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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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Overcoming 3 Challenges to Providing Feedback in the Virtual Classroom

Posted by Jeff Welch on 8/12/19 8:00 AM

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In a typical training course, learners spend significant amounts of time completing skill-based activities and exercises. During those exercises, or upon completion of them, each learner should receive feedback on their performance. In a traditional instructor-led course, the feedback process is fairly straight-forward. In virtual training, however, the process of giving and receiving quality feedback might pose a few challenges.

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Topics: virtual classroom

5 Best Practices for Teleworking Success

Posted by Jeff Welch on 2/4/19 8:00 AM

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More and more organizations are making telework options available to their employees. According to a 2017 survey conducted by GlobalWorkplaceAnalytics.com, 3.7 million employees in the United States now work from home at least half the time. Studies also show that teleworking opportunities are increasing in other countries around the globe.

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Topics: virtual trainer, virtual classroom

4 Factors to Consider When Selecting a Vendor

Posted by Jeff Welch on 10/1/18 8:00 AM

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A vendor is described as an individual or company who offers a product or service for a cost. Organizations often partner with vendors to achieve a strategic goal or to obtain a product or service that is not available internally.

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Topics: managing training, project management

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

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