Designing Powerful Training: The Sequential-Iterative Model (SIM) / Edition 1

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"An excellent, comprehensive, and very practical guide fortraining design.
—Beverly Popek, director of human resources, professional &consulting services, MCI Telecommunications

The answer is here. The heart of this book is theSequential-Iterative Model (SIM) for training design. A fancy termfor a simple, elegant concept: training should be a step-by-stepprocess with a feedback loop that enables you to continuallyrefine your training based on experience.

"You will not find another book that so thoroughly examinesthe process of creating training events. For anyone who wants to doquality design work, this book is highly recommended."
—Mel Silberman, author of Active Training and 101 Ways to MakeTraining Active

This book is a tool to help you design training that is:

  • Effective: Accomplishing specific objectives that aim towardsuccess
  • Efficient: Meeting training objectives without wasting time orenergy
  • Engaging: Involvin g learners and incorporating theirexperience into the training

You get checklists and evaluations to guide your developmentprocess. Out of their many years of experience, Milano and Ulliushave created a practical guidebook that enables you to structuretraining so it is fluid and adaptable. Many guides to instructionaldesign are stuffy, academic, and difficult to apply to the realworld. Not so with Designing Powerful Training. This book iseasy to approach and visually refreshing, with over 70 figures andillustrations!

You'll receive an overview of training basics, including:

  • Identifying the central characteristics of adult learners
  • Recognizing the essential skills for instructional design
  • Conducting a simple and quick needs assessment . . . and muchmore!

Next, the authors introduce you to the revolutionary SIM design.This design guides you through:

  • defining training goals and objectives
  • designing a big-picture outline for your training program
  • refining your outline to create a detailed trainingprocess
  • selecting media for your training events
  • evaluating the success of your designs.

"I like this book! The [SIM] gives me the connection betweentraining design and organizational performance needs I have beenlooking for in other books."— Joseph A. Greenberg, professorof higher education administration, The George WashingtonUniversity

An essential piece of the puzzle is the running example that theauthors follow throughout the book. This is where the rubbermeets the road. You see the SIM in action and you recognize howyou'll make it work for you.

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Editorial Reviews

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"An excellent, comprehensive, and very practical guide for trainingdesign." (Beverly Popek, director of human resources, professional& consulting services, MCI Telecommunications)

"You will not find another book that so thoroughly examines theprocess of creating training events. For anyone who wants to doquality design work, this book is highly recommended." (MelSilberman, author of Active Training and 101 Ways to Make TrainingActive)

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780787909666
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 6/15/1998
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 352
  • Sales rank: 636,181
  • Product dimensions: 9.25 (w) x 7.50 (h) x 0.74 (d)

Meet the Author

MICHAEL MILANO is passionate about training design andfacilitation, about creating learning events that help people learnwhile being affirmed in their competence. Since 1986, he has beenpresident of Murphy & Milano, Inc., a training and organizationdevelopment company in Alexandria, Virginia; he has been designingand facilitating adult learning events since 1971. Among his clientare large interantional organizations, such as the United Nationsand the World Bank; federal government organizations, including theDepartment of Commerce and the Library of Congress; companies aswell known as W. R. Grace Company and MCI Telecommunications; andnot-for-profit groups, ranging from United Way of America to theGay Men's Chorus of Washington. In the late 1980s, Michael wasinvited to design courses in training design and in presentationskills for the Training Specialist Certificate Program atGeorgetown University, and he is still teaching both courses. He isa member of the American Society for Training and Development andthe Association for Psychological Type. DIANE ULLIUS is principalof Word Tamers, a consulting firm in Arlington, Virginia, thatfocuses on training and coaching in writing and speaking. Herclients range from Time-Life Inc. and the National Institutes ofHealth to the Sexual Minority Youth Assistance League. She is alsoan adjunct professor at Georgetown University. She has previouslybeen published in Training & Development, The Editorial Eye,and The Bookwoman. She is a member of the Washington, D.C., chapterof the American Society for Training and Development and since 1990has been a national board member of WNBA, the Women's National BookAssociation. Diane believes that words are power—that you can takecharge of your words and make them do what you want them to do.

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Table of Contents


Powerful Training.

An Overview of the SIM.

The Adult Learner.

The Designer.

Needs Assessment.


The SIM: Training Goals and Objectives.

The SIM: Key Topics.

The SIM: Training Flow — Macrodesign.

The SIM: Training Flow — Microdesign.

The SIM: Materials.

The SIM: Evaluating Tools.

Making The Training Design Shine.

Appendix: Common Organizational Structures.

References and RecommAnded Reading.

About the Authors.


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