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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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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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Tags: instructional techniques

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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Tags: subject-matter expert

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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Tags: 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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Tags: 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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Tags: training transfer, adult learning principles, summary and review techniques

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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Tags: instructional techniques, instructor-led training

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