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WRITER: JESSICA DOWNS
CONTACT: GEORGE McCRORY
100 Old Public Library
Iowa City IA 52242
(319) 384-0012; fax (319) 384-0024
e-mail: george-mccrory@uiowa.edu

Release: April 6, 1999

UI Staff Development sponsors trainers conference May 20

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- The University of Iowa Office of Staff Development is presenting a trainers conference Thursday, May 20, at which training and development professionals will learn about the essential skills to effectively train and motivate employees.

Training experts from the National Seminars Group will present workshops on professional training skills, management issues, and evaluation/performance. Conference attendees can choose from nine specific sessions with topics including "Performance Management Techniques," "Motivating the Adult Learner" to "Developing an Evaluation Strategy."

The professional training skills track will focus on developing effective presentations and motivating participants, while the management issues track will center on team-building and effective problem-solving strategies. The third track, evaluation/performance, will concentrate on performance consulting and needs assessments.

"The trainers conference is a great opportunity to learn about some of the latest trends in the field of training, including performance consulting, technology in the classroom, and creating learning organizations," said Maureen McCormick, UI staff development coordinator.

The trainers conference is from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. May 20 at the Radisson Hotel,
2525 N. Dodge St. in Iowa City. The $149 registration fee includes participant materials, lunch, and break refreshments.

The conference is open to the public and UI staff and is recommended for those in management, performance consulting, human resources, or training and development. Registration deadline is May 11, and space is limited. To enroll, call UI Staff Development at (319) 335-2687.