Talent Development and Instructional Design

DC ASTD OD Book Club SIG – Guest Speaker Ted Leonsis

Today I took the journey to Booz, Allen, Hamilton’s Herndon office to go to my first face-to-face Special Interest Group (SIG) meeting. I usually attend the virtual DC ASTD Technology SIG meeting because those are the only ones that I can get to being a subway rider. The guest speaker was Ted Leonsis, owner of the Wizards, Captials and Mystics sports teams in Washington, DC.

Ted Leonsis, a “student of happiness,” answered questions presented by Kevin Keagan and the audience.

I am not going to try to quote all of Ted Leonsis’ presentation but there were a few lines that he said that I liked:

  • “Young people can smell BS a mile away.”
  • “If you speak to people in an unfiltered way, people believe you.”
  • “Talk to employers and customers like they are friends or family members and good things will happen.” There will be no need to fear a WikiLeaks expose.

There was much more and it can be read about in Ted’s book the Business of Happiness. Create your life list at

His blog can is located at

You can watch free documentaries from Ted’s Snag Films “filmanthropy” website:

Thank you to Laura Mendelow, her husband, the camera woman, Deadra Welcome, Lisa Cohen, Kathy Reiffenstein, and Michelle Proulx for helping to make this a successful event hosted by the Metro DC ASTD Chapter ( and CBODN (


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