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I was sitting in front of an audience of 2,000 people in Calcutta, India in November of 2002 at the India Society for Training and Development (ISTD) annual conference. I was on stage as one of the three keynote speakers talking back-to-back-to-back on the future of learning in India. 

The first speaker was the head of the India Ministry of Education. The second was the head of the India Ministry for Learning and Development. The third, me, was a nervous fledgling in the field of L&D, the son of the famous Dr. Don Kirkpatrick

The first two speakers read directly from their notes, heads in the podium, in monotone voices. Their messages were ironically something about how we need to make learning more interactive, more personal and more dynamic.

Even though I was an unseasoned speaker, I could feel the audience slipping away. As the second orator finished, I had two thoughts. One was, "I am set up to fail; the audience is gone." The second was, "Well, I am not going down without a fight."

Thus, my defining moment was at hand. 


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Greetings Colleagues and Friends,

Wendy and I were watching a sappy Hallmark Channel T.V. movie the other night about an orange cat bringing together two unlikely people to form a beautiful new relationship.

If was fun to watch, but a line in the movie really struck me. As the attractive female veterinarian was having lunch with the handsome young firefighter, she asked him, "What have been the defining moments in your life?" Wow. Talk about the fast track to get to know someone. 

After clearing away the blank look on his face, he told a brief story of a firefighter crashing through the window of his bedroom when he was seven years old to save his life. 

After the movie was over, I thought about how I would answer that question. What are my defining moments? 

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Written on December 22

Merriest of Greetings to You,

I just got off the phone with a customer, and we both took turns answering the question, "Are you ready for the holidays?" I am sorry to report that both of us said, "No. Still too much work to do."

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Our Day of ThanksgivingOur 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.

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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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Did you miss ATD's Core4 Conference last week? Don't worry; we have recapped the key points here.

The energy prior to my session was tremendous. A packed room eagerly awaited the presentation of "First Things First: The Foundational Principles of Training Evaluation." The three key points of the presentation were:

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​Greetings Friends and Colleagues,

I am pleased to say that October 1, 2016 is the day a cutting-edge new book on training evaluation officially hits the market. It is called Kirkpatrick's Four Levels of Training Evaluation, and the publisher is ATD Press. Perhaps you are wondering who the authors are. Well, at the bottom of the cover, it says, "James D. and Wendy Kayser Kirkpatrick." At the top you will find the words, "Based on the Groundbreaking Work of Donald L. Kirkpatrick." While all of that is true, there is much more to the story.

In essence, Wendy and I have been writing this book for 10 years. Much of what you will read comes from the friends and colleagues we have worked with over the years. Not only are the five case studies written by some of our brightest lights, but inspiration and ideas throughout the book come from interactions with people like you with whom we've had the privilege of connecting.


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​I just got off the phone with two curriculum and evaluation leaders from the University of Southern California. One of the topics they were most interested in discussing was the required driver package for their graduating doctoral students.

An insight they quickly came to was, "It seems as if the power towards application and social impact comes in integrating the required drivers into a single formula that should be executed as a package, not as separate components."

They understand!

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