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Lynne Koltookian

Hello, I’m Lynne Koltookian, a native New Englander. I have lived here all my life and am now the Boston-based instructor for Langevin Learning Services. I started working for Langevin in March of 2007 after working more than twenty years for corporations in eastern Massachusetts.
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My Journey through the 4 Stages of Learning in the Virtual Classroom

Posted by Lynne Koltookian on 7/31/17 8:00 AM

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Do you know about the four Stages of Learning? In our workshop, How Adults Learn, we introduce new instructors to these important stages. Everyone starts out at stage one as a Novice. At this stage, we can feel nervous and scared because “we don’t know, what we don’t know.” As we progress to the Apprentice stage, we start to realize “how much we still need to learn.”

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Checklist of 5 Key Items for a Successful Training Session

Posted by Lynne Koltookian on 5/22/17 8:00 AM

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We have so many passwords to remember for all the various websites we use these days—I’ve found my mind exploding trying to retain them all! To make it easier, I’ve pledged to make a master list of all my passwords so I’ll never forget them. I also think, as professional corporate trainers, it’s a good practice to make a list of all the critical things we need to remember before we deliver a training session. This way we can be as close as possible to perfection in every class!

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6 Reasons to Add Buffer Time to Your Training

Posted by Lynne Koltookian on 3/20/17 8:00 AM

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Have you ever run through an airport to catch a connecting flight, heart pounding, chest heaving, only to end up missing it? If so, then you can relate to not having enough buffer time to get from one airport gate to the next. This experience recently happened to me—I made my flight, but it was too close for comfort and I was so frustrated that the airline hadn’t allowed for enough buffer time.

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6 Benefits of Having a Producer in your Virtual Classroom Training

Posted by Lynne Koltookian on 1/23/17 8:00 AM

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Everything seems to be virtual these days. Banking, buying goods and services, face-to-face communication, and of course, even online learning. Most of the time, we can accomplish our online activities easily on our own; however, when you deliver synchronous/virtual classroom training for your organization we highly recommend using a producer.

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3 Reasons to Use Fewer Slides in Classroom Training

Posted by Lynne Koltookian on 11/14/16 8:00 AM

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Trainers tell me all the time about the issues they have around using slides in their training sessions. There are too many slides, they’re too wordy, they take too long to create, they must be approved by subject-matter experts—the list goes on and on. When I hear these comments, I shake my head in dismay. Why, you ask? As instructional designers or course leaders, we are the ones who deliver the content—the slides are just visual aids there to enhance what we are doing.

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Why Your Training Department Needs a Mission Statement

Posted by Lynne Koltookian on 10/10/16 8:00 AM

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Have you seen the Mission Impossible movies? Tom Cruise’s mission, should he choose to accept it, is usually quite dangerous. Just like the Mission Impossible movies, corporations have missions, too! While many focus on making money for owners, stockholders, and employees, many companies also have mission statements that go beyond revenue gain. Examples of mission statement topics might include being environmentally-friendly, being a community citizen and/or assisting employees in securing a better retirement income.

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50 Ways to Add Excitement to your Training!

Posted by Lynne Koltookian on 8/29/16 8:00 AM

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When I was grocery shopping the other day it occurred to me that we enjoy a variety of choices in this country. Some may say we have too much to choose from in everything we do. Do you want fresh or frozen, canned or boxed, paper or plastic, single serving or family size? Even at the airport, getting ready to board my plane, there are so many categories of air travelers. Special club members and first class passengers board first, then military personnel, then families with small children, followed by passengers who have paid for extra space seating, and finally, the rest of us. Just crazy! Do we really need all of these choices?

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Topics: energizers, tips-for-trainers

Why a Task List is an Instructional Designer’s Best Friend

Posted by Lynne Koltookian on 7/11/16 8:00 AM

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Does this scenario sound familiar to you? A manager comes into your office and says, “I want you to design some leadership training for our managers.” You think to yourself, “Huh, now where do I start with that request?” Perhaps you are feeling anxious, overwhelmed, and confused at this point. Sound familiar?

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Topics: task analysis, instructional design

Top 5 Items for a Trainer’s Yearly “Check-up”

Posted by Lynne Koltookian on 6/13/16 8:00 AM

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I was just thinking about what trainers should do every year to keep their skills sharp and to keep tabs on how their courses are going—a yearly trainer check-up!

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Topics: tips-for-trainers

5 Instructional Techniques to Create a Training Masterpiece

Posted by Lynne Koltookian on 5/23/16 8:00 AM

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I love to bake. The thing about baking is that you must include quality ingredients in just the right proportions, and in just the right way, for the recipe to come out perfectly. If you slip up in the building process, your dessert could end up being a disaster! When we design and deliver training we must use the same principles that a pastry chef uses. We must include all of the right elements for our training and in just the right amounts for a successful course and satisfied learners!

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Topics: instructional techniques, tips-for-trainers

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