It was 5.30 a.m. in San Diego when my wake-up alarm went off. It was time to get up to attend the Association for Talent Development (ATD) conference, which started on May 7, 2018. We got up early particularly to attend Obama’s keynote. Together with my colleague, Thijs (and over 10.000 other people who wanted to see and hear Obama speak), we walked the long cue (a few miles long!), step by step. It reminded me of that great song by the Proclaimers.
We needed more than two hours to enter the large conference ballroom, not too bad considering some people started queuing at 3 in the morning. We could feel the excitement hanging in the air: it’s hard to describe! It’s even harder to describe the ‘vibe’ when Barack Obama entered the stage for his ‘keynote interview’. What a wonderful present for the 75th anniversary of the ATD.
I had the privilege to be a presenter at two sessions at the conference: ‘Learning like van Gogh’ and as part of the panel on ‘Artificial Intelligence and the Impact on L&D’. I now consider myself as having been a direct colleague of Obama for a few days :).
Read about Obama and my pick of other wonderful sessions at the ATD. Thijs and I returned home with a unique experience: Yes, we did!