Recently, I received an email from someone who was relatively new to the Learning & Development industry, asking if I had any book recommendations. A few days later, I was asked the same question by someone else. Soooo…
Ask, and ye shall receive.
I am always on the lookout for new books to add to my reading list; if you are an emerging trainer, I hope you find these suggestions helpful!
Telling Ain’t Training (2nd edition) – Harold D. Stolovitch, Erica J. Keeps
This book should be required reading for anyone who is developing his/her own facilitation “style”. Maintaining a learner-centered environment isn’t easy, and it isn’t always intuitive. This book, and it’s counterpart, Training Ain’t Performance, provide entertaining, easy-to-read guidance.
Training for Dummies – Elaine Biech
Amazon’s description says it best – it really is the “nuts and bolts” of training. This book is a perfect tool for those who want a crash-course in developing and delivering a training session. I have been leading training sessions for many years, yet this one is still on my bookshelf, riddled with highlights and dog-eared pages.
Training on Trial: How Workplace Learning Must Reinvent Itself to Remain Relevant – James D. Kirkpatrick, Ph.D., Wendy Kayser Kirkpatrick
Yes, those Kirkpatricks. Of the Kirkpatrick Model. This book is a reality check that all learning practitioners need to read, to assess the state of affairs in our industry. To be challenged on how we can remain relevant. How we can speak the language of the leaders who are funding our teams and programs.
Return on Investment Basics – Jack Phillips
Jack Phillips, of the ROI Institute, has written a number of books on the subject of measuring the business impact of learning. This one is a good primer for anyone who wants to gain basic knowledge on the subject. We must be measuring our impact to prove our value, but we also need to know how to communicate that value. This book will help!
Social Media for Trainers – Jane Bozarth
If you are looking for a resource that will help you extend your reach beyond the classroom (or eLearning module), this book will help you understand emerging technologies and how to leverage them to build a community of learning in your organization. It’s easy to read, and full of tips for using everything from blogs to wikis to social networks. Good stuff!
Your turn: Tell me, L&D friends, what’s on your bookshelf (or device!) these days? What books and resources have helped you learn more about your craft? Tell us about it in the comments below!
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