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5 Reasons to Deal with Difficult Learners Quickly

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

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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.

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10 Ways to Help Learners Get the Most Out of Training

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

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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.

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Adding the Creative Connection in Training

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

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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.

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4 Ways to Keep Your Learners Enthusiastic and Engaged

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

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“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.

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Put your Training Challenges into Perspective

Posted by Paul Sitter on 9/4/17 8:00 AM

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There are many circumstances that can add an extra degree of stress in a trainer’s life. Have you ever experienced this situation? You work in the training department of a software company and your “go live” date for the software training is the same date as the release of the product. What about this one? You’re a virtual trainer who must deliver live training and meet the needs of several time zones. Or, you’re an e-learning designer who must design products for the “flavor of the week” and meet all the deadlines. Not many people would argue with the premise that sometimes working in the training world can be challenging!

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5 Interactive Interventions for the Training Blahs

Posted by James Summers on 8/28/17 8:00 AM

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As trainers, we often worry about how to make our training engaging—and let's face it, not everyone is fortunate enough to work for Langevin! I’m sure there is one training course you deliver where you literally start yawning whenever you hear the title. If you feel that way, chances are your participants might, too. But, why is that?

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4 Ideas for Using Brainteasers in Training Courses

Posted by Dawn Lang on 8/21/17 8:00 AM

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Do you use brainteasers to start your training day or to refocus or energize your learners after breaks? Brainteasers have multiple benefits, such as:

  • Increasing creativity
  • Adding fun into your training course
  • Building rapport between the learners as they work together to solve them
  • Refocusing and re-energizing your participants

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3 Techniques for Conducting Level 3 Evaluations

Posted by Marsha Weisleder on 8/14/17 8:00 AM

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It’s time to get serious and discuss Level 3 Evaluations. Yup, no more excuses, and I’ve heard them all! Things like, “It’s out of our control” or “I don’t have time to do it.” By the way, anyone who says, “I don’t have time to do it,” is really saying, “I have something more important to do.”

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4 Standards for Consistency in Training

Posted by Beth Brashear on 8/7/17 8:00 AM

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Consistency is key in training, and is extremely important as part of your instructional design best practices when creating courses for adult learners. As it turns out, consistency in puppy training is also essential. While puppies and adults are not necessarily alike, I believe there are some similarities when it comes to training. 

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My Journey through the 4 Stages of Learning in the Virtual Classroom

Posted by Lynne Koltookian on 7/31/17 8:00 AM

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Do you know about the four Stages of Learning? In our workshop, How Adults Learn, we introduce new instructors to these important stages. Everyone starts out at stage one as a Novice. At this stage, we can feel nervous and scared because “we don’t know, what we don’t know.” As we progress to the Apprentice stage, we start to realize “how much we still need to learn.”

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