This is the week (May 22-24) of the ATD International Conference & Exhibition.  ATD is expecting in excess of 10,000 attendees to gather at the Georgia World Conference Center in Atlanta.  Better than a quarter of that number will be international visitors (a remarkable percentage that indicates how global the appeal of training has become).

ATD (Association for Talent Development) is the largest training society in the world and hosts the largest collection of training vendors and suppliers gathered under one roof.

Those of you contemplating training initiatives have a single chance each year to see (and, kick the tires) of almost all training products and services currently available.  Vendors know that this is the one tradeshow they cannot afford to miss — so, almost all of them will be there.  It is a unique opportunity.

Best of all, if the Expo is of primary interest to you, it is not necessary to pay the conference fee.  Just request any vendor to supply you with a free Expo floor pass and you can wander the large hall all day.  In fact, it’s possible to make it a day trip, with your transportation being the only significant cost.

The actual conference sessions have lost some of the broad appeal they once had as they are now dominated by the white collar trainers under HR influence.  Nevertheless, if one remains selective, there are a sufficient number of presentations that will appeal to trainers of industrial skills training.

But, for now, let’s focus on ATD and its glorious Expo. 

If you are one of those fortunate trainers going to Atlanta this week, you should have a glorious time.  And, if you can’t make this one, it will be well worth your while to make plans to attend the next one which will be in San Diego (May 6-9, 2018).

The ATD Expo remains your premiere opportunity to look at the present and see into the future.

More on Wednesday  –  –  –

         — Bill Walton, co-Founder, ITC Learning

          May 22, 2017  (Mondays & Wednesdays)

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