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I4PL 2017: Through the Interns’ Eyes

By on November 24, 2017

I4PL 2017 (Institute for Performance and Learning) is a conference that brings together professionals in the performance and learning sector to share the newest and latest ideas and innovations in L&D today. During this time, the Learnography team had the chance to also partake in the festivities by exhibiting our booth on their trade show floor as well as attend workshop sessions. To capture this event, our students, who are learning about the marketing field, share their experience of what it was like to attend their first conference representing Learnography and what they learned coming out of it.

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What was it like on the trade show floor?

It was one of the best experiences I’ve had in a really long time. At first I was nervous because it was my very first trade show/convention. I found it very helpful listening to my colleagues and paying attention to how they answered the popular question, “What can Learnography do for my company?” I learned so much about the company within the two days that we were at I4PL. I also gained a lot of confidence, to have only been with Learnography for a little over a month and be able to interact with people who have been in the education sector for years. It was an amazing experience and I’d do it again any day! – Joy

Having to engage in discussion with those at the forefront of L&D was unquestionably a great learning experience. Although I was definitely anxious at first, pushing myself to go outside of my comfort zone and actively approach the delegates turned out to be more enjoyable than I expected. I found that encouraging the other person to share more about themselves and what they do allowed for more meaningful conversations and a natural segue into introducing what Learnography does. – Josh

What is something that you took away from your time at the conference?

I’d say confidence. Watching how my coworkers owned their answers and how their conversations flowed was encouraging! At first I was nervous and wasn’t as approachable in my opinion. I also learned to ask when not sure. I think the worst thing to do is to answer a question without knowing the right answer. Thankfully I work with an awesome team that is very, very supportive and helpful.” – Joy

In addition to being on the trade show floor, listening to learning professionals speak about their work was truly eye-opening. One session that caught my interest in particular was about how artificial intelligence (AI) can play a big part in the learning space. I learned that as AI technology improves and gets cheaper to produce, the cost of “predictions” decrease. Economically speaking, although there could be jobs that may be lost due to this innovation, complements of AI will increase in demand leading to new job creation. Therefore, though things such as employee training may change, there is nothing to be afraid of.  – Josh

Being dropped into the deep end can for sure be a scary experience at first because of all the uncertainties that may arise. But learning on your feet entices individuals to think outside of the box and face doubt head-on. And when you’re learning about how to engage others, what better place to do so than at a conference designed just for that. Without a doubt, we had an astounding time and we look forward to seeing what’s in store for I4PL 2018!

By Josh Mak and Joy Wambu