The American Specialty Toy Retailing Association (ASTRA) shared more details about the education sessions at its upcoming 2020 Marketplace & Academy, themed More than a Toy Show. 

The annual event will take place from June 7-10 at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Florida.

The program will include several skill-building education sessions aimed at giving attendees useful, easy-to-implement ideas for improving business performance through effective self-management. 

“Many factors contribute to business success, and some of those are out of our control,” says Kimberly Mosley, president of ASTRA. “Aspects that we can control include decisions about how we organize our days, maintain our energy levels, manage stress, and lead our teams. In addition to training on nuts and bolts toy business issues, this year’s Marketplace & Academy attendees will find several helpful sessions that address their needs as busy people who are stretched in many directions. We hope all attendees will leave Orlando renewed and energized with fresh self-management tactics.”

Marketplace & Academy sessions focusing on self-management and leadership skills include:

  • From Travel Hell to Travel Well: Inside Secrets to Stay Energized, Healthy, and Balanced, featuring travel wellness expert and naturopath Jon Ayo, author of Travel Balance;
  • The Psychology of Persuasion, featuring Kevin Carroll, author of Make Your Point and trainer on how to be a more effective communicator;
  • Pressure Cooker Confidence: The Me You Want to Be, featuring transformational change agent Roger Haskett, a teacher and actor who offers a playful approach to learning how to perform under stress;
  • and Time Management & Organization: Less Talk, More Action, featuring sales and marketing consultant Dave Fellman on tools to help you maximize selling time and minimize distractions, deal effectively with interruptions and prioritize your time among customers, prospects and administrative tasks.

Special Early Bird registration rates for ASTRA’s Marketplace & Academy are available through Wednesday, Feb. 25.

Attendees can register online or at ASTRA booth No. 6511 at Toy Fair New York.