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On April 18, Jim Kirkpatrick celebrates his 65th birthday. We're celebrating, too, by offering a present to everyone!

If ever a book captured Jim's story, his spirit, it is this one: Bringing Business Partnership to Life, The Story of the Brunei Window Washer.

This business parable is one of our most popular books. It's a great gift for yourself or a colleague.

For a limited time, you can purchase this book at 50% off. The regular price is $19.95 but until the end of April (Jim's birthday month), you can purchase the book for $9.98 plus shipping, typically $4.95 USPS mail. International orders should contact Kirkpatrick Partners for a custom quote on shipping costs.

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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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As Jim Kirkpatrick celebrates his milestone 65th birthday, he shares some of his favorite personal and professional memories.

Click here to see all photos in this special birthday album, hand-selected by Jim himself.

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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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Top of the Mountain: This group stands tall during a recent Kirkpatrick bronze certification program in New Zealand. Kirkpatrick Affiliate GMD hosted the program led by Kirkpatrick Certified Facilitators Mark Harris and David Dewhurst

Click here to see all photos from this program and others.

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Elevate your evaluation expertise. Make plans to meet Jim and Wendy Kirkpatrick this year at the 2018 ATD International Conference & Exposition, May 6-9, in San Diego, California.​

Learn live from the Kirkpatricks at their respective presentations. Each is held on a different day, covering different topics.

On Monday, May 7, join Wendy Kirkpatrick for "Overcoming the Challenge of Evaluating Outsourced and Off-the-Shelf Training."

Dr. Jim Kirkpatrick presents "Real World Evaluation for Training Professionals" on Tuesday, May 8.

A special offer will be available to just for attendees of either Kirkpatrick session. Jim and Wendy will announce it during their presentations with details to follow after the conference.

Register today and make plans to hear the Kirkpatricks live. 

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Jim Kirkpatrick presents, "Fatal Kirkpatrick® Model Execution Errors: Identifying & Correcting Them," at the 2018 Training Officers Consortium (TOC) Annual Institute (AI) next month.

Founded in 1938, the TOC is a network of skilled government learning leaders. Their mission is to provide knowledge and networking forums for those in government learning with the goal of building a highly skilled workforce.

The conference will be April 22-25. Jim's presentation will be Monday, April 23, from 10:30 a.m until 11:30 a.m. in Room T.

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It's Jim Kirkpatrick's Birthday and You Get a Gift!
April 18, 2018

Celebrate Jim Kirkpatrick's milestone 65th birthday with a product special that truly represents Jim. Find complete details here.

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