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Madonna Wagner

Madonna has been a course leader with Langevin since 2016. She holds a degree in both Social Psychology and Leadership Management. For Madonna, nothing is more important than getting clients to a place where training clicks for them on a personal level. Outside of the classroom, Madonna has a strong presence within her community, working with agencies and business leaders to develop scholarships and programs to mitigate challenges often found in urban schools and communities. She’s also involved with organizations that help improve the quality of life of veterans.

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How to Use Spacing and Sequencing to Optimize Learning

Posted by Madonna Wagner on 4/16/18 8:00 AM

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Companies spend millions of dollars yearly to send employees to train in their respective fields. The employee who can take what they learn and enhance or improve their overall job performance is one in whom the companies’ money is well spent. Instructional designers must develop training that is dynamic and easy to implement. Though there are many factors that contribute to learners’ ability to process and retain information, the focus here is on the spacing and sequencing of content. Some have used these two terms interchangeably, but they are very different.

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How to Manage Classroom Time Effectively

Posted by Madonna Wagner on 2/5/18 8:00 AM

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When learners attend training, they are often looking to get what they need from the session and get out. In today’s corporate culture, learners must juggle their training time with their obligations back on the job. Even if learners are excused from the daily operations of their current position, most are still expected to check and answer emails and phone calls. With the demands placed on them, from professional and personal obligations, learners may find it difficult to maintain focus in the classroom.

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Solutions for Dealing with Difficult Learner Behaviors

Posted by Madonna Wagner on 11/27/17 8:00 AM

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If you’ve been in training for any length of time, you know the motivation and attitude of your learners can make or break a training session. As trainers, it is our duty to make training a positive and safe experience for our learners. This can be challenging when the attitude of a small minority dictates the temperature of the entire room. It’s important that you know how to quickly recognize the unmotivated learner so you can win her over before you lose control of the entire class.

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4 Ways to Keep Your Learners Enthusiastic and Engaged

Posted by Madonna Wagner on 9/11/17 8:00 AM

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“Boy, Am I Enthusiastic!” This is the chant we had learners recite, every hour, on the hour, when I was an instructor at a recruiting school years ago. It was torturous to get our adult learners to sit in a class for eight hours a day, six weeks straight. But this was one of the tools we used to keep them engaged. We threw balls when we wanted someone to answer a question and we had all manner of toys that we used to prove a point, mock an incorrect answer, and point out the class snoozer. Looking back, I now recognize that in our effort to make the curriculum “fun” and “engaging,” we did many things wrong.

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5 Steps for Tackling Training Requests

Posted by Madonna Wagner on 7/17/17 8:00 AM

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If you work in a training department, then you’re familiar with urgent requests from management stating their department has a deficiency "only training can solve." This type of request usually ends with "NOW!"  So, how can you slow down the process long enough to ask them, “Why Training?” and “Why now?” 

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5 Tips to Be Your Personal Best in Your Training Sessions

Posted by Madonna Wagner on 2/27/17 8:00 AM

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Today is the big day! You’re a master trainer and have done everything to set this training program up for success. You’ve prepared your room, set the atmosphere, set up your flip charts, queued your slides, and run through every possible hypothetical in your head. Your game face is on, and your enthusiasm is turned up to high!

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