Thursday, June 24, 2021

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Many training professionals struggle to gain program sponsor and/or line manager buy-in for new programs. One of the questions Jim and Wendy Kirkpatrick repeatedly hear is, "How do you get manager involvement in your training initiatives?"

It is common knowledge that the more touchpoints a salesperson has with a potential client or customer, the more likely that customer is to buy. The same principle is true here.

We have identified four opportunities along with the life of a major initiative to partner with program sponsors and/or line managers to maximize results. Each of the four parts of this new quick tip series on maximizing manager involvement will cover one of these four opportunities.

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Four Levels of Training Evaluation Book

Does your current training evaluation plan look something like this:

Level 1: smile sheets
Level 2: testing
Level 3: 90-day survey
Level 4: ??

If so, it's time to upgrade to a hybrid approach by implementing a Blended Evaluation Plan® that measures multiple levels at the same time and allows you and others to start seeing the connections between the levels.

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Just because an approach to training evaluation is common does not mean that it is good. 

Do you really want to throw away all the money and effort you've put into a program by making mistakes that are easy to avoid?

Don't sacrifice the quality of your training program, and possibly even your job. Read the new article by Jim and Wendy Kirkpatrick just published in the July/August edition of Training Industry Magazine to learn the top training evaluation mistakes and how to avoid them.

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Is there a lack of connection between your training and actual performance outcomes / key organizational results?

If so, you may find yourself in a precarious position when budgets get cut on things in your organization's "nice to have" category. Wouldn't you prefer to be in the "must have" category?

Read this interview with Jim Kirkpatrick conducted by Amedirh, a human resources management company in Mexico, to learn how to not only put your resources to good use, but also prove to your stakeholders that you did.

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Four Levels of Training Evaluation BookL&D Manager Cyndee Gorkowski won last year's ATD Valley of the Sun Don Kirkpatrick Scholarship, which entitled her to a complimentary seat in a Kirkpatrick Four Levels® Evaluation Certification Program - Bronze Level.

This week, Cyndee shares her first update with us after having begun applying what she learned in the program to a large training initiative within her company.

Read on to learn what steps Cyndee is taking to train over 4,000 employees on a new software program while making it as seamless as possible for customers.

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Four Levels of Training Evaluation BookWe take pride in sharing useful content with our community each week. Now that we're already halfway through the year, we thought we'd take a moment to look back at the top Kirkpatrick Quick Tips we've shared so far.

Did your favorites make the cut? Read on to find out.

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At the ATD 2017 International Conference & Exposition, Wendy and Jim noticed some buzz around new, trendy topics.

However, just because everyone is talking about a hot new method doesn't mean it's right for every situation.

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To say that my Dad, Don Kirkpatrick, was an optimist is a colossal understatement. His team was always going to come around in the end to win. It would always stop raining so he could go fishing. He could always count on people to do their best. And when it didn't happen, he would shrug it off and begin his positive expectations all over again for the next event. 

I don't recommend that you wear the proverbial rose-colored glasses 24/7. Sometimes your team will lose, it will continue to rain, and people will disappoint you. However, it is not fun to always expect the worst, or be around people who carry a black cloud. 

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