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Our Thanksgiving in the United States falls on Thursday, November 24 this year. This also would have been my mother's 90th birthday. A double celebration? It depends on how I choose to look at it. One way would be to say that because she didn't live to see this birthday, it is a sad day. Another way would be for me to think, "She lived a full and rich 87 years, and I am thankful that she did not suffer in death." I choose the latter; thus, it is a double celebration for me. 

Being thankful is a choice, and I am feeling extra thankful this year. Many blessings have come our way in 2016. We have a strong, competent and caring support staff. We have health throughout our extended families. Our new book, Kirkpatrick's Four Levels of Training Evaluation, launched in October and is already helping a lot of people. Wendy and I have had quality time together and with friends and family throughout the year. While challenges have come our way, together we have worked through them. 

During 2016, our team facilitated opportunities for me to work with many U.S. government agencies, branches of the U.S. military and private businesses, both domestically and abroad. During those times, I have met many wonderful people, eager to learn new ways of creating and demonstrating value to their organizations. They are just as eager to help others who are struggling with their training efforts. I am particularly thankful for those of you who have become Bright Lights to me and to others. Our efforts could not possibly be successful without you. 

Finally, it is difficult for me to reflect on my mother Fern without thinking about dear old Dad. Don K's spirit and legacy appear to us every day through our work, and I am thankful for what he has left us to continue. 

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Our affiliate in Brazil, Across, held a Kirkpatrick Four Levels® Evaluation Certification Program - Bronze Level in October. 

Click here to see pictures of the participants. 

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Training is still "on trial," charged with incurring expenses in excess of the value it provides to the organization.

Training must reinvent itself and transcend the classroom. Attend this hands-on workshop to learn tactics for building programs and initiatives that enhance on-the-job performance and impact the bottom line.

Join Jim Kirkpatrick in Orlando, Florida on January 19 for this informative and interactive workshop. After this session, you will be able to:

      • Define the true desired result for any program or initiative
      • Determine specific tactics to influence on-the-job behavior for a program or initiative
      • Integrate elements that enhance on-the-job behavior and bottom-line results into a program planning process

Igniting the Inner Fire: Kirkpatrick Levels 3 and 4
Jim Kirkpatrick
January 19, 2017
Orlando, FL

Click here to learn more about the information that will be presented at the workshop.

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Last Friday, we had an office Halloween party. We all dressed up and walked around passing out candy.
Even Kirkbook joined in on the fun and showed up in a costume.

Kirkbook is our new book, Kirkpatrick's Four Levels of Training Evaluation. He has been pretty busy these days promoting the release of our book.

Click here to view photos from our party.

From left to right: Clark Kent (Superman), Thing 2, Thing 1, Cat in the Hat, Snow Queen and Clay Matthews. Kirkbook is dressed up as a moose.

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Kirkpatrick's Four Levels of Training Evaluation is selling out across multiple channels. 

Here are a few examples of what people are saying about the book.

"This book - FOUR LEVELS of TRAINING EVALUATION is a fantastic book. It is a simple read with tons of real life examples that are easy to apply to any size organization or project. I STRONGLY recommend this book for anyone who wants to increase their ROI, Value of programs or ability to decisions make. This book is not just for a training professional, it is for anyone who wants to drive their business, improve the decision making or improve existing programs or businesses. Very useful information that will help you make a tremendous impact.

Get this book, use this book, apply the principles, I promise you wont regret it." -Aaron Haefele

"An incredible work that benefits anyone involved with training and development, whether you are familiar with the Kirkpatrick Method already or not. It highlights the changes made to the New World model while remaining as practical and easy-to-digest as ever. An absolute must read!" -Kate Bonn

"Anyone who is a learning and development or as I would like to say performance improvement professional must read this book to learn how you can partner with your stakeholders to develop and implement sustainable improvement programs that will make a difference. Even if you are very familiar with the New World Kirkpatrick Model, this is a must read - you will learn things that you probably were not aware of. And the case studies are outstanding - they bring the model to life and the reader can really see how it works. And, I appreciate the inclusion of other experts such as in the chapter, 'Evaluating Beyond Traditional Classroom Training.'

You will receive an outstanding Return on Your Expectations from reading Kirkpatrick's Four Levels of Training." -Chuck Udell

"This update does a great job of clarifying any questions on how to use the Kirkpatrick 4 Levels of Evaluation plus additions to the original concepts." -Eddie Rockledge

Have you read the book? If so, leave us a review on Amazon or Goodreads

You can also tell us what you think about the book on social media. Use the hashtag #Kirkbook on Twitter so we see what you wrote. 

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Our affiliate in Sweden, Mindset, held a Kirkpatrick Four Levels® Evaluation Certification Program - Bronze Level with Volvo in September.

Click here to see photos of participants in this and other Kirkpatrick programs.

If you've already earned bronze and are interested in moving forward, click here to see a list of our upcoming silver certification programs. 

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​Want to win a free copy of Kirkpatrick's Four Levels of Training Evaluation?

Click here to enter our giveaway, where you have the chance of winning one of three copies of our new book. Completing your submission only takes a moment. 

One entry per person and only completed submissions will be accepted. The giveaway will end Tuesday, October 4 at 8:00 am U.S. Eastern time. 

The winners will be announced next week in our newsletter.

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On August 24, the ATD Valley of the Sun chapter awarded Cyndee Gorkowski the Don Kirkpatrick Scholarship.

The Don Kirkpatrick Scholarship is an annual scholarship established by ATD-VOS in 2012 in conjunction with Kirkpatrick Partners. The purpose of the scholarship is to provide members of the local ATD-VOS community the opportunity to enhance their effectiveness and business impact by learning and applying the Kirkpatrick Model for evaluation training programs. 

Click here to see photos from the reception.

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First Things First: Getting Started with Kirkpatrick® Training Evaluation
February 1, 2017

Are you being asked to create or deliver training that "works," meaning it provides measurable performance improvement and enhances organizational results? You are not alone. Ironically, evaluating training value is often an afterthought, considered only after training is complete. 

Learn directly from Jim and Wendy Kirkpatrick, creators of the New World Kirkpatrick Model, how to start any training program right, so that value is built in and can effectively be demonstrated when it is complete. Even if you inherit existing training programs, you will find out how to incorporate small tactics that will make a big difference in creating training value. 

Don't miss Jim and Wendy Kirkpatrick's new webinar, "First Things First: Getting Started with Kirkpatrick® Training Evaluation" on March 2, 2017. Click here for more information

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October 3, 2016

We are excited to announce the release of our new book, Kirkpatrick's Four Levels of Training Evaluation.

Discover a complete blueprint for implementing the model in a way that truly maximizes business results. And delve into Jim and Wendy's new findings that, together with Don Kirkpatrick's work, create the New World Kirkpatrick Model, a powerful methodology that melds people with metrics.

Use the New World Model to better train people, improve the way you work, and, ultimately, contribute to your organization's most crucial goals without breaking the budget. 

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