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Linda Carole Pierce

Greetings, I’m Linda Carole Pierce, born and raised in the City of Brotherly Love, Philadelphia, Pa. I currently live in New York’s Westchester County and have made New York my home for over 20 years.
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5 Techniques to Bridge the Generation Gap in Training

Posted by Linda Carole Pierce on 5/8/17 8:00 AM

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According to The Center for Generational Kinetics, the current workforce may include four to five generations depending on the specific workplace. Research suggests that each generation brings with them a specific set of values, ideas, and learning styles. Here are the birth years for each generation:

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5 Instructional Techniques for Minimizing Distractions in Training

Posted by Linda Carole Pierce on 3/6/17 8:00 AM

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We can all relate to the constant chatter and distractions we encounter in our daily lives. One of those necessary distractions that has out-smarted us all, is our smart phone! Just like the American Express commercial says, “Don’t leave home without it.” And we see how everyone is forever connected to their phones.

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4 Ways to Positively Influence People and Events

Posted by Linda Carole Pierce on 1/9/17 8:00 AM

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I’m sure you’re aware of the saying “It’s not just what you know, but, who you know!” In todays’ business environment, this saying resonates with high volume. It can be challenging in the workplace to ensure all voices are heard, especially with so many employees working remotely, globally, and with such a variety of ways to communicate.

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3 Tips for Gold Medal Training Sessions!

Posted by Linda Carole Pierce on 10/31/16 8:00 AM

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Every four years we are graced with the gift of being able to witness the “best of the best” athletes in the summer Olympics. I am always amazed, riveted, and spellbound by their abilities, whether they win the gold medal or not. Their performances are the result of years of planning, preparation, and practice. The process for developing our skills as trainers is similar in many ways.

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Relevance in Training is Key!

Posted by Linda Carole Pierce on 9/26/16 8:00 AM

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I recently had an experience that made me think about the power that relevance plays in the instructional design and delivery of training programs, especially when the conditions are not optimal. As trainers, it’s not uncommon to work in conditions that are less than ideal. I’m sure we’ve all experienced rooms that are too hot, too cold, too small, and/or resources that are minimal or maybe even non-existent. I recently had one of these experiences, and what struck me the most was the participant’s reaction.

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5 Habits to be a Hit as a Trainer!

Posted by Linda Carole Pierce on 8/8/16 8:00 AM

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Tied to many of our first-time experiences are a myriad of emotions that range from fear to pure joy and exhilaration. One of the participants in a recent course I delivered shared her concern and fear around having to roll out a course for the very first time.  She wasn’t a subject-matter expert and was given very little time and resources to prepare. The reality is that this story is not unusual.
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Topics: instructional techniques, tips-for-trainers, instructional design

3 Key Components of Solid Training

Posted by Linda Carole Pierce on 5/30/16 8:00 AM

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It continues to amaze me to hear about the number of companies and organizations who are still doing chalk and talks, data dumps, and death-by-power-point presentations, and calling them training. At Langevin, we teach that presentation alone is not training. A solid training program should contain a basic foundation of Presentation, Application, and Feedback, also known as PAF.

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Topics: training manager, instructional design

4 Best Practices to Ensure Training Transfer

Posted by Linda Carole Pierce on 4/25/16 4:00 AM


I’m sure we have all heard the cliché, “If you don’t use it, you lose it.” Learners attend training programs to gain knowledge and skill to improve their performance for their current job. However, what I often hear from many learners in my courses is a big “BUT!” The but is typically related to the challenges faced after training when they return to work. The most common challenges mentioned are a lack of time and a lack of management support to implement the new skills back on the job. These challenges don’t bode well for training transfer!

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Topics: training transfer

3 Tips for Appealing to All Learning Styles

Posted by Linda Carole Pierce on 3/21/16 4:00 AM

Most trainers are familiar with the term “Neurolinguistic Programming (NLP).” In its simplest form, this term identifies the three preferred learning styles most individuals have. They are as follows:

Visual—learners prefer to “See it.”
Auditory—learners prefer to “Hear it.”
Kinesthetic—learners prefer to “Do it.”

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Topics: instructional techniques

How to Make a Speech Memorable

Posted by Linda Carole Pierce on 1/4/16 3:00 AM

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Many of you have likely had the great opportunity to attend a commencement ceremony. I had the wonderful privilege of attending my grandson’s college graduation. Occasions like this are always filled with so much joy. The cheers and excitement from family and friends are simply palpable as the graduates are being honored for their achievement. My eyes were filled with tears as my loved one walked across the stage to receive his degree; it’s an exhilarating moment to witness.

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Topics: presentation skills

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