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September, 2016
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Well that went by quickly, didn't it?  Summer seemed to be a blur, and here we are in September already.  Whew!

We're less than a month away from our Evolve Connecting Customers event, and we couldn't be more excited.  We also remind you even though it's a virtual conference this year, please register so we can send you the necessary links and login details in advance.

In this month's newsletter we've got links to our Evolve Conference agenda, additional dates for Accreditations and Renewals, rate changes as well as links to a couple of interesting articles.  So we invite you to take five, and catch up on the latest news and information from Insights Learning and Development Canada West.  

Wednesday, October 5th

Join us for an exciting opportunity to 'evolve' as a practitioner!
This year we move our Annual Customer Conference 'on-line' for a lot of good reasons.
First, everyone can attend No matter where you may be located it's still incredibly simple to attend our virtual conference. Join practitioners from Ottawa, Gatineau, Victoria, Calgary, Winnipeg, Saskatoon, Regina, Prince George and more and become a part of this event. We want all our Client Practitioners to feel more connected to our offices. Even your assistants and colleagues may choose to attend.
Second, there's no cost for this event. We know o nly so many people can afford to travel to an in-person event, particularly in the era of cost controls and travel budget restrictions. Our goal is to reach as many of our practitioners as possible, so why would we want to limit that? Unlike live conferences there is a no cost to attend, no cost for hotel rooms, no parking fees, and no lost time from work. With this online event, you (and your bosses) don't have to worry about the costs, so many more will be able to join us.
All attendees can attend and receive everything!   One of the biggest challenges at past conferences was selecting cracker-barrel sessions.  In our virtual conference, every attendee has access to every pre-recorded cracker barrel, and you won't miss out on any of the valuable tips and tools designed to help you in your job just because you sat in on a different session.  This way, you get to attend everything, and you'll receive all the exercises and materials from every session.
This is a much more efficient use of your time.   This session is virtual, so you won't have to book an entire day off in order to attend, and with every session being recorded and made available later, even if you have to leave the conference session to take care of something at work, you can re-join and never miss out.  No travel time - no sitting in traffic - no transit schedules or connections to worry about.
Finally, it's environmentally friendly.   A virtual conference does not involve travel. Additionally, all collateral (brochures, data-sheets, cracker-barrel exercises and give- aways) are virtual, hence avoiding all those printed material in conferences that usually get trashed later on.
"We're really excited about this new opportunity to connect with Client Practitioners and share some important new ideas", said Cathy Anderson, Senior Consultant, Learning Solutions. 
Our E-Conference brings together our Client Practitioners for an invaluable opportunity to deepen your practical knowledge alongside other practitioners facing the same business challenges. Our theme this year is Evolve -  the idea that we all have the opportunity to grow, change and learn something new!  Join us for an exciting opportunity where we support you in your evolution as a practitioner and a learning and development professional.   
Is it right for you?
Whether you are a newly-accredited CP, a practitioner who has worked with us for years, or an interested client, we welcome you to attend. There is something new for everyone to discover.
What can you expect from the day?
By attending this Evolve conference, you will receive relevant and practical information to take your work as a Learning and Development (L&D) professional to the next level through developing your awareness of your personal agency and considering the best ways to measure the impact of learning in your organization.  Both are vital considerations for any L&D professional in today's business work and we want to explore these with you on October 5th.  
For more details and to register, follow this link.
Upcoming Events 
Discoverylogowithglobe Insights Discovery Accreditation
Vancouver - November 1-4, 2016 (Tue-Fri)
Toronto - Feb. 28-March 3, 2017 (Tue-Fri)
Calgary - April 25-28, 2017 (Tue-Fri)
Vancouver - May 2-5, 2017 (Tue-Fri) 

There are now over 30 public and internal Accreditations every year across North America, which demonstrates how many organizations are choosing to bring Insights Discovery 'in house'.  In Western Canada, we always end up with a waiting list for IDA sessions, so if you're considering attending an IDA in a city near you, don't hesitate.
Full details and registration information is located here.

CP Renewals 
A one-day interactive session for Insights Discovery Client Practitioners committed to keeping their learning alive. Renewals extend your Insights Discovery certification for another two years.  While each program is adjusted to meet the needs of the registered participants, a typical day addresses questions such as:
  • What exercises can I use to reinforce key messages in a personal effectiveness workshop?
  • What do I need to remember when debriefing an individual's Insights Discovery Profile?
  • How can I apply other chapters in the Insights Discovery Profile?
  • What is common, and different, as you transition from an introductory workshop to Discovering Team Effectiveness or Discovering Leadership Effectiveness?
  • What's the difference between an integrated Insights learning strategy and single event workshops?
  • What new resources might fit with the needs in my organization?
Vancouver - Tuesday, October 4th (wait list)
Toronto- Thursday, October 13th
Calgary - Thursday, March 16th, 2017
Vancouver - Thursday, March 23rd, 2017
Regina - Wednesday, June 7th, 2017

More details and registration links are located here.
Rate Changes              
Client Practitioners are advised effective September 1st, 2016 new rates came into effect on some Insights Discovery products and materials. An updated price list from Insights Global was enacted in late August.  These rate changes do not apply to current standing order offerings or existing contract rates and terms unless otherwise specified.

If you're an existing client thinking of placing an order for materials or units, contact our office prior to September 30th and we will honour the old pricing.   
If you would like to get a copy of our updated price list, please contact our office.

Should companies focus on playing to the strengths of their employees, or help them improve on their weaknesses? There's a good Harvard Business Review article that looks at this issue.

Recruiting? Are you looking for a better way to screen candidates and see who might be a good fit for your company? Then catch this Fast Company article on four unique ways to find the best candidate.
Let's Be Social 
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If you have comments or suggestions for articles in upcoming newsletters, please   contact me directly. 

Dale Nelson, 
Insights Learning and Development