Category: Books

Transferring Learning to the Workplace

Included in this title are 16 case studies from private companies and public agencies that can offer practical insights into the rational, context, and research of transferring learning to the workplace.

Transferring Learning to Behavior

Transferring Learning to Behavior addresses today’s most difficult training challenge: transferring what’s taught to actual employee performance. Donald Kirkpatrick’s famous four level model has become the model for evaluating the effectiveness of training programs. In Transferring Learning to Behavior, Donald and his son James show how this model can be used to confront what has always been the most difficult training challenge: getting people to apply what they learn.

Training Triage

This book offers you emergency remedies for the real training challenges and situations training professionals face every day on the front lines of most organizations. As the author notes in Chapter 1, this book is designed for trainers with some battle scars who get calls asking for the impossible to be delivered the next day, without budget or staff to accomplish the feat. This fast-paced, entertaining book presents real-life situations in dialogue format to allow you to listen in on conversations between an executive or client requesting training; or some other performance intervention and the training professional interpreting and acting on the request. Not only does this book offer advice on finding the right solution, it offers step-by-step guidance as it walks the reader through the building and implementing of an effective solution. Use this book to build your skills as a trainer or performance improvement specialist, or to implement and adapt the detailed interventions to solve your most pressing training and performance need. The book includes accompanying electronic material, available via download from ASTD, with handouts, assessments, and tools to help you triage your next training emergency.

Training That Delivers Results

Training That Delivers Results helps instructional designers and other training professionals meet business goals.

Training on the Job

An essential guide for developing a successful on-the-job training program. Training on the Job includes an eight-step model for setting up a team-driven, on-the-job training program along with easy-to-understand templates, instructions, checklists, and case studies. Whether you want to train individuals on specifics or retrain an entire workforce, use Training on the Job to ensure your on-the-job training program empowers employees and gets results.

Training From The Heart

Look within to uncover your training passion and create an amazing, effective environment for learners. Training from the Heart reveals the two traits that the most effective, influential trainers share: 1. they know why they are trainers, and 2. they understand that training is a partnership. Self-assessments, checklists, and other tools for self-discovery demonstrate why training from the heart really works and will help you ensure that learners apply their lessons from the classroom to the job.

Training for Results

Design training that engages participants, makes an impact, and changes behaviors. Training for Results guides you through the preparation and instruction process of implementing a new training course. Self-assessments, planning sheets, and additional learning exercises have been effective planning tools for thousands of instructors in more than 400 author-conducted train-the-trainer workshops.

Training Design Basics

This book zeroes in on how to design successful training for the face-to-face or virtual classroom.

Training Ain’t Performance

Despite the explicit emphasis on bottom-line results in the workplace, a great deal of confusion exists regarding what constitutes achievement, and how training should and does relate to performance. Training Ain’t Performance untangles the myths and outright fallacies propagated in the workplace.

Trainer Basics

Answers the three key questions for new trainers: What does a trainer do and why? How can the skills be developed quickly? How does a trainer apply knowledge? Trainer Basics provides a clear, concise explanation of the training function. Veteran trainer, George M. Piskurich, explains the basics of instructional design, adult learning, needs analysis, evaluation, presenting, and facilitation. It is a great tool for training beginning practitioners and subject matter experts new to the training field.

Time Management Training

This book offers a collection of complete workshops and tools for conducting effective two-day, one-day, and half-day time management workshop programs.

Thiagi’s Interactive Lectures

Seven time-tested presentation methods for turning a lecture into a two-way communication medium. Although the juxtaposition of the words lecture and interactive may seem like an unlikely duo, Thiagi’s Interactive Lectures proves how the unusual pairing can successfully co-exist. Lectures become interactive when you incorporate Thiagi’s featured games and exercises. Learn how and when to employ interactive activities with step-by-step instructions for their application and blending in the classroom.

Thiagi’s Card Deck

Additional sets of cards so you can play Card Games by Thiagi with larger groups.

The Virtual Training Guidebook

Learn how to prepare for a virtual training rollout. Create live online classes using a three-step design process. Select the technology that is right for the organization. Select and prepare facilitators who can effectively engage participants.

