ATD-Orange County offers longer-form workshops to support your professional development.  

Our flagship workshops: the Total Trainer Program.  Other full and half-day workshops are scheduled throughout the year.

Oh! If you were looking for a list of our Monthly Learning Events, you can find them here.

If you were looking for a list of our Special Interest Group meetings, they can be found here.

We hope to see you soon!


Upcoming Workshops

    • Thu, September 29, 2016
    • Fri, September 30, 2016
    • 2 sessions
    • Webster University, Costa Mesa Campus, 32 Discovery, Irvine, CA 92618
    • 12

    Master and take home
    your first Gamification project

    using this highly regarded industry concept!

    Gamification is a buzzword in the L&D world. But buzzwords do not solve business problems. Come to a hands-on, 1.5 day workshop to learn about the art of and science of engagement and motivation to take home real answers.

    Topics covered:

    • What’s the difference between Gamification and Game-based learning?
    • How do I start gamifying courses?
    • Is PBL (points, badges and leaderboard) going to solve my problems?
    • How do I increase learner engagement when people don’t like to play?

    What’s In It for Me? (WIIFM)

    You’ll develop these skills
    to take back to the workplace:

           Day 1 – Game Thinking for L&D Framework:

    • Analyze what makes games engaging: the MDA framework.
    • Develop your strategy for gamification and game design.
    •  Design and build a rapid prototype!

          Day 2 – Playtest your prototype!

    • Playtest your prototype!
    • Takeaway: Five common mistakes when implementing game thinking.

    Zsolt is a frequent speaker and active participant at conferences and workshops featuring Game Thinking for L&D:

    • G.A.M.E. (Gameful Approaches of Motivation and Engagement) – Kevin Werbach’s workshop at the Wharton School of University of Pennsylvania (November, 2015)
    • ATD TechKnowledge conference, Las Vegas, NV (January, 2016)
    • ATD Philadelphia Regional Conference, Philadelphia, PA (May, 2016)
    • Next up: DevLearn, Las Vegas, NV (November, 2016)

    NOTE:  No previous game or gamification design experience required. Bring laptop for hands-on prototyping and take home your project. We will use Articulate Storyline 2. The software and intermediate knowledge is required for hands-on prototyping in this session; using the free trial is sufficient. Those without a laptop or Storyline knowledge can pair up with others and learn. Skills demonstrated are transferable to other tools and programs.

    About the Presenter: Zsolt Olah is the Director, Innovation and Learning Solutions at Performance Development Group (PDG), where he leads a team of talented instructional designers and graphic designers in creating engaging learning and performance solutions to solve real business problems. Previously, Zsolt worked for Comcast University, as a Senior Program Manager, spearheading the research and implementation of game thinking in the corporate world.

    Zsolt’s gamified examples using Articulate Storyline are often featured in the eLearning Heroes community, as well as on social media. Rumor has it that his sense of humor works like Pokémon incense. Come and see it for yourself!

    Zsolt can be found around learning communities on Twitter as @Rabbitoreg, or at, where he posts opinions and examples of gamification, game-design and instructional design. New connections are always welcome on LinkedIn or Twitter!

    Click here to visit Zsolt's blog for interesting articles and useful links.


    Members:         $350
    Non-Members:  $400
    Affiliates*:        $350
       *Includes ATD-LA, ATD-SD, ATD -IE, ISPI-OC & ISPI-LA

    Register by Thursday, September 15, 2016


    Webster University, Costa Mesa Campus, 32 Discovery, Irvine, CA 92618

    On Discovery Drive, south on Laguna Canyon Rd, off 405 or 5 FWY.  FREE parking. Large lot, easy access.  

    Questions? Contact our Workshop Manager, Susmitha Valvekar;

    Cancellation/Refund deadline is September 15.
    No shows will be charged in full.

    • Thu, October 20, 2016
    • 1:00 PM - 5:00 PM
    • Back Bay Conference Center, 3415 Michelson Drive, Irvine, California 92612
    • 12
    Improv in business?

    Yes, and it’s as beneficial as it is fun to learn!

    A growing number of forward-thinking companies are training their employees in the same mental agility skills that enable a team of improvisational performers to create an unscripted scene on stage.

