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Marsha Weisleder

Marsha has been a course leader with Langevin since 2000. She graduated from the University of Toronto with a Bachelor of Science in Neuroscience. She went on to attend Osgoode Hall Law School and practiced civil litigation for a few years. While working for a company as their in-house legal counsel, Marsha fell into a training position and never looked back! Each day, Marsha brings passion and excitement to her workshops, always encouraging her participants to find their own passion as well. Outside of the classroom, Marsha loves to spend time with her family, travel, and stay active. Of course her main obsession is Elvis! Some people might think she’s a little over-the-top about him, but doesn’t everyone have an Elvis shrine in their home? Maybe not…

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How to Build Rapport with Clients

Posted by Marsha Weisleder on 5/27/19 8:00 AM

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You have an important meeting with a new client and you want to make a good first impression. This client needs your help with a performance problem to determine whether training is the right solution. You’ll want to put on your problem-solving hat, but it doesn’t end there. You also need strong interpersonal skills if you want to be successful. One of the first things you can do is build rapport with the client.

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Tags: build rapport, consulting skills

How to Increase Human Interaction in e-Learning

Posted by Marsha Weisleder on 1/28/19 8:00 AM

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I’ve found a new love. It’s been going on for several years now. Yes, I’m proud to say that I have embraced e-learning. Me, the person who usually fears technology and craves human interaction. How is this possible?

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Tags: e-learning, instructional design

5 Instructional Design Tips that will Transform Your Training

Posted by Marsha Weisleder on 1/14/19 8:00 AM

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I’m passionate about training and giving people the skills they need to excel in their jobs. One of my biggest passions revolves around instructional design. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, “My purpose on this earth is to abolish death by PowerPoint.” It’s insulting to our learners. Yes, they know how to read. Guess what? It’s insulting for us, too. Did I become a trainer so I could read to people? No, I did not.

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Tags: instructional design

8 Steps to Handle Challenging Behaviors

Posted by Marsha Weisleder on 12/10/18 8:00 AM

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I’m never surprised. It’s the same result, every time. Whenever I teach the How to Influence People and Events workshop, I ask the group to select their top three workshop objectives from the list. So, what’s their top pick? It’s always the same: apply specific strategies to handle challenging behaviors!

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Tags: influencing skills, challenging behavior, communication

How to Market Your Training

Posted by Marsha Weisleder on 11/12/18 8:00 AM

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Do you know anyone who works in advertising? Typically, you’ll find really creative individuals who come up with catchy commercials and ads. The amazing thing is that we, as trainers, have a lot in common with them. You see, we both want to reach an audience, convey a message, and ultimately change behavior. While they want you to run out and buy their product, we want our learners to use their new skills back on the job.

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Tags: marketing training, managing training

7 Tips to Help Learners Manage Change Effectively

Posted by Marsha Weisleder on 9/10/18 8:00 AM

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I attended a wedding just over a week ago. I just LOVE weddings! They are filled with so much positive energy and excitement. To be in the presence of true love, real joy, and a shared promise for the future. Yes, I'm a hopeless romantic. That's probably why I've seen every season of the Bachelor/Bachelorette franchise, but I digress.

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Tags: managing training, managing change

How I took my Presentation Skills to the Next Level

Posted by Marsha Weisleder on 7/30/18 8:00 AM

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We’ve all heard it before. One of the best ways to improve your presentation skills is to record yourself. When you’re done, review the recording to identify your strengths and weaknesses. Critique yourself against a checklist of skills. Evaluate items like speaking style, avoidance of speech fillers, confidence, friendliness, voice, posture, eye contact, facial expression and gestures, just to name a few. So, have you ever recorded yourself? Better yet, did you actually watch the recording?

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Tags: presentation skills

3 Ways to Prove the Value of Training

Posted by Marsha Weisleder on 5/28/18 8:00 AM

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Great news, everyone! We are NOT just a cost center or an expense. We CAN add value and show the impact of training. The big question is whether you know how to do it. Do you know how to measure the impact of improved employee performance because of training? If not, you’re in the right place. So, let’s get started.

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Tags: managing training, evaluation, job performance

How to Overcome Feeling Like a Fraud—The Impostor Syndrome

Posted by Marsha Weisleder on 3/19/18 8:00 AM

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I’ll admit I’ve been guilty of this one but, interestingly enough, I’m not alone. It seems many people feel fraudulent in their professions. Two psychologists, Pauline Clance and Suzanne Imes, came up with the term “Impostor Syndrome” back in 1978. It’s a feeling of “phoniness in people who believe they are not intelligent, capable or creative despite evidence of high achievement.” Instead of feeling worthy, they feel undeserving, as if a mistake has been made. Despite being experts in their field, they feel it’s only a matter of time before they are found out for who they really are—impostors with limited skills and abilities.

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Tags: facilitation skills, instructional techniques

10 Tips to Increase your Charismatic Power

Posted by Marsha Weisleder on 1/8/18 8:00 AM

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Have you heard that within seconds of meeting someone we decide whether we like them? More importantly, that first impression is almost impossible to reverse and sets the tone for the relationship that follows.

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Tags: influencing skills

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