SIG events

Special Interest Groups (SIGS) are smaller, more focused gatherings intended to provide ATD-OC members with opportunities to explore specific areas of interest, and to network with other professionals who share those interests.  

Oh! If you were looking for a list of our Monthly Learning Events, you can find them here.

If you were looking for a schedule of longer form workshops, they can be found here.

We hope to see you soon!


Upcoming events

    • Wed, June 21, 2017
    • 12:15 PM - 1:00 PM
    • Your nearest computer connection


    Three days into the flight of Apollo 13, Astronaut Jack Swigert radioed that famous understatement to Mission Control.  They had a problem indeed – a ruptured oxygen tank scuttled the ongoing mission to the moon and threatened the lives of the crew.  Recent compelling research suggests that “we have a problem” in corporate training and development; one with the potential to scuttle our mission.  The problem is learning transfer – or more precisely, the lack of learning transfer by many program participants. 

    In this interactive session, designed for those who oversee the training function or manage training programs, Andrew Jefferson, Co-founder and CEO of The 6Ds Company will focus on:

    • The magnitude of the problem, why it has become suddenly even more critical in today’s competitive marketplace;
    • The Disciplines necessary to effect positive change;
    • What you can do to drive learning transfer and business and organizational results from training. 

    You’ll leave the session with information, insights and tools that you can apply immediately in your organization.



    About the Presenter:

    Andy Jefferson is co-author of the best-selling The Six Disciplines of Breakthrough Learning (San Francisco: Pfeiffer, 2015), Getting Your Money’s Worth from Training and Development (San Francisco: Pfeiffer, 2009) and The Field Guide to the 6Ds (San Francisco: Wiley, 2014).

    Important registration notes: When you register on this page, you will receive a confirmation with a link to register at the webinar site, so that you can access the training on the day it is presented. Please make sure to follow the instructions in the confirmation email, so that you can also retrieve the recording.

    This event is free for all attendees (members and non-members).

    • Thu, June 22, 2017
    • 5:30 PM - 8:00 PM
    • OneOC offices, Santa Ana (full address provided upon registration)

    You have a variety of authorware to choose from when designing your eLearning content.  From:

    • just convert these slides to something basic we can track, to...
    • create a quick video demo people can watch, to...
    • create an interactive module that utilizes a wide variety of techniques to engage and measure learning...

    ...which tool you select will be critical for supporting your proposed deliverable.

    In our second in-person group meeting, we will review a variety of authorware tools available, primarily sticking to the more commonly used Adobe and Articulate products.  You'll see the development process in action, and get a chance to compare the published version of each of the tools.

    From there, we'll apply that understanding of the available tools to our SIG Project.  Which tool will best support our client's needs?

    Attendance is exclusive to ATD-Orange County members.

    Why members only?

    ATD-Orange County prides itself on providing a community in which its members can professionally develop themselves through unique opportunities that don't necessarily exist in the world of online videos and networking seminars. This SIG is such an opportunity: a blend of practical knowledge, experiential learning, and partnerships unique to Orange County.

    • Fri, July 21, 2017
    • 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM
    • Webster University, 32 Discovery, Irvine CA 92618
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    Trainers like to lead interactive training sessions during which participants speak up to answer questions and share what’s on their mind. The Trainers’ SIG has provided several sessions to help trainers encourage participant interaction through questions, discussions and activities.

    Getting participants to interact is one skill. Another is to maintain—and enhance—their self-esteem, once they’re contributing. 

    • Maintaining Self Esteem when a Participant is Off-Track:  The challenge here is to let the participant—and the rest of the class—know the participant’s response was off track—and what a better response would be—without making him or her feel bad. We’ll practice six techniques a trainer can use to respond to off-track answers and comments. 
    • Enhancing Self Esteem when Participants are On Track:  Most of us like to feel good about ourselves when we’re on track, so we’ll practice 6 tips for responding when participants are on track.  It’s likely you’ll already be using some of these best practices much of the time and others occasionally...that said, once you start using all of them deliberately, you’ll enhance your training delivery.

