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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 Motivate Your Learners

Posted by Paul Sitter on 8/20/18 8:00 AM

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Within the field of Human Resource Development, commonly accepted definitions of training, education, and development are:

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Tags: instructional techniques, facilitation skills

How to Make Mandatory Annual Training Engaging and Successful

Posted by Paul Sitter on 6/18/18 8:00 AM

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Something that sends a chill up the spine of any trainer is the requirement to design or deliver a course that employees will see every year for their entire career. Sexual harassment in the workplace, hazardous materials handling, CPR training, HIPAA compliance, and so on. Perhaps more importantly, the training is often dreaded by the participants as well. They’re wondering, “Why do I have to attend exactly the same class I’ve gone to for the last 14 years?!”

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Tags: instructional techniques, mandatory training

Aligning Training and Organizational Objectives

Posted by Paul Sitter on 4/9/18 8:00 AM

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When I have a workshop coming up, I survey the participants to figure out what they are looking for in the course. In a recent course, one survey response struck me because I’ve heard it—or variations of it—so many times before: “I want a course plan that moves from the strategic level to the details that my call center employees need to do their job better.” This is a single, concise sentence describing what we do as part of the instructional design process! Of course, we are not all working with call center employees, but the relation between the overall goals of the organization and what ends up in the classroom is something that applies to us all.

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Tags: managing training

7 Practical Tips for Technical Writing

Posted by Paul Sitter on 1/29/18 8:00 AM

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I recently facilitated our Writing Skills for Trainers workshop. It’s an excellent one-day workshop for instructional designers, training analysts, instructors, and training managers who need to write performance-based training materials that focus on the "how-to's." The workshop is full of tips and techniques to make your materials interesting, and lively, using a clear, concise writing style.

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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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Tags: instructional design

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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Tags: instructional design

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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Tags: instructional design

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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