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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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3 Benefits of Workplace Mentoring

Posted by Jeff Welch on 9/28/15 4:00 AM

Judging from several economic indicators, it seems as if the most recent global economic downtown is thankfully behind us. Many economies worldwide have recovered and job growth appears to be on the rise. With a stable recovery in the job market, it’s very likely that companies across the United States and Canada will be hiring new employees, including those in the training department.

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4 Tips for Using Simple Language in Training Materials

Posted by Jeff Welch on 7/27/15 4:00 AM

When I order a pizza, the word “plain” is not in my vocabulary. I want the works! Give me extra sauce, extra cheese, and every topping imaginable.

However, when writing training-related documents such as job aids, manuals, or multimedia slides, I try my best to keep things plain and simple. As a matter of fact, writing experts suggest when writing for learning and development, a “Plain Language” approach should be followed whenever possible.

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Topics: instructional design

3 Ways to Overcome Technophobia

Posted by Jeff Welch on 6/1/15 4:00 AM

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Technophobia is defined as the fear or dislike of advanced technology or complex devices, especially computers.Although self-diagnosed, I’m convinced I suffer from technophobia. While I have the ability to learn how to use technological devices, I become anxious at the mere thought of using hi-tech equipment.

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Topics: technology, tips-for-trainers

5 Ways to Show Appreciation to Your Learners

Posted by Jeff Welch on 4/13/15 4:00 AM

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Photo by: June Laves 

corporate training course is one of the ways to provide employees with the skills and knowledge to improve performance on their current jobs.

 

While skill, knowledge, and performance improvement are at the forefront of most training initiatives, courses also provide great opportunities to show support and appreciation for employees.

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Topics: instructional techniques

How to Explain Your Job as a Trainer

Posted by Jeff Welch on 2/2/15 3:00 AM

When I first took my job as a Corporate Trainer many years ago, I had no idea that my new career and its responsibilities would be so misunderstood by others. After all, people seemed to have a full understanding of my previously held jobs.

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Topics: success stories

How to Open Your Training with the Important Trio

Posted by Jeff Welch on 12/29/14 3:00 AM

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Destiny’s Child; Crosby, Stills & Nash; TLC; and The Bee Gees are among the most famous and successful trios in music history. The opening act of any successful training course should also include a famous trio. This trio positions your training courses to begin effectively. The trio I’m referring to is the objective, benefits, and overview. They are the opening act of any effective training program.

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Topics: instructional techniques, instructional design

5 Instructional Techniques to End a Course with Purpose

Posted by Jeff Welch on 11/10/14 3:00 AM


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“Finis” is the Latin word for end or conclusion. When it comes to instructor-led training courses, they should end just as strongly as they begin.

 

I came to this realization years ago after attending a vendor-provided customer service course. The course itself was relatively sound. It was comprised of relevant content, interactive exercises, and many user-friendly materials. However, the anticlimactic ending left something to be desired.

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Topics: instructional techniques, tips-for-trainers

4 Tips for Effective Flipchart Use

Posted by Jeff Welch on 9/29/14 4:00 AM

“Changing the world one flipchart at a time!” That’s the motto of a dear friend of mine who has been a trainer for many years.

Just like my friend, I’m partial to using flipcharts as a visual aid during my training sessions. They are low-tech, easy to create, and can be produced and customized right on the spot.

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Topics: instructor-led training, tips-for-trainers

How to Connect With Your Learners

Posted by Jeff Welch on 8/25/14 4:00 AM

A learning style is defined as an individual’s natural pattern of acquiring and processing information in a learning situation. As individuals, we all learn differently. Thus, a learning style is an individual’s preferred way in which to learn.

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Topics: instructional techniques, learners

5 Presentation “Killers” to Avoid

Posted by Jeff Welch on 7/14/14 4:00 AM

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I recently read a book called 136 Effective Presentation Tips by Tony Jeary and David Cottrell. The book is filled with 136 practical tips to improve your public speaking and presentation skills. I received the book as a gift and have found it to be quite helpful.

 

In addition to the tips, the book also includes a page titled, “Top Ten Ways to Kill a Presentation.”

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Topics: presentation skills

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