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Jeff Welch

Jeff has been a course leader with Langevin since 2000. He completed a Bachelor of Arts degree in both Speech Communications and Broadcasting from Western Kentucky University. Before pursuing his passion for training, Jeff worked as a television reporter, flight attendant, fitness instructor, and tour guide. Jeff started his career in training at the daily newspaper in Atlanta. Training seemed to be a natural fit for him since he’s always been a bit of a performer. When at home, you’ll catch Jeff watching a cooking show, recreating a dish he’s eaten abroad, or exploring one of the many great restaurants in the Chicago area. During the summer months, he hits the road to follow the talented drum corps of Drum Corp International—something he’s done since high school!

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4 Tips for Delivering Feedback Instead of Criticizing

Posted by Jeff Welch on 7/23/18 8:00 AM

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Effective training is comprised of three core elements: presentation, application, and feedback.

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Tags: instructional techniques, job performance, instructional design, technology and training, public speaking skills, facilitation, feedback

4 Techniques to Combat Negativity in Training

Posted by Jeff Welch on 5/21/18 8:00 AM

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Negativity has no place in training. It can derail learning-based conversations and discussions. It can taint the experience for trainees who actually want to learn. A negative training environment can even block learning from occurring, which can have a detrimental impact on successful job performance.

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Tags: facilitation skills, instructional techniques, instructor-led training

5 Techniques to Incorporate Creativity into Your Training

Posted by Jeff Welch on 3/12/18 8:00 AM

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Sit in chair. View PowerPoint presentation. Take test. Go back to work.

 

Fellow trainers, if this describes the typical experience of the learners in one of your training sessions, it’s time to make a change. It’s time to get creative!

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Tags: instructional techniques, instructor-led training

3 Techniques to Boost Instructor Self-Confidence

Posted by Jeff Welch on 1/2/18 8:00 AM

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Motivational speaker, Zig Ziglar, once said, “Confidence is going after Moby Dick in a rowboat and taking the tartar sauce with you.”

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4 Ways to Ensure You Never Forget a Participant’s Name

Posted by Jeff Welch on 10/16/17 8:00 AM

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As a professional trainer, it’s likely you’ve had that awkward moment when you attempted to address one of your participants by name, but you simply forgot it. I can relate as it’s certainly happened to me.

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Tags: instructional techniques

Four Tips to Help Manage Your Classroom Time

Posted by Jeff Welch on 6/26/17 8:00 AM

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“The bad news is time flies. The good news is you’re the pilot.”  Michael Altshuler

Classroom time management can be one of the most challenging aspects of a professional trainer’s job, and finishing your instructor-led training courses on time can be a daunting task. By incorporating a few tried-and-true classroom time management tips into your sessions, you can complete your training sessions on time! 

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Tags: instructional techniques, instructor-led training

3 Ways to Increase Knowledge and Skill Transfer During Training

Posted by Jeff Welch on 4/24/17 8:00 AM

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The goal of training is to have our learners retain the knowledge and skills they’ve gained in training so they can apply them back at the workplace. This concept is often referred to as “training transfer.” As corporate trainers, we need to ensure this transfer of knowledge and skill takes place by delivering content and facilitating classes in ways that maximize learner retention.

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Tags: training transfer, virtual classroom, instructor-led training

4 Presentation Techniques to Grab an Audience’s Attention

Posted by Jeff Welch on 12/12/16 8:00 AM

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If you work in the training and development field, there may come a time, whether in a training workshop, at a conference or in a meeting, when you’ll be called upon to deliver a polished and professional presentation for an audience.

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Tags: presentation skills

How to Use Wardrobe Color to your Advantage While Delivering Training

Posted by Jeff Welch on 8/1/16 8:00 AM

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It’s very likely you’ve heard the expression, “You are what you eat.”  But have you ever considered you are what you wearAs a professional trainer, you always want to make the very best first impression on your audience. Being well-dressed, not too flashy, and adhering to the corporate dress code usually does the trick.
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Tags: tips-for-trainers

How to Improve Job Performance Using Incentives

Posted by Jeff Welch on 6/6/16 8:00 AM

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As a training professional, it’s very possible you’ll be approached by a manager or supervisor within your organization to discuss employee job performance. This discussion will likely happen when that manager is looking for ways in which to improve the job performance of a poorly performing direct report or team member. Don’t be surprised if that manager views training as the first and only option to fix the many possible issues related to unsatisfactory job performance. 
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Tags: needs analysis, job performance

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