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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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5 Items Instructors Should Watch and Listen For

Posted by Lynne Koltookian on 3/7/16 3:00 AM


As I sit here in front of my computer, I am looking at my screensaver picture of a beautiful snowy owl in flight. I love owls! Owls, like all birds of prey, have keen eyesight that is necessary to spot the small rodents they depend on for meals. Birds are lucky—they can fly high above the earth and have an aerial view of the expansive terrain below them. Wouldn’t it be nice to have that ability as humans?

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Topics: instructor-led training

3 Instructional Techniques to Encourage Learner Motivation

Posted by Lynne Koltookian on 2/8/16 3:00 AM

Learner Motivation

I enjoy people-watching as I am resting between weight lifting sets at the gym. The sight that really makes me chuckle is watching people use the exercise bicycles. Many times I observe people who are more interested in reading their book, tablet, or smartphone than really putting forth the effort to ride the bike. Their minds are so engrossed with their devices their feet are barely moving! I always smile at this because I know that although they are moving their feet, they are not really benefitting from their workout.

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Topics: instructional techniques

How to Create Your Own Brainteasers

Posted by Lynne Koltookian on 1/11/16 3:00 AM

BrainteasersEveryone loves a good brainteaser! They are very versatile, can be used strategically throughout your training, and should be part of every instructor’s instructional techniques toolbox.

Using a brainteaser at the beginning of your course gives participants a chance to get to know one another and work on something that is fun.

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Topics: instructional techniques, icebreakers

5 Instructional Techniques to Enhance Your Presentations

Posted by Lynne Koltookian on 11/2/15 3:00 AM

Enhance Your Presentations

I once attended a live owl show at a ski lodge up in the White Mountains of New Hampshire. The session was 75 minutes and the presenters had the audience in the palm of their hands. I enjoyed the session thoroughly as I was given the chance to observe six different varieties of owls. I even enjoyed the presentation leading up to the display of the owls themselves. I appreciated the introductory slide show because the two presenters used very effective techniques to engage the group and keep their interest the entire time. Normally, I find presentations boring, especially when the presenter has poor delivery skills and just drones on and on, spending too much time on one slide.

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Topics: instructional techniques

5 Tips for Handling Surprises in Training

Posted by Lynne Koltookian on 10/12/15 4:00 AM

Handling Surprises in Training“Expect the unexpected.” Have you ever heard this expression? Or how about Murphy’s Law, “whatever can go wrong, will go wrong?” A good trainer should heed these expressions as they apply to us all the time when we deliver training. There are many things that can throw us off our game. For example, a participant can say or do something unexpected, our projector bulb can blow out, a video may not play properly, or unexpected events can happen near or outside of our training room.

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Topics: instructional techniques

3 Ways to Market Your Training

Posted by Lynne Koltookian on 10/5/15 4:00 AM

Market Your TrainingEveryone’s always trying to sell us something! You can’t escape it. You wake up in the morning to your clock radio (if you still use one) and there is a commercial for something. You pick up a cup of coffee on your way to work and there is an ad on the coffee cup. You go to a ball game and there are ads all over the scoreboard. You go online and your homepage has ads all over it. You use your smartphone and ads pop up! I could go on and on.

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Topics: marketing training

3 Things to Avoid Sharing with Learners

Posted by Lynne Koltookian on 8/17/15 4:00 AM

A sense of community among learners.Social media sites like Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram enable us to share every small detail about our lives with our friends and family. This might be fun in our personal lives but sharing too much in the classroom might pose a problem. Once we establish a rapport with our learners, we want to maintain a positive, comfortable learning environment. If we share certain things with our classes we might inadvertently create a negative learning environment. Creating a positive learning environment is one of many adult learning principles we teach in our workshop, How Adults Learn. What does a positive learning environment really mean?

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Topics: instructional techniques

3 Cues to Watch for in Training

Posted by Lynne Koltookian on 6/15/15 4:00 AM

Cues to watch for in trainingI was thinking about social media the other day and how sites like Facebook and Twitter give people the opportunity to share every detail of their lives with friends and family. Sometimes these details might be quite significant such as photographs of a recent trip, wedding, graduation, or family reunion. Sometimes people share less significant details such as what they are doing, what they are wearing, what they are thinking, and what they are eating! We can choose to respond to these details or ignore them. What does this have to do with training? Let me tell you!

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Topics: instructional techniques, tips-for-trainers

Why We Should Avoid Labeling Learners

Posted by Lynne Koltookian on 4/27/15 4:00 AM

Labelling LearnersWhile waiting in the security line at the airport last week, I saw a special line for TSA pre-check passengers and a different line for regular passengers. I proceeded to my gate and saw two more options: a line for first-class, frequent flyers and another line for general boarding passengers. I boarded my aircraft and thought about the many seating options I could have selected. My choices included first-class seats, preferred seating seats, extra-room seats, and economy seats. Gee, so many labels for so many options! We are a society of labels. We label people, places, and things.

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Topics: difficult participants

How Trainers Can Ensure Training Success

Posted by Lynne Koltookian on 3/23/15 4:00 AM




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Topics: training transfer, influencing

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