    Come to the meeting and there’ll be plenty of opportunity for you to develop some “muscle memory” by practicing these techniques during the session so that you’re more likely to use them when you’re back on the job.  We hope you can make it!

    Our Facilitator

    Anthony Harmetz is a long-time ATD-OC volunteer and a chapter Past President. Anthony spent 13 years establishing and leading the training function at Bally Total Fitness, at the time a major services sector corporation.  He is now a training consultant helping organizations design, develop, delivery and implement training and various styles models such as DiSC.

Past events

Fri, May 19, 2017 Trainers' SIG ~ Using Analogies in Training: Making Powerful Connections
Thu, May 18, 2017 [Webinar] Training and Technology SIG: The Storyboard: Your eLearning Project Blueprint
Wed, May 10, 2017 Training Manager Meet Up (TMMU): Connecting...and Sharing BUMP
Tue, May 09, 2017 Change Leadership SIG ~ Rigid to Agile: Change at Motorola (and Google)
Thu, April 20, 2017 [Webinar] Training and Technology SIG: Conducting an online analysis interview
Mon, April 10, 2017 BizSIG [VIRTUAL] ~ Learning and Development: Does It Need to Be Transformed?
Mon, April 10, 2017 BizSIG [ONSITE] ~ Learning and Development: Does It Need to Be Transformed?
Fri, March 17, 2017 Trainers' SIG ~ Sweaty Palms and Tied Tongues: Dealing with Anxiety
Thu, March 16, 2017 Training and Technology SIG: The Heart At The Start -- the Needs Analysis
Mon, March 13, 2017 President's Book Club
Mon, March 13, 2017 BizSIG [VIRTUAL] ~ Discover your Superpowers! ~ Powerful Personal Branding to Stay Relevant and in High Demand
Mon, March 13, 2017 BizSIG [ONSITE] ~ Discover your Superpowers! ~ Powerful Personal Branding to Stay Relevant and in High Demand
Tue, March 07, 2017 Change Leadership SIG ~ Using a Change Coalition to Mobilize Grass Roots Change in Your Organization
Thu, February 16, 2017 [Webinar] Training and Technology SIG: Design Methodologies
Thu, January 19, 2017 [Webinar] Introducing: Training and Technology SIG
Tue, January 17, 2017 [Webinar] Introducing: Training and Technology SIG
Tue, January 10, 2017 Change Leadership SIG ~ Getting Vocal Change-Resistant Leaders to Become Change Champions
Fri, November 18, 2016 Trainers' SIG ~ Interactive Flip Charts
Tue, October 04, 2016 Change Leadership SIG ~ Subject Matter Experts Afraid of Change? How to Address Resistance Related to Expertise and Tenure
Fri, September 16, 2016 Trainers' SIG ~ Energy—The Unseen Force
Mon, September 12, 2016 BizSIG ~ VIRTUAL: Planning Session
Fri, July 15, 2016 Trainers' SIG ~ Q & A: An Opportunity to Shine
Mon, June 13, 2016 BizSIG ~ VIRTUAL: Changing Role of Business Schools in Leadership Development: Meeting the changing needs of executives and organizations
Mon, June 13, 2016 BizSIG ~ ONSITE: Changing Role of Business Schools in Leadership Development: Meeting the changing needs of executives and organizations
Fri, May 20, 2016 Trainers' SIG ~ Making Learning Stick: Increasing Training Transfer
Mon, May 09, 2016 BizSIG ~ VIRTUAL: It’s Alive! Pump life into your virtual programs with LOLA’s ~ Presented by Thiagi
Mon, May 09, 2016 BizSIG ~ ONSITE: It’s Alive! Pump life into your virtual programs with LOLA’s ~ Presented by Thiagi
