Tune into The Training Associates (TTA) “Bring Out the Talent” podcast to hear from learning and development talent and partners on their innovative approaches and industry insights. In each episode, TTA’s CEO, Maria Melfa, and Talent Manager, Jocelyn Allen will chat with subject matter experts and bring you casual, yet insightful conversations. Maria and Jocelyn use their unique blend of industry experience and humor to interview the L&D industry’s most influential people, latest topics, and powerful stories. Each episode has important takeaways that will help to create a culture of continuous learning within your organization. Tune in as we Bring Out The Talent!
Navigating the First Mile: Best Practices in Onboarding Excellence
Have you ever thought about the significant impact the 'right start' can have on a new hire's journey? Research, including studies from the Brandon Hall Group, shows that a strong onboarding process can improve new hire retention by 82% and increase productivity by over 70%.
In this episode of 'Bring Out the Talent,' we discuss the transformative best practices for onboarding and their profound effects on your company's future. We're joined by Tiffany Lymon, a seasoned expert in workplace culture and team development. Tiffany shares her unique insights on onboarding, framing it as a crucial 'fit test' for both the employer and the new hire. We explore the often-overlooked pitfalls in onboarding processes and strategize ways to sustain the positive momentum from a great start throughout an employee’s career.
Don't miss out on this episode packed with practical tips and strategic advice that can revolutionize how you welcome new talent!
Mentorship Matters: Closing the Gap in Professional Development
Mentorship has become a top priority for most L&D programs, with studies highlighting its benefits for career growth, self-confidence, and mental health. Despite its clear advantages, a mere 37% of professionals currently engage with a mentor, indicating a vast potential for development. In this episode of ‘Bring Out the Talent’ we’re joined by Stacy Golden, an expert in mentorship and organizational development. Together we explore the significant impact of mentorship in the workplace. Our conversation will also highlight how mentorship programs are not just beneficial for individuals but are crucial for organizational health, aiding talent retention and nurturing leadership — essential components for long-term corporate vitality.
So, tune in and discover how mentorship is shaping the future of work!
The Value of Design Thinking in Learning & Development
Seeking impactful strategies to elevate your employees' learning experiences? Dive into the world of Design Thinking—a method deeply anchored in catering to the unique needs of each learner. This progressive approach is redefining the landscape of Learning and Development, empowering professionals to craft solutions that amplify engagement, foster creativity, and deliver concrete results.
Join us in the latest episode of “Bring Out the Talent” as we discuss the transformative role of design thinking. To help us better navigate design thinking, we're joined by Jason Schneider, the visionary Founder and Director of Learning Engineering at Legacy Learning Consulting. With Jason's depth of expertise, discover how design thinking can revolutionize your approach to employee growth and development.
Tune in to redefine and elevate your learning approach!
Virtual Events: Captivating Audiences from Start to Finish
Since 2020, there has been a 75% surge in organizations using virtual platforms like Zoom and Teams for conduct training. However, many organizations have yet to address the technical nuances that can disrupt training sessions, leading to frustrations, poor delivery, and dissatisfied students. In this episode of "Bring Out the Talent," we have a conversation with Matt Granato, the Managing Director of MG Creative Group, a master virtual session producer supporting companies with their virtual deliveries. With the increased demand for virtual deliveries, we discuss the art of curating engaging and immersive virtual experiences, where Matt shares valuable tips and best practices for effective virtual session production.
Promoting Within: Navigating New Leadership Roles
Did you know that approximately 46% of leadership transitions fail? Transitioning from a colleague to a leadership role can be an immense challenge. This leads us to a crucial question: How can we empower new leaders to successfully navigate the leap from peer to leader? In this episode of "Bring Out the Talent," we discuss the intricacies of transitioning from a peer to a leader with our guest, Dr. Karen Jacobson. Dr. Jacobson, the visionary behind Aligned Leadership Academy, brings a wealth of experience in neuroscience and team development, and she has a track record of transforming organizations into competitive powerhouses. During our conversation, Dr. Jacobson shares insights on adapting leadership styles, building trust within diverse teams, and bridging generational differences.
Join us as we explore effective strategies for new leaders to smoothly transition from being buddies to leaders, maintaining peer relationships, and navigating changes without burning bridges
Redefining the Traditional Workweek: Four-Day Work Week Success Stories
As more research and case studies emerge, the evidence supporting the benefits of a shorter workweek continues to grow, making it an increasingly popular choice for forward-thinking organizations. However, despite the positive outcomes, the majority of companies still struggle with the idea of adopting a four-day work week.
In this episode of “Bring Out the Talent” we explore the findings from a 12-month study on a four-day workweek - unveiling its impact on success rates, revenue, well-being, and more. Joining us to discuss this popular topic is our returning guest, Jordan George. Jordan is a Principal Consultant and Head of Client Solutions at Curium Solutions US, an award-winning business transformation consultancy working with global brands.
Tune in as we arm you with actionable insights for navigating this transformative shift.
Role model for how to run a company with kindness, generosity, and inclusivity
I stumbled upon this podcast several days ago I recognized the name, Maria Melfa, and remembered back to my short stay at Framingham South high school. could this be Maria Melfa that I attended American and English literature classes with? Indeed, this is Maria! She probably doesn’t remember me, but I am very glad to know that she has had what appears to be a very rewarding, fulfilling life/career. It sounds like she has mentored and been exceptionally instrumental not only in building her company, but perhaps, most importantly, she has clearly demonstrated the best leader ship for the individuals who work with her! How commendable and admirable. if I was looking to work for a company, this sounds like the type of company I would be interested in working for.
Absolutely love listening to this podcast!
I enjoyed learning more about the company I have been working for as a contractor for over ten years. Excellent company.