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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

3 Barriers to Learning and How to Prevent Them

Posted by Lynne Koltookian on 2/26/18 8:00 AM

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It always amazes me to see how many things can block the learning process. People are so distracted nowadays. Smart phones present obvious distractions to learning but there are so many other subtle, and not so subtle, ways that can take someone’s focus away from the classroom. Distractions are like thorns in an instructor’s side! We work so hard to make people feel comfortable and to create a pleasant learning environment. What do learners do? Well, sometimes they don’t pay attention or, even worse, they believe they can multi-task and learn at the same time!

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Tags: facilitation skills, instructional techniques

4 Ways to Enhance Active Listening

Posted by Linda Carole Pierce on 2/12/18 8:00 AM

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While watching a popular talk show recently, I noticed the people on the panel were constantly talking over one another. They were all trying to get their point across, and their obvious need was to be heard and to be right. It was clear that no one was listening which, of course, makes the show brand so popular. The brand of constant chatter appears to be a trend throughout many areas in our society, making listening a lost art.

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Tags: facilitation skills, instructional techniques

How to Manage Classroom Time Effectively

Posted by Langevin Team on 2/5/18 8:00 AM

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When learners attend training, they are often looking to get what they need from the session and get out. In today’s corporate culture, learners must juggle their training time with their obligations back on the job. Even if learners are excused from the daily operations of their current position, most are still expected to check and answer emails and phone calls. With the demands placed on them, from professional and personal obligations, learners may find it difficult to maintain focus in the classroom.

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Tags: instructional techniques, instructor-led training

5 Critical Items to Remember Before You Train

Posted by Lynne Koltookian on 12/18/17 8:00 AM

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I don’t know about you, but I can’t seem to remember all my passwords. I have so many that my mind is exploding trying to retain them! As we move closer to the new year I pledge to make a list of all my passwords and keep them safe. As an instructor, I think it’s also a good practice to make a list of the critical items we need to remember before we teach. This way we can be prepared for every training session!

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Tags: facilitation skills, instructional techniques

5 Strategies for Active Listening in Your Training Sessions

Posted by Dawn Lang on 11/6/17 8:00 AM

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Active listening is defined as a communication technique that requires the listener to fully concentrate, understand, respond, and then remember what is being said. Sounds like a critical trainer skill. Yet, we are rarely trained to listen actively. It takes a lot of effort to implement all aspects of active listening, but the benefits are great.

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Tags: instructional techniques

4 Ways to Ensure You Never Forget a Participant’s Name

Posted by Jeff Welch on 10/16/17 8:00 AM

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As a professional trainer, it’s likely you’ve had that awkward moment when you attempted to address one of your participants by name, but you simply forgot it. I can relate as it’s certainly happened to me.

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Tags: instructional techniques

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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Tags: adult learning principles, instructional techniques

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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Tags: instructional techniques

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