Embracing change important to continuing education field

Wed, Aug 08,2012 @ 09:21 AM
by Suzanne Kart |

continuing education and changeThe opening keynote at this year's big LERN Conference in Washington, D.C. is  “The 4 Rs to Remarkable Results” with Craig Valentine - and it promises to leave you energized for 2013.

If you want to spark your environment into one of embracing change, taking ownership, and committing to higher levels of excellence through continuous improvement, discover The 4 Rs to Remarkable Results through leadership, communication and change.

Craig Valentine won a Congressional Achievement Award for excellence in communications and is the 1999 World Champion of Public Speaking for Toastmasters International. He travels the world helping hundreds of organizations reap the profitable rewards that come from embracing change.

Change is an important issue in the field of lifelong learning and continuing education because we are under pressure from a number of fronts. Here’s our list of the top external threats:

1. Lack of understanding of the value of your program, both financial and societally, from central administrators and decision makers within your institution.

2. Lack of understanding on your finances, with central administrators and decision makers not evaluating your financial situation properly.

3. Mis-perception that for-profits can replace you, your services and your ability to price within reach of most of your audience.

4. No investment belief, with business not yet willing or seeing the need for investment, including training of the workforce.

5. No federal moral support, with your program virtually overlooked by the federal government and national leaders.

Defending the field is one of the 3 themes for the big LERN annual conference in Washington DC Nov 16-18, 2012.

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