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4 Techniques to Combat Negativity in Training

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


Photo by: Robin Higgins via Pixabay

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 Items Instructors Should Watch and Listen For

Posted by Lynne Koltookian on 3/7/16 3:00 AM


As I sit here in front of my computer, I am looking at my screensaver picture of a beautiful snowy owl in flight. I love owls! Owls, like all birds of prey, have keen eyesight that is necessary to spot the small rodents they depend on for meals. Birds are lucky—they can fly high above the earth and have an aerial view of the expansive terrain below them. Wouldn’t it be nice to have that ability as humans?

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Tags: instructor-led training

How to Captivate Your Learners with Engaging Lecturettes!

Posted by Beth Brashear on 2/1/16 3:00 AM

Did you know the average adult attention span is now around five minutes? Yes, you read that right—five minutes! According to an article from, “the average adult attention span has plummeted from 12 minutes a decade ago to just five minutes now.” You are likely saying to yourself, “Only five minutes? My lectures are longer than five minutes. What do I do to keep them engaging?”

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Tags: instructional techniques, instructor-led training

3 Reasons to Keep “Old School” Techniques

Posted by Steve Flanagan on 11/23/15 3:00 AM

Don’t get me wrong, I like “new school.” I enjoy technology in training: iPads in the classroom, mobile learning, virtual classroom, social media and the like. The impact of technology in training over the past few years has been dramatic! It is becoming a popular practice that when new training is required, organizations first think of e-learning as the default solution. I understand the appeal of all the benefits of e-learning, but let’s not forget what got us this far. New school is great, but let’s keep old school!

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Tags: instructor-led training

How to Use Table Changes in Training

Posted by Paul Sitter on 8/17/15 4:00 AM

Table changes—it’s a trainer thing, right? You’ve likely experienced them frequently in workshops you’ve instructed or attended. Table changes are an important instructional technique to have in your toolbox. Let’s take a look at the fundamentals of table changes:

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Tags: instructional techniques, instructor-led training

How to Win your Learners with a SMILE

Posted by Linda Carole Pierce on 8/3/15 4:00 AM

I was recently at the gym and overheard some complaints about one of the fitness instructors who is perceived as knowledgeable but cold. I felt the same way about her until I got to know her a little better. I discovered she is passionate about her job and sincerely cares about her clients. What she lacks is a smile. When she does smile she radiates warmth and kindness.

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Tags: instructor-led training, tips-for-trainers

3 Instructional Techniques for Training a Small Group

Posted by Langevin Team on 4/20/15 4:00 AM

During my career as a trainer, I've worked with groups as large as 75 and as small as 2 participants. When working with large groups, one of my favorite instructional techniques is to put the learners in small groups for activities. However, when the class size is so small that you don't even have a traditional 4-6 person group, how do you adjust your facilitation? With some of Langevin’s more advanced workshops, I have found myself in this exact situation. With a few modifications to my style, and some tried-and-true instructional techniques, I can easily facilitate groups with only a couple of participants.

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Tags: instructional techniques, instructor-led training

6 Tips for Delivering Training in a Hotel

Posted by Paul Sitter on 3/16/15 4:00 AM



I often train in a hotel banquet room where the staff is professional and does a great job with room set-up, but as a trainer, I love to tweak. Fortunately, banquet staff graciously put up with my idiosyncrasies! Here are a few things I’ve learned to do the evening before training to stage a professional, yet comfortable, room for my class:

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Tags: instructor-led training

Top 10 Housekeeping Rules for Classroom Training

Posted by Paul Sitter on 1/19/15 3:00 AM

“It’s obvious!” Well, no, it’s not. At least that’s what most of us in the training world have found. The old saying, “One man’s ‘Duh’ is another man’s ‘Huh?’” comes to mind when considering general housekeeping rules for classroom training.

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Tags: instructor-led training

Instructional Techniques to Promote Learner Participation

Posted by Langevin Team on 12/22/14 3:00 AM

For me a larger size group makes it easier to encourage learners to participate. Let’s face it, in a larger group there are more chances that we’ll have an extrovert (or two!) who will engage with the instructor and other learners, and encourage the group to interact.

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Tags: instructional techniques, instructor-led training, tips-for-trainers

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