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How to Overcome Feeling Like a Fraud—The Impostor Syndrome

Posted by Marsha Weisleder on 3/19/18 8:00 AM


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I’ll admit I’ve been guilty of this one but, interestingly enough, I’m not alone. It seems many people feel fraudulent in their professions. Two psychologists, Pauline Clance and Suzanne Imes, came up with the term “Impostor Syndrome” back in 1978. It’s a feeling of “phoniness in people who believe they are not intelligent, capable or creative despite evidence of high achievement.” Instead of feeling worthy, they feel undeserving, as if a mistake has been made. Despite being experts in their field, they feel it’s only a matter of time before they are found out for who they really are—impostors with limited skills and abilities.

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5 Techniques to Incorporate Creativity into Your Training

Posted by Jeff Welch on 3/12/18 8:00 AM


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Sit in chair. View PowerPoint presentation. Take test. Go back to work.


Fellow trainers, if this describes the typical experience of the learners in one of your training sessions, it’s time to make a change. It’s time to get creative!

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How to Ensure the Training Department is Seen as a Partner or Resource

Posted by Beth Brashear on 3/5/18 8:00 AM


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In an organization, the training department is often viewed as the “fun” department rather than a partner or resource for development. How is this image or reputation created? Often, it’s because people aren’t familiar with everything the department has to offer, or all the steps, processes, analysis, development, solutions, etc. that go into training. In addition, training is sometimes viewed as a “one size fits all” solution, meaning it can solve all problems. In fact, training is not always the solution to a performance gap (if the gap even exists). If training is provided when the problem lies elsewhere, the department won’t be seen as a credible resource.

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3 Barriers to Learning and How to Prevent Them

Posted by Lynne Koltookian on 2/26/18 8:00 AM


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It always amazes me to see how many things can block the learning process. People are so distracted nowadays. Smart phones present obvious distractions to learning but there are so many other subtle, and not so subtle, ways that can take someone’s focus away from the classroom. Distractions are like thorns in an instructor’s side! We work so hard to make people feel comfortable and to create a pleasant learning environment. What do learners do? Well, sometimes they don’t pay attention or, even worse, they believe they can multi-task and learn at the same time!

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10 Tips for Writing Training Materials

Posted by Steve Flanagan on 2/19/18 8:00 AM


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The world of writing typically has three areas: literary, academic, and technical. Our first exposure to writing is usually literary. As a child in school, the teacher asked us to write a story or poem about what we did over the summer. We were asked to be descriptive, use imaginative language, and make our story come to life. In high school and into college or university, we were required to produce academic works such as essays, articles, critical papers, and biographies. When writing academic papers, we were often told to meet a word requirement. As a result, we became conditioned to take 5000 words to say something that might only take 500 words.

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4 Ways to Enhance Active Listening

Posted by Linda Carole Pierce on 2/12/18 8:00 AM


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While watching a popular talk show recently, I noticed the people on the panel were constantly talking over one another. They were all trying to get their point across, and their obvious need was to be heard and to be right. It was clear that no one was listening which, of course, makes the show brand so popular. The brand of constant chatter appears to be a trend throughout many areas in our society, making listening a lost art.

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How to Manage Classroom Time Effectively

Posted by Madonna Wagner on 2/5/18 8:00 AM


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When learners attend training, they are often looking to get what they need from the session and get out. In today’s corporate culture, learners must juggle their training time with their obligations back on the job. Even if learners are excused from the daily operations of their current position, most are still expected to check and answer emails and phone calls. With the demands placed on them, from professional and personal obligations, learners may find it difficult to maintain focus in the classroom.

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7 Practical Tips for Technical Writing

Posted by Paul Sitter on 1/29/18 8:00 AM


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I recently facilitated our Writing Skills for Trainers workshop. It’s an excellent one-day workshop for instructional designers, training analysts, instructors, and training managers who need to write performance-based training materials that focus on the "how-to's." The workshop is full of tips and techniques to make your materials interesting, and lively, using a clear, concise writing style.

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How to Deal with Participants Who Deliberately Disrupt or Sabotage Training

Posted by James Summers on 1/22/18 8:00 AM


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As trainers, we know there are many things that have the potential to throw us off our focus during training. These things can include equipment failure, stumbling through a facilitated activity, or the most common and challenging obstacle, the disruptive learner.

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How to Prioritize Content

Posted by Dawn Lang on 1/15/18 8:00 AM


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One of the most frequently asked questions during our instructional design workshops is, “How do I pare down the content when there’s a lack of available time?” This can be a challenge, especially if you feel everything is important. 

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