We have launched a new podcast entitled, “Bring Out The Talent“. Tune in to hear from learning and development talent, partners, and clients on their innovative approaches and industry insights. In each episode, TTA’s CEO, Maria Melfa, and Talent Manager, Jocelyn Allen will chat with subject matter experts and bring you casual, yet insightful conversations. Maria and Jocelyn use their unique blend of industry experience and humor to interview the L&D industry’s most influential people, latest topics, and powerful stories. Each episode has important takeaways that will help to create a culture of continuous learning within your organization.
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Engaging and Cultivating Company Culture in this Hybrid World
January 17, 2022
Guest: Erin Diehl, business improv edutainer, fail-fluencer, professional Zoom-bie, and founder of “Improve it!”
In this episode of “Bring Out The Talent,” we speak with Erin Diehl on ways to engage and cultivate company culture in this new hybrid world. Erin is the energetic founder of “Improve it!” a unique professional development company that pushes others to laugh, learn, play, and grow. Erin has spoken on stages nationwide for associations including SHRM, HRMAC, and ATD. She has also worked with many amazing organizations such as United Airlines, PepsiCo, Uber, Groupon, Deloitte, Walgreens, and Warby Parker – just to name a few. Erin shares ideas on how leaders can improve engagement for remote, in-office, and hybrid employees. Tune in and learn from an expert how we can all shift our mindsets to focus on the quality of how we connect, ways to maximize engagement, and the tools to cultivate thriving company culture. Listen now.
Extended Reality (XR): The Future of Workplace Learning
January 3, 2022
Guest: Brian Boyle, Training Designer, Technologist, and Founder of the Award-Winning CrossTrainer®.
In this episode of “Bring Out The Talent,” we speak with Brian Boyle about extended reality (XR). Brian is a training designer, technologist, and founder of the award-winning CrossTrainer. With the global XR market expected to rise over 300 billion dollars by 2024 and more cost-effective solutions available, organizations are looking at XR to help increase learning engagement. Brian will discuss several XR solutions, share some interesting use cases, and give listeners tips to help determine which avenue is best for your organization. As the world accelerates its path of digital transformation, tune it and learn from an XR expert the key to the future of work and what is next for mixed reality. Listen now.
Assess For Success: Never Hire A Bad Salesperson Again
December 6, 2021
Guest: Dr. Christopher Croner, Principal, Lead Sales Psychologist and Assessment Developer at SalesDrive
In this episode of “Bring Out The Talent,” we speak with Dr. Christopher Croner, Principal, Lead Sales Psychologist, and Sales Assessment Developer at SalesDrive. With sales positions having such a high turnover rate, many organizations are looking for the secret to hiring and keeping exceptional salespeople. In this episode, Dr. Croner uncovers that secret formula for success, and here’s a hint – it all begins with the assessment. Dr. Croner gives listeners a deep dive into the three elements of drive, how to test a sales candidate’s drive, and interview questions that you can use to assess the three critical elements of drive. With the average sales turnover at 35%, tune in and learn from an expert how you can never hire a bad salesperson again! Listen now.
Cybersecurity Training: Why It Has Never Been So Important
November 22, 2021
Guest: Cybersecurity Training: Why It Has Never Been So Important
In this episode of “Bring Out The Talent,” we speak with Jon O’Keefe the Technology Education Jedi at Logical Operations. Jon discusses the Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification (CMMC). Developed by the U.S. Department of Defense, the CMMC is a cybersecurity program designed to protect information that is shared by the Department with its contractors. With over 350,000 contractors within the DoD vendor supply chain needing the CMMC, there is an increasing demand for the training. Jon gives listeners a deep dive into the training program and who would benefit from this certification. He will discuss how there are heightened risks for companies as more employees are working from home. With a compliance requirement date looming, tune in and learn from an expert how you can begin preparing now. Listen now.
