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Instructional Techniques: 5 Tips for Successful Training

Posted by Linda Carole Pierce on 4/21/14 4:00 AM
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As a trainer, I have had the honor of frequently witnessing groups come together as strangers and evolve to become a support group for one another well after the training has been completed. My heart smiles when I open my email a week or two following a training program and discover that participants are chatting with one another regarding their key learnings from the course but, more importantly, how they are applying the skills in their workplace. Unfortunately, we sometimes hear the opposite. Participants attend a training program, return to work, put out fires, and resort to old habits with very little motivation, reinforcement, or accountability. This is why it is always a breath of fresh air to witness learners who are excited about learning new skills, and are motivating and supporting one another to implement the tools back on the job.


In one of my recent programs, a participant was quite surprised at how quickly everyone gelled in a three-day course. I recall hearing him say how he felt as though he had known the other participants for years. He also stated, “This clearly doesn’t happen in all of your classes.” I responded honestly, “Of course not, however, it happens more often than not.” There is so much that goes into making a successful training experience, but it does not happen on its own. There are some things that we simply don’t have control over. However, when we add the following five key ingredients (or instructional techniques), which are the foundation for all Langevin training programs, it makes for a successful training experience.

  1. Create a safe climate that is conducive to learning.
  2. Create opportunities for learners to network and get to know each other on a professional and personal level.
  3. Present content that is relevant!
  4. Provide frequent opportunities for hands-on practice and immediate feedback.
  5. Make learning fun (without going too far).

Hopefully we will see you in one of our instructional techniques workshops soon – you’ll definitely experience the rewards of a successful training experience!


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Linda has been a course leader with Langevin since 2005. She graduated from New York University with a degree in Organizational Behavior and Communication. She’s also had the privilege of teaching at NYU’s Gallatin Division in the area of Theatre and Education. Linda began her career facilitating conflict resolution and coexistence workshops for diverse groups, and running workshops in the Middle East and South Africa, as well as facilitating social issues workshops for young people in the NYC school system. Linda believes learning works best when it is student-centered, experiential, interactive, and fun. Outside of the classroom, you’ll find Linda at the theatre, either as an audience member or actor, or spending quality time with her family and friends.

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