Trainers and Books

Emily Wong Posted by Emily Wong, Digital Editorial Intern, Berrett-Koehler Publishers.


I have just attended the American Society for Training & Development International Conference and Exposition (ASTD ICE for short) in Chicago.

I have just attended the American Society for Training & Development International Conference and Exposition (ASTD ICE for short) in Chicago. There were several things about this event and at this event that caused me to be very proud. First, I was proud to be part of the training and development profession. Trainers, no matter what industry, no matter what subject, no matter what age, gender, or country, are passionate about what they do. They are committed to their profession and to the performance improvement of others. Trainers also are a giving and sharing group of people. There is no hesitation when you ask someone to share something with you about what they are doing or how they are doing it. They'll even send you a copy of it! They just want to help everyone be better at what they do.

Second, I am very proud to be a part of the BK Community. There were BK authors everywhere! Not only were BK publisihed books at the BK booth and the ASTD bookstore and other booths, many BK authors were presenters at the sessions. Just off the top of my head are Donald Kirkpatrick, James Kirkpatrick, Jack Phillips, Robert Brinkerhoff, Dana Robinson, Ken Blanchard, Beverly Kaye, Mike Song, Geoff Bellman, and Robert Vaughn. That doesn't count the many other authors that are connected with BK through the ASTD books association. There were probably others; however, these are the ones whose books I have read or reviewed--or whose sessions I attended. They have all made their unique contributions to the world of training & development and to the role of making a difference in the lives of so many others.

Trainers and books go together like peanut butter and jelly sandwiches. When you see trainers, you see books. When you see books, you see many trainers or contributors to the training profession. This "Connection" will help change the world. I'm proud to be a part of it!