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    February Dinner Meeting

    Date: February 13, 2012, 5:30pm – 8:00pm
    Hyatt Regency Princeton, Carnegie Center, Rt. 1.
    Networking & registration begins at 5:30pm, meeting starts at 6:00pm.

    *** Arrive at 5:00 PM for the Volunteer Recruitment Event! See details below. ***
    Pre-registered: members $40, non-members $50, students and qualified In-Transition $20; All walk-ins add $10.
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    ***Approved for 1 GENERAL Recertification Credit by the HR Certification Institute*** 

    REGISTER & PAY:   Online registration opens up approximately two weeks prior to the event and closes the Thursday before the meeting at midnight.  Walk-ins are always welcome after that time!

    Oh No! I Have to Do a Virtual Training Session!

    Best practices for making virtual training effective and enjoyable for everyone

    Presented by:

    Jeremy Kestler, Marketing Education Team, SAP

    Program Overview

    Virtual training is here to stay, so we better get used to it. And, we better get better at it! Join HRMA for this session that will present simple strategies to help HR professionals eliminate 95% of the pitfalls that sink online training sessions and leave you feeling confident about your next scheduled training.

    Program Description

    When done properly, the benefits of remote or web-delivered training can be significant, but many still question its effectiveness. This interactive session will present simple techniques that have been proven to eliminate the problems that plague online training sessions. So before you do your next open enrollment, new hire or policy training, make sure you are ready to ensure that your virtual training delivery goes smoothly and accomplishes its objectives. 

    The benefits of virtual training are clear and include greater convenience, travel savings, ability to train simultaneously in multiple time zones, and the ability to archive presentations and audio for on demand replay. As with any new technology, many are uncomfortable getting started so they rely on old habits and instead plan in-person training which is expensive and time-consuming and also has questionable effectiveness.

    Topics to be covered will include:

    • How long should I make my virtual training session?
    • Can I include other supporting materials and how should I make these available?
    • I always feel like I am talking to no one. How can I make my sessions more interactive?
    • How much content is too much to include for virtual delivery?
    • Is it better to have one speaker or many?

    Our speaker has considerable knowledge and experience planning and running effective virtual training events and has prepared an engaging and valuable session to help you design and deliver your next virtual training more confidently and successfully.

    About the Speaker

    Jeremy B. Kestler is a learning and development consultant for SAP, the global leader in business software. He supports 2,500 internal employees in the global marketing division at SAP. Throughout his career Mr. Kestler has established learning infrastructure and processes and has advised clients as they transition from the familiarity of classroom training into e-learning. As Training Manager at Caliper, he created the company's first global learning management system, Caliper University. Mr. Kestler has also developed training in leadership and management, software systems and business processes, new product introductions, marketing, sales, customer service, and new hire orientation and onboarding. His previous experience includes work in global marketing at The Coca-Cola Company and as a business advisor and instructor for the U.S. Small Business Administration. Last year, he was a board member and Technology Chair for the American Society for Training and Development (ASTD) Mid-New Jersey Chapter. He organized the Technology Showcase event entitled “2010: A Social Learning Odyssey.”

    He holds a B.A. from Princeton University and an M.B.A. from the McDonough School of Business at Georgetown University.

    Special Pre-Dinner Volunteer Recruitment Event!

    Beginning at 5:00 PM, HRMA will host a special event to promote involvement as a volunteer with one of our chapter committees.  This is a great opportunity to get more involved with the HRMA and share your special talents (and even earn HRCI recertification credits!).  Representatives from each committee will be available to answer your questions.  Those participating in the Volunteer Recruitment Event and visiting all 5 committee tables will receive a free book authored by Ben Dattner, Ph.D. and/or a free drink. We hope you will join us for some pre-meeting fun.

    Non-Profit Organization of the Month

    This month we welcome a representative from the Princeton Healthcare System Employee Assistance Program who will describe how they serve the local community and how people can get involved through volunteering and other activities.