The ATD Greater Boston Chapter Special Interest Group on Learning Measurement Presents:
Proving the Value of Soft Skills
with Tom Atkinson, Ph.D.
April 28, 2021
2:00 PM to 3:15 PM
VIRTUAL EVENT - Link in registration email
“Soft skills,” are becoming increasingly important in enabling individuals and companies to succeed in today’s business environment. These skills involve managing the complexities of interpersonal relationships in driving results. They are a critical component of leadership, teamwork, sales, customer service and other key roles. How can you demonstrate that developing “soft skills” leads to “hard results” in your company?
While Learning & Development professionals usually understand the importance of soft skills to business success, they frequently find it challenging to demonstrate the business value of investing in soft skill development. However, those who successfully implement a systematic measurement process often report compelling findings of the value of soft skills, and are better able to gain executive support for their initiatives. This program provides a robust approach for measuring soft skills in your organization.
By attending the program, you will be able to:
- Explain how soft skills lead to measurable business results.
- Describe the need to show impact and ROI for major programs.
- Design soft skills programs to deliver impact and ROI.
- Explain how to measure program results at all 5 levels of the Phillips Model.
Tools, templates, case studies and job aids are provided to participants who attend and complete the interactive session.
About the Speaker
Tom Atkinson, Ph.D., has a strong track record of enhancing business and individual performance through learning. In addition to being a thought leader and conducting best-practices research in leadership, sales and customer service, he has led teams to achieve award-winning results for Fortune 500 companies. His strengths include assessing training needs, designing and facilitating learning solutions and measuring results.
As President of Atkinson Analytics, Tom helps clients achieve better results throughout the learning process, from defining needs, to measuring the learning experience, on-job application and business results. Whether it is a high-profile learning program or an entire curriculum, Tom enables you to demonstrate value to executives, sustain and enhance performance gains, and target opportunities for increasing return (ROI) on your learning investment. Tom is a Certified Return on Investment Professional by the ROI Institute. The ROI Institute was founded and is led by Drs. Jack and Patti Phillips, world leaders in measurement and evaluation.
Tom Atkinson can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Measurement Special Interest Group (SIG) Mission
Tom Atkinson, Ph.D., is the founding leader of the ATD Greater Boston Measurement SIG. The mission of the group is to enhance members’ professional development in measurement and evaluation; to increase the effectiveness of their L&D organizations through measurement and evaluation; and to engage with the global community of L&D practitioners in applying measurement and evaluation to deliver performance and results through learning.
The group addresses a wide range of topics, from getting started in defining methods, tools and processes of data collection, to more advanced applications, such as, measuring technology-enabled and blended learning. The group welcomes members with little or no background in measurement and evaluation, through more experienced practitioners.
Why Consider Joining the Measurement SIG?
The benefits of participating in the group will include:
- Enhancing your professional development in the area of measurement and evaluation
- Sharing measurement challenges and gaining insight and advice from others
- Engaging in dialogue with subject matter experts
- Providing information, tools and advice to fellow L&D practitioners in your organization
- Demonstrating to executive stakeholders how you are increasing performance and results through learning
- Making a contribution toward advancing the effectiveness of L&D worldwide, through more robust measurement and evaluation
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