The Technology Change Book

What do you wish you had known when you started your toughest technology project? The result is The Technology Change Book.

The Self-Aware Leader

The Self-Aware Leader provides practical and proven lessons on how becoming more self-aware within the context of your management practices will benefit you, your career, and your organization.

The New Social Learning, 2nd Edition

In this newly revised and updated edition of The New Social Learning, Tony Bingham and Marcia Conner dispel organizational myths and fears about social media.

The Manager’s Communication Toolbox

The Manager’s Communication Toolbox focuses on management development by improving communication for new managers as well as more experienced professionals.

The Learning and Development Book

Written for the experienced professional who lacks time and is juggling many responsibilities, but who yearns to be more effective with their professional development programs, The L&D Book provides simple ideas and concepts which illustrate best practices for improving learning and development teaching skills.

The Learning Advantage

The Learning Advantage: Blending Technology Strategy and Learning to Create Lasting Results. Learn how to train on a budget and create lasting results.

The Intervention Selector, Designer & Developer Implementor

The role of the intervention selector is to choose appropriate learning and performance interventions, both in and out of the workplace, to address the causes of performance gaps. This text will help the intervention designer and developer to formulate learning and performance interventions that address these causes and complement similarly targeted interventions and to ensure that the interventions that have been selected are carried out in an effective and appropriate way and complement similarly targeted interventions.

The High-Impact Middle Manager

Middle managers have more direct impact on results than any other layer of an organization. The High-Impact Middle Manager: Powerful Strategies to Thrive in the Middle shows you how to become a high-impact middle managerone who can transform high pressure into high impact business results.

The Gamification of Learning and Instruction

Packed with methods and strategies for game-based learning in the workplace, The Gamification of Learning and Instruction is an essential resource for trainers looking for fun and effective ways to engage workers in their professional development.

The Gamification Fieldbook

The Gamification Fieldbook features instructions, case studies, and tools detailing methods for trainers who want practical guidelines on budgeting, designing, and creating gamified learning experiences.

The Executive Guide to Integrated Talent Management

The Executive Guide to Integrated Talent Management paves the way to integrated talent management by assembling the collective experience and insight of 19 experts who examine research-based theories and current practices in highly successful enterprises.

The Credible Trainer

Become a valued strategic partner in your organization. The Credible Trainer shows how to analyze your organization and your career strategically, articulate the trainer’s strategic role, and develop the skills to demonstrate bottom-line value. Each chapter features comprehensive self-assessments to help you assess your own path to organizational credibility.

The Complete Guide to Building and Growing a Talent Development Firm

Position your consultancy for longevity and growth. “How do I position a talent development business for lasting success?” is a question Stephen L. Cohen fields regularly. In his practice, he hears it posed countless times in countless ways by independent consultants, corporate executives, and training suppliers alike. Cohen fills The Complete Guide to Building and Growing a Talent Development Firm with answers. And it is why he has organized this guidebook by key milestones for establishing a successful consultancy—one specifically focused on content, delivery, and instruction. Whether you want to start your own firm or take the next steps to grow, Cohen has been in your shoes. In his 40-year career in talent development, a deep understanding of industry best practices—and their nuances—has guided his many efforts to found, expand, merge, and even sell thriving talent development firms. Delve into timeless lessons for getting your talent development firm off the ground and start moving your business forward. You’ll find sage advice on overcoming barriers to success and tips for handling potential industry disruptions. Learn to: Build a consultancy that survives and thrives the tests of time.

The Connect Effect

Offers a systematic approach to developing your networking skills including an NQ test to help you quantify your networking ability. Few of us are born networkers, but anyone introvert, extrovert, or in-between can learn to master this important skill. And as you build your networks and the connections between members multiply, you’ll find that the benefits you gain grow exponentially. This extraordinary return on your networking investment is what Dulworth terms The Connect Effect and in this book he shows how it can enrich every aspect of your life.

