7/25/16 8:00 AM
7/18/16 8:00 AM
We sometimes run into people we look upon as “heroes.” Occasionally, they are real heroes. The fire fighter who runs into a burning building when everyone else is running out. Or the mother who lifts a car off her trapped child. Someone becomes your hero when their performance goes way beyond what you could normally expect of the typical person.
7/11/16 8:00 AM
Does this scenario sound familiar to you? A manager comes into your office and says, “I want you to design some leadership training for our managers.” You think to yourself, “Huh, now where do I start with that request?” Perhaps you are feeling anxious, overwhelmed, and confused at this point. Sound familiar? This type of training request happens all the time to instructional designers. People ask us to design leadership training, communication skills training, customer service training and so on, without any details.
7/4/16 8:00 AM
The training needs analysis has been done; there is a definite need for training. The project sponsor has decided on an e-learning solution; we need to assemble a project team. There are several roles that need to be filled; one person may even fill multiple roles.
6/27/16 8:00 AM
I’m sure many of you have heard the expression, “Without customers there is no business.” It’s no secret that customers are a company’s greatest asset and it costs a lot more to get a new customer than retain a current one. So what does that have to do with us trainers? Well, let’s face it, our learners are our customers and without them we wouldn’t be in business.
6/20/16 8:00 AM
While traveling to different cities during my first year with Langevin, I gained 15 pounds! In each new city I wanted to taste the cuisine for which they were famous. A whole loaf of sourdough in San Francisco, poutine (fries with gravy and cheese curds) in Toronto, BBQ in Dallas, and so many other foods in so many more places. Then toward the end of that year I finally realized very few of my clothes fit! When working at home I ate healthy, but on the road I was treating each trip as if I were on vacation. Something had to change.
6/13/16 8:00 AM
I was just thinking about what trainers should do every year to keep their skills sharp and to keep tabs on how their courses are going—a yearly trainer check-up!
6/6/16 8:00 AM
As a training professional, it’s very possible you’ll be approached by a manager or supervisor within your organization to discuss employee job performance. This discussion will likely happen when that manager is looking for ways in which to improve the job performance of a poorly performing direct report or team member. Don’t be surprised if that manager views training as the first and only option to fix the many possible issues related to unsatisfactory job performance.
5/30/16 8:00 AM
It continues to amaze me to hear about the number of companies and organizations who are still doing chalk and talks, data dumps, and death-by-power-point presentations, and calling them training. At Langevin, we teach that presentation alone is not training. A solid training program should contain a basic foundation of Presentation, Application, and Feedback, also known as PAF.
5/23/16 8:00 AM
I love to bake. The thing about baking is that you must include quality ingredients in just the right proportions, and in just the right way, for the recipe to come out perfectly. If you slip up in the building process, your dessert could end up being a disaster! When we design and deliver training we must use the same principles that a pastry chef uses. We must include all of the right elements for our training and in just the right amounts for a successful course and satisfied learners!
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Our very own world-class course leaders share their experiences, tips, best practices, and expertise on virtual training, instructional design, needs analysis, e-learning, delivery, evaluation, presentation skills, facilitation, and much more!