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How to Market Training: the 5 P’s

Posted by Steve Flanagan on 12/11/17 8:00 AM

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If people in your organization are not aware of the purpose or the benefit of training programs and services available to them, then the people responsible for the training are missing an important piece of the puzzle: marketing. I’m not referring to the marketing and promotion of training to the outside world, but the marketing and promotion of training within your own organization. In some organizations, employees and departments might not be aware of the training products and services available.

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Building the Training Partnership

Posted by Linda Carole Pierce on 12/4/17 8:00 AM

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A major challenge that many training programs face is getting support from management and being a priority within the organization. Being a priority may be obvious to us as trainers, but we shouldn’t assume everyone understands what training truly means or the value we add to the organization. Unfortunately, for some, programs are defined simply by putting up PowerPoint slides and calling it training. We know we learn by doing. This means, as members of the training department, we must become proactive in educating the organization about what training is and what it is not. Building a training partnership will support you in this process.

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Solutions for Dealing with Difficult Learner Behaviors

Posted by Madonna Wagner on 11/27/17 8:00 AM

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If you’ve been in training for any length of time, you know the motivation and attitude of your learners can make or break a training session. As trainers, it is our duty to make training a positive and safe experience for our learners. This can be challenging when the attitude of a small minority dictates the temperature of the entire room. It’s important that you know how to quickly recognize the unmotivated learner so you can win her over before you lose control of the entire class.

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5 Tips to Optimize Your Training Room Layout

Posted by James Summers on 11/20/17 8:00 AM

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You’ve spent countless hours poring over your course content. You’ve searched the deepest corners of the internet to find creative icebreakers and brainteasers. You’ve stayed up late creating interactive visual aids to assist your learners. Seems like you’ve done everything… what are you missing?

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How to Maximize Instructional Design Time

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

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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?

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5 Strategies for Active Listening in Your Training Sessions

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

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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.

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

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

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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!

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5 Key Areas for Auditing Your Courses

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

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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.

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

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

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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.

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The Principles of Adult Learning are Everywhere!!

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

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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…

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