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Raising the Bar: Consulting and Project Management Skills for Instructional Designers



Every field is evolving and ours is no exception. While the instructional design and performance improvement skills we’ve gained have been invaluable, they only take us so far. If we’re going to add more value to our organizations, we need to offer strong project management and consulting skills.

This webinar will help us to set our own baselines for these two skills, then focus on how we can move from what Peter Block called a “pair-of-hands” approach to becoming a trusted advisor. At the same time, we’ll see how strong project management skills make us more credible by delivering what we said we’d deliver as efficiently and effectively as possible.

The webinar will give you a chance to assess your own skills, to share your own experiences and to ask questions that will help you become a well-rounded ID professional.


Bud Benscoter

Bud Benscoter has a Master’s and Ph.D. in Instructional Systems Design from Penn State, where he taught for 20 years in both the Instructional Systems and M.B.A. programs. He received the Excellence in Teaching Award from the Smeal College of Management in 1997 and 2005. Bud also taught for three years at the Wharton School of Management at the University of Pennsylvania. Most recently he taught Management Communications in the Fuqua School of Business at Duke University from 2006-2010. Bud also taught graduate education courses in Singapore for George Washington University in 2011 and has taught online courses for Wilmington (DE) University, Boise State University, George Mason University and Purdue University. He was the co-editor of The Encyclopedia of Human Resource Management published in 2012 by Pfeiffer. He co-authored a graduate textbook called Performance Consulting published by Pfeiffer in December, 2013 and is the co-author of the 5th edition of the industry classic Managing the Instructional Design Process published in 2015.

Bud is the owner of GMB Performance Group, a company specializing in organizational development, human performance improvement and training. Bud has nearly 30 years of experience in training design, performance consulting, leadership communication, marketing, sales and organization development. He has managed departments in the computer and financial services industries.

He is Past President of the Great Valley (PA) and the Carolinas Chapters of the International Society for Performance Improvement (ISPI) and is a member of the Association for Talent Development (ATD) and the International Society for Performance Improvement (ISPI). He has published numerous articles, and is a frequent speaker at regional and international conferences.