Tue, May 03, 2016 Change Leadership SIG ~ Using a Combined Internal & External Project Team to Lead a Major Organizational Change
Fri, March 18, 2016 Trainers' SIG ~ Drawing While Training
Mon, March 14, 2016 BizSIG ~ Your Online Platform: Using Social Media to Promote Your Brand ~ Live Session
Mon, March 14, 2016 BizSIG ~ Your Online Platform: Using Social Media to Promote Your Brand ~ Virtual Session
Tue, March 01, 2016 Change Leadership SIG ~ Interpersonal Communication Model for Successful Change: How Speaking the Same Language Changed a Company
Mon, February 08, 2016 BizSIG ~ Leading Innovation – Taking Action ~ Virtual Session
Mon, February 08, 2016 BizSIG ~ Leading Innovation – Taking Action ~ Live Session
Fri, January 22, 2016 Trainers' SIG ~ Training Tips & Tools from 27 Years
Mon, January 11, 2016 BizSIG ~ Leading Innovation – Entry and Contracting!
Tue, January 05, 2016 Change Leadership SIG ~ Getting Leaders Un-Stuck so the Change Will Stick
Mon, December 14, 2015 BizSIG ~ Leading Innovation – Entry and Contracting!
Fri, November 20, 2015 Trainers' SIG ~ Opening & Closing Your Training Session
Tue, November 10, 2015 Change Leadership SIG ~ Coaching for Behavior Change at ADP©
Mon, November 09, 2015 BizSIG ~ Leading Innovation!
Mon, October 12, 2015 BizSIG ~ Engaging Excellence: Feedback and Decision to Act
Fri, September 18, 2015 Trainers' SIG ~ Posture, Power & Presence
Mon, September 14, 2015 BizSIG ~ Discussion: ATD-OC Program Team Survey Results
Tue, September 08, 2015 Change Leadership SIG ~ Communication Plans That Get Truth To Travel Faster Than Rumor
Fri, July 17, 2015 Trainers' SIG ~ Training From the RIGHT Side
Tue, July 07, 2015 Change Leadership SIG ~ How to Get Stakeholders to Agree to and Support Organizational Transformation
Tue, June 09, 2015 OD SIG ~ Join the HOT TOPICS conversation!
Mon, June 08, 2015 BizSIG ~ Engaging Excellence: The Discovery and Dialogue
Fri, May 15, 2015 Trainers' SIG ~ Participative Techniques to Energize Training Sessions
Mon, May 11, 2015 BizSIG ~ Engaging Excellence: The First Encounter
Tue, May 05, 2015 Change Leadership SIG ~ How To Empower Broad-Based Action to Achieve Organizational Change
Mon, April 13, 2015 BizSIG ~ Produce it Like a Pro: DIY Video Marketing for Internal and External Consultants and Trainers
Fri, March 20, 2015 Trainers' SIG ~ Behind Enemy Lines: Communicating With a Hostile Audience
Mon, March 09, 2015 BizSIG ~ Kick-off Meeting: LinkedIn Power Session
Tue, March 03, 2015 Change Leadership SIG ~ A Simple Technology Change Isn’t Always so Simple
Fri, February 20, 2015 Trainers' SIG ~ Making Training a Conversation
Tue, February 03, 2015 OD SIG ~ Growing ADP’s Client Experience Culture, Climate, and Organization
Tue, December 09, 2014 OD SIG ~ Navigating a Culture Shift
Tue, October 07, 2014 OD SIG ~ What’s so Difficult about Leading Across Borders and Cultures?
Fri, September 19, 2014 Trainers' SIG ~ Presenting when You are Not In the Room: Designing and Delivering Engaging Online Training
Thu, September 18, 2014 Training Managers Meet Up (TMMU) SIG: Developing Employees The Capital Group Companies Way
Thu, August 07, 2014 Technology SIG ~ ONLINE ~ 3 Photoshop Tips for Trainers
Tue, August 05, 2014 OD SIG ~ NeuroLeadership in Action
Fri, July 18, 2014 Trainers SIG ~ Type & Training: Tips to Make Learning Stick
