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When to Change Your Delivery Style

Posted by Lynne Koltookian on 5/16/16 4:00 AM

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You’ve likely heard the expression, “You can’t change a leopard’s spots.” That might be true for some people but not for trainers. Confused yet? Let me explain. Most trainers already know about learning preferences. There are learners who prefer a visual approach, those who prefer auditory, and those who like a hands-on style. But did you know there are different delivery styles?

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Topics: facilitation, instructional techniques

Are You Using Facilitation Skills?

Posted by Marsha Weisleder on 3/30/15 4:00 AM

Using Facilitation SkillsHave you ever wondered what your training style is and where it came from? Do you like presenting most of the material in the course or do you prefer when participants direct their own learning? Do you like controlling discussions or prefer listening to what others have to say?

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Topics: facilitation, instructional techniques

Using an Agenda in Training

Posted by Linda Carole Pierce on 6/2/14 4:00 AM

hidden-agenda-clipartI recently had a lengthy discussion with a client regarding the purpose of an agenda and what should be included. The client did not understand its purpose or value and consequently had not been using an agenda in her training programs. This blog will highlight some of the key points discussed with the client and why I think they are important.

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Topics: facilitation, presentation skills, tips-for-trainers

5 Tips to a Powerful Voice

Posted by Linda Carole Pierce on 3/6/14 3:00 AM

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Do you know the real power of your voice? Actors know it, broadcasters know it, singers know it, and trainers should know it, too! I came from a theater arts background before I entered the training profession and I quickly learned how necessary a powerful voice is. I was taught how to project my voice on stage so that even the person sitting in the very last row could hear me! My theater directors and coaches taught me to breathe deeply and throw my words out like I was throwing an object out at my audience. Over time, and with consistent practice, I was able to project almost effortlessly.

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Topics: facilitation, instructional techniques, presentation skills, tips-for-trainers

6 Tips for Developing Ground Rules in a Facilitated Session

Posted by Steve Flanagan on 2/27/14 3:00 AM

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When running a facilitated session we would like to think that common sense and good manners would prevail. This is not always the case. Sometimes in facilitated sessions, particularly those sessions dealing with contentious issues, participants can let their emotions get the better of them. In these situations it is a good practice to develop ground rules.

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Topics: facilitation, instructional techniques

Facilitation Skills: How Social Do We Need to Be?

Posted by Marsha Weisleder on 2/20/14 3:00 AM

FacilitationSkillsDeveloping rapport with learners and establishing a good learning climate can make or break your sessions; these are key facilitation skills for instructors and facilitators. Learners need to feel welcome, safe, comfortable, and understood in our classes. We also strive to build cohesiveness amongst the group. All good facilitators know that learner relationships are just as important as course content.

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Topics: facilitation, instructor-led training, tips-for-trainers

How to Use Facilitation Skills Effectively in Meetings

Posted by Langevin Team on 12/19/13 3:00 AM

meetingNEWUnless you are self-employed, and you’re the only employee on the payroll, working with other people is an expected part of doing business. Whether you are a project manager, a supervisor, or in some type of leadership position, you’ll likely be required to facilitate a meeting at some point, putting your facilitation skills to the test.

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Topics: facilitation, presentation skills, tips-for-trainers

How to Make Training Stick

Posted by Langevin Team on 12/5/13 3:00 AM

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Not long ago, I was watching a baseball game and was fascinated by the excitement around a pitcher having a perfect game. It wasn’t just the excitement of the announcer that enthralled me; it was also the excitement from the whole team, and how hard the pitcher’s teammates worked to help him achieve perfection. 

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Topics: facilitation, needs analysis, instructional techniques, instructional design

Using 5 Stages of Group Development to Manage Group Dynamics

Posted by Jeff Welch on 11/18/13 3:00 AM

Perhaps one of the more challenging aspects of facilitation is managing the group dynamics in a classroom setting. Because no two groups are ever alike, I’ve found that a “one size fits all” approach is usually not the best tactic.

Most courses at Langevin Learning Services are facilitated by placing participants in small groups. Over the years, I’ve learned to expect the unexpected when it comes to the dynamics of a group.

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Topics: facilitation, instructional techniques, instructor-led training, tips-for-trainers

An Icebreaker for When the Ice is Already Broken

Posted by Alan Magnan on 11/11/13 3:00 AM

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As trainers it’s pretty much a given that we’ll start a classroom session with some kind of icebreaker. We’re trying to warm up our learners and get them ready to work together. But what do you do when people are already warmed up? What if your learners work together every single day?

Here’s an icebreaker that’s worked well for me when training people who are already very familiar with each other:

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Topics: facilitation, instructional techniques, tips-for-trainers

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