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Synergent rebates 750K to CUs

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PORTLAND, Maine (9/27/11)--Synergent, a service subsidiary of the Maine Credit Union League, recently returned $750,000 to hundreds of credit unions using its products and services. The rebate amount each credit union received was based on the total volume of business the credit union conducted with Synergent from Aug. 1, 2010 through July 31, 2011. "We fully recognize the environment and challenges in which credit unions are operating within today and realize that, despite these challenges, credit unions must stay competitive and continue to invest in products and services their members expect and deserve," said John Murphy, president/CEO of Synergent and the league. "This rebate recognizes the partnerships that we have with credit unions and the integral role they have in our success," he added. Synergent, which serves primarily credit unions in New England and New York state, is celebrating its 40th anniversary this year.

CUNAs Experience Learning Live speakers announced

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MADISON, Wis. (9/27/11)--CUNA’s Experience Learning Live! Conference has set its final speaker lineup. The conference, Oct. 16-19 in Las Vegas, provides training professionals hands on experience they can use to motivate staff and jumpstart credit unions. This year’s conference features training leaders discussing innovations to maximize staff energy, motivate credit union volunteers and increase the knowledge level of credit union members. Speakers and their topics include:
* Becky Pike Pluth, "101 Movie Clips That Teach and Train." Using movie clips, Pluth will demonstrate how effective movie scenes can help grab classroom interest immediately . Attendees will discover how to follow the clips with questions that garner solid discussion and teach topics in a memorable way. * Jon Aleckson, "Mind Meld: Micro Collaboration--Collaboration Between Designers and Subject Matter Experts ." Aleckson has logged more than 30 years of leadership experience in the educational media industry. He will focus on ways to engage subject matter experts in training projects through techniques to “mindmeld” and share expertise. * Juli Lynch, "Pushing the Limits on What You Know and Do." Lynch will address how success in today’s market requires that people--and training departments--push themselves to the limit; note that leadership lessons gained during training with Navy SEALS in expedition-length endurance races can apply to training departments and credit unions; work with the issues and challenges that keep credit union staff from reaching their potential; and demonstrate how to push credit unions to increase sales, improve service and boost performance--while still keeping motivation and commitment levels high above the competition. * Lance Dublin, "The New 'Blended' Learning." Dublin will share highlights from interviews with 25 learning leaders and organizations for the Chief Learning Officer Magazine. He’ll discuss how these leaders defined what blended learning was and what it is today. His guided tour will cite examples that working and detail lessons learned from those that don't. His session will explain what blended learning design is and how to evaluate what will work best for credit unions. * Robert Richman, "How Can Training Revolutionize Your Organization?" Richman will unravel the secrets behind the Zappos phenomenon. From Zappos Insights, its corporate learning center, he will share what it is doing right and how to bring a little Zappos back to credit unions. * Tom Kuhlmann, "Design Good Courses With the Resources at Hand." Author of the popular “Rapid e-Learning Blog,” this “rock star of e-learning” receives hundreds of questions from readers on a limited budget. They want to know about free tools they can use to build their e-learning courses. A self-proclaimed “junkie” for free stuff online, Kuhlmann will share his best finds and the latest technology. His hands-on lab will provide new ideas, techniques, tactics and strategies to use right away to build better courses.
For more information, use the link, call 800-356-9655, ext. 4249, or e-mailtraining.cuna.coop.