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Lynne Koltookian

Lynne has been a course leader with Langevin since 2007. She completed her Bachelor of Arts degree in Communications from Penn State University and a Master’s degree in Education from Boston University. After working many years in human resources and sales, Lynne transitioned into training, her true passion, where she’s been facilitating since 1994. Her training philosophy is simple—learning should be fun! The essence of a good instructor is someone who can make complex things easy to understand and fun to learn. In her free time, you’ll find Lynne cycling, hiking, downhill skiing, and scuba diving.
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Recent Posts

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

When to Change Your Delivery Style

Posted by Lynne Koltookian on 5/16/16 4:00 AM

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You’ve likely heard the expression, “You can’t change a leopard’s spots.” That might be true for some people but not for trainers. Confused yet? Let me explain. Most trainers already know about learning preferences. There are learners who prefer a visual approach, those who prefer auditory, and those who like a hands-on style. But did you know there are different delivery styles?

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Topics: facilitation, instructional techniques

How to Keep Your Training Skills Sharp

Posted by Lynne Koltookian on 4/4/16 4:00 AM


There are many things in life that require a tune-up periodically to ensure consistent performance. For example, I have to tune up my car, bicycle, and heating system. Almost everything breaks down over time but professionals help us prolong the life of our vehicles and other possessions. Well, trainers can also break down over time if we’re not careful. Instructor burnout is a real problem especially if we conduct too many training sessions mixed with constant travel.

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Topics: instructional techniques

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

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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

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Everyone 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

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

“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

Everyone’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

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

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