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Top 10 Training Books for Your Christmas List

by Sue Schnorr on December 12, 2014

As an instructional design consultant, viagra sale these are some of my all-time favorite books. Some are the “tried and true” basics of Instructional Design, cure which I learned about in my Master’s degree program. Others are books that I still use to teach instructional designers today. Still others are books I came upon in my own professional development endeavors.

I’ve added a few that I love, simply because they make you think and stay open-minded, which is important for any instructional designer.

If you know me well, you know I wouldn’t be able to stick to ten… so, as long as I went over, let’s keep going. What would you add to the list?


1. Evidence-Based Training Methods, by Ruth Colvin Clark

Figuratively speaking, “in my book,” you can rely on anything written by Ruth. Here is a free chapter, from her latest book, which is posted on the ATD website.


2. Rapid Instructional Design: Learning ID Fast and Right, by George M. Piskurich

I recommend this book to “newbies” who need help with the ID process and want templates to help them along the way. It’s perfect!


3. The Mager Six Pack, by Robert F. Mager

This is definitely an oldie but goodie.


4. The Online Learning Idea Book, by Patti Shank

As you will see in this review by Learning Solutions magazine, Patti once again gives us a “huge storehouse of ideas.”


5. Slide:ology, by Nancy Duarte

Slideology is the “art and science of creating great presentations. Presentation software is one of the few tools used by professionals that require them to think visually on a daily basis. But unlike verbal skills, effective visual expression is not easy, natural, or actively taught in schools or business training programs. Slide:ology fills that void.”


6. Figuring Things Out: A Trainer’s Guide to Needs and Task Analysis, by R. Zemke & T. Kramlinger

I couldn’t say it better than Jane Bozarth does in her review.


7. The New Social Learning: A Guide to Transforming Organizations Through Social Media, by Marcia Cross and Tony Bingham

Are you using social media in your design recommendations? This book will give you plenty of ideas, as will the next one on this list.


8. Social Media for Trainers, by Jane Bozarth

I could summarize Jane’s presentation, which I attended at the CNY ASTD, but honestly, I think you would enjoy this review much more. Plus, I need to finish writing this blog post and get some work done!


Books on Designing Synchronous Virtual Training: I love these three women’s books:

9. Jennifer Hoffman, Live and Online!: Tips, Techniques, and Ready-to-Use Activities for the Virtual Classroom

10. Cynthia Clay, Great Webinars

11. Cynthia Huggett, The Virtual Trainers Guidebook: How to Design,  Deliver and Implement Live Online Learning (Trainer’s Workshop)


12. Lean In: Women, Work and the Will to Lead, by Sheryl Sandberg

This is actually on my list to read. Have you read it? Would you recommend it? From what I understand, there are mixed reviews. (Has anyone read this far on my list? :)


13. Revolutionize Learning & Development: Performance and Innovation Strategy for the Information Age, by Clark N. Quinn

You can’t go wrong with Clark! Read a sample chapter on his site.


14. Working Smarter Fieldbook, by Jay Cross et al.

Who doesn’t love Jay Cross?

He has such a way with words! “Smart companies prosper. Clueless companies die. Brains make the difference. This Fieldbook shows managers how to increase their organization’s collective intelligence.”  Jay and his colleagues (Jane Hart, Jon Hubbard, Harold Jarche, Charles Jennings and Clark Quinn) do a fabulous job on this book. You would definitely be smart to check this out!


15. Mindset: The New Psychology of Success, by Carol Dweck

I actually read this in a parent’s book club for “learning how to talk to your kids.” I found that it had made sense for business people as well. Mindset is a simple idea discovered by world-renowned Stanford University psychologist Carol Dweck in decades of research on achievement and success—a simple idea that makes all the difference. Teaching a growth mindset creates motivation and productivity in the worlds of business, education, and sports.

What would you add? Please leave a comment and let me know your thoughts!

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