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5 Ways to Make Learning Easier

Posted by Lynne Koltookian on 3/18/19 8:00 AM

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Have you ever applied for a home loan or refinanced your existing home loan? If you have, you know that it can be a long, tedious, and frustrating process. Often there’s too much time spent on the process, an abundance of paperwork to sign, too many fees, and there are too many people involved. By the end of the process, you may even wonder why you bothered in the first place. The process is much too cumbersome. This makes me wonder if anyone in the banking or mortgage business has asked the question, “How can we make this process easier for the customer?” If they did, maybe the entire process would be overhauled and simplified. Granted, they have many legalities that necessitate all the paperwork but, in my mind, everything can be simplified and improved if you put yourself in the shoes of the customer and streamline every step.

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Tags: adult learning principles, instructional techniques, instructor-led training, facilitation

How to Use Interactive Games and Exercises in Training

Posted by James Summers on 3/11/19 8:00 AM

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Learners want training to be fun. It’s as simple as that. To encourage and maintain ideal behaviors, and to ensure a successful transfer of new knowledge and skills, training must be interesting and motivating for learners. Don’t forget, we are often competing with cell phones, social media, emails, and other distractions, so it’s essential to ensure learning is fun.

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Tags: instructional techniques, instructor-led training, games in training

How to Keep Learners Focused During Training

Posted by Beth Brashear on 3/4/19 8:00 AM

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Cell phones. They are everywhere. Nowadays, most people are more engaged with their mobile devices than they are with their surroundings. Whether they are walking, standing in line, in a business meeting, or even worse—your classroom! As instructors, what can we do to prevent our learners from being consumed by their electronic devices during the course? How can we keep learners focused during training?

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Tags: instructional techniques, instructor-led training, facilitation

Virtual Vs. Traditional Classroom Facilitation Part 2

Posted by Lynne Koltookian on 2/25/19 8:00 AM

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There are many articles and blogs about how to handle difficult learners in the traditional classroom environment. In fact, I recently posted a blog related to this topic, comparing situations in a traditional classroom to those in a virtual classroom.

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Tags: virtual trainer, virtual classroom, instructor-led training

4 Tips for Instructor Warm-Up Activities

Posted by Linda Carole Pierce on 6/25/18 8:00 AM

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It’s very important that instructors engage in some type of warm-up activity before going into any teaching situation, regardless of whether it is face-to-face or online.

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Tags: instructor-led training, warm-up activites

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 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

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 Tips to Optimize Your Training Room Layout

Posted by James Summers on 11/20/17 8:00 AM

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You’ve spent countless hours poring over your course content. You’ve searched the deepest corners of the internet to find creative icebreakers and brainteasers. You’ve stayed up late creating interactive visual aids to assist your learners. Seems like you’ve done everything… what are you missing?

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Tags: instructor-led training

Adding the Creative Connection in Training

Posted by Linda Carole Pierce on 9/18/17 8:00 AM

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One of the biggest complaints I’ve heard about training is that it is dull and boring. This is certainly true in cases with huge data dumps of dry material that are heavy on presentation and have little to no hands-on application. This begs the question, “How can we make it different?” It begins with the understanding of what training is, and what it is not, and then designing performance-based training that is lighter on presentation, with most of the time spent on application. We learn by doing, not just watching! We also need to add a creative connection by infusing fun and variety into our training sessions.

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Tags: instructor-led training, making training fun

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