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Openers, Volume 2

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Openers are targeted icebreaker activities that you can use when you kick off your training program to set expectations with learners or get them quickly introduced to the topic of training. This job aid contains four different openers.

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About the Authors
Peter R. Garber

Peter R. Garber is the author of more than 50 books and training tools on a wide variety of human resource topics including the book More Turbulent Change published by ASTD. Garber has worked as a human resource professional for over 30 years and is also an adjunct faculty member at the University of Pittsburgh.

Wendy Kirkpatrick

Wendy Kirkpatrick is a global driving force of the use and implementation of the Kirkpatrick Model, leading companies to measurable success through training and evaluation. She is a recipient of the 2013 Emerging Training Leaders Award from Train­ing magazine. Together Jim and Wendy are co-owners of Kirkpatrick Partners.

James D. Kirkpatrick

James Kirkpatrick is a thought leader and change driver in training evaluation and the creator of the New World Kirkpatrick Model. Using his 15 years of experience in the corporate world, including eight years as a corporate training manager, he trains and consults for corporate, government, military, and humanitarian organizations around the world. He is passionate about assisting learning professionals in redefining themselves as strategic business partners to become a viable force in the workplace. His latest book, co-authored with Wendy Kirkpatrick, is Kirkpatrick’s Four Levels of Training Evaluation (ATD Press).

David Dec

After 25 years of technical education, public speaking coaching, and presentation skills training, Dave’s unique passion for these deliverables grows stronger every day. His favorite two mantras are, “Training is always about the learner, never about the trainer,” and “Make myself obsolete; to do my job so well that the learners master their new skills.” Dave is the CEO of LiveToSpeak where he works with individuals, non-profits, and corporate employees to become the best public speakers they can. Dave also trains them on the ROI methodology of great public speaking success. Dave is a Certified Dale Carnegie Coach and a former member of the Vermont Chapter of the ASTD Board of Directors. He was a speaker at the 2011 ASTD International Conference and Expo in Orlando, FL. Dave is also a published poet and songwriter.

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