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Wendy and I are back in the office after an exciting time in Denver for the annual ATD International Conference and Expo. This was my 15th year attending and presenting. During my few minutes of reflection on the 3 days we spent in Denver, I am reminded that each of those years had its own unique flavor. 2016 was my second favorite behind 2011, which featured my dad's farewell to friends at ATD and the L&D world.

What made this one special was the soft launch of our new book, Kirkpatrick's Four Levels of Training Evaluation. The book was only made available to conference attendees, and will not be offered to the general public until October 2016. From my vantage point, it was not a soft launch at all. First, the sales of our book may have set a conference record, selling more copies than those of keynote presenters. Second, the foreign rights manager is working towards having the book translated into eight languages by the end of the year. No other Kirkpatrick book has been available in so many different languages.


For those of you who really know Kirkpatrick, you know that numbers are only part of a story. What encourages us the most was the collective passion of the book contributors. They shared their own stories of success during concurrent sessions and at an evening reception.



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May 9, 2016 will mark two years since Don's passing. It is still hard.

It is also good. I still hear his words of guidance and encouragement when I re-read articles he wrote or view videos of him teaching. I am still reminded of who he was when I look at his picture in my office, or put his final birthday card to me on our mantle, or when I fish in a trout stream in his beloved Wisconsin. 


Those are my private memories, but I do have something that might interest you, something that he intended to be for you.

In his final days, I sat with him with a pen and paper and asked him what he wanted to say to you -- his precious, final words about his four levels. Wendy and I took his words and included them as part of the foreword of our new book, Kirkpatrick's Four Levels of Training Evaluation, published by ATD Press. Here is an excerpt:

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Kirkpatrick Levels 3 and 4 have intimidated training professionals for decades. Some think they have cracked the code with a highly standardized 90-day post-training survey, but this is not adequate and could even be counterproductive. Others think that 360-degree surveys are the key, but this is not a complete solution either. 

The time for being intimidated is over. Getting to Kirkpatrick Levels 3 and 4 is not as difficult, time-consuming or expensive as many believe. Our first tip to conquer this challenge is to remember that the end is the beginning. 

 

 

 

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One morning while on vacation, Wendy and I went through the resort's buffet line for breakfast. We got our food, set it down at a table by the pool and then left the table for about four minutes to get our beverages and talk to a fellow guest. 

When we returned, our breakfast was being ravaged by local birds. Eggs, potatoes, bread and fruit were being eaten, tossed about and generally destroyed. Other guests were sitting nearby, but they were unconcerned and not trying to protect our food. 


A metaphor formed before our eyes. Similar to how Wendy and I did not protect our food, many organizations do little or nothing to protect their training investments.


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While on vacation recently, Wendy and I were having a mid-afternoon snack when this guy sat down with us. He introduced himself as Gary and said he was on the staff of the place where we were staying. Gary was friendly yet considerate of ‘not overstaying his welcome’ as we talked about the food, weather and island activities.

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As many of you know, I'm always thinking about how real world things Beach 1relate to training and training evaluation. Wendy and I recently took a trip to Turks and Caicos, and I found myself taking pictures of the beach that made me think about the Kirkpatrick Model and training.








 

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Moment of OpportunityJim kicked off the year by challenging us to act with integrity when faced with Moments of Truth. Click here if you missed it.

Have you experienced any Moments of Truth yet this year?

This week, he introduces another concept, Moments of Opportunity. Unlike Moments of Truth, where you take a big gulp, pull your chin up and deal with them, Moments of Opportunity are shiny gold nuggets of future promise begging you to pick them up. It's not enough just to wait for opportunity to fall into your lap, though. 

Read on to find out how to take action to create your own Moments of Opportunity.

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DinosaurDo you cling to the way things used to be, hesitant to carve out new paths even when you know that the environment is changing around you?

Read this New Year's message from Jim Kirkpatrick to learn tips for moving forward and keeping yourself from becoming a training dinosaur.

 

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