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James Summers

Hello! My name is James Summers. I was born and raised in Dallas, Texas but in my mind, I’m Floridian! I studied communications and journalism at Florida A&M University and I absolutely loved it there. When it comes to my career, I have two passions, one is training and facilitating and the other is fashion, which we will get to a little later. Prior to joining Langevin, I started my career as a communications specialist in the Florida State University Law Center. Once I moved back to Dallas I began my role as a trainer working with adults, helping them to achieve their GED. In this role, I discovered my love for training and working with adults. From there, I migrated into the corporate world training customer service representatives, creating instructional content, and making sure staff received the most effective, efficient training materials. Next, I went to work with an e-commerce distribution center, training associates handling product ordered via e-commerce outlets, which included many facets like shipping, receiving, picking and packing, and more. My responsibilities included orientation and training for new hires, refresher courses, new roll-outs for different departments, as well as training upwards of 3200 associates over the course of 6 weeks every holiday season for 4 years. Whewww!!! Talk about breaking a sweat! I also, worked with executives on leadership training. I advised them on the most effective ways to supervise their teams and handle coaching sessions and write ups; which included hard conversations. What I most enjoy about training is when my students have that “a ha” moment. When the light bulb comes on and they can see a new way of doing things or a way to enhance their current method, it lets me know I’ve done my job.
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5 Tips to Make Mandatory Training More Meaningful

Posted by James Summers on 6/19/17 8:00 AM

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As instructors, we have our work cut out for us because, in most cases, perception IS reality. If someone has had a lack-luster training experience, they are more likely to dread future training and attend it with the attitude to prove it. Every time we deliver a mandatory training session, we have a chance to use innovative instructional techniques to change a participant’s perception. Some form of mandatory training is required in most successful companies and our goal, as professional trainers, is to make sure people leave our sessions feeling excited and rejuvenated.

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3 Strategies to Spice Up Boring Training Sessions

Posted by James Summers on 4/17/17 8:00 AM

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What do you do when you’re preparing to facilitate a training session and the materials you’ve been given by the instructional designers feel a bit dull and boring? Here are three strategies to spice things up and deliver an engaging and interactive learning experience!

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