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Revitalizing Role Play

ATD International Conference & Expo 2015 (SU215)

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How many times have you heard, 'We hate to role play!'? Many trainers have given up on this tried-and-true technique. It has been done poorly for so long that role play has gotten a bad reputation. We're here to restore its image and add this valuable learning technique back to your toolbox. You will leave the session with a clearly defined process for better role plays, as well as new techniques to ensure your learners are better equipped to transfer skills back to the workplace--making it not just a training technique, but a true tool for talent development. This course is targeted to those new to training or as a refresher for seasoned workplace learning professionals who are frustrated with their current use of role plays in the training classroom.


  • Linda Smith

    Linda began her career in training and organizational development more than 20 years ago. Her professional experience includes seven years as a training manager for a regional insurance company, three years as a training director for a human resources consulting firm, and more than 10 years as an independent consultant. A master's degree in training and development, combined with substantial experience, enable her to bring practical, research-proven strategies to the training classroom, while still addressing each challenge with a fresh approach. With a deep understanding of how people learn, she is gifted at making complex ideas accessible and practical. In workshop settings she is skilled at pulling the collective wisdom from the group, synthesizing information, and making learning relevant. Linda is passionate about helping people learn and is focused on providing resources with the goal of immediate application. She earned a BA from Wake Forest University and an MEd in Training and Development from NC State University.

  • Dawn Holzer

    Dawn O. Holzer has more than 20 years' experience in training and organizational development. Her professional experience includes 12 years as director of corporate education in a multi-hospital healthcare system and five years as the HRD executive for a division of a leading global financial services firm. Dawn consults with a diverse mix of national and international organizations in a wide variety of industries. As a consultant she has demonstrated that she is a trusted partner, innovative thinker, and a positive force for driving change with her clients. Dawn is passionate about developing people to move organizations forward toward their strategic objectives. She is a skilled facilitator and executive coach known for bringing a fresh, yet practical, approach to her work. Dawn holds a BA in communication from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill and an MBA from Pfeiffer University. In addition, Dawn holds a Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR) designation.

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