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How to Manage too Much Content and Not Enough Time

Posted by James Summers on 8/13/18 8:00 AM

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Picture this… “tick…tock…tick…tock.” Why is that clock so loud? You’re starting to perspire, anxiety is consuming you, and you have far too many topics left to cover in the fifteen remaining minutes before your learners realize it’s the end of the day and start packing up to head out the door. Can you picture it? What do you do? Most of you have likely run into this situation. Well, don’t panic! I’m here to help you figure out how to get all that content in, in a small amount of time.

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Tags: instructional techniques, time management

4 Tips for Delivering Feedback Instead of Criticizing

Posted by Jeff Welch on 7/23/18 8:00 AM

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Effective training is comprised of three core elements: presentation, application, and feedback.

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Tags: instructional techniques, job performance, instructional design, technology and training, public speaking skills, facilitation, feedback

How to Ensure a Repeat Course Continues to be Enjoyable

Posted by Beth Brashear on 7/16/18 8:00 AM

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As trainers, we all have that one course we teach repeatedly. You know the one I’m talking about. The course that brings about the little voice in your head that says, “If I have to teach this one more time!” We’ve all been there. I know I have! So, how do we ensure a repeat course continues to be enjoyable for us, the trainers?

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Tags: energizers, instructional techniques, icebreakers, instructional design, presentation and application methods

How to Make Training Magazine’s Top 125 List

Posted by Steve Flanagan on 7/2/18 8:00 AM

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Every year Training Magazine publishes a list of organizations whose training departments are deemed to be most effective and most efficient. To be on this top 125 list, training departments must meet a lengthy list of criteria. The criteria range from infrastructure, needs analysis, and metrics to delivery standards, finance, and overall training strategy.

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Tags: needs analysis, instructional techniques, managing training, evaluation, web-based training

How to Make Mandatory Annual Training Engaging and Successful

Posted by Paul Sitter on 6/18/18 8:00 AM

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Something that sends a chill up the spine of any trainer is the requirement to design or deliver a course that employees will see every year for their entire career. Sexual harassment in the workplace, hazardous materials handling, CPR training, HIPAA compliance, and so on. Perhaps more importantly, the training is often dreaded by the participants as well. They’re wondering, “Why do I have to attend exactly the same class I’ve gone to for the last 14 years?!”

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Tags: instructional techniques, mandatory training

4 Techniques to Combat Negativity in Training

Posted by Jeff Welch on 5/21/18 8:00 AM

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Negativity has no place in training. It can derail learning-based conversations and discussions. It can taint the experience for trainees who actually want to learn. A negative training environment can even block learning from occurring, which can have a detrimental impact on successful job performance.

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Tags: facilitation skills, instructional techniques, instructor-led training

5 Timeless Training Concepts

Posted by Lynne Koltookian on 5/7/18 8:00 AM

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I’m a big fan of working out and staying fit. At my local gym, I often notice exercise programs change frequently. One day they are offering cross-fit, a few months later they are offering fitness 360, a few months later they are offering fitness boot camp, and on and on. One fad fitness workout program after another. Who knew there were so many ways to keep fit!

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Tags: facilitation skills, adult learning principles, instructional techniques, presentation skills, instructional design, technology and training, public speaking skills

5 Essential Steps to Create Questions that Ensure Learners “Get It”

Posted by James Summers on 4/2/18 8:00 AM

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Tags: instructional techniques

How to Overcome Feeling Like a Fraud—The Impostor Syndrome

Posted by Marsha Weisleder on 3/19/18 8:00 AM

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I’ll admit I’ve been guilty of this one but, interestingly enough, I’m not alone. It seems many people feel fraudulent in their professions. Two psychologists, Pauline Clance and Suzanne Imes, came up with the term “Impostor Syndrome” back in 1978. It’s a feeling of “phoniness in people who believe they are not intelligent, capable or creative despite evidence of high achievement.” Instead of feeling worthy, they feel undeserving, as if a mistake has been made. Despite being experts in their field, they feel it’s only a matter of time before they are found out for who they really are—impostors with limited skills and abilities.

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Tags: facilitation skills, instructional techniques

5 Techniques to Incorporate Creativity into Your Training

Posted by Jeff Welch on 3/12/18 8:00 AM

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Sit in chair. View PowerPoint presentation. Take test. Go back to work.

 

Fellow trainers, if this describes the typical experience of the learners in one of your training sessions, it’s time to make a change. It’s time to get creative!

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Tags: instructional techniques, instructor-led training

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