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Paul Sitter

Hello, folks! I’m Paul Sitter, a Langevin Course Leader since January 2000. I’m happy to share a little bit about myself with you. I live with my wife and three children in Napa, California where—off and on—I have spent a good portion of my life.
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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

How to Connect with ESL Learners

Posted by Paul Sitter on 2/22/16 3:00 AM

Connect with ESL Learners

More and more instructors are finding themselves having all, a significant number of, or sometimes just a few participants in their classrooms who were not raised with English as their primary language. How do you connect with this audience?

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Topics: instructional techniques, tips-for-trainers

How to Use Table Changes in Training

Posted by Paul Sitter on 8/17/15 4:00 AM

Table changes—it’s a trainer thing, right? You’ve likely experienced them frequently in workshops you’ve instructed or attended. Table changes are an important instructional technique to have in your toolbox. Let’s take a look at the fundamentals of table changes:

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Topics: instructional techniques, instructor-led training

6 Tips to Help Trainers Handle the Small Stuff

Posted by Paul Sitter on 6/22/15 4:00 AM

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Topics: instructional techniques, tips-for-trainers

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