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5 Tips for Enhancing a Learner’s Self-Esteem in Training

Posted by Steve Flanagan on 1/16/17 8:00 AM

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A recent conversation with a client revolved around the self-esteem of adult learners. In the 1970’s, Malcolm Knowles wrote extensively about learning principles relating to self-esteem specifically in adult learners. He believed that adult learners have something to lose and a strong need to maintain their self-esteem. Courses they attend should be set up to ensure successful outcomes, and adult learners need to feel they are being heard.

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4 Ways to Positively Influence People and Events

Posted by Linda Carole Pierce on 1/9/17 8:00 AM

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I’m sure you’re aware of the saying “It’s not just what you know, but, who you know!” In todays’ business environment, this saying resonates with high volume. It can be challenging in the workplace to ensure all voices are heard, especially with so many employees working remotely, globally, and with such a variety of ways to communicate.

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How to Conduct Meaningful Level 2 Evaluations

Posted by Paul Sitter on 12/19/16 8:00 AM

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There are many variations on the 4-level model of how to evaluate organizational training, but Don Kirkpatrick’s “4 Levels of Evaluation,” developed in 1959, is still the blue-ribbon standard today.

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4 Presentation Techniques to Grab an Audience’s Attention

Posted by Jeff Welch on 12/12/16 8:00 AM

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If you work in the training and development field, there may come a time, whether in a training workshop, at a conference or in a meeting, when you’ll be called upon to deliver a polished and professional presentation for an audience.

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8 Instructional Techniques for Remembering Participant’s Names

Posted by Dawn Lang on 12/5/16 8:00 AM

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I work in the field of training and development and have met many course leaders and trainers who have shared with me that they’ve had trouble remembering the names of the participant’s in their training sessions. As a training professional, it’s something I’ve struggled with as well!

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5 Tips for Co-Teaching with a Virtual Classroom Producer

Posted by Marsha Weisleder on 11/28/16 8:00 AM

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A lot goes into creating a smooth and interactive virtual learning environment for your learners. The general rule for virtual training is learners should be asked to do something every 3-5 minutes. For example, this could mean they participate in a chat exercise, answer a question or poll, take a quiz, work in a breakout group, or annotate the slide.

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Top Tips for Trainers!

Posted by Beth Brashear on 11/21/16 8:00 AM

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I want to love yoga, but I get so frustrated when I go to the class at my local gym! I am constantly wondering, “Are my hips at the right angle for downward dog? Are my hands and feet pointed in the right direction?” As I move into each pose, I watch what the instructor is doing but I still don’t feel like I have the proper form. I end up leaving feeling more stressed than relaxed.

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3 Reasons to Use Fewer Slides in Classroom Training

Posted by Lynne Koltookian on 11/14/16 8:00 AM

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Trainers tell me all the time about the issues they have around using slides in their training sessions. There are too many slides, they’re too wordy, they take too long to create, they must be approved by subject-matter experts—the list goes on and on. When I hear these comments, I shake my head in dismay. Why, you ask? As instructional designers or course leaders, we are the ones who deliver the content—the slides are just visual aids there to enhance what we are doing.

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3 Ways to Validate Elearning

Posted by Steve Flanagan on 11/7/16 8:00 AM

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In the instructor-led training world it is quite common to roll out courses with little or no validation. Validation involves testing a course before it is delivered to the end-user. We often validate or test a course by conducting a pilot session—the first live classroom session for real end-users. When designing elearning courses, best practice advocates a thorough validation before the module or course is rolled out.

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3 Tips for Gold Medal Training Sessions!

Posted by Linda Carole Pierce on 10/31/16 8:00 AM

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Every four years we are graced with the gift of being able to witness the “best of the best” athletes in the summer Olympics. I am always amazed, riveted, and spellbound by their abilities, whether they win the gold medal or not. Their performances are the result of years of planning, preparation, and practice. The process for developing our skills as trainers is similar in many ways.

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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!

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