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Beth Brashear

Beth has been a course leader with Langevin since 2015. She currently resides in Washington, DC and is working towards completing her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology. 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, 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 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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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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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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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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4 Phases of Fabulous Peer Training

Posted by Beth Brashear on 5/29/17 8:00 AM

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I became a corporate trainer over ten years ago and will never forget the first few weeks in my new role. A range of emotions surfaced, including nervousness and excitement. During this time, I was trained by one of my peers for the workshop I was to facilitate in a few weeks. Back then I wasn’t familiar with different learning preferences and became confused by the instructional methods my colleague was using. He was teaching me the way he preferred to learn rather than a way that worked for me—not the best practice for a train-the-trainer situation.

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How to Create Useful Job Aids

Posted by Beth Brashear on 3/27/17 8:00 AM

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Recently, I bought a craft for me and my 3-year-old daughter to do together. It was recommended for her age so I thought, “This shouldn’t be too hard.” After pulling out all of the pieces and looking at the instructions, I realized this WAS going to be hard! The instructions only had four pictures which implied there were only four steps to this craft. By the time we got to the second picture, we were lost!

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8 Tips to Increase Learner Participation and Involvement

Posted by Beth Brashear on 1/30/17 8:00 AM

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When I’m delivering a workshop, and ask the question, “What is your biggest frustration as a trainer?”

I almost always have one or two participants say that “lack of participation from their learners” is a big one. When you apply principles of adult learning to your instructional design process, you can include proven strategies that will increase learner participation. Starting the course with high impact and welcoming the participants as they arrive will pave the way for a positive learning experience.

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Top Tips for Trainers!

Posted by Beth Brashear on 11/21/16 8:00 AM

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I want to love yoga, but I get so frustrated when I go to the class at my local gym! I am constantly wondering, “Are my hips at the right angle for downward dog? Are my hands and feet pointed in the right direction?” As I move into each pose, I watch what the instructor is doing but I still don’t feel like I have the proper form. I end up leaving feeling more stressed than relaxed.

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8-Step Process for Working with Subject-Matter Experts

Posted by Beth Brashear on 10/3/16 8:00 AM

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Working with subject-matter experts (SMEs) is an integral component of instructional design. As designers, we may not always have the knowledge or expertise associated with the content of a course we are designing, so we need to partner with someone who does. However, sometimes there may be challenges when partnering with SMEs

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4 Essential Steps to Conducting a Successful Training Needs Analysis

Posted by Beth Brashear on 9/5/16 8:00 AM

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"When life gives you lemons, make lemonade.” We have all heard this saying before but what if lemonade wasn’t the solution? What if you were hungry rather than thirsty and you just used up all your lemons making lemonade? When a problem is presented, our natural instinct is to try to find a solution versus taking a moment to truly understand the problem. As Albert Einstein once said, “If I had an hour to solve a problem, I would spend 55 minutes thinking about the problem and 5 minutes thinking about solutions.”

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