when possible.
My first reason for joining was to increase my network in the TD field because I am pursuing a career change from a sales rep who trains, to training and development work full-time. The second reason was for the content and topics offered and what I can learn from them. Both the network and content have added value to my professional development. On top of that, attending the meetings has been fun and energizing, and there is always good food to satisfy my inner "foodie."
The personal connections that I have formed in this short period of time have inspired me to grown. By actively following up with people that I met at the first meeting through LinkedIn, I was able to develop some relationships and continue communication between my first event in June and the next in September. In January, after some conversations and advice from more experienced professionals in the group, I signed up for a free trial of Storyline and set a goal to develop a new hire orientation course by the end of February. Two members provided very helpful and constructive feedback, and several others cheered me in my goal. This was a significant step in gaining instructional design experience and it would not have happened without ATD Detroit connections. After our most recent meeting, I was able to share that experience to help someone else who is working towards a career transition. It is reward to both receive help and to give it.
The energy of being with people, live and in person, who share your interests and values to learn something new makes being involved with ATD Detroit a "must" for me.
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