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8 Steps to Handle Challenging Behaviors

Posted by Marsha Weisleder on 12/10/18 8:00 AM

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I’m never surprised. It’s the same result, every time. Whenever I teach the How to Influence People and Events workshop, I ask the group to select their top three workshop objectives from the list. So, what’s their top pick? It’s always the same: apply specific strategies to handle challenging behaviors!

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Tags: influencing skills, challenging behavior, communication

How to Determine if a Meeting is Necessary and Ensure it is Effective

Posted by Beth Brashear on 12/3/18 8:00 AM

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David, can we set up a meeting later today to discuss tomorrow’s meeting on the proposal of having a company-wide meeting?” Does this sound familiar? Okay, so maybe not to that extent, but do you ever feel like there are way too many meetings? Have you ever been to a meeting that went down so many rabbit holes you felt like Alice in Wonderland? Or, attended a meeting that didn’t have a clear objective, so you weren’t sure why you were even there? Unfortunately, this is a common occurrence in the workplace: unnecessary, unclear, and unorganized meetings.  

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Tags: facilitation skills, meetings

3 Common Challenges Training Managers Must Overcome

Posted by Steve Flanagan on 11/26/18 8:00 AM

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In today’s demanding and fast-paced professional environment, the role of a training manager is certainly not getting any easier. Training managers must be able to balance sparse training resources with the priorities and needs of the organization.

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Tags: managing training, job performance

How to Choose the Correct Training Strategy

Posted by Lynne Koltookian on 11/19/18 8:00 AM

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Do you remember the Indiana Jones movie, The Last Crusade? There’s a scene towards the end of the film where a knight tells one of the main characters to carefully choose a gold chalice from a collection of chalices. If the man chooses the right chalice, he’ll be granted eternal life when he drinks from it. If he chooses the wrong chalice, he dies! Luckily, our choices in the training profession are not life or death decisions. However, our decisions about choosing the right training strategy to fit our training needs can mean the difference between success and failure. If you are a training manager, this is important.

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Tags: managing training, training strategy

How to Market Your Training

Posted by Marsha Weisleder on 11/12/18 8:00 AM

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Do you know anyone who works in advertising? Typically, you’ll find really creative individuals who come up with catchy commercials and ads. The amazing thing is that we, as trainers, have a lot in common with them. You see, we both want to reach an audience, convey a message, and ultimately change behavior. While they want you to run out and buy their product, we want our learners to use their new skills back on the job.

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Tags: managing training, marketing training

Path to Becoming a Training Manager

Posted by Langevin Team on 11/5/18 5:36 PM

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Training managers typically come into the instructional world following one of two paths. In one case, a person advances within the training department, perhaps acting as a subject-matter expert, then a training analyst, then a trainer, then an instructional designer and, finally, with a broad background in training skills, the trainer moves into the training manager position. On the second path, a person with a track record for effective management, possibly with no training background, becomes the training department manager or director. Both paths have their own challenges.

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Tags: managing training

5 Ways to Get Learners More Involved in Your Training

Posted by Lynne Koltookian on 10/29/18 8:00 AM

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Every winter I do a lot of skiing with my ski club. We own a home in a resort community in Northern New Hampshire in the Mt. Washington Valley. As with many social or business clubs or organizations, it often seems like a small number of people do all the work when it comes to running the club. Perhaps you see this phenomenon happen in your training as well. Try as you might to get everyone to participate, a small number of learners likely do most of the work. You’ve seen them. They raise their hands to answer all your questions, they lead the small group activities, and they volunteer to scribe answers on flip charts and white boards. Instructors absolutely love these people! They take a lot of pressure off the instructor and keep the flow of the course moving.

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Tags: adult learning principles, making training fun

How to Use Interactive Games and Exercises in Training

Posted by James Summers on 10/22/18 8:00 AM

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Learners want training to be fun. It’s as simple as that. To encourage and maintain ideal behaviors, and to ensure a successful transfer of new knowledge and skills, training must be interesting and motivating for learners. Don’t forget, we are often competing with cell phones, social media, emails, and other distractions, so it’s essential to ensure learning is fun.

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Tags: gamification, games in training, instructional techniques

5 Reasons to Play Games in Training

Posted by Lynne Koltookian on 10/15/18 8:00 AM

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Help release the inner child in your participants by playing games in your training sessions. Sure, you’ve likely played Jeopardy and Who Wants to be a Millionaire in your training, but did you ever stop to think about all the benefits of playing those games? How often have you designed a workshop and thought about how to spice things up or add fun and high energy to the learning process? There are many ways to add fun and excitement to your training, but a sure-fire way to do it is to play a short game. Notice I said a short game? Like any activity, games in training should be fun but not too long. If a game goes on too long the learners become bored and will disengage.

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Tags: making training fun, gamification, games in training, instructional design

How to Combat Boring e-Learning

Posted by Dawn Lang on 10/8/18 8:00 AM

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Are you getting pushback from learners because of boring e-learning? Did it take you hundreds of hours to plan, design, and develop the course, only to learn it isn’t engaging? A recent State of the Industry Report from ATD states that approximately 45% of training is delivered via online methods. With almost half of training taking place using a technology-based method, we need to get it right!

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Tags: e-learning, web-based training, instructional design

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