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How to Manage Classroom Time Effectively

Posted by Madonna Wagner on 2/5/18 8:00 AM

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When learners attend training, they are often looking to get what they need from the session and get out. In today’s corporate culture, learners must juggle their training time with their obligations back on the job. Even if learners are excused from the daily operations of their current position, most are still expected to check and answer emails and phone calls. With the demands placed on them, from professional and personal obligations, learners may find it difficult to maintain focus in the classroom.

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7 Practical Tips for Technical Writing

Posted by Paul Sitter on 1/29/18 8:00 AM

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I recently facilitated our Writing Skills for Trainers workshop. It’s an excellent one-day workshop for instructional designers, training analysts, instructors, and training managers who need to write performance-based training materials that focus on the "how-to's." The workshop is full of tips and techniques to make your materials interesting, and lively, using a clear, concise writing style.

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How to Deal with Participants Who Deliberately Disrupt or Sabotage Training

Posted by James Summers on 1/22/18 8:00 AM

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As trainers, we know there are many things that have the potential to throw us off our focus during training. These things can include equipment failure, stumbling through a facilitated activity, or the most common and challenging obstacle, the disruptive learner.

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How to Prioritize Content

Posted by Dawn Lang on 1/15/18 8:00 AM

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One of the most frequently asked questions during our instructional design workshops is, “How do I pare down the content when there’s a lack of available time?” This can be a challenge, especially if you feel everything is important. 

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10 Tips to Increase your Charismatic Power

Posted by Marsha Weisleder on 1/8/18 8:00 AM

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Have you heard that within seconds of meeting someone we decide whether we like them? More importantly, that first impression is almost impossible to reverse and sets the tone for the relationship that follows.

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3 Techniques to Boost Instructor Self-Confidence

Posted by Jeff Welch on 1/2/18 8:00 AM

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Motivational speaker, Zig Ziglar, once said, “Confidence is going after Moby Dick in a rowboat and taking the tartar sauce with you.”

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How to Bring Dry or Boring Training to Life

Posted by Beth Brashear on 12/27/17 8:00 AM

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At Langevin we believe there is no such thing as dry or boring material. Right now, you are probably thinking, “What about policies and procedures, regulations, etc.? That content is definitely dry!” While, yes, the content may be dry or boring, there are instructional techniques that help add a little zest to your content to make it more fun!

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5 Critical Items to Remember Before You Train

Posted by Lynne Koltookian on 12/18/17 8:00 AM

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I don’t know about you, but I can’t seem to remember all my passwords. I have so many that my mind is exploding trying to retain them! As we move closer to the new year I pledge to make a list of all my passwords and keep them safe. As an instructor, I think it’s also a good practice to make a list of the critical items we need to remember before we teach. This way we can be prepared for every training session!

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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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