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Product Details

  • Paperback: 136 pages
  • Publisher: ASTD; 1st edition (July 28, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 156286453X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1562864538
  • Product Dimensions: 7.1 x 0.4 x 9.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,921,485 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Have you ever been to a bad meeting? Who hasn't? This book will help everyone run more productive and motivating meetings. Don't miss it! --Ken Blanchard, Co-Author, The One-Minute Manager and The Secret

To be honest, I hate meetings and tend to keep them to a minimum. But if I need to chair or attend them, I always consult Donald Kirkpatrick. Now he has put his practical, interesting, and enjoyable ideas down in this wonderful book. You should buy this book for managers and trainers to make their meetings more productive. --Diederick Stoel, CEO, Profitwise

This book is right on the mark! Learning to plan and conduct productive meetings should be a part of every management development program. Because so much of our time is spent in meetings, it makes sense that possessing productive meeting management skills can have a real impact on an organization's bottom line. --Frank J. Anderson, Jr. President, Defense Acquisitions University

About the Author

Donald L. Kirkpatrick is one of the most celebrated workplace learning professionals in the world. His books and articles have influenced and guided the work of at least two generations of training and performance professionals. His seminal work, Evaluating Training Programs: The Four Levels, is used around the world to determine the on-the-job and business impact of training programs. He is an active author, consultant, teacher, and speaker. He is a past national president and a Gordon M. Bliss award winner of the American Society for Training and Development and the recipient of the Lifetime Achievement in Workplace Learning and Performance. He received three degrees from the University of Wisconsin in Madison: a BBA in accounting, an MBA in personnel management, and a PhD in counseling and adult education.

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Dr. Donald L. Kirkpatrick holds B.A., M.A., and Ph.D. degrees from the University of Wisconsin in Madison.

At the Management Institute of the University of Wisconsin, he taught managers at all levels the principles and techniques of many subjects, including Coaching, Communication, Managing Time, Managing Change, Team Building, and Leadership.

In industry, Don served as the Training Director for the International Minerals and Chemical Corp., where he developed a Performance Appraisal Program. He later served as the Human Resources Manager of Bendix Products Aerospace Division.

Don is a past national president of the American Society For Training and Development (ASTD), where he received the Gordon Bliss and "Lifetime Achievement in Workplace Learning and Performance" awards. He is a member of Training Magazine's Hall Of Fame. In 2007, he received the "Lifetime Achievement Award" from the Asia HRD Congress.

Don is the author of seven Management Inventories and seven books, including the 3rd edition of Evaluating Training Programs: The Four Levels, which has become the basis for evaluation all over the world. His other books include Implementing the Four Levels, Transferring Learning to Behavior, Developing Employees Through Appraisal and Coaching, How To Plan and Conduct Productive Meetings, and Managing Change Effectively.

Don was a regular speaker at national ASTD, IQPC, Nielsen (Training Magazine), and other professional and company conferences, as well as at ASTD chapter meetings, before his official retirement from public speaking in May 2011.

For more information about Don and his work, visit kirkpatrickpartners.com.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Elijah Chingosho on December 5, 2006
Format: Paperback
There are many books out there on meeting management but that by Donald Kirkpatrick has distinguished itself as a classic in meeting design, facilitation and ,management. The author methodically explains the essential elements of running productive meetings in a clear and logical way. The book is easy to read and use and is a standard guidebook that anyone can use.

The book covers all the meeting essentials including planning, creating an agenda, moderating conflict, stimulating discussion and participation, keeping a meeting focused, summarizing action items, problem solving, decision making, writing good minutes and following up on the meeting.

This is a very useful book whether you are the meeting leader, facilitator or participate in a meeting. It contains useful and often novel tips and techniques to ensure that a meeting is productive.

All-in-all, a clear, powerful and well written book that should avoid your organization from treating meetings as a nuisance and instead save vast amounts of time and productive man-hours from being wasted.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Monty Rainey VINE VOICE on December 28, 2008
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I suppose if you have never facilitated a meeting, there is a great deal to learn from HOW TO CONDUCT PRODUCTIVE MEETINGS by Donald Kirkpatrick. However, if you have experience at holding meetings, you probably already know about 90%, or more, of what you will find here.

I found this book to be very basic. Perhaps my dissappointment comes from the lack of specific ideas on making meetings more productive. What you have here is little more than an outline to follow on basics of preperation for and control of the meeting. Again, it is mostly things an experienced meeting facilitator should already know. I found the writing itself to be quite text-bookish with little to hold my attention.

On the other hand, if you have little or no experience at conducting a meeting and find yourself thrust into that position, you might find this book useful.
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