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Entries for March 2017

Are you stuck when it comes to creating and demonstrating the value of your training programs? Our cat Attila got stuck as well.

Here are some ideas to free yourself. 


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We have had two online Kirkpatrick Four Levels® Evaluation Certification Programs - Bronze Level so far this year. 

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Our online programs have become very popular. They allow participants to experience a Kirkpatrick certification program from the comfort of their office. The program include 5 online sessions.

Interested in participating in one? Click here to view our upcoming schedule. You can save $300 on our August and November online programs with early bird registration

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Starting with the end in mind is critical to any and every training program.

Attila, one of the Kirkpatricks' cats, had no problem defining his top of the mountain when he got a new scratching post. Instead of simply standing on the ground to groom his claws, he climbed to the top of it and started his exploration from there.

Take a page out of Attila’s book -- the next time you receive a training request, climb to the top of the mountain and discuss how it relates to the highest-level goals of your organization.


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Jim Kirkpatrick traveled to Great Britain back in February to teach a Kirkpatrick Four Levels® Evaluation Certification Program – Bronze Level with Strategic Leaders.

Participants are putting in a tremendous amount of work to achieve certification and bring the four levels into their departments.

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Interested in having your own in-house Kirkpatrick program? Email for more information.


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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. 

Listen to the recording of our newest webinar, "First Things First: Getting Started with Kirkpatrick® Training Evaluation." 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 be demonstrated effectively 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. 

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Additional Resources

Kirkpatrick Four Levels® Evaluation Certification Program - Bronze Level

Kirkpatrick's Four Levels of Training Evaluation

MTA: Why the Kirkpatrick Model Works for Us

Getting to Kirkpatrick Levels 3 and 4: Creating Believable Value

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Our affiliate in India, C2C, conducted a Kirkpatrick Four Levels® Evaluation Certification Program - Bronze Level at the end of February. 

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Interested in attending a bronze program? Click here for our upcoming program schedule

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Jim and Wendy Kirkpatrick have two cats, Dena and Atilla. Many times, they watch their cats and see similarities to the challenges that people have with training evaluation.

This new series follows their cats, and photos of them in sticky situations, mirroring many situations in which training professionals find themselves. 

A number of years ago, Jim Kirkpatrick visited the Google headquarters in California. As one would expect from such a visionary organization, Jim enjoyed learning from them as much as they learned from him.

The unique Google culture relies heavily on peer-to-peer support and accountability. Employees share goals with each other, use the counsel of their peers to determine what training courses to take, and actively hold each other accountable for team-based performance goals. They even share their individual performance scorecards publicly to create a bit of healthy competition. In this type of environment, trainers can turn to the peers of training graduates to provide some of the post-training monitoring that is so critical to success.

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Announcing 2018 Kirkpatrick Programs with Savings
October 18, 2017

Registration is now open for public, U.S.-based 2018 bronze and silver Kirkpatrick certification programs. Click for details and early bird savings.

"ACE" Kirkpatrick Certifications
October 16, 2017

Save $300 with Early Bird Registration for two new programs in early November in Omaha, Nebraska. Click here for information on the bronze certification program. A silver program will be held immediately following bronze. Click here to register for silver. For complete details on these programs, click here to read more.

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 25 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.  Click here to learn more.

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