by Gary DePaul, CPT, PhD

Your people may need development opportunities, but the sending them to conferences and workshops could be costly. You could have them participate in the various free webinars, but most of those do not have the substance that your people need.

Many ISPI chapters offer value-added workshops at a fraction of the cost of national conferences. Several of our ISPI leaders make this possible by offering their services at either no cost or a small cost to the chapter. Even if attending requires airfare and an overnight stay, the expenses still are reasonable.

Where to Look for these Workshops
Before deciding on travel dates for business trips, check out the Chapter Upcoming Events webpage in the ISPI Collaborate community. There, you can find low-cost events that may give your organization revenue-generating or cost-saving ideas that could provide your organization with a competitive advantage.

Upcoming Workshops
Between now and THE Performance Improvement Conference 2014, here are just a few outstanding chapter opportunities:

Michigan Chapter
August 21
8:30 am to 3:30 pm EST

Location: Lawrence Technological University, Southfield, MI
Members: $169
Non-members: $189

Ed Muzio, award-winning author, shares insights on how to improve the work experience. Included in the workshop is a copy of his latest book, Make Work Great. Here are just a few ways to make the work experience better:

  • Avoid being influenced by negative aspects of organizational “culture”
  • Clarify your own work, your interdependencies on others, and ways to maximize your collective output for the benefit of the organization
  • Reduce stress levels, increase output, and make work better, while creating improvements to the broader workplace

Chicago Chapter
Fall Skill-building Conference
November 4
Noon to 5:00 p.m. CST

Location: TBA

  • Chicago Alliance members: $55
  • Students: $50
  • Non-members: $70
  • See site for additional fees including a special rate for Deloitte employees.

Keep checking their website for more details!

St. Louis Chapter
St. Louis ISPI Fall Conference 2013
October 18
8:00 am to noon
Location: The Heights in Richmond Heights

Fees before October 9:

  • Chapter members: $55
  • Event + membership: $60
  • Non-members: $80
  • Students: $25

Judith Hale, CPT, PhD, facilitates this conference on proven techniques of performance consulting for improving organizations and people. Hale has several published books on the subject. She also has served as ISPI’s President. The workshop covers:

  • The fundamentals of performance improvement
  • Performance consulting skills
  • Building professional influence

Charlotte Chapter
Measuring ROI in Learning Performance Improvement
September 13

Check the ISPI Charlotte Chapter web page for time and location
Fees: see website

Jack Phillips, ISPI’s Past President, has published multiple books and articles about return on investment (ROI). For those who cannot attend the workshop, Phillips will facilitate an evening event on September 12.

Final Thoughts
Our chapter leaders work hard to provide quality events to serve their communities. These are incredible opportunities for professionals not only to receive quality skill development but also to meet leaders in our field.