Tue, June 03, 2014 OD SIG ~ The Drama Free Workplace: Navigating Workplace Conflict & Relationships
Fri, May 16, 2014 Trainers SIG ~ Talking about Yourself While Training
Tue, April 01, 2014 OD SIG ~ University-Corporate Partnerships: Case Studies, Best Practices and Lessons Learned
Fri, March 28, 2014 Trainer's SIG ~ "How Do I Respond to That?"
Wed, February 19, 2014 Training Managers Meet Up (TMMU) SIG: Shift Your Culture from Training to Development
Tue, February 11, 2014 Technology SIG ~ ONLINE ~ Optimizing PowerPoint: Exploring Under-Utilized Tools for Design
Tue, February 04, 2014 OD SIG ~ Get off My Damn Lawn!: The Truth About Generational Differences at Work
Tue, January 07, 2014 OD SIG ~ New 2014 Schedule
Tue, December 10, 2013 Technology Tidbits SIG ~ ONLINE ~ Facilitating Over The Web -- Best Practices and Free Tools
Fri, November 15, 2013 Trainer's SIG ~ Making Your Participants Feel Great!
Tue, November 05, 2013 OD SIG ~ Protecting Your Health and the Health of Your Business
Tue, October 01, 2013 OD SIG ~ Bring on the New Grads! We’ll Turn Them into Leaders
Fri, September 20, 2013 Trainer's SIG ~ The Art of Emotional Training
Tue, September 10, 2013 OD SIG ~ The Power of Intent
Tue, August 06, 2013 OD SIG ~ Executive Buy-In and It's Importance In Improving Employee Engagement
Fri, July 19, 2013 Trainer's SIG ~ Transforming Learning Through Facilitation
Tue, July 09, 2013 OD SIG ~ Business + Social Purpose: Partnerships that Work
Tue, June 04, 2013 OD SIG ~ OD's role in the Journey of Enhancing the Customer Experience
Fri, May 17, 2013 Trainer's SIG ~ Tired of Being a Talking Head
Tue, May 07, 2013 OD SIG ~ Leadership Development at Edwards Lifesciences~ A case study to align HR Business Partners & Center of Excellence
Tue, April 02, 2013 OD SIG ~ A Customer-Centric Approach to Developing Talent Management Solutions
Fri, March 15, 2013 Trainer's SIG ~ Moving while Training
Tue, March 12, 2013 Technology Tidbits SIG ~ LIVE ~ Learning What You Should Already Know – Microsoft Word for L&D Professionals
Tue, March 12, 2013 Technology Tidbits SIG ~ ONLINE ~ Learning What You Should Already Know – Microsoft Word for L&D Professionals
Tue, March 05, 2013 OD SIG ~ Take the Lead -- OD’s Critical Role in M&As
Tue, February 05, 2013 OD SIG ~ Lights, Camera, Communication!
Fri, January 18, 2013 Trainer's SIG ~ Tell Me a S.T.O.R.Y.: Using Stories for Effective Learning
Tue, January 08, 2013 Technology Tidbits SIG ~ ONLINE ~ Fast Track to Captivate 6
Tue, January 08, 2013 Technology Tidbits SIG ~ LIVE ~ Fast Track to Captivate 6
Tue, January 08, 2013 OD SIG ~ True Grit: Creating and Launching a Supervisor Development Program Against the Odds
Tue, December 11, 2012 Technology Tidbits SIG ~ ONLINE ~ How Technology is Shaping the Future of Learning
Tue, December 11, 2012 Technology Tidbits SIG ~ LIVE ~ How Technology is Shaping the Future of Learning
Tue, November 06, 2012 OD SIG ~ Mentoring Programs that Make a Difference
Tue, October 02, 2012 OD SIG ~ Integrated Talent Management (ITM) at Motorola/Google – A Real-World Example
Tue, September 11, 2012 OD SIG ~ BASE - Bring Adaptability with Speed and Ease
Tue, August 14, 2012 Technology Tidbits ~ No Meeting in August
Tue, August 07, 2012 OD SIG ~ No Meeting
