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Paul Sitter

Paul has been a course leader with Langevin since 2000. He graduated from the University of San Francisco with a Bachelor’s degree in History. Throughout Paul’s career he’s had the pleasure of training for a variety of industries including sports, military, technical, aviation, and academia. Paul firmly believes with the right training and support, people can be competent performers in most positions. The organizational trainer is the key to providing that performance boost. In his spare time, you might catch sight of Paul on the sidelines of a soccer field, biking through Napa Valley, or spending some quality time with his family.
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How to Maximize Instructional Design Time

Posted by Paul Sitter on 11/13/17 8:00 AM

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Get a group of instructional designers together and ask them, “What’s the one thing you need to be able to perform better?” The answer likely isn’t technology, more budget, or even more personnel. The most common answer to this question is “more time.” However, time, more so than even budget, is a finite resource. What can be done to ensure work is not only completed to specifications and within budget, but also by deadline?

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Put your Training Challenges into Perspective

Posted by Paul Sitter on 9/4/17 8:00 AM

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There are many circumstances that can add an extra degree of stress in a trainer’s life. Have you ever experienced this situation? You work in the training department of a software company and your “go live” date for the software training is the same date as the release of the product. What about this one? You’re a virtual trainer who must deliver live training and meet the needs of several time zones. Or, you’re an e-learning designer who must design products for the “flavor of the week” and meet all the deadlines. Not many people would argue with the premise that sometimes working in the training world can be challenging!

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4 Strategies to Manage Course Design Expectations

Posted by Paul Sitter on 7/3/17 8:00 AM

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As instructional designers, we’ve all experienced having more content to design than time allotted to create it! Management’s guidance is often to “Just do it” (don’t you wish Nike never came up with that tag line?!). So, what to do?People learn by doing what is most relevant to their success in the workplace.

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How to Manage Constant Changes in Instructional Design

Posted by Paul Sitter on 5/1/17 8:00 AM

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One of the most common complaints I hear from instructional designers is about content requiring constant updates. Examples and “how to” instructions in the course materials may need to be revised at the last minute. This is more often a challenge for instructional designers who design technical content but all instructional designers deal with this challenge at one time or another. Even interpersonal and conceptual content can change at the last minute!

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Co-facilitate Your Training - 8 Tips to Make it Successful

Posted by Paul Sitter on 2/20/17 8:00 AM

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In the world of training, co-facilitation, or having more than one facilitator deliver the training in the same session, can offer many advantages. It gives the learners an opportunity to experience different training styles and personalities, and it can make the training more relevant and engaging. It can also provide the learners with a broader range of experience to learn from.

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How to Conduct Meaningful Level 2 Evaluations

Posted by Paul Sitter on 12/19/16 8:00 AM

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There are many variations on the 4-level model of how to evaluate organizational training, but Don Kirkpatrick’s “4 Levels of Evaluation,” developed in 1959, is still the blue-ribbon standard today.

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5 Benefits of Using Smile Sheets in Training

Posted by Paul Sitter on 10/24/16 8:00 AM

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One of the most common tools used by most training organizations to determine the success of a training session is an end of course survey—also known as a “smile sheet” or a Level 1 evaluation (the Kirkpatrick model). The information from these smile sheets can be used to evaluate learning during class, performance back on the job, organizational impact, and to provide a fuller picture of the value of training within an organization.

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6 Instructional Techniques to Keep Your Training On Track

Posted by Paul Sitter on 8/15/16 8:00 AM

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A question that takes your training session off-track can be like a run-away train or like going down the rabbit hole in Alice’s Adventure in Wonderland. How can an instructor avoid this experience? Well, you may find these six instructional techniques useful:

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Topics: instructional techniques

Hero Worship

Posted by Paul Sitter on 7/18/16 8:00 AM

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We sometimes run into people we look upon as “heroes.” Occasionally, they are real heroes. The fire fighter who runs into a burning building when everyone else is running out. Or the mother who lifts a car off her trapped child. Someone becomes your hero when their performance goes way beyond what you could normally expect of the typical person.
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Topics: coaching, success stories, job performance

An Icebreaker When Time is Tight

Posted by Paul Sitter on 4/11/16 4:00 AM


A table change is a useful tool for trainers to help manage group dynamics. It can also be used as an energizer and to minimize disruptions. A table change can wake people up in the morning or late afternoon, and can build some much needed physical activity into the day. Most trainers routinely include table changes into their training.

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Topics: icebreakers

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