Speexx Exchange 2015 Recap

Speexx Exchange 2015 is over for this year and once again it’s been an amazing experience filled with learning, discussion, and networking. The first edition kicked off in Paris on 5th November. Here, a group of 50 senior HR and L&D professionals gathered at the Maison des Polytechniciens for some intensive sessions on building an effective language training strategy and the opportunities offered to organizations by blended learning. The feedback was fantastic and the morning ended with some great cocktails and networking sessions.

Next up was Berlin on 2nd December. This was possibly the liveliest event in the history of Speexx Exchange. Every seat was taken long before the 10 AM kick-off. A total of 100 guests, partners, and speakers from 15 different countries joined in.

Once again, the conference was chaired by the one and only Laura Overton of Towards Maturity, who opened the conference with some deep insights into what’s driving HR and L&D professionals right now and what the top deck organizations are doing differently in terms of talent management. Laura was followed by Victoria Bethlehem of Adecco. Victoria is in charge of the learning and development of 32,000 employees and showed us strategies for maximizing talent, with first-hand advice from Adecco. Next was Yves Boudib of LG Electronics who gave some expert advice about embedding 70:20:10 in a business context. It turned out that a large number of people in the room had already heard of 70:20:10, but just a handful actually used it. After a delicious lunch, Peter Fox of Credit Suisse presented how his company has switched from a local to a cloud-based learning management system and established a global e-learning environment. Sina Bader was next, and she gave us some detailed insights into how to build a successful competency model, based on Linde MH‘s example, as well as finding the right people for the right role. The final session was held by Nicole Smit of European Climate Foundation and Filip Moriau of AGILON. Together, they showed us how they have successfully developed a leadership lab at the ECF with the help of AGILON.  In between the sessions, we had live reality check surveys, networking opportunities, and great food and refreshments. The day was wrapped up with an exciting crowdsourcing activity where guests split into four groups and interviewed each other about tackling current talent management issues.

The final Speexx Exchange edition was held in Shanghai on 3rd December, with over 100 HR professionals, experts speakers, and partners.

A truly global event, Speexx Exchange is all about collaborating, communicating and exchanging great ideas to shape the future of talent management. We’re always on the look-out for great speakers and partners, so if you’re interested in contributing, drop us a line!

 
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Armin is Founder and President of Speexx, the world’s leading online language learning and business communication skills training service. He writes and occasionally speaks about learning languages online and the secret of the Perfect Blend and global talent management, Speexx, e-learning and generally believes in the power of communication. Follow Armin on Twitter and LinkedIn.