Want to know a little bit more about the presenter? Originally posted in the September 14th edition of the CSTD eNewsletter, here is a Q&A with Brad:
1. How did you end up working in this field? In other words, did you choose this career or did it choose you?
I ended up in this field because I enjoy working with others and being able to share my knowledge and experiences. Education is one of the most important aspects of growing both personally and professionally and if I can contribute to help others grow, I am a happy person.
2. What key strength do you think you bring to the industry?
I think outside the box! I am never satisfied with ‘status quo’ and I believe that we can continue to learn and better ourselves beyond traditional thinking. In that, I am also transparent and share my theories, ideas and opinions so that others will start to think beyond the boundaries of learning.
3. Who was your favourite teacher growing up and why?
Mr. Kelly was my music teacher at Notre Dame High School and I really liked his classes because he never gave up on me. He always made me feel like I could do anything if I only put my mind to it. He was also creative and fun to be around.
4. Who do you think symbolizes true leadership?
Someone who truly believes in others! Has faith and trust in them that they will be able to succeed. If they fall, help them up, but never let them feel as though they failed, but rather show them it was a learning experience. Turn all negativity into positivity and never be afraid to lead by example. If your people see that you are just like them – willing to do what is necessary – they will follow you, trust you and respect you.
5. If you had to sum up your leadership and training philosophy with one tip, what would that be?
Be transparent in what you truly believe in and lead with that. Transparency represents showing people what you know and what you don’t know. It makes you real, makes you vulnerable, but at the same time establishes a level of trust and confidence.
6. If you could change it all today, what alternate career would you choose?
I would not change anything. My choices in life, as hard as some of them have been, have lead me to a great career, successes in work and home life and there is much more on the horizon.
7. Name one book or film from the past decade that has had a big impact on you. Why?
A Knight’s Tale because it is a story about someone who struggles through life to ‘become’ someone and the moral of the story is that you might not be able to choose how you start life, but you can choose how to live it and leave it. It tells us that we all determine our fate.
8. What is your ideal travel destination? Why?
Egypt. I would like to see the inside of the pyramids. I enjoy things that are mysterious and think this would be a great trip.
Brad will be presenting ‘eLearning – Results Realized’ at the CSTD Conference and Trade Show November 18th at 1.30pm. For more information and to register for this event – Visit the conference website.
Hope to see you there!