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My “Inspiring the Classroom” Moment

Thursday, June 13, 2019

At one point in my early career as a talent development professional, I became extremely overwhelmed with the demand of my job responsibilities. I had a moment of vulnerability that made me question my intent to continue growing my career in the TD field. During this particular time, I was facilitating a new hire onboarding training for a group of 18 new hires for the bank that I was employed with at the time.

The onboarding lasted two weeks, and each day that I was facilitating, my moments of doubt and frustration would leave me because being in the room with these new hires and listening to their enthusiasm about learning and growing fueled me with energy. After this particular class completed their onboarding, I resumed my normal activities in my role as L&D specialist. I was still feeling doubt and frustration because I thought that I was not making a positive impact on my company and living up to my expectations as a TD professional.


A month after this particular class of new hires, I received an email from one of the participants. The email read, ‘Thank you for your commitment to our success during our two weeks of training. Your passion for the company and the passion that you brought to the classroom every day was refreshing. You made our sessions fun, interactive, and informative. It is because of you that I felt reassured that I made the right decision to join this company.’

Reading this message was the moment that made me realize that I was where I needed to be with my profession. Knowing that my work and efforts inspires, motivates, and contributes to the growth of our people fulfills me every single day.

About the Author

Ben embodies the "lifelong learner." As a Learning and Development specialist, he finds ways to improve the skills of others. Ben has spent most of his professional career in the banking industry, serving over 13 years in banking and over ten years in leadership positions. During his career, he has held various positions in retail banking management, customer service, learning and development, project management, branch banking operations, leadership development, and public speaking. He understands that no one is an end-product and continuously looks for creative ways to engage others in skill building, in and out of the classroom. 


Ben is a great leader who is strong at motivating, teaching, and developing people. His passion for learning and development - both on a personal and professional level - is both inspiring and commendable. Ben has a real passion and commitment to adult learning. As a Talent Development Professional, he finds ways to improve training programs and works effortlessly to deliver an impactful training experience. He has a keen eye for program redesign to ensure blended learning across the organization. Ben's professional mission is to help empower every professional to communicate with confidence, recognize their strengths, and add value to their organization.


On his spare time, Ben loves to spend his time with his family. He has two daughters who are active in Volleyball and Soccer. He also enjoys cooking and baking; his culinary educational experience serves him well while hosting dinner parties.



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