There’s Something About Kris Meyer
November 8, 2021
Guest: Kris Meyer, Emmy nominated and award-winning producer and co-founder and CEO of Muddhouse Media
In this episode of “Bring Out The Talent,” we shake it up a bit and speak with Kris Myer an Emmy nominated and award-winning producer and co-founder and CEO of Muddhouse Media. In this off-the-cuff episode, Kris discusses his 20+ year career working in the entertainment industry. From his work with the comedic duo The Farrelly Brothers on blockbuster hits such as “There’s Something About Mary,” “Me, Myself & Irene,” “Shallow Hal,” “Fever Pitch,” and “Dumb & Dumber To.” To his independent ventures on a number of films and tv shows ranging from the Sports Emmy nominated ESPN show “THE LOST SON OF HAVANA” to “PLIMPTON!” Kris also discusses his most recent venture in podcasting with his new production company “Muddhouse Media.” Tune in for a fun look behind the scenes of some of the best tv shows, movies, and podcasts of our time! Listen now.
Identify Your Natural Talents: Tips From A CliftonStrengths Finders Coach
October 25, 2021
Guest: Pari Smart, President of Smart Possibilities and Certified Gallup StrengthsFinders Coach
In this episode of “Bring Out The Talent,” we speak with Pari Smart, a Certified Gallup StrengthsFinder Coach. Pari takes us for a deep dive into the strengths-based philosophy utilizing Gallup’s CliftonStrengths assessments. Over 26 million people have utilized CliftonStrengths assessments to help define their unique talent DNA. In fact, these assessments are so beneficial that thousands of companies have incorporated them into their employee development programs in order to help maximize their team’s potential at work. As a certified StrengthsFinder coach, Pari discusses ways that leaders can use and understand their own strengths, as well as, their employees’ strengths, to help develop and reinforce the positive attributes of their teams. Tune in and discover the significant impact that CliftonStrengths assessments can have in the workplace and how managing employees’ strengths can lead to improved workforce engagement and increased employee retention. Listen now or read the transcript.
Developing Diverse Technical Talent: The Akamai Story
October 11, 2021
Guest: Magda Bukala, Diversity Inclusion and Social Responsibility Manager II and ATA Global Project Manager at Akamai Technologies
In this episode of “Bring Out The Talent,” we speak with Magda Bukala, the Diversity Inclusion and Social Responsibility Manager II, and ATA Global Project Manager at Akamai Technologies. Magda takes a deep dive into the origins of the Akamai Technical Academy (ATA), a training program for diverse talent, specifically people with the aptitude for technology who might not come from typical technical backgrounds. Magda discusses the candidate process and experience, the profound impact ATA had on Akamai and its employees, and how the program went on to win a 2020 Brandon Hall Group Award for Excellence in Learning. Tune in and discover how your organization can develop strong talent from non-traditional backgrounds and diversify your workforce. Listen now or read the transcript.
Learning Strategy: Mapping Out Success
September 27, 2021
Guest: Jerry Gschwind, President of Symphony Learning Partners and Learning Strategy Expert
In this episode of “Bring Out The Talent,” we speak with Jerry Gschwind, President of Symphony Learning Partners, Learning Strategy Expert, and Senior TTA Learning Consultant. Jerry shares stories from his thirty years as a Learning Strategist and shares some remarkable stories from some of his notable award-winning projects. Jerry also takes a deeper dive into Learning Strategy, when to use a Learning Strategist, the core benefits of developing a Learning Strategy, and how to determine if a Learning Strategist is right for you. Tune in and discover from an expert how a Learning Strategy can positively impact your organization’s learning initiatives. Listen now or read the transcript.
Diversity in the Workplace: An Empathetic Approach to Fostering Inclusion
September 13, 2021
Guest: Kisha Dixon, Training Leader, Public Speaker, Award-Winning Culture Change Agent, and a Senior TTA Learning Consultant
In this episode of “Bring Out The Talent,” we speak with Kisha Dixon an award-winning Culture Change Agent and Senior TTA Learning Consultant. In this powerful conversation, Kisha discusses diversity and how it has evolved over the years. Kisha also shares effective ways leaders can use empathy to address unconscious and implicit bias in the workplace, what a successful diversity program looks like, how organizations can ensure long-lasting program effectiveness, the advantages of remote diversity programs, and ways to advocate for diversity, equity, and inclusion with colleagues who maybe don’t understand its importance. Tune in for a deeper dive into diversity awareness and discover how you can become a powerful force for positive change in your workplace. Listen now or read the transcript.
