ATD Houston: Train To Win

ATD Houston: Train To Win

Are you a passionate champion of talent development? Looking to stay up to date on the latest chapter news, industry insights and trends? ATD Houston's 'Train To Win' is a fun and informative podcast featuring leaders in the talent development field. Join us as we work together to bridge the gaps between thought leaders and professionals who are eager to grow their skills. We understand how important it is to stay ahead in the popularly evolving world of talent development, that’s why our podcasts feature experts from all facets of the industry. These insightful conversations lead to invaluable lessons, enabling executives and designers to expand their knowledge base and gain new perspectives on what’s working inside organizations and different industries. At ATD Houston, we strive for collaborative growth. Our mission is simple: Inspire talent professionals to achieve their full potential.


March 29, 2023 33 min

In this episode, Bruce talks to Alise Isbell, Founder of WriteWise Communications and long-time ATD Houston Member, Chapter Leader and Sponsor.

Write Wise Communications blends the art and science of business communication. We empower clients to transform ideas into clear messages.

We use practical methods to design training materials on many topics and apply a turn-key approach to deliver a range of business communication c...

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Join the ATD Houston CPTD Study Group

The Certified Professional in Talent Development (CPTD) is a professional certification for TD professionals with at least five years of experience. It is broad and measures a professional’s knowledge and skill application across the breadth of talent development capabilities.

Successful CPTDs report that the process of studying for their CPTD designation was a tremendous growth opportun...

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Debbie Richards, president of Creative Interactive Ideas, supports talent development clients with technology challenges. She updates her job knowledge by researching new technologies and software products; participating in educational opportunities (such as speaking at learning conferences); and participating in professional organizations. Debbie was named one of the most influential people in corporate e-l...

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The State of Talent Development: Today's Challenges, Tomorrow's Opportunities- General Meeting 

It’s that time of year again!. Organizations are reflecting on annual business goals and planning for the year ahead. Talent Development is no different. Teams are busy setting goals and securing the budget to deliver effective training programs that will enable their organizations to reach their business goals. We'll look at the...

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Putting the FUN Back in Strategic Planning In-Person Meeting

Does strategic planning give you nightmares? (Or have you never really sat down to actually do it?) All too often, we start strategic planning by looking forward. You will learn how to look back to make sure you’ve set the right foundation for a year of prosperity ahead. Plus, you’ll discover how to make strategic planning fun and leave with two solid exer...

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Kent Nuttall – Author

Untapped Value: The Power of Meaningful Competence

Your relationship with an employer hinges on how your performance is evaluated. The ideas for this book began with a dysfunctional relationship, one in which my supervisors praised
me as a department hero while delivering a “Meets Expectations” rating. Untapped Value shows you a better way to build and measure that relationship—performance evaluation...

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Randstad RiseSmart partners with companies across the globe as they flex, adapt, and transform their businesses. Our innovative approach to talent mobility moves talent into, through, and out of organizations to generate greater growth, increased productivity, and future profitability.

Podcast hosted by M. Bruce Abbott, Houston e-learning narrator

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Are you an expert who speaks?
Would you like to know more about how to use speaking to
market your expertise, generate product and additional
revenue streams?
Are you open to receiving individual coaching and investing
time, energy and some money in growing the speaking side of
your business?
Well, if you answered Yes to any of these, then Welcome.
You are exactly in the right place.... at the right...

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The pace of change was already hard to keep up with before the pandemic. Now, in the new normal, the very survival of our organizations will depend on building capabilities to navigate a dizzying entanglement of economic, social, competitive, technological, political, and environmental issues. Organizations and the people in them are called to learn and adapt on an unprecedented scale. This evolution is both exciting and t...

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Hosted by M. Bruce Abbott - Voice Actor, Houston

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Take advantage of #ATDHOU #Membership month.  Sign up today at

Hosted by M. Bruce Abbott - Voice Actor, Houston

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Kevin Thorn, Owner of NuggetHead Studios, LLC

Kevin is an award-winning eLearning designer & developer, consultant, and owner of NuggetHead Studioz, LLC., a boutique custom design and development studio specializing in online learning experiences. After retiring from the U.S. Army, Kevin pursued a career in corporate IT and Training & Development. With his combined military and industry experience, Kevin started...

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Hosted By M. Bruce Abbott - Voice Talent, Houston

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Increase the success of a change initiative if you understand the organizational culture. This session will cover what approach you could take in determining if the organization is ready for a change and what themes or success factors promote or inhibit change.

Hosted by M. Bruce Abbott - Male Voice Talent, Houston

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Love it or hate it, we negotiate every day. Developing Negotiation Skills is critical for effective leadership, professional advancement and stakeholder communications. And *psst*, here's the not-so-secret secret: these skills work just as effectively in our personal lives too! Whether you want to ask for a raise, land a new deal, implement change or tackle a difficult conversation, understanding and applying fundamental n...

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I’ve spent close to a decade now consumed with the career development industry.

Since enrolling in graduate school near the end of 2008, I spent an astonishing amount of time in the pursuit of work in my specific field – resulting in minimal success. Over time, I gradually discovered that I wasn’t alone in this struggle, and have since dedicated my entire career to help people faced with the same challenges.


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It's finally going to happen! The 2020 ATD Houston Talent Development Virtual Conference and Expo is coming - October 27-28, 2020.  Join Keynote Speaker Brandon Carson, and an ever growing list of presenters, including a fantastic closing keynote panel as we once again solidify that GREAT TALENT DEVELOPMENT IS FUTURE SUCCESS!

View conference details including speakers, sponsorship, schedule and register before Oct. 1, 2020 ...

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Nancy's team just launched CDR-U Coach - the first of its kind, virtual avatar coach that debriefs the in-depth CDR Assessment results and provides coaching tips and action planning. This A/I type experience is so personalized that no two users receive the same feedback. Now, individual coaching is scalable and can be extended to all levels of employees, assimilating veterans and even to college students.

CDR-U Coach is ide...

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Hosted by M. Bruce Abbott, elearning narrator Houston

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Kim Sawyer

Executive and Enterprise Coach, Business Facilitator and Professional Speaker

· Has over twenty years of diverse business experience; he has started businesses, led companies, and been involved in almost every aspect of a business enterprise.

· Today owns and manages theWealthSource®, an executive and enterprise coaching firm. His mission is to coach and facilitate key business people, teams and enterprises...

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