Workshop: Performance-Focused Smile Sheets

This workshop is in hiatus until the publication of the book.

FORMAT:  This is a workout-workplace workshop. It includes traditional presentations, but it also includes reinforcing decision-making practice, realistic exercises, and personal coaching on your final work product. This workshop is designed based on scientific research–to enable you to take what you’ve learned and put it into practice–successfully!

ECONOMY OPTION:  While the workout aspects of the learning experience are highly recommended (because it is in iterative practice with feedback that we fully develop our skills), we realize that some people may not be fully able to commit to the more rigorous format offered. Therefore, we offer a presentation-only format at a lower cost.

TOPIC:  You will learn why traditional smile sheets fail in predicting learning results. You’ll learn how scientific research makes this clear. You’ll also learn about Dr. Will Thalheimer’s new smile sheet design–based on years of research and development. Indeed, the Performance-Focused Smile Sheet is the first major upgrade on traditional smile sheets in generations.

GUARANTEE:  100% Satisfaction Guaranteed.

TIME FRAME:  Three online sessions will be offered one week apart in January

HOMEWORK:  Darn right!! This is serious stuff…

AVAILABILITY:  Only 12 seats available…

ONLINE MEETINGS:  Monday, Wednesday, Friday during the same week

MEETING TECHNOLOGY:  GoToWebinar (GoToMeeting)



What you will learn in this workshop:

  1. How research shows that traditional smile sheets are ineffective.
  2. The three modes of learning measurement.
  3. Three biases to avoid in how we measure Level 2 learning.
  4. How Likert-like scales harm smile sheet results.
  5. How the Kirkpatrick model fails us.
  6. The missing link in most learning measurement: Remembering.
  7. Workplace learning’s three meta-methods.
  8. The two primary goals for smile-sheet design.
  9. The four pillars of training effectiveness.
  10. The world’s best smile sheet question.
  11. The criticality of delayed smile sheets.
  12. How smile sheets can send better stealth messages.
  13. How a simple form can end trainer blindness.
  14. How to get learners to take smile sheets seriously.
  15. How to get senior managers to care about smile-sheet results.


What you’ll be able to do by successfully completing this workshop:

  1. You will have developed a performance-focused smile sheet for your organization.
  2. You will know how to deploy it so that learners complete it with full engagement.
  3. You will know how to provide delayed smile sheets to improve feedback.
  4. You will know how to send stealth messages to your organizational stakeholders.
  5. You will be able to sooth your conscience.*

*If you attend this workshop, you’ll never think about traditional smile sheets in the same way again. In fact, you’ll likely feel a terrible sense of guilt if you use them. Fortunately, this workshop will provide you with the knowledge and tools you need to create smile sheets that actually work.


Why take this workout-workplace workshop from Dr. Will Thalheimer:

  1. He’s led the field in learning-measurement thought-leadership for years.
  2. He does some of the best research-to-practice work in the industry.
  3. He’s not a research ideologue. He believes deeply in practical wisdom.
  4. He’s charming, handsome, and he never jokes around.
  5. He’s never been abducted by aliens.


What people have said about the classroom version of this workshop:

  1. “Loved the workshop. Enjoyed the interactions with my peers and hearing from you (Will Thalheimer) and your perspectives.”
  2. “Excellent! Very, very informative!”
  3. “Very informative and eye-opening topic. I will use the information specifically.”
  4. “All great content.”
  5. “Great course. I am inspired to learn more and contribute to the evolution of the ‘smart smile sheet.'”
  6. “It was all valuable.”
  7. “Thank you! I enjoyed the session and hope to be able to apply some of this.”
  8. “Thank you for doing what you do! It is nice to know there is someone reviewing the research and making it so I can learn and understand.”