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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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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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Tags: 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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Tags: coaching, 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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Tags: instructional techniques, icebreakers, instructor-led training

How to Connect with ESL Learners

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

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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Tags: 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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Tags: 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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Tags: instructional techniques

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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Tags: 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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Tags: 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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Tags: instructional design, ADDIE

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