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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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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: 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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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, 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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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

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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Tags: 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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Tags: needs analysis, job performance, instructional design

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