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Beth Brashear

Hello, from Washington, DC, I am Beth Brashear. I was born outside of Pittsburgh but spent the majority of my youth in Charles Town, WV. I have lived in the DC area for the last 15 years and absolutely love our Nation’s Capital!
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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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Topics: needs analysis

7 Tips for Staying Healthy When traveling for Work

Posted by Beth Brashear on 6/20/16 8:00 AM

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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.

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Topics: travel, tips-for-trainers

How to Promote the Transfer of Training

Posted by Beth Brashear on 3/28/16 4:00 AM


“Thank you for attending.” Have you ever been to a course where the instructor closed with this statement? I have and it left me feeling somewhat disappointed. It would have benefited me had the instructor closed the course with a review of the day’s content.

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Topics: training transfer

How to Captivate Your Learners with Engaging Lecturettes!

Posted by Beth Brashear on 2/1/16 3:00 AM

Did you know the average adult attention span is now around five minutes? Yes, you read that right—five minutes! According to an article from Fortune.com, “the average adult attention span has plummeted from 12 minutes a decade ago to just five minutes now.” You are likely saying to yourself, “Only five minutes? My lectures are longer than five minutes. What do I do to keep them engaging?”

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Topics: instructional techniques, instructor-led training

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