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Holiday GreetingsWe are all nearing the end of 2014. It has been a tough one for Wendy and me, but at the same time, one of the richest in my memory.  

I lost both of my parents, but in the most merciful of ways. They had lived rich, full lives and were ready to go – to be together with new bodies to replace the old, worn out ones. Suffering was minimal, and we are left with warm memories and no regrets.  

Wendy and I were also in a horrible car accident. We survived with minor injuries. Our vehicle didn’t.

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Evaluation formDo you struggle to get participants to fill out their Level 1 evaluation forms after a training program? 

This struggle may be even more prominent in environments in which everyone's time and other resources are already stretched.

What can you do to improve the response rate?

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On November 6, 2014, the Corporate Learning Consortium hosted a free webinar with Jim and Wendy Kirkpatrick entitled Using Kirkpatrick® to Move Be...

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In 2013, the ATD Valley of the Sun Chapter partnered with Kirkpatrick Partners to introduce the Don Kirkpatrick Scholarship opportunity to its members.

The recipient of this annual award wins a free seat in the Kirkpatrick Four Levels® Evaluation Certification Program - Bronze Level, which not only benefits the scholarship winner, but also allows the winner to give back to the community and the industry.

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Jared AllenA full year has passed since Jared Allen won the 2013 Don Kirkpatrick Scholarship awarded by Kirkpatrick Partners and the ATD Valley of the Sun Chapter.

His award included a free seat in a Kirkpatrick Four Levels® Evaluation Certification Program - Bronze Level.

We have followed up with Jared throughout the year to hear about how he has implemented his learning at his organization, Goodwill of Central Arizona. Read on for a final wrap-up of the improvements that his organization has made in this short amount of time, and get ideas that you can apply immediately, too.

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Training order-takerDo you feel like the order-taker in the training drive-thru lane? If so, you’re among thousands of other training professionals who can relate to this feeling. 

Why do we believe this to be true? 

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shutterstock_32047498 2The tips we've shared over the last few weeks go beyond the field of learning and development. They can be implemented in all areas of your life to allow you to deepen your relationships in both personal and professional ways.

Engaging in deep human interactions takes courage to ask the second question, as well as discipline not to hijack the conversation. If you have what it takes, you should quickly begin to reap the benefits.

What are these benefits?

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Tip #3 to Avoid Becoming an Avatar: Sustain the Conversation Without Hijacking It
by Jim and Wendy Kirkpatrick

In your recent conversations, you've been asking the second question, which has shown that you care, given the other person permission to open up, and expressed your own bravery and willingness to go against the avatar grain.
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We are assuming that asking the second question has opened up more and richer dialogue with those around you. They are likely surprised that you've shown an interest beyond the norm and are pleased to tell you more.

Now, how do you sustain these fruitful conversations?

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