“What Hidden Conversations & Challenges do You Face as a Trainer?” with Thorton Prayer

  • 17 Apr 2012
  • 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM
  • Crow Canyon Country Club


Registration is closed


Can you track a moving target at work?

Do you know how to hear what people mean instead of what they say?

Does this sound familiar?  Your primary challenge is to consistently develop effective programs that meet your company or clients’ Learning and Development objectives and develop a solution that must also be highly relevant to the strategic needs.  

However,  that becomes increasingly problematic in our fast-changing world, where objectives seem to shift as rapidly as sands at high tide.  Even with the best possible focus, intention, and information, you may still run into the unexpected:

  • Sudden shifts in organizational strategy.
  • Misunderstandings between what you were tasked to deliver and what was expected.
  • Differences magnified by what people say they want vs. what they truly seek.

The result is that a mismatch between your training program and your management’s expectations occurs. The question is, are you prepared to handle it?

The goal of tonight’s program is to arm you with both the methods and mindset so that you are prepared to deal effectively with these shifts and hidden challenges.  You will leave this interactive session with the tools and examples you need to:

  1. Evaluate accurately an organization’s strategic needs and goals.
  2. Develop relevant training programs for clients’ main objectives.
  3. Recognize, avoid, and adjust to potential pitfalls in aligning your training initiatives with your organization’s plans and requirements.

Presenter:  Thornton Prayer is an organizational consultant and coach whose career includes working with both small companies and large corporations such as Oracle and General Electric.  His experience is enhanced by a comprehensive foundation of technical and business education including a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from Duke University and an MBA from the University of California, Berkeley.  Thornton is a Certified ChangeWorks Practitioner in the ChangeWorks!® System and educated in the Group Facilitation  Skills course from the Community At Work consulting firm.  He received his coaching instruction with the Coaches Training Institute.  Thornton’s career history and in-depth training enables him to provide a holistic perspective in addressing the vital challenges facing organizations and individual business professionals.

The New Registration Process

Use the "REGISTER' tool to the left as follows:

  • TO PAY BY CREDIT CARD: Using the registration tool, on the third screen select the "credit card" button and continue. ALSO, select "show name on list of attendees" at the bottom of the next page to indicate you'll be there. 
  • TO RSVP & PAY BY CASH OR CHECK AT THE DOOR: Using the registration tool, on the third screen select the "MANUAL" button and continue. ALSO, select "show name on list of attendees" at the bottom of the next page to indicate you'll be there. 
  • If you have questions, email or call Angie Kutlik at 925-484-4087.

Walk-ins are welcome, but pre-registration helps us order the right number of dinners. Sorry, we cannot offer refunds or credits.

The Price Includes Your Meal

  • Discounted Rate for Mt. Diablo Members: $35
    (also for Sacramento, Las Vegas & Golden Gate chapter members)
  • Guest / Non Member Rate: $40
  • Student Rate: $30
    (please show student ID at registration upon arrival)

Regular Time, Date and Agenda

We meet every 3rd Tuesday of each month.

  • 5:30 pm Networking
  • 6:00 pm Dinner begins
  • 6:30 pm Keynote presentation
  • 8:00 pm Meeting Adjourns /
    Optional "After the Show" Networking Begins

Professional opportunities are usually mentioned during the meeting.


Crow Canyon Country Club
711 Silver Lake Drive
Danville, CA 94526

Directions from 680

  • Take Crow Canyon Blvd East
  • Go Left on El Capitan (Tahiti will be on your right)
  • Take the 1st right to enter the Crow Canyon Country Club
  • Tell the Guard you are attending the ASTD Event
    Drive straight the parking entrance is about 100 yards
    ahead on your left.

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