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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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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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Tags: virtual trainer, virtual classroom

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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Tags: job performance, influencing skills

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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Tags: tips-for-trainers

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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Tags: managing training

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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Tags: 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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Tags: managing training

5 Tips to Make Training Stick

Posted by Marsha Weisleder on 8/24/15 4:00 AM

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I hear it all the time…how do we sustain the learning? How do we get our participants to apply what they’ve learned back on the job? How do we transfer the learning from the classroom to the real world? Let’s face it, if they don’t use it, they’ll lose it! When you think about how much money it costs to train people, we better see some type of improvement back on the job.

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Tags: make your training stick

10 Tips on How to Study

Posted by Marsha Weisleder on 6/29/15 4:00 AM

Learning how to drive all over again with the help of Langevin’s How Adults Learn workshop…

 

Well, here’s a funny story. I recently relocated to Atlanta, Georgia. No, not because I want to be a Southern belle, but because I married an American, living in Georgia. The things we do for love, but that’s for another time. So here I am, a permanent resident of the United States and I realize I don’t have a Georgia Driver’s License. Well, that’s easy to change, I thought.

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Tags: adult learning principles

How to Get a Standing Ovation in Training

Posted by Marsha Weisleder on 5/11/15 4:00 AM

You may not know this about me but I’m obsessed with starting and finishing a class with a bang. Yes, I’ve written about it before but I’m always looking for new ways to wow our learners. Let’s face it, there are people who resent training. I like to get their attention early on. I also want them leaving the session feeling like it was a good use of their time.

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Tags: instructional techniques

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