I’m currently away.. on holiday.. in St Ives.
It is a beautiful part of the UK, very peaceful and calm.
I have lots of time this week to relax and reflect.
I’m here for eight whole days… Bliss!
Whilst reflecting, my mind wandered to thinking about the busy week I have on my return to London next week.
You see I am part of the Blog Squad for the CIPD L&D Show this year. It is my first time being part of this group of passionate individuals, who work super hard to share in real-time the messages and discussions coming from the conference and exhibition.
As I think about the L&D Show I get excited, it is an event I’ve attended as a learning and development professional many times in my career. I always get so much out of the two days.
I recall how I enjoy my time there with the opportunity to learn, grow my knowledge in new areas, to hear thoughts from voices which are new to me, to meet new people and of course to spend time with those lovely people I know so well already.
I also start to think about how it will be very different to my week so far here in St Ives, almost the opposite in fact! It will be super busy, there is a timetable of sessions, scheduled workshops and a packed out exhibition hall.
It is an interesting and often eye opening experience to hear from experts, other professionals in our industry and those people we randomly get chatting to at these events, over the two days. But we must remember the importance of taking time to reflect on what we’re hearing, ask questions as often as possible and ensure we make sense of what is being shared with us.
Now I’m obviously not saying everyone should plan a week away in St Ives to do this (though I definitely recommend it as a UK holiday destination!).
What I would recommend is that you consider in advance of next week how you plan to reflect and make sense of what you are hearing. Working out the importance of taking time to come away and think about what is being discussed, what it means for you and how you are going to apply it into your practice.
Some ways I do this, which might not be for you, but might spark an idea to two:
I hope my thoughts above have been useful. I’m attending the L&D Show on both days, so far I am planning to attend the follow sessions:
A3: Align L&D to your business strategy
B1: The secret to learning design
C1: Supporting social and collaborative learning in the workplace
E1: Using cognitive neuroscience to maximise learning
G3: Learning by doing: motivating your learners through gamification
If you are planning on attending these sessions then please do say Hello if you see me. I’ll be the one tweeting away at the back of the room!
Alternatively *wave* to me on Twitter over the two days, and let me know what your thoughts are from what you’re hearing. Follow me or the hashtag #cipdldshow on the day!
Wherever you are I hope you enjoy #cipdldshow 2016!