Adaptive Learning: A Personalized Learning Approach
August 30, 2021
Guest: Joe Barrow, Senior Vice President of Business Development at Area9 Lyceum
In this episode of “Bring Out The Talent,” we speak with Joe Barrow the Senior Vice President of Business Development at Area9 Lyceum. Joe, with his 25+ years of L&D experience, discusses the importance of personalized and adaptive learning. Joe shares the benefits of adaptive learning and why many organizations are adopting it. He also discusses key issues organizations should consider before adopting an adaptive learning platform, best practices to consider before a deployment, and how to measure success. Tune into this episode to discover how you can provide four-dimensional learning for the 21st century. Listen now or read the transcript.
Get Comfortable With Change
August 16, 2021
Guest: Anne Bonney – International keynote speaker, trainer, best-selling author, and experienced leadership workshop facilitator
In this episode of “Bring Out The Talent,” we speak with Anne Bonney, an international keynote speaker, trainer, best-selling author of “GET OVER IT!”, podcast host of “Ignite Your Influence,” and an experienced leadership workshop facilitator. Anne will discuss the important (yet sometimes daunting) aspect of how to manage change. Anne shares ways to get buy-in from the top down, how to handle resistance to change, how to make lasting change, and how to address change management in an unstable time. Anne’s vibrant and energetic personality will captivate you as she fires up listeners and inspires you to communicate better, charge up your EQ, and embrace the challenges that transition brings. Listen now or read the transcript.
The Power of Laughter in the Workplace
August 2, 2021
Guest: David Horning – Speaker, Consultant, Comedian, and Founder of Water Cooler Comedy
In this episode of, “Bring Out The Talent,” we speak with David Horning, speaker, comedian, and founder of the hilarious “Water Cooler Comedy.” David will discuss how humor can be used as a powerful tool to inspire happiness, ignite creativity, boost productivity, and promote a collaborative workplace culture. He will also chat about ways that leaders can effectively use humor in the workplace, four types of humor that leaders will find effective in managing workplace culture, and what types of humor to avoid. Tune into this episode to discover how you can capitalize on the power of humor in your workplace! Listen now or read the transcript.
Resiliency and A Winning Mindset
July 19, 2021
Guest: Laura Eiman
In this episode of, “Bring Out The Talent”, we will be talking with Laura Eiman, a 67-year-old gold medal Olympic weightlifter, a Navy SEAL certified Mental Toughness Coach, and a Resiliency Expert. Laura will share her inspirational story on how she went from a life of dysfunction to becoming an Olympic gold medal winner in her 60’s by developing a mentally tough and resilient mindset. Laura discusses how anyone can achieve their goals by developing habits, deleting toxic emotions, and learning how to approach each day with a “solution-based” mindset. Laura is an ordinary woman now doing extraordinary things because she got mentally tough. Listen now or read the transcript.
Storypathing: The Importance of Crafting Your Narrative
July 5, 2021
Guest: Dr. Dennis Rebelo
In this episode of, “Bring Out The Talent.” we will be talking with Dr. Dennis Rebelo, a professor, speaker, career coach, former President of Alex and Ani University, and author of “Story Like You Mean It”. Dr. Rebelo will share the meaning of storypathing, the importance of crafting your narrative, how storypathing can strengthen an organization, how employees can create and develop their stories to overcome obstacles and showcase their authentic selves, how to measure storypathing success, and so much more. Listen now!
Leadership: Leading With Structure and Substance
June 20th, 2021
Guest: Bruce Tulgan
In this episode of, “Bring Out The Talent.” we will be talking to Bruce Tulgan, founder and CEO of Rainmaker Thinking and Leadership Expert. Bruce will share his insights on the biggest challenges leaders face today, the under-management epidemic, tips for creating highly engaged leaders, what leadership methodologies have stood the test of time and which have evolved, and so much more. Listen now and read the transcript.
Origins of TTA: How It All Began
June 7th, 2021
Guest: Maria Melfa
In this opening episode of, “Bring Out The Talent.” we kick off our series with Maria Melfa, President and CEO of TTA. Maria begins our series by sharing the origins of TTA, what it’s like working with family, how the learning and development industry has changed over nearly three decades, the importance of company culture, funny stories from along the way, and so much more. Listen now and read the transcript.
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