The Change Book

The Change Book: Change the Way You Think About ChangeA practical, fun collection of tips, advice, and insights for anyone dealing with or managing organizational change.

The Book of Road Tested Activities

It doesn’t matter if you are new to sales or a seasoned professional; Sales Chaos provides the key information any seller should know to turn the scientific theory of Agility Selling into more relevant sales conversations and bottom-line sales results.

The Art of Modern Sales Management

Learn everything you need to know to be a top sales manager! Sales management has changed dramatically in the past decade. With increasing globalization and many companies adding more virtual workers, the task of managing these diverse sales teams has become increasingly complicated. In a connected and evolving world it is hard to offer a definitive guide, but this book strives to sketch out a blueprint for managing performance in a changing sales landscape. Each chapter is written by a sales professional and thought leader, many with experience as both a salesperson and as a sales manager. Learn from their experience and utilize the action plans at the end of each chapter to grow into a better leader for your team, whether they are down the hall or across the world.

The Art and Science of Training

In this book Elaine Biech presents the science for learning and development and reveals what facilitators need to know for training success.

The Accidental Instructional Designer

The Accidental Instructional Designer covers all aspects of e-learning with best practices, case studies, and real-life examples. Don’t create boring e-learning!

The 2006 ASTD Training & Performance Sourcebook

The 2006 ASTD Training and Performance Sourcebook, edited by training guru Dr. Mel Silberman, draws on the knowledge and expertise of today’s best trainers and consultants. In this one comprehensive book, you will find the tools you need in such important areas as e-learning, communication skills, diversity and cross-cultural awareness, performance improvement, and management development.

The 2005 ASTD Training & Performance Sourcebook

The 2005 edition of the ASTD Training and Performance Sourcebook draws on the knowledge and expertise of 42 top-flight trainers and consultants to present a comprehensive toolkit of the best training activities, group learning exercises, assessment instruments, handouts, and other essential guides for todays busy training and performance professional. The tools presented here cover a wide range of topics from e-learning, communication skills, diversity, and management development. The field-tested guide offers fully reproducible tools contained on the accompanying CD-ROM that will enable you to implement the most up-to-date training programs for your clients quickly and efficiently.

The 2005 ASTD Team & Organization Development Sourcebook

The 2005 edition of the ASTD Team and Organization Development Sourcebook draws on the knowledge and expertise 46 top-flight consultants, team developers, and training facilitators. The book presents a comprehensive toolkit of the most important topics facing organizations today, including managing change, launching organizational initiatives, facilitating teams, goal setting and planning, creative problem solving, building cooperation and trust, and team development. The 40 games, exercises, learning activities, assessment instruments, handouts, tip sheets, and implementation guides are all field-tested and available for use on the accompanying CD-ROM to enable you to implement the most up-to-date training programs for your clients quickly and efficiently.

Templates for Managing Training Projects

Templates for Managing Training Projects provides management templates and tools for training professionals. This training guide provides customizable templates for trainers and training project managers.

Telling Ain’t Training, 2nd Edition

Chockfull of myth-busting research and ready-to-use tools, and delivered in a lighthearted and entertaining style, the updated, expanded, and enhanced second edition of Telling Aint Training sets new standards for the training industry.

Technology for Trainers

Technology for Trainers illuminates the techniques and processes needed to build any technology-based learning solution.

Technical Training Basics

Technical Training Basics can provide resources and aids to help technical trainers understand and navigate the process of creating effective training programs.

Teach With Style

The Teach With Style methodology is a dynamic model built around four “instructor styles,” each supported by strategies and tactics that you can use in the classroom. This book will help you improve certain facilitation techniques and skills while enhancing your natural strengths, for a balanced, fresh approach to adult instruction that will accelerate your students’ learning.

Targeted Evaluation Process

A flexible, six-step process to determine the success of any performance solution. The Targeted Evaluation Process offers six steps including communicating with stakeholders, understanding the organizational context, asking the right questions, choosing the right tools to carry out the analysis, and reporting the results, and a simple project management frame work for conducting an accurate, concise evaluation.

