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How to Ensure a Repeat Course Continues to be Enjoyable

Posted by Beth Brashear on 7/16/18 8:00 AM

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As trainers, we all have that one course we teach repeatedly. You know the one I’m talking about. The course that brings about the little voice in your head that says, “If I have to teach this one more time!” We’ve all been there. I know I have! So, how do we ensure a repeat course continues to be enjoyable for us, the trainers?

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Tags: energizers, instructional techniques, icebreakers, instructional design, presentation and application methods

Top 5 Reasons to Run a Pilot Course

Posted by Lynne Koltookian on 7/9/18 8:00 AM

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Tags: instructional design, pilot course

How to Make Training Magazine’s Top 125 List

Posted by Steve Flanagan on 7/2/18 8:00 AM

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Every year Training Magazine publishes a list of organizations whose training departments are deemed to be most effective and most efficient. To be on this top 125 list, training departments must meet a lengthy list of criteria. The criteria range from infrastructure, needs analysis, and metrics to delivery standards, finance, and overall training strategy.

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Tags: needs analysis, instructional techniques, managing training, evaluation, web-based training

4 Tips for Instructor Warm-Up Activities

Posted by Linda Carole Pierce on 6/25/18 8:00 AM

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It’s very important that instructors engage in some type of warm-up activity before going into any teaching situation, regardless of whether it is face-to-face or online.

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Tags: instructor-led training, warm-up activites

How to Make Mandatory Annual Training Engaging and Successful

Posted by Paul Sitter on 6/18/18 8:00 AM

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Something that sends a chill up the spine of any trainer is the requirement to design or deliver a course that employees will see every year for their entire career. Sexual harassment in the workplace, hazardous materials handling, CPR training, HIPAA compliance, and so on. Perhaps more importantly, the training is often dreaded by the participants as well. They’re wondering, “Why do I have to attend exactly the same class I’ve gone to for the last 14 years?!”

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Tags: instructional techniques, mandatory training

How to Secure Buy-In and Support for Training

Posted by James Summers on 6/11/18 8:00 AM

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Action! “I don’t know why they have me attending this training. They don’t even believe in it themselves!” And scene! Let’s face it, we’ve all heard this statement a thousand times. If we’re honest, we’ve probably said it a time or two ourselves. There are many things that affect the attitude of our learners, and one of the big items is feeling like they don’t have the support of the leadership team.

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Tags: marketing training, make your training stick, buy-in

How to Design Successful Virtual Classroom Training

Posted by Dawn Lang on 6/4/18 8:00 AM

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Many organizations say they are using virtual training or are planning to implement it. However, there’s more to virtual training than simply repurposing PowerPoint slides in a virtual classroom platform. With so many organizations moving to online training, it’s important to adhere to quality instructional design principles. When the design is solid and interactive, virtual classroom training can be an effective way to learn.

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Tags: virtual classroom, instructional design

3 Ways to Prove the Value of Training

Posted by Marsha Weisleder on 5/28/18 8:00 AM

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Great news, everyone! We are NOT just a cost center or an expense. We CAN add value and show the impact of training. The big question is whether you know how to do it. Do you know how to measure the impact of improved employee performance because of training? If not, you’re in the right place. So, let’s get started.

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Tags: managing training, evaluation, job performance

4 Techniques to Combat Negativity in Training

Posted by Jeff Welch on 5/21/18 8:00 AM

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Negativity has no place in training. It can derail learning-based conversations and discussions. It can taint the experience for trainees who actually want to learn. A negative training environment can even block learning from occurring, which can have a detrimental impact on successful job performance.

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Tags: facilitation skills, instructional techniques, instructor-led training

4 Ways to Promote the Transfer of Training

Posted by Beth Brashear on 5/14/18 8:00 AM

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You spend months designing and developing a new training course. Then you spend hours upon hours in the classroom conducting the training only to learn some participants return to work and do not apply their new skills. How frustrating! But what is the catalyst? Do you have management support? Have you designed the support tools the management team will need? As trainers, you need to make sure you’re doing your part to ensure support of the transfer of those new skills.

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Tags: training transfer

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