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6 Instructional Techniques to Keep Your Training On Track

Posted by Paul Sitter on 8/15/16 8:00 AM

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A question that takes your training session off-track can be like a run-away train or like going down the rabbit hole in Alice’s Adventure in Wonderland. How can an instructor avoid this experience? Well, you may find these six instructional techniques useful:

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Topics: instructional techniques

5 Habits to be a Hit as a Trainer!

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

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Tied to many of our first-time experiences are a myriad of emotions that range from fear to pure joy and exhilaration. One of the participants in a recent course I delivered shared her concern and fear around having to roll out a course for the very first time.  She wasn’t a subject-matter expert and was given very little time and resources to prepare. The reality is that this story is not unusual.
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Topics: instructional techniques, tips-for-trainers, instructional design

5 Instructional Techniques to Create a Training Masterpiece

Posted by Lynne Koltookian on 5/23/16 8:00 AM

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I love to bake. The thing about baking is that you must include quality ingredients in just the right proportions, and in just the right way, for the recipe to come out perfectly. If you slip up in the building process, your dessert could end up being a disaster! When we design and deliver training we must use the same principles that a pastry chef uses. We must include all of the right elements for our training and in just the right amounts for a successful course and satisfied learners!

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Topics: instructional techniques, tips-for-trainers

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

Top 3 Question Types for your Trainer’s Toolkit

Posted by Jeff Welch on 5/2/16 4:00 AM


As a corporate trainer, I learned very early in my career the many benefits of asking thought-provoking questions while delivering a course. Asking questions helps keep participants engaged. A good question can encourage classroom participation. Lastly, a question and answer session allows you, the trainer, to check the understanding of your participants.

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Topics: instructional techniques, tips-for-trainers

How to Keep Your Training Skills Sharp

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


There are many things in life that require a tune-up periodically to ensure consistent performance. For example, I have to tune up my car, bicycle, and heating system. Almost everything breaks down over time but professionals help us prolong the life of our vehicles and other possessions. Well, trainers can also break down over time if we’re not careful. Instructor burnout is a real problem especially if we conduct too many training sessions mixed with constant travel.

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Topics: instructional techniques

3 Tips for Appealing to All Learning Styles

Posted by Linda Carole Pierce on 3/21/16 4:00 AM

Most trainers are familiar with the term “Neurolinguistic Programming (NLP).” In its simplest form, this term identifies the three preferred learning styles most individuals have. They are as follows:

Visual—learners prefer to “See it.”
Auditory—learners prefer to “Hear it.”
Kinesthetic—learners prefer to “Do it.”

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Topics: instructional techniques

3 Instructional Techniques to Win Over Learners

Posted by Jeff Welch on 3/14/16 4:00 AM

 

As you start reading this blog you may wonder how a Greek philosopher relates to instructional techniques used in a training session. Keep reading and it will all come together. I promise.

While purging and packing for a recent cross-country move, I came across a book I hadn’t seen in years. It was one of my textbooks from an argumentation and debate class I took my senior year in college.

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How to Connect with ESL Learners

Posted by Paul Sitter on 2/22/16 3:00 AM

Connect with ESL Learners

More and more instructors are finding themselves having all, a significant number of, or sometimes just a few participants in their classrooms who were not raised with English as their primary language. How do you connect with this audience?

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Topics: instructional techniques, tips-for-trainers

3 Instructional Techniques to Encourage Learner Motivation

Posted by Lynne Koltookian on 2/8/16 3:00 AM

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I enjoy people-watching as I am resting between weight lifting sets at the gym. The sight that really makes me chuckle is watching people use the exercise bicycles. Many times I observe people who are more interested in reading their book, tablet, or smartphone than really putting forth the effort to ride the bike. Their minds are so engrossed with their devices their feet are barely moving! I always smile at this because I know that although they are moving their feet, they are not really benefitting from their workout.

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Topics: instructional techniques

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