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How to Make Mandatory Annual Training Engaging and Successful

Posted by Paul Sitter on 6/18/18 8:00 AM

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Something that sends a chill up the spine of any trainer is the requirement to design or deliver a course that employees will see every year for their entire career. Sexual harassment in the workplace, hazardous materials handling, CPR training, HIPAA compliance, and so on. Perhaps more importantly, the training is often dreaded by the participants as well. They’re wondering, “Why do I have to attend exactly the same class I’ve gone to for the last 14 years?!”

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Tags: instructional techniques, mandatory training

How to Secure Buy-In and Support for Training

Posted by James Summers on 6/11/18 8:00 AM

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Action! “I don’t know why they have me attending this training. They don’t even believe in it themselves!” And scene! Let’s face it, we’ve all heard this statement a thousand times. If we’re honest, we’ve probably said it a time or two ourselves. There are many things that affect the attitude of our learners, and one of the big items is feeling like they don’t have the support of the leadership team.

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Tags: marketing training, make your training stick, buy-in

How to Design Successful Virtual Classroom Training

Posted by Dawn Lang on 6/4/18 8:00 AM

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Many organizations say they are using virtual training or are planning to implement it. However, there’s more to virtual training than simply repurposing PowerPoint slides in a virtual classroom platform. With so many organizations moving to online training, it’s important to adhere to quality instructional design principles. When the design is solid and interactive, virtual classroom training can be an effective way to learn.

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Tags: virtual classroom, instructional design

3 Ways to Prove the Value of Training

Posted by Marsha Weisleder on 5/28/18 8:00 AM

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Great news, everyone! We are NOT just a cost center or an expense. We CAN add value and show the impact of training. The big question is whether you know how to do it. Do you know how to measure the impact of improved employee performance because of training? If not, you’re in the right place. So, let’s get started.

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Tags: managing training, evaluation, job performance

4 Techniques to Combat Negativity in Training

Posted by Jeff Welch on 5/21/18 8:00 AM

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Negativity has no place in training. It can derail learning-based conversations and discussions. It can taint the experience for trainees who actually want to learn. A negative training environment can even block learning from occurring, which can have a detrimental impact on successful job performance.

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Tags: facilitation skills, instructional techniques, instructor-led training

4 Ways to Promote the Transfer of Training

Posted by Beth Brashear on 5/14/18 8:00 AM

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You spend months designing and developing a new training course. Then you spend hours upon hours in the classroom conducting the training only to learn some participants return to work and do not apply their new skills. How frustrating! But what is the catalyst? Do you have management support? Have you designed the support tools the management team will need? As trainers, you need to make sure you’re doing your part to ensure support of the transfer of those new skills.

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Tags: training transfer

5 Timeless Training Concepts

Posted by Lynne Koltookian on 5/7/18 8:00 AM

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I’m a big fan of working out and staying fit. At my local gym, I often notice exercise programs change frequently. One day they are offering cross-fit, a few months later they are offering fitness 360, a few months later they are offering fitness boot camp, and on and on. One fad fitness workout program after another. Who knew there were so many ways to keep fit!

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Tags: facilitation skills, adult learning principles, instructional techniques, presentation skills, instructional design, technology and training, public speaking skills

5 Major Contributors to Adult Learning

Posted by Steve Flanagan on 4/30/18 8:00 AM

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There are many theories and approaches to how adults learn, many of them developed between the 1940’s and 1970’s. Although developed several years ago, these models still drive much of the adult learning today.

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Tags: adult learning principles

How to Navigate the Political Landscape as a Training Manager

Posted by Linda Carole Pierce on 4/23/18 8:00 AM

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Regardless of where you are, or the country you live in, people are often talking about politics—the good, the bad, and the ugly. If that’s not enough, we must also be aware of the politics that occur in the workplace. You can run, but you can’t hide because organizational politics are ever present.

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Tags: managing training, organizational politics

How to Use Spacing and Sequencing to Optimize Learning

Posted by Langevin Team on 4/16/18 8:00 AM

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Companies spend millions of dollars yearly to send employees to train in their respective fields. The employee who can take what they learn and enhance or improve their overall job performance is one in whom the companies’ money is well spent. Instructional designers must develop training that is dynamic and easy to implement. Though there are many factors that contribute to learners’ ability to process and retain information, the focus here is on the spacing and sequencing of content. Some have used these two terms interchangeably, but they are very different.

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Tags: instructional design, spacing and sequencing

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