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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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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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Tags: instructional techniques, instructor-led training

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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Tags: needs analysis

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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Tags: instructional design, instructional techniques

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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Tags: 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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Tags: training transfer, managing training

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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Tags: instructional techniques, learning styles, neurolinguistic programming

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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Tags: presentation skills

How to Win your Learners with a SMILE

Posted by Linda Carole Pierce on 8/3/15 4:00 AM

I was recently at the gym and overheard some complaints about one of the fitness instructors who is perceived as knowledgeable but cold. I felt the same way about her until I got to know her a little better. I discovered she is passionate about her job and sincerely cares about her clients. What she lacks is a smile. When she does smile she radiates warmth and kindness.

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Tags: instructor-led training

Ground Rules or Housekeeping?

Posted by Linda Carole Pierce on 6/8/15 4:00 AM

As trainers, it is important to communicate the expected behaviors we would like to see from our learners during the training program. The real question is, “Should we call them ground rules?” History has shown that people tend to want to break, bend, or challenge the rules. Rules are a natural part of our daily lives and yet there is often a negative connotation and reaction to the word. Therefore, in a training environment with adults, where it is important to create a climate that is conducive to learning, using the term “ground rules” could generate some resistance. So how do we communicate the expected behaviors we want to see?

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Tags: instructional techniques

How to Build Creativity into your Training

Posted by Linda Carole Pierce on 10/6/14 4:00 AM

I’ve often heard trainers complain that their courses are dry and they want to make them more interesting and fun. Bring on the creative instructional techniques! They want their courses to be livelier, however, in the same breath, they share their reluctance to take risks and try something new and creative.

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Tags: energizers, instructional techniques, icebreakers

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