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Marsha Weisleder

Hi everyone. I'm Marsha Weisleder, a born-and-bred Torontonian (yes, some of us do exist) and I've lived in Toronto, Canada most of my life. I moved to Atlanta, Georgia in January 2015. No, not because of the weather or a desire to be a southern belle…you see, I fell in love and married an American. Very exciting!
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5 Tips to Liven up your e-Learning

Posted by Marsha Weisleder on 6/5/17 8:00 AM

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Wouldn’t it be great if we could be kids again and get excited about learning—especially e-learning? Instead, it’s more like, “Argh! I have to take that online training at work and I’ve been putting it off for weeks. I know it’s going to be so boring! I’ll probably have to sit for an hour reading a bunch of slides and then take a meaningless test at the end. I’m sure I’ll get nothing out of it. What a waste of my time!”

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10 Quick Tips to Successful Training Room Set-Up

Posted by Marsha Weisleder on 4/3/17 8:00 AM

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My dear friend and colleague, Melissa, is coming to my new home in Atlanta for a visit! We don’t get to see each other very often so I cherish our time together. She has become such a great friend over the years and was even a bridesmaid at my wedding. When we’re together, people ALWAYS ask if we’re sisters—once we were even asked if we were twins!

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How to Use the “Five Whys” Technique in Performance Consulting

Posted by Marsha Weisleder on 2/6/17 8:00 AM

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Oh, to be able to solve a problem! Not always an easy task, yet probably one of the most valued in your organization. I'm sure we've all heard this phrase before, "Don't come to me with a problem, come with the solution." So, where do we start? As change agents within our organizations, it’s up to us to ask questions and present possible solutions to performance gaps.

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5 Tips for Co-Teaching with a Virtual Classroom Producer

Posted by Marsha Weisleder on 11/28/16 8:00 AM

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A lot goes into creating a smooth and interactive virtual learning environment for your learners. The general rule for virtual training is learners should be asked to do something every 3-5 minutes. For example, this could mean they participate in a chat exercise, answer a question or poll, take a quiz, work in a breakout group, or annotate the slide.

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Women and Office Politics – 10 Ways to Increase Your Power

Posted by Marsha Weisleder on 9/12/16 8:00 AM

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About 7 years ago, I wrote a blog entitled, “The Game of Office Politics – Do you know how to play?" In it, I referenced a book by Dr. Lois Frankel called, “Nice Girls Don’t Get the Corner Office: 101 Unconscious Mistakes Women Make That Sabotage Their Careers.” In her book, Dr. Frankel suggests that women work too hard but don’t get promoted, purely because of that hard work. What else are we guilty of? We make our offices too girly and we don’t capitalize on work relationships. After all this time, I wondered, “Has anything changed?” Do women hold more leadership positions than before? Are we really breaking that glass ceiling and getting the corner office? 

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Topics: trials & tribulations, job performance, influencing

6 Tips for Engaging your Audience with Storytelling

Posted by Marsha Weisleder on 7/25/16 8:00 AM

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How to Build Rapport with Your Learners

Posted by Marsha Weisleder on 6/27/16 8:00 AM

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I’m sure many of you have heard the expression, “Without customers there is no business.” It’s no secret that customers are a company’s greatest asset and it costs a lot more to get a new customer than retain a current one. So what does that have to do with us trainers? Well, let’s face it, our learners are our customers and without them we wouldn’t be in business.

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Topics: tips-for-trainers, learners

How to Excel as a New Training Manager

Posted by Marsha Weisleder on 4/18/16 4:00 AM

 

So, you’ve been promoted to the position of training manager. Clearly someone has seen the spark of leadership in you. How exciting! Although leadership is difficult to define, I’ve seen many interpretations. These are some of my favorites:

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Topics: managing training, training manager

Top 10 Tips to Keep Learners Engaged

Posted by Marsha Weisleder on 1/18/16 3:00 AM

 After more than 15 years with Langevin (how the time flies!), the number one question I still hear is, “How do you keep learners engaged in the classroom?” Let’s face it, no one likes listening to a boring lecture. Everyone wants their voice to be heard. Our learners have considerable experience and they want to speak, participate, and contribute to the session. How do we do this? By using a variety of instructional techniques, of course!

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Topics: instructional techniques

10 Tips for Instructor Preparation

Posted by Marsha Weisleder on 11/9/15 3:00 AM

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It’s 3:00 pm on a Friday and the training manager calls you to his/her office with the news…we need you to teach this new course on Monday. What? Well, the good news is you have the weekend to prepare but the bad news is you have the weekend to prepare! Can you relate? Talk about NOT being set up for success. Unfortunately, this is a reality in many corporations and certainly not ideal.

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Topics: training manager

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