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Linda Carole Pierce

Linda has been a course leader with Langevin since 2005. She graduated from New York University with a degree in Organizational Behavior and Communication. She’s also had the privilege of teaching at NYU’s Gallatin Division in the area of Theatre and Education. Linda began her career facilitating conflict resolution and coexistence workshops for diverse groups, and running workshops in the Middle East and South Africa, as well as facilitating social issues workshops for young people in the NYC school system. Linda believes learning works best when it is student-centered, experiential, interactive, and fun. Outside of the classroom, you’ll find Linda at the theatre, either as an audience member or actor, or spending quality time with her family and friends.
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Building the Training Partnership

Posted by Linda Carole Pierce on 12/4/17 8:00 AM

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A major challenge that many training programs face is getting support from management and being a priority within the organization. Being a priority may be obvious to us as trainers, but we shouldn’t assume everyone understands what training truly means or the value we add to the organization. Unfortunately, for some, programs are defined simply by putting up PowerPoint slides and calling it training. We know we learn by doing. This means, as members of the training department, we must become proactive in educating the organization about what training is and what it is not. Building a training partnership will support you in this process.

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Adding the Creative Connection in Training

Posted by Linda Carole Pierce on 9/18/17 8:00 AM

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One of the biggest complaints I’ve heard about training is that it is dull and boring. This is certainly true in cases with huge data dumps of dry material that are heavy on presentation and have little to no hands-on application. This begs the question, “How can we make it different?” It begins with the understanding of what training is, and what it is not, and then designing performance-based training that is lighter on presentation, with most of the time spent on application. We learn by doing, not just watching! We also need to add a creative connection by infusing fun and variety into our training sessions.

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4 Techniques to Support Learner Retention

Posted by Linda Carole Pierce on 7/10/17 8:00 AM

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We are constantly bombarded with information these days and the challenge is how to retrieve it when we need it! I recently saw the film “La La Land” and was amused by how often the young lead character could not remember where she parked her car. If you’ve ever parked in a huge mall, parking lot, or sports arena, you may have experienced the awful panic of not being able to remember where you parked!

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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

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