Talent Management

Put the talent management experiences, insights, and strategies of six leading companies to work for you and find the unique path that will help individuals and your organization reach their goals

Tailored Learning

Tailored Learning: Designing the Blend That FitsA structured approach to analyzing various design options to discover the strengths and weaknesses of multiple solutions.

Survey Basics

A Guide to Developing Surveys and Questionnaires is a tool to help the L&D professional design and administer surveys and questionnaires.

Succession Planning Basics

An explanation of the trainers role in implementing strategic succession planning tactics to ensure the future prosperity of your organization. Succession Planning Basics will equip you with the background and implementation tools to devise and execute a forward-thinking succession planning program. It will guide you through creating a workforce profile and conducting analysis, building individual job profiles, and implementing an employee development strategy.

Success in Selling

Success in Selling presents a competency framework for sales talent development that covers salespeople, sales managers and leaders, and sales enablement professionals.

Success for Hire

Success for Hire: Simple Strategies to Find and Keep Outstanding EmployeesDevelop an effective hiring process to remain competitive in a talent-hungry market.

Strategic Planning Training

Strategic Planning Training is an all-in-one, how-to guide for developing strategic planning, thinking, and decision-making competencies of CEOs, managers, supervisors, and frontline employees.

Stories Trainers Tell

Make challenging concepts more memorable, even unforgettable! Telling stories is a powerful way to make a point, especially when the stories are compelling, well-constructed, and poignant. This book captures thought-provoking stories contributed by trainers, nationally known speakers, consultants, business leaders, educators, and professional storytellers that help make challenging ideas and abstract concepts stick.The stories are organized around major organizational development and training themes, such as leadership, diversity, teamwork, performance and coaching, and customer service. Accompanying each story are tips, debriefing questions, key points, and a follow-up activity to maximize its impact and learning potential.


StandOut introduces the next-generation strengths assessment from Marcus Buckingham, co-author of Now, Discover Your Strengths, the book that launched StrengthsFinder.

Speak for a Living

Speak for a Living: The Insider’s Guide to Building a Speaking CareerUncovers the path to parlay raw speaking talent into a full-time professional speaking career.

Solving the Innovation Mystery

Steve Gladis explains how innovation actually happens and shows how you can spark innovation in your own organization.

SMEs From the Ground Up

SMEs From the Ground Up will show you how to define the different SMEs and their roles for you and your learning and development teams. No matter your level of experience in training, this guide provides the basics of building a productive working relationship with SMEs.

Show Your Work

Show your work demonstrates the effectiveness of sharing your work to improve organizational success.

Selling E-Learning

Sell the concept of e-learning to management and bring technology-based learning tools to your organization. Learn the risks and benefits of e-learning and present a realistic analysis that leaves nothing to chance. Selling E-Learning explains how to present an e-learning strategy to management, create a cost-benefit analysis, and calculate projected ROI. Selling E-Learning features a series of success stories from major organizations that have effectively incorporated e-learning into their learning programs.

Sales Training Basics

Sales Training Basics recognizes the bottom line focus of sales professionals and offers proven techniques and approaches that create engaging and impactful training.

Search Series

Browse ATD’s What Works, 10 Steps, Workshop, Trainer’s Basics books, and more.

Sales Training

The Sales Training Book 2 will empower you to empower your sales professionals.

Sales Chaos

It doesn’t matter if you are new to sales or a seasoned professional; Sales Chaos provides the key information any seller should know to turn the scientific theory of Agility Selling into more relevant sales conversations and bottom-line sales results.

ROI at Work

Explains the complexities of return on investment (ROI) and details the benefits of ROI assessment.ROI at Work features examples of ROI application in the government sector along with a variety of other industries, including telecommunications, financial services, technology, and automotive. Analyze real-world case studies and use ROI principles to ensure your programs contribute to the strategic goals of your organization.

Safety Training That Transfers

Safety Training that Tranfers describes how the best learning transfer happens when participants have fun. Stop wasting money of safety training that doesn’t work.

