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How to Select the Best Training Strategy

Posted by Langevin Team on 5/20/19 8:00 AM

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As a training manager, you’ll likely work with your trainers at some point to select the best training strategy for a given piece of content. Some of the options include e-learning modules, face-to-face training, virtual training, job aids, and on-the-job training. So many choices!

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Tags: managing training, training strategy

4 Key Steps to Mastering Your Influencing Skills

Posted by Langevin Team on 5/13/19 8:00 AM

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We often hear that it’s difficult to get what you want and to persuade others to want what you want. Yes, it can be a challenge depending on the scope of the situation and your role, but it’s not impossible. We often fail because we are simply “winging it” and have not thought things through or developed a plan. A wise business professional understands how important it is to have a strategy in order to be persuasive and convincing. A big part of that strategy is understanding the power of influence. In our workshop, How to Influence People and Events, as well as our Certified Performance Consultant program, we focus on four key steps to mastering your influencing skills.

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Tags: managing training, performance consulting, influencing skills

How to Support Peers Who are New to Training

Posted by Langevin Team on 4/15/19 8:00 AM

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Being a trainer for the first time can be a bit overwhelming and downright nerve racking. So, what is the key to feeling comfortable in this new role, succeeding in learning and development, and not running for the hills? Keep your nerves in check, know your content and audience, and be organized. Share these tips with any new trainers in your department. They’ll be looking to their fellow trainers for guidance and will be relieved to know they are not alone. Let’s look at each tip in more detail:

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8 Essential Steps to Open a Meeting or Session

Posted by Langevin Team on 4/1/19 8:00 AM

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Can you remember the last time you were in a productive meeting, focus group, or facilitated session? One where everyone was engaged, concerns were raised and addressed, and progress was made? Well, you may find it difficult to recall because it is rarely the case. More often than not, sessions drag on and on, with people talking over each other, attitudes clashing, and no clear progress being made. It’s unfortunate, but facilitated sessions are often doomed before they even start.

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Tags: facilitation skills, facilitation

7 Steps to Ensure New Trainers are Successful

Posted by Langevin Team on 3/25/19 8:00 AM

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What do you do when your organization expands the training department to meet the increased training needs of a growing company? Most commonly, the first step is to bring in new employees. Often these new trainers do not have significant experience.

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Tags: instructional techniques, virtual classroom, instructor-led training

How to Use Interactive Games and Exercises in Training

Posted by Langevin Team on 3/11/19 8:00 AM

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Learners want training to be fun. It’s as simple as that. To encourage and maintain ideal behaviors, and to ensure a successful transfer of new knowledge and skills, training must be interesting and motivating for learners. Don’t forget, we are often competing with cell phones, social media, emails, and other distractions, so it’s essential to ensure learning is fun.

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Tags: instructional techniques, instructor-led training, games in training

Virtual Classroom Misconceptions Debunked

Posted by Langevin Team on 2/11/19 8:00 AM

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Let’s face it, the virtual classroom is a necessary reality at this point, and I completely understand why. There are so many advantages to conducting training in the virtual classroom: saving money for the company, training that takes less time, and reaching learners regardless of distance. Virtual classroom is truly the answer to some of the most common constraints we come across in traditional instructor-led training.

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Tags: virtual trainer, virtual classroom

A 3-Step Decision-Making Process for Blended Learning

Posted by Langevin Team on 1/21/19 8:00 AM

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Instructional Designers are constantly faced with the challenge of putting together solid performance-based training that sets learners up for success on the job. Their real-world circumstances are often less than ideal as they are consistently asked to work their magic with tight and unrealistic constraints. As training professionals, we know there is no magic wand, but we do have choices. One of those choices is blended learning. It offers the instructional designer a variety of strategies to choose from to help solve the complexities of the work environment’s training needs. There is no perfect blend of strategies, but there is a 3-step process we explore in our Blended Learning workshop that helps simplify the decision-making process.

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Tags: blended learning, instructional design

5 Steps to Prepare a Professional Presentation

Posted by Langevin Team on 12/17/18 8:00 AM

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Today, with modern technology and social media, there are so many ways to communicate ideas. Everywhere you turn, people are talking and motivational speakers are on the rise. I particularly enjoy TED Talks as they are clear, concise, and to the point.

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Tags: presentation skills, communication

Path to Becoming a Training Manager

Posted by Langevin Team on 11/5/18 5:36 PM

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Training managers typically come into the instructional world following one of two paths. In one case, a person advances within the training department, perhaps acting as a subject-matter expert, then a training analyst, then a trainer, then an instructional designer and, finally, with a broad background in training skills, the trainer moves into the training manager position. On the second path, a person with a track record for effective management, possibly with no training background, becomes the training department manager or director. Both paths have their own challenges.

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Tags: managing training

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