Tue, July 10, 2012 OD SIG ~ “Chemistry” & the Politics of Business
Tue, June 12, 2012 Technology Tidbits ONLINE ~ QR Codes in your Training: Improving Learning and Performance
Tue, June 12, 2012 Technology Tidbits LIVE ~ QR Codes in your Training: Improving Learning and Performance
Tue, June 05, 2012 OD SIG ~ How OC's Leading Corporations Manage, Develop, and Retain Top Talent
Tue, May 08, 2012 Technology Tidbits ONLINE ~ What is the next frontier for Learning Management Systems?
Tue, May 08, 2012 Technology Tidbits LIVE ~ What is the next frontier for Learning Management Systems?
Tue, May 01, 2012 OD SIG ~ Organization Design for the Real World—Points on a Star, Not Boxes on a Chart
Fri, April 13, 2012 Cancelled: Career Management SIG -- Reflecting on the Past ~ Preparing for the Future
Tue, April 03, 2012 OD SIG ~ Dark-no meeting
Tue, March 13, 2012 Technology Tidbits ONLINE: How Social Media Can Support Trainers: The Articulate Community Case Study (Training and Technology SIG Meeting)
Tue, March 13, 2012 Technology Tidbits LIVE: How Social Media Can Support Trainers: The Articulate Community Case Study (Training and Technology SIG Meeting)
Sat, March 10, 2012 Career Management SIG -- Reflecting on the Past ~ Preparing for the Future
Tue, March 06, 2012 OD SIG ~ Improvisation at Work
Tue, February 14, 2012 OD SIG ~ Leadership Lessons from Today's Global Organizations - A Candid Conversation with Professor Judy B. Rosener
Sat, February 11, 2012 Career Management SIG -- Reflecting on the Past ~ Preparing for the Future
Sat, January 14, 2012 Career Management SIG -- Reflecting on the Past ~ Preparing for the Future
Tue, January 10, 2012 Technology Tidbits: Getting caught up with the newest technologies for 2012 - ONLINE (Training and Technology SIG Meeting)
Tue, January 10, 2012 Technology Tidbits: Getting caught up with the newest technologies for 2012 - LIVE (Training and Technology SIG Meeting)
Tue, January 10, 2012 OD SIG ~ The Evolution of Coaching as a Leadership Practice
Sat, November 12, 2011 Career Management SIG -- Member Progress Reports and Future Directions
Tue, November 08, 2011 Mobile Learning-Using QR codes to deliver workplace learning - ONLINE SESSION (Training and Technology SIG Meeting)
Tue, November 08, 2011 Mobile Learning-Using QR codes to deliver workplace learning - Live (Training and Technology SIG Meeting)
Tue, November 01, 2011 OD SIG presents Julie Holdaway, OneOC
Sat, October 08, 2011 Career Management SIG -- Progress update
Tue, October 04, 2011 Develop Your Edge at Sony Electronics. (OD SIG Meetup)
Tue, September 13, 2011 Training in the Electronic Age - Online (Training and Technology SIG Meetup)
Tue, September 13, 2011 Training in the Electronic Age - Live (Training and Technology SIG Meetup)
Tue, September 13, 2011 When SMART Goals Aren't Enough -- OD SIG Meetup
Sat, September 10, 2011 Career Management SIG: Building your Training Portfolio
Wed, September 07, 2011 Organization Development Best Practices Certificate (Brandman University)
Sat, August 13, 2011 Career Management SIG: Identifying and Using your strengths in your Career Development
Tue, August 02, 2011 OD SIG -- From "Out of Bounds" to "Game On!"
Sat, May 14, 2011 Career Management SIG
Tue, May 03, 2011 OD SIG


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