Rights, Permissions, and Licensing

The Association for Talent Development (ATD) recognizes and respects intellectual property rights and adheres to copyright law. The following information will help guide you to an understanding of how ATD exercises the rights of its published content.

Return on Investment (ROI) Basics

Return on Investment (ROI) Basics provides a baseline exploration of ROI for both novice and experienced WLP practitioners. Additionally, it includes a review of two essential, often overlooked, steps in the ROI process: communicating results and integrating ROI into an organizations learning programs.Part of the ASTD TRAINING BASICS series.

Retaining Your Best Employees (In Action Case Study Series)

Keeping and retaining your best, high-performing employees is tough. But here’s a resource that helps you take the best retention strategies from other organizations and apply them to your own situation. Explore what others are doing about managing retention, and learn about retention’s impact on the individual employee who has chosen to leave or has been forced to leave an organization. This book includes 10 case studies on important topics, such as using recognition to manage retention, reinvigorating a mature company and using an internal degree program to reduce turnover.

Recruiting and Retaining Call Center Employees (In Action Case Study Series)

What’s your strategy to remain competitive? Trainers realize that recruiting the right people with the right skills and providing them with great training is key to creating a great business. With the arrival of measurement and return-on-investment calculations for these key business activities comes the realization from business professionals that performance management does make a difference in profits, sales, and customer satisfaction. With a company’s need to recruit and keep the best talent, performance management is its best strategy for remaining competitive in the global marketplace in which employees have more choices than ever before. Performance management is used to improve both personal and organizational skills . Recruiting and Retaining Call Center Employees illustrates the various ways employees can reach their potential and thereby contribute to the bottom line, made all the more profitable by creating stronger and more stable companies that can offer higher wages and excellent benefit packages. Combining theory with practical advice on training, recruiting, and evaluating programs, this book provides the trainer with practical models and guides. Plus, cases on process and technology provide a full range of solutions in creating a call center that is well ahead of the competition.

Rebuilding Trust in the Workplace

This new book by trust thought leaders Dennis and Michelle Reina tackles how to rebuild trust in the workplace after it has been betrayed and broken. Their proven 7-step process provides a compassionate, practical approach to help you reframe the experience, take responsibility, forgive, let go, and move on so that everyone can once again be effective and creative agents in the organization.

Real World Training Evaluation

Patricia and Jack Phillips hone in on ROI in learning and development and outline a clear pathway to seamless and credible evaluation.

Real World Training Design

Real World Training Design will help you to identify and manage these issues while you create effective, productive training tools for your organization.

Rapid Video Development for Trainers

Rapid Video Development for Trainers meets the needs of companies and individuals who are thinking about or have dabbled in video production. Written specifically for trainers by a 20-year media industry veteran who has worked in Europe, America, and Asia, Rapid Video Development for Trainers explains in clear, nontechnical language everything you need to know to create exceptionally instructive, cost-effective video yourself.

Ready, Set, Curate

Ready, Set, Curate: shows you how to elevate the most important content from an endless sea of learning information and offers strategies to better connect with your audience.

Rapid Needs Analysis

Avoid a time-consuming needs analysis process and learn how to quickly analyze a performance problem. You can use the dozens of tools, worksheets, and job aids included in this book to rapidly analyze a request for a performance solution and recommend the best method to meet your business needs. Case studies, which illustrate how companies have succeeded using the process described in the book, are included in every chapter.

Rapid Media Development for Trainers

Whether you need to build a training program, blend your offerings, or flip your classroom, this book will help you make learning dynamic.

Quick! Show Me Your Value

Quick! Show Me Your Value is the first book specifically designed to help you confidently communicate your true value at the most senior levels of an organization. By understanding how financial leaders think, you are liberated from your fear of interacting with these leaders. Discover new avenues for respect and inclusion in organizational decision making.

Put Emotional Intelligence to Work

Put Emotional Intelligence to Work provides a background on the concept of emotional intelligence, the awareness and ability to manage ones emotions in a healthy and productive manner.

