Topic: Effective Training: Design & Delivery

Speaker Bios:

Marci VanNote is the MBA Director at Mt Mercy University and a consultant from Cedar Rapids, Iowa. She has been a leader in the human capital field for over 25 years with experience in senior leadership roles in human resources and training in both non-profit and for profit organizations. She has presented at local and national conferences with an emphasis on talent development, leadership, coaching, train the trainer, developing a positive culture, employee engagement and motivation.

Marcie has a Master’s degree in Training and Performance Improvement and is currently working on her PhD. She has volunteered at many organizations including Downtown Association, local SHRM chapters, American Cancer Society and delivers Meals on Wheels. She is a former President of the Hawkeye Chapter of Association of Talent Development (ATD) and an active member of national ATD. Marcie was honored with the national Teaching Excellence award from the Council for Accelerated Programs in 2016 and is a certified coach and trainer for the Kevin Eikenberry Group. She has the ability to get everyone involved in the learning process through interaction, humor, life experiences and passion. Marcie’s personal philosophy is— never, ever stop learning.

Melanie Hoffner – For over 30 years, people across ages, professions, and countries have enjoyed “WOW!” insights and experiences with Melanie Hoffner’s award-winning training facilitation, speaking and coaching.

As Founder and Chief People Development Specialist of Brain Bonanza LLC, Melanie has transformed the lives of men, women, and children by altering the trajectory of their thought process, helping them make decisions and take actions that move them towards their goals.

Her high content, memorable, and motivational presentation style has changed the lives of thousands, from locally to internationally, combining brain-based learning/training/living, accountability, leadership, emotional intelligence, and living your passions.

Melanie is a lifelong learner with a deeply ingrained passion for the brain and the learning process. Combining her certifications as a Brain-Based Trainer, Remarkable Leadership Coach, and Passion Test Facilitator, Melanie applies neuroscience, leadership coaching, and heart-based passion to create successful outcomes with the clients and organizations she serves. Most recently, she launched a six-week virtual program, “Get Powerful Results by Training with the Brain in Mind to Maximize Success!©”

A long-time member of ATD Hawkeye, a chapter of the Association for Talent Development, Melanie currently serves on the board as Strategic Advisor. She also serves as President of the Central City Fine Arts Boosters Board.


Brief summary of presentation:

According to the Association of Talent Development, the average direct learning expenditure per employee in 2015 was $1252.  Training that is not put to use on the job is called “scrap learning.” On average an estimated 45 percent of training falls into scrap learning.  Simply attending a “training session” does not ensure that behaviors have changed or that trainees are using the information effectively. Participants in this course will learn some tricks to avoid scrap learning and ensure that training is tied to the strategic initiatives of the organizations.   We will also touch on when to use computer training, mobile learning, one on one training and face-to-face training.

When training is delivered in harmony with how the brain works, learners’ engagement, comprehension, retention, application and enjoyment improve. Experience brain-friendly training and explore how to use Bowman’s “6 Trumps,” “Press and Release,” and “The Power of the Pink Elephant.”

You will experience practical strategies you can use every day to design and deliver effective training!


Audience: Employers, HR professionals, Training professionals


Learning objectives of the presentation

After completing this course, participants will:

  1. Learn ways to increase engagement during training.
  2. Learn tips on how to ensure training has been effective.
  3. Gain a better understanding of what tools will help reinforce learning.

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