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Four Tips to Help Manage Your Classroom Time

Posted by Jeff Welch on 6/26/17 8:00 AM

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“The bad news is time flies. The good news is you’re the pilot.”  Michael Altshuler

Classroom time management can be one of the most challenging aspects of a professional trainer’s job, and finishing your instructor-led training courses on time can be a daunting task. By incorporating a few tried-and-true classroom time management tips into your sessions, you can complete your training sessions on time! 

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5 Tips to Make Mandatory Training More Meaningful

Posted by James Summers on 6/19/17 8:00 AM

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As instructors, we have our work cut out for us because, in most cases, perception IS reality. If someone has had a lack-luster training experience, they are more likely to dread future training and attend it with the attitude to prove it. Every time we deliver a mandatory training session, we have a chance to use innovative instructional techniques to change a participant’s perception. Some form of mandatory training is required in most successful companies and our goal, as professional trainers, is to make sure people leave our sessions feeling excited and rejuvenated.

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3 Ways to Reinforce Training: What’s in it for Me?

Posted by Dawn Lang on 6/12/17 8:00 AM

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“What’s in it for me?” (WIIFM) is the leading motivator for most human activity and can hold unexpected gifts. Specifically, in the training field, it’s important that your learners know the benefit to them for attending training. Answering this question at the start, and throughout your sessions, will keep your participants interested, involved, and engaged.

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5 Tips to Liven up your e-Learning

Posted by Marsha Weisleder on 6/5/17 8:00 AM

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Wouldn’t it be great if we could be kids again and get excited about learning—especially e-learning? Instead, it’s more like, “Argh! I have to take that online training at work and I’ve been putting it off for weeks. I know it’s going to be so boring! I’ll probably have to sit for an hour reading a bunch of slides and then take a meaningless test at the end. I’m sure I’ll get nothing out of it. What a waste of my time!”

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4 Phases of Fabulous Peer Training

Posted by Beth Brashear on 5/29/17 8:00 AM

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I became a corporate trainer over ten years ago and will never forget the first few weeks in my new role. A range of emotions surfaced, including nervousness and excitement. During this time, I was trained by one of my peers for the workshop I was to facilitate in a few weeks. Back then I wasn’t familiar with different learning preferences and became confused by the instructional methods my colleague was using. He was teaching me the way he preferred to learn rather than a way that worked for me—not the best practice for a train-the-trainer situation.

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Checklist of 5 Key Items for a Successful Training Session

Posted by Lynne Koltookian on 5/22/17 8:00 AM

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We have so many passwords to remember for all the various websites we use these days—I’ve found my mind exploding trying to retain them all! To make it easier, I’ve pledged to make a master list of all my passwords so I’ll never forget them. I also think, as professional corporate trainers, it’s a good practice to make a list of all the critical things we need to remember before we deliver a training session. This way we can be as close as possible to perfection in every class!

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3 Top Considerations for Blended Learning Solutions

Posted by Steve Flanagan on 5/15/17 8:00 AM

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Often when an instructional designer is tasked with building a performance-based, blended learning solution to address a training need, the first constraint they consider is the available technology. The technology you choose can have a huge impact on the success of any blended learning solution. Questions to consider are: “Can we use video?”, “Can we build a robust online simulation?”, or “Do we have enough broadband?”

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5 Techniques to Bridge the Generation Gap in Training

Posted by Linda Carole Pierce on 5/8/17 8:00 AM

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According to The Center for Generational Kinetics, the current workforce may include four to five generations depending on the specific workplace. Research suggests that each generation brings with them a specific set of values, ideas, and learning styles. Here are the birth years for each generation:

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How to Manage Constant Changes in Instructional Design

Posted by Paul Sitter on 5/1/17 8:00 AM

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One of the most common complaints I hear from instructional designers is about content requiring constant updates. Examples and “how to” instructions in the course materials may need to be revised at the last minute. This is more often a challenge for instructional designers who design technical content but all instructional designers deal with this challenge at one time or another. Even interpersonal and conceptual content can change at the last minute!

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3 Ways to Increase Knowledge and Skill Transfer During Training

Posted by Jeff Welch on 4/24/17 8:00 AM

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The goal of training is to have our learners retain the knowledge and skills they’ve gained in training so they can apply them back at the workplace. This concept is often referred to as “training transfer.” As corporate trainers, we need to ensure this transfer of knowledge and skill takes place by delivering content and facilitating classes in ways that maximize learner retention.

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