Promoting Emotional Intelligence in Organizations

Offers the tools to sell and implement emotional intelligence training in your organization. Emotional intelligence matters more than ever. Personal qualities such as resilience, optimism, and initiative have become crucial survival traits necessary for enduring the many changes affecting the American and global marketplaces. Promoting Emotional Intelligence in Organizations offers the tools to sell and implement emotional intelligence training within your organization.

Project Management Training

Learn how to create interactive workshops to help participants learn project management best practices that give their organizations a competitive edge.

Project Management for Trainers

Discover how to maintain a clear focus on client goals no matter how many changes they request or how many people get involved.

Presenting Learning (hardcover)

Offers a powerful set of methods, tools, and strategies that will help you effectively present a convincing business case for learning. Written by two leading authorities on learning and presentations, Presenting Learning reveals how to communicate with C-level decision makers in a language these executives understand and respect. An easily applicable communication model, along with instructions for creating a compelling value story, will ensure stakeholder support for your next learning initiative.

Presenting Learning

Convincing those in top leadership positions that workplace learning is a key strategic organizational driver is often difficult. Presenting Learning offers a set of powerful yet simple methods, tools, and strategies that will help any learning professional effectively present a convincing business case for learning. Written by two leading authorities on learning and presentations, this book will show you how to communicate with C-Level decision makers in language these executives understand and respect.

Presentation Skills Training

Complete with effective training methodologies, this book helps you accelerate learning and leverage technology for maximum efficiency.

Presentation Basics

A step-by-step trainers guide for navigating presentation planning, delivery, and follow-up. Presentation Basics eases readers through the presentation development process. Providing 20 essential tips for success, it addresses everything from preparation, using aids, and creating the right environment; to improving delivery and recovering control when things go wrong. Part of the ASTD TRAINING BASICS series.

Premeditated Selling

Premeditated Selling: Developing the Right Strategy for Every Opportunity provides a scalable five-step process and tools for managing complex sales.

Play to Learn

When trainers use games, learners win big. As a trainer interested in game design, you know that games are more effective than lectures. You’ve seen firsthand how immersive games hold learners’ interest, helping them explore new skills and experience different points of view.But how do you become the Milton Bradley of learning games? Play to Learn is here to help.This book bridges the gap between instructional design and game design; it’s written to grow your game literacy and strengthen crucial game design skills. Experts Sharon Boller and Karl Kapp share real examples of in-person and online games, and offer an online game for you to try as you read. They walk you through evaluating entertainment and learning games, so you can apply the best to your own designs. Play to Learn will also show you how to:So don’t just play around. Think big, design well, and use Play to Learn as your guide.

Performance Interventions

This book offers you a real-life, performance intervention workshop with 22 case studies and step-by-step counseling through the analysis, implementation, and evaluation phases of an intervention. The case studies span technology companies, public schools, hospitals and the military.

Performance Intervention Maps (2nd Edition)

The 39 strategies offered by Performance Intervention Maps allow users to understand the benefits and limitations of various performance approaches. The book features nearly two dozen performance improvement experts and practitioners who demonstrate that the principles in this book have been applied successfully in the field. In addition, this updated version of the original includes downloads of the intervention maps so you can add new interventions and solutions as you discover them.

Outsourcing Training and Education

A detailed examination of the successful training outsourcing practices of leading organizations. Outsourcing Training & Education reviews the benefits of outsourcing and reveals how to develop workable outsourcing processes. Providing a base of experience, benchmarks, and processes, Outsourcing Training & Education also includes an appendix with contract templates, instructor agreements, outsourcing checklists, and customer satisfaction scorecards.

Organization Development Basics

A primer on the broad field of organization development (OD) and a foundation for understanding of the tools, practices, and core skills of the OD practitioner. Organizational Development Basics will help trainers, training managers, and beginning OD practitioners learn the fundamentals of influencing organizational strategy and direction. Learn the basics for managing change and aligning people, processes, and practices for success.

Organizational Coaching

Written by a team of three behavioral practitioners, Organizational Coaching is based on the best practices of a wide range of private sector, government, and not-for-profit organizations. The authors provide a complete systems approach to enable any workplace learning professional to develop an integrated coaching model.