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"I was deeply motivated to enhance my performance at work and elevate the impact of the trainings I design..."


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Araceli Frias is a Talent & Development Specialist for Metso who earned the ATD Master Trainer® Program Certificate.

What was the format of your course? Live online

What motivated you to enroll in the ATD Master Trainer® Program?
I enrolled in this course because I was deeply motivated to enhance my performance at work and elevate the impact of the trainings I design for the individuals I work with. I believe that continuous improvement is key to success, and I was eager to acquire new skills and knowledge that could enable me to create more effective training programs.

In what ways has the ATD Master Trainer® Program contributed to your career and /or personal growth?
This course has significantly contributed to both my career and personal growth in several ways. Professionally, it has provided me with valuable insights into potential modifications and transformations I can make in my work processes, enabling me to apply these improvements more effectively on a day-to-day basis. Additionally, it has helped me recognize the importance of viewing myself as a key strategic ally to the company, empowering me to take on more proactive roles and responsibilities. On a personal level, the course has broadened my perspective, allowing me to identify additional resources and opportunities within and beyond my immediate environment. Overall, it has been instrumental in fostering both my professional development and personal growth.

Would you recommend this course to others? If so, who and why?
Absolutely. I would highly recommend this course to others. It offers a valuable opportunity to sharpen your knowledge and skills in a wide range of areas. Whether you’re looking to advance in your current career, explore new professional avenues, or simply broaden your horizons, this course provides a comprehensive platform for growth and development. I believe that individuals from various backgrounds and industries can benefit immensely from the insights and resources offered in the ATD Master Trainer® Program. Overall, I wholeheartedly endorse it as a valuable investment in personal and professional development.


How do you plan to apply the knowledge and skills acquired from this course in your personal or professional life?
I plan to apply the knowledge and skills acquired from the ATD Master Trainer® Program in both my personal and professional life by taking on a more consultative role within my company. This will involve adopting a different perspective and leveraging my newfound expertise to suggest updates to existing training materials and create new content. Specifically, I have already initiated discussions around implementing changes to our training materials and have actively contributed to enhancing engagement in virtual classes. By incorporating the insights and techniques learned from this course, I aim to drive positive outcomes and make meaningful contributions to both my organization and my own professional growth.

How did you initially become involved in the talent development field?
I initially became involved in the talent development field around ten years ago when I was exploring various departments within HR. It was during this time that I was presented with the opportunity to take on a role in talent development. I found the prospect of helping individuals grow within the company and develop their skills through a variety of activities to be incredibly intriguing. Witnessing the impact that talent development initiatives could have on the lives of individuals within the organization, I recognized the value in contributing to the personal and professional growth of each person. This experience ignited my passion for talent development and inspired me to pursue a career in this field.

What is the best piece of advice you have ever received?
The best piece of advice I’ve ever received is to not overlook things, whether it’s in training, life, work, or interactions with people. This advice has served as a valuable tool for me, prompting me to ensure that I fully understand the needs, suggestions, or comments presented to me. By taking the time to thoroughly comprehend various aspects of a situation, I can mitigate potential issues and prevent misunderstandings from arising. This approach has proven to be invaluable in both my personal and professional endeavors, enabling me to navigate challenges more effectively and foster stronger connections with others.


Can you recommend a great book you have read recently?
The Art of Being You.

What is your favorite hobby or pastime?
I find joy in practicing CrossFit and mindfulness meditations. Both activities offer unique benefits that contribute to my overall well-being. CrossFit challenges me physically, helping me stay fit, strong, and energized. On the other hand, mindfulness meditations provide me with a sense of inner peace, mental clarity, and emotional balance. By incorporating both into my routine, I create a harmonious balance between physical and mental health, allowing me to thrive in all aspects of my life.

What is the most unusual or unique job you have held?
The most unusual or unique job I’ve held prior to my current position at RH was working at the Central de Abastos, a large fruit and vegetable wholesale store. In this role, I was responsible for managing the warehouse operations. The job involved keeping track of inventory inputs and outputs manually, which was mentally demanding and often required long hours. Despite the challenges, this experience taught me valuable lessons, particularly about the importance of teamwork. Working in a fast-paced environment like the Central de Abastos required seamless coordination and collaboration among team members to ensure smooth operations and customer satisfaction. It was a unique job that provided me with a hands-on understanding of logistics, inventory management, and the significance of effective communication and teamwork in achieving common goals.

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