    Bob and Lee from Advantage Improv employ the techniques used for decades by these performers who must work within predetermined parameters, just as talent development professionals do on a daily basis.

    Techniques that will be covered:

    • Active listening
    • Creative collaboration
    • Trust and adaptability

    By helping participants to experience the power of the “improv mindset,” this workshop will deliver insight and tools that help talent development professionals improve how they communicate, engage and lead.

    This program is ideal for all human resources professionals, talent development managers, trainers, instructional designers and performance consultants.

    Please join us for this fast-paced, interactive, half-day workshop!

    What clients say about Advantage Improv:

    • “One of our members suggested Advantage Improv to develop and present a Vendor Relations session. It was a great success. This session made it easy for attendees to interact.”  Debi Kensell, Education Director, Restaurant Facility Management Association
    • “Inviting Advantage Improv to conduct a session with students at the University of San Diego was a wonderful initiative! By using improv, students felt more confident about interacting in what is typically a stressful situation.” Robin Darmon, Director, Career Development Center, University of San Diego

    Comments from recent attendees of Advantage Improv training events include:

    • “Bob and Lee are such dynamic leaders. The environment they create at Advantage Improv is the perfect mix of fun, delight, challenge, safety and teamwork.”
    • “Loved it! Want more!”
    • “I really enjoyed it, and it’s a natural way to learn.”
    • “This was a master class in improv, working together, collaboration and trust. It was fantastic.”

    About the Presenters:

    Several years ago, Advantage Improv co-founders Bob Doll and Lee Godden met while performing improvisational comedy on stage, and discovered they had similar backgrounds as business executives and corporate educators.  With an improv-for-business mindset, they soon co-founded Advantage Improv.

    Their goal: To teach forward-thinking individuals, organizations and teams how to boost creativity, effectiveness and profits by leveraging proven improvisational techniques.


    Members:         $197
    Non-Members:  $247
    Affiliates*:        $197
       *Includes Members of ATD, ATD chapters, ISPI, PIHRA, SHRM and NHRA


    Back Bay Conference Center, 3415 Michelson Drive, Irvine, California 92612

    Cancellation/Refund deadline is October 13.

    No shows will be charged in full.

Past events

Tue, September 20, 2016 Total Trainer: Delivering Training ~ 9-week series
Thu, June 16, 2016 Storyline: The Next Level ~ Hands-on e-Learning Skill Building
Tue, April 12, 2016 Accelerated Learning 2-Day Workshop
Tue, April 05, 2016 Total Trainer: Creating Training ~ 10-week series
Thu, October 29, 2015 Storyline Fundamentals: Hands-on e-Learning Skill Building
Tue, September 22, 2015 WAITLIST: Total Trainer: Delivering Training (Formerly, “Powerful Presentation Skills”) ~ 8-week series
Tue, September 22, 2015 Total Trainer: Delivering Training (Formerly, “Powerful Presentation Skills”) ~ 8-week series
Tue, March 17, 2015 Total Trainer: Creating Training (Formerly: “Total Trainer”) ~ 10-week series
Thu, September 25, 2014 2-Day Workshop: Crucial Conversations ~ Tools for Talking WHEN STAKES ARE HIGH
Tue, September 09, 2014 Powerful Presentation Skills ~ 9-week Series
Tue, April 22, 2014 WAITLIST ~ The Total Trainer (10-week series)
Tue, April 22, 2014 The Total Trainer (10-week series)
Thu, August 15, 2013 2-Day Workshop: Crucial Conversations ~ Tools for Talking WHEN STAKES ARE HIGH
Tue, April 09, 2013 The Total Trainer (10-week series)
Thu, February 28, 2013 Workshop ~ Stop Winging It: Realistic Project Management
Thu, January 24, 2013 Twitter for Learning Professionals - 2 Hour Workshop
Sat, January 12, 2013 CPLP Work Product Workshop 4-Session Series
Tue, September 25, 2012 Powerful Presentation Skills ~ 8-week Series
Tue, August 07, 2012 Advanced Articulate Storyline Workshop
Thu, May 17, 2012 Tom Kuhlmann is Coming! Rapid E-learning Development Using Articulate & Storyline
Tue, April 10, 2012 The Total Trainer (10-week series)

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