Mark Your Calendars! Employee Learning Week 2008

Mark your calendars for December 8-12, 2008 for Employee Learning Week 2008.

PLCMC is featured on the ASTD Champions of Learning site for our participation in ELW2007.


Champions of Learning


Trainer’s Toolbox: Bribe them into participating

I’m adding a new series to Library Trainer, Trainer’s Toolbox. Trainer’s Toolbox will feature activities that you can incorporate into training sessions.

Here’s a simple activity that you can do to get more participation from a group. Best of all it costs nothing!

I saw this activity done very well tonight at my local ASTD chapter meeting. The speaker began by stating that he would be giving out gifts during the session. The premise was simple. Ask a question or contribute to the discussion and you receive a gift. During the session you can keep the gift, pass it on, or share it with everyone. After the first person receives the first gift and unfolds this mysterious piece of paper everyone else wants to know what it is so they start contributing to the discussion. By the time all the gifts are passed out, the participants are so engaged in the discussion they forget about the gifts.

Since I said this activity costs nothing you’re probably wondering what the gifts are. The gifts were cleverly folded pieces of paper that had motivational quotes on them. So you get an additional chance for audience contribution when someone speaks up to share a quote with everyone. It’s interesting to see how people will make the quotes apply to their lives. It’s kind of like reading a horoscope–when it’s generic enough it will fit.

I ended up with three gifts tonight (I’m an ENFJ after all–heavy emphasis on the E). I’ll share them now with you.

For knowledge itself is power. -Francis Bacon

None of us will ever accomplish anything excellent or commanding except when he listens to this whisper which is heard by him alone. – Ralph Waldo Emerson

Do not follow where the path may lead. Go instead where there is no path and leave a trail. Only those who will risk going too far can possibly find out how far one can go. -Thomas Stearns Eliot (widely attributed to Emerson, possibly anonymous)


Time Needed to Prepare: 30 minutes

Cost: None

Materials Needed: Quotes that apply to the training session, paper, creative paper folding technique


  1. Print each quote on a separate sheet of paper.
  2. Fold into a creative design – paper hat, paper boat, origami.
  3. At the beginning of session say, “I’m going to be giving out x number of gifts today. You can keep the gifts, pass them on, or share them with the group at any time.” The less you say the better. You want them to wonder what the gifts are.
  4. During the session hand out a gift each time someone participates or adds to the discussion.
  5. At the end of the session bring the exercise to a close by by asking, “What gift have you received today?” There is no right or wrong answer.

ELW2007: Healthy Bodies = Healthy Minds

It’s Employee Learning Week 2007 @ PLCMC. Today’s topic is Healthy Bodies = Healthy Minds.

What would you do with an extra day of vacation each year?
Spend time with family.
Get a head start on some holiday shopping.
Take a day to rest after completing a big project.

So how can you get the extra day off? It’s as easy as pie—or walking off that pie!

Sign up for the Fit City Challenge.

*Speaking of pie, how long does a 150lb person have to walk to burn off a piece of apple pie?
Email the correct answer to Jody Schmidt by Friday, December 14 to have your name entered in a drawing for a prize.

Fit City Challenge Banner

What is Fit City Challenge?

Fit City Challenge is a community level initiative open to all residents of Mecklenburg County that encourages you to get healthy. PLCMC offers vacation time as a reward for participating.
How does it work?

Fit City Challenge goals are to:

What can I do?

Who do I contact if I have a question?

Team Leaders:

  • Lori Reed
  • Kevin Deese
  • Jody Schmidt

Celebrate Learning! Announcing Employee Learning Week @ PLCMC

A copy of the email I sent out tonight to all staff about ELW.

Announcing Employee Learning Week

December 3 – 7, 2007

What is ELW?

Employee Learning Week is an awareness campaign highlighting the important connection between learning and achieving organizational results. Businesses and organizations around the country will recognize ELW next week.

When is it?

ELW takes place December 3-7, 2007, but we all know that learning is a year-round event! To view the official proclamation signed by Mayor McCrory, go to:

What can I do to recognize Employee Learning Week?

ELW is the perfect opportunity to focus on your own learning and skills development. It’s the perfect time to set personal goals, start working on your New Year’s Resolutions, or talk to your co-workers about something new you’ve learned.

2007 PLCMC Employee Learning Focus

Each day during ELW2007 PLCMC staff will receive an email highlighting some of the many opportunities PLCMC offers for staff to learn and develop.

“The beautiful thing about learning is nobody can take it away from you.”

— B. B. King