Dick Handshaw, President at Handshaw, Inc., is a consultant, speaker, author, and champion for real innovation and quality in instructional design. He is a pioneer in the field, with more than 35 years of experience as a learning and performance improvement professional and entrepreneur. Dick has served as a consultant for many organizations to help them establish a results-oriented learning strategy, methodology, and practice.
Training Magazine continues to attract more attendees to their excellent conference. Attendance this year was 2,000, which is back to 2008 levels. The Monday evening Gala for the Top 125 draws a well-dressed crowd for the annual awards event. The attendees for this event were anxious to see if they went up a few numbers while some may have slipped a few numbers in the ranking. Regardless of the outcome, they were all smiles for the banquet and entertainment.
The Training 2013 staff is always creative and not afraid to take a few risks with their selection of keynote speakers. The result is definitely not your basic keynote, but always something out of the ordinary and thought provoking. I’ve enjoyed every one for the last few years.
This conference doesn’t have conference tracks, but every time slot is filled with a variety of topics from performance improvement to technology and leadership topics. I was impressed with the sessions I attended as well as the usual list of the big name speakers who always like to come to this conference.