Call us today 1-800-223-2209
Email Us

Langevin's Train-the-Trainer Blog

How to Maximize Instructional Design Time

Posted by Paul Sitter on 11/13/17 8:00 AM

Maximize_Instructional_Design_Time.jpg

Photo by: Nicole via Pixabay

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?

Read More

5 Strategies for Active Listening in Your Training Sessions

Posted by Dawn Lang on 11/6/17 8:00 AM

Active_Listening_In-Your_Training_Sessions.jpg

Source: Pixababy

Active listening is defined as a communication technique that requires the listener to fully concentrate, understand, respond, and then remember what is being said. Sounds like a critical trainer skill. Yet, we are rarely trained to listen actively. It takes a lot of effort to implement all aspects of active listening, but the benefits are great.

Read More

How to Make a Critical Classroom-Based Exercise Work in the Virtual Classroom

Posted by David Haskins on 10/30/17 8:00 AM

How_to_Make_a_Critical_Classroom_Based_Exercise_Work_in_the_Virtual_Classroom.jpg

Photo by: Arek Socha via Pixabay

Organizations today use a variety of training strategies—instructor-led training (ILT), e-learning, and virtual classroom (VC), among others. One popular tactic is to take an ILT course and convert it to the virtual classroom to reach a geographically dispersed audience. But is it as easy as it sounds? No way!

Read More

5 Key Areas for Auditing Your Courses

Posted by Marsha Weisleder on 10/23/17 8:00 AM

Auditing_Your_Courses.jpg

Photo by: Juraj Varga via Pixabay

Courses, like all trends, come and go. There's Fish Philosophy, The Psychology of Customers, Fostering Emotional Intelligence, and Six Sigma, just to name a few. So, how do you know which ones to keep, revise, or cancel? As part of your operational planning, we strongly recommend an audit of your existing courses. Take the time to examine your programs, their strengths and weaknesses, and make changes as needed.

Read More

4 Ways to Ensure You Never Forget a Participant’s Name

Posted by Jeff Welch on 10/16/17 8:00 AM

Never_Forget_a_Participant’s_Name.png

Photo by: Mary Pahlke via Pixabay

As a professional trainer, it’s likely you’ve had that awkward moment when you attempted to address one of your participants by name, but you simply forgot it. I can relate as it’s certainly happened to me.

Read More

The Principles of Adult Learning are Everywhere!!

Posted by Beth Brashear on 10/9/17 8:00 AM

Principles_of_Adult_Learning_are_Everywhere.jpg

Photo by: Daniel Reche via Pixabay

I am currently doing a fitness challenge on Facebook. Each day we are required to respond to a daily assignment and post pictures of our workouts for points. So far, I have really enjoyed being a part of the challenge group and love when the weekly stats are posted and I’m in the lead! However, I do feel there is something missing…

Read More

5 Reasons to Deal with Difficult Learners Quickly

Posted by Lynne Koltookian on 10/2/17 8:00 AM

Difficult_Learners.jpg

Photo by: Deutsch via Pixabay

Nobody likes conflict. In fact, there’s lots of training available on how to avoid it, how to deal with it, and how to manage it. Conflict can even happen in our training sessions. Trainers often refer to this challenge as “managing difficult learners.” It’s not the learners themselves that are difficult, it’s their behavior. Difficult behaviors can manifest in many ways, including side bar conversations, inappropriate questions, ill-timed electronics usage, and late arrivals.

Read More

10 Ways to Help Learners Get the Most Out of Training

Posted by Steve Flanagan on 9/25/17 8:00 AM

Help_Learners_Get_the_Most_Out_of_Training.jpg

Photo by: Karolina Grabowska via Pixabay

When training adults we often assume they know how to learn and have already developed techniques to help them acquire knowledge and skill. This is not necessarily the case. After being in the workplace for years, some adults have been out of their “learning mode” for quite some time and may have forgotten how to learn. It is important that we remind adult learners of the techniques that will help them learn while in class.

Read More

Adding the Creative Connection in Training

Posted by Linda Carole Pierce on 9/18/17 8:00 AM

Creative_Connection_in_Training.jpg

Source: Pixabay

One of the biggest complaints I’ve heard about training is that it is dull and boring. This is certainly true in cases with huge data dumps of dry material that are heavy on presentation and have little to no hands-on application. This begs the question, “How can we make it different?” It begins with the understanding of what training is, and what it is not, and then designing performance-based training that is lighter on presentation, with most of the time spent on application. We learn by doing, not just watching! We also need to add a creative connection by infusing fun and variety into our training sessions.

Read More

4 Ways to Keep Your Learners Enthusiastic and Engaged

Posted by Madonna Wagner on 9/11/17 8:00 AM

Training_Enthusiasm.jpg

Photo by: Carlos Pereyra via Pixabay

“Boy, Am I Enthusiastic!” This is the chant we had learners recite, every hour, on the hour, when I was an instructor at a recruiting school years ago. It was torturous to get our adult learners to sit in a class for eight hours a day, six weeks straight. But this was one of the tools we used to keep them engaged. We threw balls when we wanted someone to answer a question and we had all manner of toys that we used to prove a point, mock an incorrect answer, and point out the class snoozer. Looking back, I now recognize that in our effort to make the curriculum “fun” and “engaging,” we did many things wrong.

Read More

About this Blog

Our very own world-class course leaders share their experiences, tips, best practices, and expertise on virtual training, instructional design, needs analysis, e-learning, delivery, evaluation, presentation skills, facilitation, and much more!

Subscribe to Email Updates

Recent Posts