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James Summers

James has been a course leader with Langevin since 2016. He studied Communications and Journalism at Florida A&M University. He started his career as a communications specialist in the Florida State University Law Center. Once he moved back to Dallas, he began his role as a trainer, working with adults to help them achieve their GED. It was in this role that James discovered his passion for training and working with adults, and hasn’t looked back! His second passion is fashion! James loves to stay up to date on new ideas and trends, and style his friends and family.

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How to Support Peers Who are New to Training

Posted by James Summers on 4/15/19 8:00 AM

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Being a trainer for the first time can be a bit overwhelming and downright nerve racking. So, what is the key to feeling comfortable in this new role, succeeding in learning and development, and not running for the hills? Keep your nerves in check, know your content and audience, and be organized. Share these tips with any new trainers in your department. They’ll be looking to their fellow trainers for guidance and will be relieved to know they are not alone. Let’s look at each tip in more detail:

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Tags: new trainers

8 Essential Steps to Open a Meeting or Session

Posted by James Summers on 4/1/19 8:00 AM

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Can you remember the last time you were in a productive meeting, focus group, or facilitated session? One where everyone was engaged, concerns were raised and addressed, and progress was made? Well, you may find it difficult to recall because it is rarely the case. More often than not, sessions drag on and on, with people talking over each other, attitudes clashing, and no clear progress being made. It’s unfortunate, but facilitated sessions are often doomed before they even start.

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Tags: facilitation skills, facilitation

How to Use Interactive Games and Exercises in Training

Posted by James Summers on 3/11/19 8:00 AM

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Learners want training to be fun. It’s as simple as that. To encourage and maintain ideal behaviors, and to ensure a successful transfer of new knowledge and skills, training must be interesting and motivating for learners. Don’t forget, we are often competing with cell phones, social media, emails, and other distractions, so it’s essential to ensure learning is fun.

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Tags: instructional techniques, instructor-led training, games in training

Virtual Classroom Misconceptions Debunked

Posted by James Summers on 2/11/19 8:00 AM

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Let’s face it, the virtual classroom is a necessary reality at this point, and I completely understand why. There are so many advantages to conducting training in the virtual classroom: saving money for the company, training that takes less time, and reaching learners regardless of distance. Virtual classroom is truly the answer to some of the most common constraints we come across in traditional instructor-led training.

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Tags: virtual trainer, virtual classroom

How to Use Interactive Games and Exercises in Training

Posted by James Summers on 10/22/18 8:00 AM

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Learners want training to be fun. It’s as simple as that. To encourage and maintain ideal behaviors, and to ensure a successful transfer of new knowledge and skills, training must be interesting and motivating for learners. Don’t forget, we are often competing with cell phones, social media, emails, and other distractions, so it’s essential to ensure learning is fun.

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Tags: instructional techniques, games in training, gamification

How to Manage too Much Content and Not Enough Time

Posted by James Summers on 8/13/18 8:00 AM

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Picture this… “tick…tock…tick…tock.” Why is that clock so loud? You’re starting to perspire, anxiety is consuming you, and you have far too many topics left to cover in the fifteen remaining minutes before your learners realize it’s the end of the day and start packing up to head out the door. Can you picture it? What do you do? Most of you have likely run into this situation. Well, don’t panic! I’m here to help you figure out how to get all that content in, in a small amount of time.

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Tags: instructional techniques, time management

How to Secure Buy-In and Support for Training

Posted by James Summers on 6/11/18 8:00 AM

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Action! “I don’t know why they have me attending this training. They don’t even believe in it themselves!” And scene! Let’s face it, we’ve all heard this statement a thousand times. If we’re honest, we’ve probably said it a time or two ourselves. There are many things that affect the attitude of our learners, and one of the big items is feeling like they don’t have the support of the leadership team.

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Tags: marketing training, make your training stick, buy-in

5 Essential Steps to Create Questions that Ensure Learners “Get It”

Posted by James Summers on 4/2/18 8:00 AM

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Tags: instructional techniques

How to Deal with Participants Who Deliberately Disrupt or Sabotage Training

Posted by James Summers on 1/22/18 8:00 AM

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As trainers, we know there are many things that have the potential to throw us off our focus during training. These things can include equipment failure, stumbling through a facilitated activity, or the most common and challenging obstacle, the disruptive learner.

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5 Tips to Optimize Your Training Room Layout

Posted by James Summers on 11/20/17 8:00 AM

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You’ve spent countless hours poring over your course content. You’ve searched the deepest corners of the internet to find creative icebreakers and brainteasers. You’ve stayed up late creating interactive visual aids to assist your learners. Seems like you’ve done everything… what are you missing?

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Tags: instructor-led training

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