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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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How to Use Wardrobe Color to your Advantage While Delivering Training

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



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



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

Top 3 Question Types for your Trainer’s Toolkit

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


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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.

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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.

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4 Instructional Techniques for Instructor Credibility

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



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?

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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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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.

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Tags: instructional design

3 Ways to Overcome Technophobia

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



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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Tags: tips-for-trainers

5 Ways to Show Appreciation to Your Learners

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


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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Tags: instructional techniques

How to Explain Your Job as a Trainer

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


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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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Tags: train the trainer

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