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Wendy Kirkpatrick's Postings


Listen to the final installment of Wendy Kirkpatrick's in-studio radio interview with Stone Payton and Lee Kantor of Business RadioX.

In the previous segment, Wendy shared how to handle the vague training request.

During this discussion, Wendy warns against shortcuts that put your initiatives at risk.


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Back in June, Wendy Kirkpatrick offered tips on what to try when you just can't get a seat at the table.

She's back with more from her in-studio radio interview with Stone Payton and Lee Kantor of Business RadioX.

Wendy offers guidance on how to handle the vague training request.

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When you review your training evaluation data and find that it is not altogether favorable, should you:

  1. Hide it, so there are no repercussions
  2. Change the questions so you get more favorable responses in the future
  3. Try on your own to understand it, and make adjustments
  4. None of the above

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By Wendy Kirkpatrick

I had the thrill of hearing a presentation made by former President Barack Obama at the ATD 2018 Conference last month. His message was not only inspiring, it also has great implications for the future and success of training.

One lesson he shared is that good old-fashioned values are as relevant as ever:

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Not long ago, Wendy Kirkpatrick asked if training professionals could answer this one simple question about their most important programs. Some could. For others, it was a struggle.

Wendy is back with tips on what to try when you just can't get a seat at the table. Avoid the frustration. Arm yourself with the knowledge to move beyond training and into business partnership territory.

Hear the story of how this information improved work--and life--for one trainer. Tune in to Wendy's recent in-studio radio interview with Stone Payton and Lee Kantor of Business RadioX.

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Look Who’s Turning 65 Today!

By Wendy Kirkpatrick

Happy 65th birthday, Jim Kirkpatrick! While he is far from thinking about retiring, this birthday is still a landmark event.

Jim Kirkpatrick is 65 years old today ... how time flies. He has been championing a better way to evaluate training programs for longer than the 10 years I have known him and been working with him in Kirkpatrick Partners. A short list of Jim’s accomplishments:

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Last week, Wendy Kirkpatrick offered words of wisdom to those well-meaning training professionals who find themselves missing the mark when it comes to their initiatives.

We delve further this week. ​Can you answer this one simple question about your most important programs? Wendy Kirkpatrick asks training professionals a probing question. To find out the question and more, tune in to Part 2 of her recent in-studio radio interview with Stone Payton and Lee Kantor of Business RadioX.

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Are you missing the mark when it comes to demonstrating your program's value? Wendy Kirkpatrick offers words of wisdom in this excerpt from a recent in-studio radio interview originally broadcast live on Business RadioX.

Invest 2 minutes to help sharpen your evaluation skills. Tune in to Part 1 of this 5-part series.

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