Metro DC ATD Dinner Program - Good Presenters Aren't Always Good Trainers

  • 30 Oct 2019
  • 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
  • Holiday Inn at Ballston, 4610 N. Fairfax Dr. Arlington, VA 22203
  • 34



When you started your career as a trainer, what advice did people give you? Did it sound like, “Don’t walk in front of the projector beam?” Or, “Don’t use filler words.” Maybe it was both, plus, “Don’t have your back to the participants.” 

Many people think that successful training comes down to how well trainers present content. But Jonathan Halls, author of Confessions of a Corporate Trainer and Rapid Media Development for Trainers, doesn’t think so. In fact, he believes the success of training comes from what participants do. And when we worry too much about our own presentation skills, we lose our mojo.

There’s nothing wrong with being a good presenter and caring about how we perform, so long as it’s not our main priority. Our number one concern as learning and talent professionals must always be how well the participants perform. And what we do to help them perform better. 

At Metro DC ATD’s October 30th Dinner Program, Jonathan will explore how to skip being a good presenter and instead focus on skills that get results. He’ll explore the importance of brain science and high-level principles to really increase your impact in the classroom and beyond. In the process he’ll both poke fun at our profession and celebrate the value learning and talent professionals bring to organizations whether they’re commercial, government or non-profit.


  • Discuss why what we do in the world of talent development is critical to the future of organizations and why we need to be focused on the right things to improve performance.
  • Discuss the key changes in today’s organizations that demand trainers and talent specialists to re-think how we work and what we do.
  • Identify the key skills tomorrow’s trainers and talent specialists need to keep training and talent development at the heart of an organization’s success.
  • Explain key aspects of cognitive learning that will help trainers focus on the important things when designing and facilitating learning and ignore distracting fads and training superstitions.


Jonathan Halls has facilitated training in 25 countries for more than 25 years. Author of Confessions of a Corporate Trainer, Rapid Media Development for Trainers, and other books, he specializes in the areas of talent management and media for learning. Based in Washington, DC, he has a masters and bachelors in adult learning and has worked at all levels of learning and talent development. He formerly headed up the BBC’s prestigious television training department and has facilitated change, leadership and media workshops around the globe. Today, he runs Trainer Mojo, a specialist firm in Leesburg that works with learning executives and trainers to modernize how they help organizations thrive and improve performance through learning and talent development. Jonathan has been active in ATD for 20 years. He started ATD’s UK Global Network in 2003. Since moving to the US in 2009, he has been a member of the ATD BEST Awards Review Panel, ICE and TK Conference Advisory Committees, and is on the ATD Competency Advisory Panel. Jonathan has keynoted at numerous conferences around the world including ATD’s Core 4.


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