Call us today 1-800-223-2209
Email Us

Langevin's Train-the-Trainer Blog

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!

Recent Posts

Top 3 Question Types for your Trainer’s Toolkit

Posted by Jeff Welch on 5/2/16 4:00 AM

As a corporate trainer, I learned very early in my career the many benefits of asking thought-provoking questions while delivering a course. Asking questions helps keep participants engaged. A good question can encourage classroom participation. Lastly, a question and answer session allows you, the trainer, to check the understanding of your participants.

Read More

Tags: instructional techniques

3 Instructional Techniques to Win Over Learners

Posted by Jeff Welch on 3/14/16 4:00 AM

As you start reading this blog you may wonder how a Greek philosopher relates to instructional techniques used in a training session. Keep reading and it will all come together. I promise.

Read More

Tags: instructional techniques

4 Instructional Techniques for Instructor Credibility

Posted by Jeff Welch on 12/7/15 3:00 AM

4_instructional_techniques-for_instructor_credibility.jpg

 

Credibility is essential to just about any organizational role, from management to information technology. However, it is especially important in our role as trainers. As corporate trainers, we’re tasked with leading and guiding individuals on a journey of improved skill and knowledge. How can we expect people to follow us on this journey if they aren’t sure we’re credible?

Read More

Tags: instructional techniques

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.

Read More

Tags: mentoring

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.

Read More

Tags: instructional design

3 Ways to Overcome Technophobia

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

3_ways_to_overcome_technophobia.jpg

 

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.

Read More

Tags: tips-for-trainers

5 Ways to Show Appreciation to Your Learners

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

thank-you-515514_1920.jpg

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.

Read More

Tags: 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.

Read More

Tags: train the trainer

How to Open Your Training with the Important Trio

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

how_to_open_your_training_with_the_important_trio.jpg

 

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.

Read More

Tags: instructional techniques, instructional design

5 Instructional Techniques to End a Course with Purpose

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


finish_line.jpg

 

“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.

Read More

Tags: instructional techniques

About this Blog

Our very own world-class course leaders share their experiences, tips, best practices, and expertise on virtual training, instructional design, needs analysis, e-learning, delivery, evaluation, presentation skills, facilitation, and much more!

Subscribe to Email Updates

Recent Posts