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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 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

7 Tips to Ensure Training Transfer

Posted by Paul Sitter on 5/4/15 4:00 AM

 

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Picture yourself running into a participant who says, “Thanks so much for that last workshop. We adopted the process you covered in our department and it works like a charm.” The only problem with this scenario is that it doesn’t happen often enough. When an organization pays for training, what they’re really paying for is improved performance. If what happens in the training doesn’t transfer back to the workplace, people are not getting what they’ve paid for.

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Topics: training transfer, tips-for-trainers

6 Tips for Delivering Training in a Hotel

Posted by Paul Sitter on 3/16/15 4:00 AM

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I often train in a hotel banquet room where the staff is professional and does a great job with room set-up, but as a trainer, I love to tweak. Fortunately, banquet staff graciously put up with my idiosyncrasies! Here are a few things I’ve learned to do the evening before training to stage a professional, yet comfortable, room for my class:

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Topics: instructor-led training

ADDIE is Still Going Strong

Posted by Paul Sitter on 2/23/15 3:00 AM

If you have any spare time to allocate at a training conference, schedule a session that examines how the ADDIE (Analysis, Design, Development, Implementation, and Evaluation) instructional design model is now considered irrelevant. Oh, and that topic works well for books, magazine articles, and yes, even blogs.

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Topics: instructional design

Top 10 Housekeeping Rules for Classroom Training

Posted by Paul Sitter on 1/19/15 3:00 AM

“It’s obvious!” Well, no, it’s not. At least that’s what most of us in the training world have found. The old saying, “One man’s ‘Duh’ is another man’s ‘Huh?’” comes to mind when considering general housekeeping rules for classroom training.

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Topics: instructor-led training

6 Reasons to Love a Training Needs Analysis

Posted by Paul Sitter on 11/24/14 3:00 AM

A training needs analysis (TNA) is an often misunderstood and underused tool of a training department.

Of course, you don’t always have to conduct a TNA. If something is brand new, mission critical and non-intuitive, the need for training is obvious. Additionally, if training is mandated by law or executive direction, the decision making has been done.

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Topics: needs analysis, job performance, instructional design

6 Tips for Using Games in Training

Posted by Paul Sitter on 10/20/14 4:00 AM

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Adult learners tend to be competitive. Fantasy football is a topic of water cooler and on-line conversations. March madness is popular for a reason. Reality shows like Hollywood Housewives or Survivor, where the personalities are constantly trying to “one up” each other, have wide followings. Regardless of gender, most adults seem to enjoy competition. While there are people who would prefer not to play games, most will enjoy a game as an occasional break and, generally, all will see the value of it if it is content related.

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Topics: instructional techniques

8 Tips for Increasing Line Manager Support for Training

Posted by Paul Sitter on 9/8/14 5:11 AM

In the world of training, what do you have without management support?

Most of us would answer quite correctly, “Nothing.” This is especially true if the management you’re talking about is first-line supervisory management, the person your learners report to. You can be as persuasive as possible in the classroom, but if the words we have all heard (“Yeah, that’s what they said in training, but let me show you how we do it here.”) are spoken by the person who manages your learners, I know which way they’ll go.

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Topics: job performance, tips-for-trainers

3 Fundamentals of Successful Training

Posted by Paul Sitter on 8/4/14 4:00 AM

Every year, major league baseball players, people who may be paid millions of dollars for their skills, go to spring training. At spring training the team reviews the fundamentals of batting, throwing, catching, and running.

As trainers, it might be useful to review the fundamentals of our profession in relation to the instructional design and delivery of training, whether in a virtual classroom or brick-and-mortar environment.

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Topics: training transfer, tips-for-trainers

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