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Beth Brashear

Beth has been a course leader with Langevin since 2015. She currently resides in the Washington, DC metropolitan area. Beth began her training career in 2006 and believes, while training needs to be educational, it also needs to be fun! Outside of the classroom, Beth enjoys spending time with her daughter, reading, playing volleyball, photography, and travelling. She hopes to one day visit India during the Festival of Lights, Mexico for the Day of the Dead Celebration, Rio for the Carnival, and China for the Chinese New Year.

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How to Keep Learners Focused During Training

Posted by Beth Brashear on 3/4/19 8:00 AM

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Cell phones. They are everywhere. Nowadays, most people are more engaged with their mobile devices than they are with their surroundings. Whether they are walking, standing in line, in a business meeting, or even worse—your classroom! As instructors, what can we do to prevent our learners from being consumed by their electronic devices during the course? How can we keep learners focused during training?

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Tags: instructional techniques, instructor-led training, facilitation

Moving Through the 4 Levels of Learning

Posted by Beth Brashear on 1/7/19 8:00 AM

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While trying to fall asleep one night, I had a brilliant idea. That is when most brilliant ideas happen, right? I was going to build a patio in my backyard. How hard could it be? Just put some patio pavers on the ground and, voilà, a patio! Well, little did I know, that is NOT how you build a patio. I didn’t know what I didn’t know. I was not aware of my knowledge/skill gap. This is known as the Unconscious Incompetence/Novice level in the four levels of learning.

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Tags: adult learning principles, instructional design

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

5-Step Training Needs Analysis Process

Posted by Beth Brashear on 9/24/18 8:00 AM

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Recently, I went through a fast food drive thru with my family and received extremely poor customer service. I decided to contact the franchise owner to share our experience and was surprised when he shared that he’d send the employee through training. Yes, training! I don’t know why I was shocked since training is usually the “knee jerk” reaction when an employee’s performance is poor. To me, it was very clear that training was not the solution. Why is training the initial reaction? Why is there a belief that training can fix everything? Training is not always the solution.

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Tags: needs analysis, instructional design

How to Ensure a Repeat Course Continues to be Enjoyable

Posted by Beth Brashear on 7/16/18 8:00 AM

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As trainers, we all have that one course we teach repeatedly. You know the one I’m talking about. The course that brings about the little voice in your head that says, “If I have to teach this one more time!” We’ve all been there. I know I have! So, how do we ensure a repeat course continues to be enjoyable for us, the trainers?

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Tags: energizers, instructional techniques, icebreakers, instructional design, presentation and application methods

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

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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Tags: marketing training, managing training

How to Bring Dry or Boring Training to Life

Posted by Beth Brashear on 12/27/17 8:00 AM

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At Langevin we believe there is no such thing as dry or boring material. Right now, you are probably thinking, “What about policies and procedures, regulations, etc.? That content is definitely dry!” While, yes, the content may be dry or boring, there are instructional techniques that help add a little zest to your content to make it more fun!

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Tags: adult learning principles

The Principles of Adult Learning are Everywhere!!

Posted by Beth Brashear on 10/9/17 8:00 AM

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I am currently doing a fitness challenge on Facebook. Each day we are required to respond to a daily assignment and post pictures of our workouts for points. So far, I have really enjoyed being a part of the challenge group and love when the weekly stats are posted and I’m in the lead! However, I do feel there is something missing…

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Tags: adult learning principles

4 Standards for Consistency in Training

Posted by Beth Brashear on 8/7/17 8:00 AM

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Consistency is key in training, and is extremely important as part of your instructional design best practices when creating courses for adult learners. As it turns out, consistency in puppy training is also essential. While puppies and adults are not necessarily alike, I believe there are some similarities when it comes to training. 

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Tags: adult learning principles

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