Joining the Mid-Cities chapter of the Association for Talent Development has been the smartest thing I’ve done in a long time. My role at Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association (TSCRA) is to inform our more than 18,000 ranching family members about the news of their association, and to provide information they can use to be better stewards of the land and livestock they own and manage.
We provide this instructional information via our monthly magazine and websites.
I became curious about how adults learn and retain new knowledge, hoping to find a better way of writing for our members.
This led to a Google search on the topic and there they were – td.org and adtfortworth.org. An entire world of neuroscience, techniques, technologies, methods and research results was there for the “webinaring.”
I started out at ATD Mid-Cities Chapter being the traditional back-table guest – first one out to the parking lot at the end of the meeting. The Mid-Cities Chapter members are a welcoming bunch and I continue to be impressed with their depth of knowledge, warm professionalism and willingness to share information. If potential members are reading this, please be assured that the Mid-Cities Chapter welcomes you, even if you are not in a traditional talent development role.
The lessons I’ve learned at chapter meetings are being worked into how we write for our print and digital publications. My colleague in our Events and Education department and I will provide a “Presenter’s Academy” for recent university graduates who are well-trained in natural resources and livestock management science but may struggle with presentation skills to adults who don’t want a university-style lecture.
Thanks to Tara Clackler, our chapter vice president of programs, my LinkedIn profile is becoming more developed and opening another world of contacts with more information to share about learning and development. Thanks to Brandy Schade, who recently presented on Gallup Strengths Finder, I now know why developing others is such a great joy for me – it’s No. 1 on my strengths list.
In less than a year, I’ve gone from that back-table guest to one of Chapter President Gary Sidoti’s volunteer team, out front greeting members and welcoming visitors with fellow volunteer Lisa Grace.
If you’d like to learn more about beef cattle production and natural resources management, feel free to ask. I can direct you to a great website for beef recipes. If you want to learn about how adults learn, our chapter meets the first Thursday of the month. I assure you that you are very welcome.
I'm from Kentucky and will likely retire back there.
I graduated from Western Kentucky University with a Bachelor of Arts in Public Relations, minors in Sociology and Agriculture.
I did not grow up on a farm – don’t ride horses.
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