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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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I always look forward to Veteran's Day, as it is a time for me to honor my dad and others who have served and continue to protect our constitution and our lives. 

It is also a time for me to reflect on the many days I have spent with members of the various branches of our armed forces, and how much I have learned about training and evaluation from them. Here, in the form of quick tips, I'll share best practices from each branch of our military that have helped form the bedrock of the Kirkpatrick Model.

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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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On October 12, Jim and Wendy Kirkpatrick conducted a webinar with Training Magazine Network called, "Getting Kirkpatrick Evaluation Right - Case Examples and Tips from Practitioners."

Participants were able to pick up practical tips for creating and demonstrating program value in any organization, in terms that stakeholders want, from four practitioners who have successfully implemented the Kirkpatrick Model. These practitioners have implemented the model in government, military and corporate organizations.

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Our affiliate in Australia and New Zealand, GMD Partnerships, recently participated in the NZATD Conference. 

Mark Harris and David Dewhurst presented their case study, "Getting Great Results from a Coaching Program," which is featured in our new book, Kirkpatrick's Four Levels of Training Evaluation

Click here to view the photos from the conference.

Click here to view our other upcoming appearances.

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On October 13, Jim and Wendy Kirkpatrick, in cooperation with ATD, presented a webinar entitled, "Kirkpatrick's Four Levels of Training Evaluation: Do You Really Know the Four Levels?"

Don Kirkpatrick's groundbreaking four levels of training evaluation is the most widely used training evaluation model in the world. But how many variations of "Kirkpatrick" are in use today? And what number of misassumptions and faulty practices have crept in over 60 years? The reality is, quite a few.

Listen to the recording of this webinar and you will be able to:

      • Explain why starting with results in mind is critical to program value.
      • Identify tactics to get beyond Kirkpatrick Levels 1 and 2.
      • Determine if your current evaluation strategy is effective. 
Click here to listen to the recording.

Click here to download a copy of the handout

To learn more about what was discussed in the webinar, order a copy of our new book, Kirkpatrick's Four Levels of Training Evaluation. Use the code FALLBOOKS16 to receive 10% off your purchase price at

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Now that you've watched the webinar, how well do you know the four levels? We'd love to know. Here are some ways to join the conversation:

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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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Have You Read Kirkpatrick's Four Levels of Training Evaluation Yet?
October 3, 2016

What a success our book, Kirkpatrick's Four Levels of Training Evaluation, has been! It's consistently ranked in the top twenty-five of the Training books section on Amazon.

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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