As a training professional, you sometimes have to make an effort to spend a few minutes out of your day on personal growth and development. Okay, so you have to work REALLY hard to carve out that time! You are committed to move beyond your tried-and-true journals and the latest book you bought online. If you are looking for some pertinent articles and a wealth of training-related information that will help you in your career, Brooke Broadbent , this week’s site in review, is a great place to start.

The site’s mission is simple, as stated in the first line of the page: “This Web site promotes the sharing of information about effective and innovative approaches to learning. We do this by showcasing a few of the many articles published by Brooke Broadbent.” This site differs from most I have reviewed for this column. It is simply a page of links to the various articles and book reviews written by a single author.

Previously published articles
There are some very fine articles and ideas among those links, including titles such as:

  • How to Get Results from Custom-Design Training
  • Using the Internet to Identify Training Needs
  • Calculating the Time it Takes to Design Leader-Led Instruction
  • In Defense of ISD
  • Using the Internet: Faster and Smarter
  • Training Needs Analysis: A Broad View
  • Lessons Learned: Designing Training to Teach Computer Applications
  • Selecting Training Providers
  • One Size Does Not Fit All: Tools for Problem Solving and Decision Making

The topics of these articles are self-explanatory. I found the articles to be well written, focused, and of enough depth to be useful. Most of the articles range from 1,800 to 4,000 words.

Book reviews
The site also lists several of Broadbent’s book reviews, including:

  • Distance Training, by Deborah A. Schreiber and Zane L. Berge
  • How to design self-directed and distance learning programs, by Nigel Harrison
  • Becoming an SAP Consultant: Your Guide to Professional and Financial Success, by Gareth de Bruyn, and Ken Kroes
  • Effective Training Strategies, by James R. Davis and Adelaide B. Davis

None of these books was in my personal library, which made me more interested! And, his reviews made it easy to judge the relevancy of the material to my career as a training professional.

Overall impressions
This site isn’t the type I normally review here; it’s a simple page of links—a throwback to the early days of the web. This type of Web page often lacks focus and quality, but that’s not the case here. Mr. Broadbent is a published author with good things to say. I gleaned some important training information at this site and expect that you may, too. Take a look and see if any of the articles meet an immediate need or a future area of interest. You won’t have to wait for your browser to load fancy graphics, and you may get some great insights for your next project. Check out Brooke Broadbent today!

Kevin Eikenberry is President of the Discian Group, a learning consulting company in Indianapolis, IN. If you would like to comment on this article or have any questions or suggestions of other web sites to review, please write to Kevin .