Call us today 1-800-223-2209
Email Us

Langevin's Train-the-Trainer Blog

Aligning Training and Organizational Objectives

Posted by Langevin Team on 4/9/18 8:00 AM

Aligning_Training_and_Organizational_Objectives

Source: Pixabay

When I have a workshop coming up, I survey the participants to figure out what they are looking for in the course. In a recent course, one survey response struck me because I’ve heard it—or variations of it—so many times before: “I want a course plan that moves from the strategic level to the details that my call center employees need to do their job better.” This is a single, concise sentence describing what we do as part of the instructional design process! Of course, we are not all working with call center employees, but the relation between the overall goals of the organization and what ends up in the classroom is something that applies to us all.

Read More

Tags: managing training

How to Ensure the Training Department is Seen as a Partner or Resource

Posted by Beth Brashear on 3/5/18 8:00 AM

Training_Department_as_a_Partner_and_Resource.jpeg

Source: Pixabay

In an organization, the training department is often viewed as the “fun” department rather than a partner or resource for development. How is this image or reputation created? Often, it’s because people aren’t familiar with everything the department has to offer, or all the steps, processes, analysis, development, solutions, etc. that go into training. In addition, training is sometimes viewed as a “one size fits all” solution, meaning it can solve all problems. In fact, training is not always the solution to a performance gap (if the gap even exists). If training is provided when the problem lies elsewhere, the department won’t be seen as a credible resource.

Read More

Tags: marketing training, managing training

5 Key Areas for Auditing Your Courses

Posted by Marsha Weisleder on 10/23/17 8:00 AM

Auditing_Your_Courses.jpg

Photo by: Juraj Varga via Pixabay

Courses, like all trends, come and go. There's Fish Philosophy, The Psychology of Customers, Fostering Emotional Intelligence, and Six Sigma, just to name a few. So, how do you know which ones to keep, revise, or cancel? As part of your operational planning, we strongly recommend an audit of your existing courses. Take the time to examine your programs, their strengths and weaknesses, and make changes as needed.

Read More

Tags: auditing courses, managing training

4 Best Practices to Ensure Training Transfer

Posted by Linda Carole Pierce on 4/25/16 4:00 AM

I’m sure we have all heard the cliché, “If you don’t use it, you lose it.” Learners attend training programs to gain knowledge and skill to improve their performance for their current job. However, what I often hear from many learners in my courses is a big “BUT!” The “but” is typically related to the challenges faced after training when they return to work. The most common challenges mentioned are a lack of time and a lack of management support to implement the new skills back on the job. These challenges don’t bode well for training transfer!

Read More

Tags: training transfer, managing training

How to Excel as a New Training Manager

Posted by Marsha Weisleder on 4/18/16 4:00 AM

So, you’ve been promoted to the position of training manager. Clearly someone has seen the spark of leadership in you. How exciting! Although leadership is difficult to define, I’ve seen many interpretations. These are some of my favorites:

Read More

Tags: managing training

4 Tips for Dealing with Organizational Politics

Posted by Langevin Team on 2/15/16 3:00 AM

Training managers, you’ve probably noticed training is not immune to organizational politics. Not sure if you’re dealing with politics? Consider some of the following situations. Does most of your upper management believe everything needs to be delivered through e-learning? Are they good at supporting training in words but not in actions? Is training considered an afterthought in major organizational initiatives? Is your team expected to provide training to an entire group when only a few individuals truly require it?

Read More

Tags: managing training, office politics

10 Tips for Instructor Preparation

Posted by Marsha Weisleder on 11/9/15 3:00 AM

Training_Instructor_Preparation.jpg

 

It’s 3:00 pm on a Friday and the training manager calls you to his/her office with the news…we need you to teach this new course on Monday. What? Well, the good news is you have the weekend to prepare but the bad news is you have the weekend to prepare! Can you relate? Talk about NOT being set up for success. Unfortunately, this is a reality in many corporations and certainly not ideal.

Read More

Tags: managing training

Does Your Organization Support Training Success?

Posted by Lynne Koltookian on 2/18/15 3:00 AM

I often ask my workshop participants, “What three groups of people must work together for training to be successful?” They always know the answer – managers, trainers, and employees. In this blog I will talk about how managers can either help training succeed or lead to its downfall. In future blogs I will look at how trainers and employees can contribute to training success in your organization.

Read More

Tags: managing training, evaluation

How to Decide Whether to Fix a Course or Scrap it

Posted by Steve Flanagan on 9/22/14 4:00 AM

My wife and I recently gave up city living and bought a farm. Fourteen acres of grapes, a big farm house and a huge barn, all in a beautiful country setting. We knew it was going to be an adjustment in our life style, but we really had no idea how much. The grape vines need a bit of work after some years of harsh winter weather and unfriendly bugs. We had to make some decisions about some of our varieties; do we prune, tie, fertilize, and nurture these plants back to health or do we pull them up and replant?

Read More

Tags: managing training

5 Tips for Handling the “Problem” Instructor

Posted by Langevin Team on 2/17/14 3:00 AM

As a training manager, have you ever had an instructor who didn’t “cut the mustard?” Maybe the instructor’s evaluations were a bit lower than other instructors, or you heard a critical comment from some of the participants or from a manager? What to do, what to do? You want to be fair to your employee, and if s/he is also an instructor who has subject-matter expertise in some of the offerings in your syllabus, you know they will be hard to replace.

Read More

Tags: managing training

About this Blog

Our very own world-class course leaders share their experiences, tips, best practices, and expertise on virtual training, instructional design, needs analysis, e-learning, delivery, evaluation, presentation skills, facilitation, and much more!

Subscribe to Email Updates

Recent Posts