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February 2012 Meeting: Emotional Intelligence for Decision Making & Designing eLearning Storyboards

  • 21 Feb 2012
  • 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
  • Rebecca's Cafe 275 Grove Street, Auburndale, MA 02459


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  • Member - $10.00
  • Currently Unemployed - $10.00
  • Non-member - $25.00
Note: $5 extra will be charged if registering at the door.
Our monthly meetings are designed for all: the employed, the self-employed and those in transition. The goal is to enhance your technology awareness, share the most current thinking on training and help people learn while providing opportunities to network with your colleagues.

AGENDA 6:00 – 6:15    Informal Networking/Dinner
6:15 – 6:30    ASTD Business & Announcements
6:30 – 7:15    Tech Talk: Best practices for Designing eLearning Storyboards, Lauren Prisco                
7:15 – 7:30    Break
7:30 – 8:45   Key Note: Emotional Intelligence for Decision Making, Lou Russell             
8:45 – 9:00    Closing Announcements

Emotional Intelligence for Decision Making
Lou Russel, President and CEO, Russell Martin & Associates

Current research shows that when we lose our cool over something, it takes us over four hours to get over it. When we’re stressed, our decision making ability is compromised because the brain is working at survival. This session will teach you how to leverage emotional intelligence to improve project decision making and help self and others reduce rework.

This session will provide you with research and show you how to map it to ways you can help improve how your team reacts to circumstances. You can help them build resiliency by helping them identify the triggers that take them out and show them ways to avoid or react to those triggers and situations.

After attending this session, the participants will be able to:
-Identify triggers to emotional reactions before they happen.
-Learn techniques to avoid or reduce the reaction to emotional triggers.
-Learn how to map this information for their teams to minimize bad decision making.
-Learn about current tools and instruments to help teams under stress

Bio: Lou Russell is president and CEO of Russell Martin & Associates, a consulting and training company focused on improving business results. Lou and her staff deliver learning experiences that are fun, flexible, fast and measurable. She focuses on project management, leadership and organizational learning problems.

Designing eLearning Storyboards
Lauren Prisco, Executive Vice President of Custom Training Solutions, Navis Learning

Join this tech talk to uncover best practices for designing and writing storyboards. Well written storyboards will contribute to accuracy, efficiency, and timeliness of review and development. They will also help reduce the frustrations of reviewers and their inability to visualize the final product. However, not all storyboards are created equal – nor should they be. What is the right balance of detail and how should you determine what is essential?
This tech talk will include summary findings from a recent survey and roundtable discussion on the craft of storyboarding with an emphasis on design and detail balance. Input from instructional designers, sponsors of eLearning, eLearning developers, and program sponsors were analyzed to create various standards. The presentation will include a progressive demonstration of building storyboards using these standards and best practices, as well as typical challenges and lessons learned along the way.

Bio: As Executive Vice President of Custom Training Solutions, Navis Learning, Lauren is responsible for defining the vision for the eLearning practice area and the custom solutions. Leading a team of instructional designers, graphic artists and developers she ensures quality, consistency, and efficiency for all eLearning development and custom content projects.

Lauren received her BA from Boston College and has over 15 years experience in the training industry. Prior to joining Navis in 2008 she held various management positions for organizations such as Momenta Global,, ePartners and PriceWaterhouse Coopers. Respectively she managed a global Learning Management and eLearning division, managed a global LMS VAR channel, managed a national training division (providing client-facing training solutions), and provided and managed client advisory and training services. She is dedicated to tailoring solutions to the specific requirements and objectives of each client while maintaining a focus on client satisfaction and maximizing usability.

Rebecca's Cafe ( 275 Grove Street, Auburndale, MA 02459, 617-969-3382.

Note: There is no sign for Rebecca's on the street. 275 Grove St. is the Riverside Office Park, right next to the Riverside MBTA train and bus stop. Rebecca's is located at the back of the building, by the parking garage.

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