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10 Quick Tips to Successful Training Room Set-Up

Posted by Marsha Weisleder on 4/3/17 8:00 AM

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My dear friend and colleague, Melissa, is coming to my new home in Atlanta for a visit! We don’t get to see each other very often so I cherish our time together. She has become such a great friend over the years and was even a bridesmaid at my wedding. When we’re together, people ALWAYS ask if we’re sisters—once we were even asked if we were twins!

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Tags: instructional techniques, instructor-led training

The 5 “W’s” of Using Review Techniques in Training

Posted by Dawn Lang on 2/13/17 8:08 AM

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As a Langevin Course Leader, I want all our workshop participants to get the most out of the training they attend with us. That’s why using creative and memorable review activities during the courses we teach, is so essential! These activities help learners store and retrieve information, especially after they leave the training session.

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Tags: instructional techniques, instructor-led training, summary and review techniques

3 Reasons to Use Fewer Slides in Classroom Training

Posted by Lynne Koltookian on 11/14/16 8:00 AM

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Trainers tell me all the time about the issues they have around using slides in their training sessions. There are too many slides, they’re too wordy, they take too long to create, they must be approved by subject-matter experts—the list goes on and on. When I hear these comments, I shake my head in dismay. Why, you ask? As instructional designers or course leaders, we are the ones who deliver the content—the slides are just visual aids there to enhance what we are doing.

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Tags: instructor-led training

3 Tips for Gold Medal Training Sessions!

Posted by Linda Carole Pierce on 10/31/16 8:00 AM

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Every four years we are graced with the gift of being able to witness the “best of the best” athletes in the summer Olympics. I am always amazed, riveted, and spellbound by their abilities, whether they win the gold medal or not. Their performances are the result of years of planning, preparation, and practice. The process for developing our skills as trainers is similar in many ways.

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Tags: instructional techniques, instructor-led training

An Icebreaker When Time is Tight

Posted by Paul Sitter on 4/11/16 4:00 AM

A table change is a useful tool for trainers to help manage group dynamics. It can also be used as an energizer and to minimize disruptions. A table change can wake people up in the morning or late afternoon, and can build some much needed physical activity into the day. Most trainers routinely include table changes into their training.

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Tags: instructional techniques, icebreakers, 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: facilitation skills, virtual classroom, 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 Fortune.com, “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

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