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4 Essential Steps to Conducting a Successful Training Needs Analysis

Posted by Beth Brashear on 9/5/16 8:00 AM

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"When life gives you lemons, make lemonade.” We have all heard this saying before but what if lemonade wasn’t the solution? What if you were hungry rather than thirsty and you just used up all your lemons making lemonade? When a problem is presented, our natural instinct is to try to find a solution versus taking a moment to truly understand the problem. As Albert Einstein once said, “If I had an hour to solve a problem, I would spend 55 minutes thinking about the problem and 5 minutes thinking about solutions.”

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Topics: needs analysis

How to Improve Job Performance Using Incentives

Posted by Jeff Welch on 6/6/16 8:00 AM

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As a training professional, it’s very possible you’ll be approached by a manager or supervisor within your organization to discuss employee job performance. This discussion will likely happen when that manager is looking for ways in which to improve the job performance of a poorly performing direct report or team member. Don’t be surprised if that manager views training as the first and only option to fix the many possible issues related to unsatisfactory job performance. 
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Topics: needs analysis, job performance

How to Help Learners Become Proficient after Training

Posted by Langevin Team on 2/29/16 3:00 AM

Training Needs Analysis

One of the topics that pops up during many Langevin course overviews is what training “is,” and what training “is not.”

Simply put, training provides the knowledge and skills to meet or improve the performance required for any task related to a current job.

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Topics: needs analysis, job performance

6 Reasons to Love a Training Needs Analysis

Posted by Paul Sitter on 11/24/14 3:00 AM

A training needs analysis (TNA) is an often misunderstood and underused tool of a training department.

Of course, you don’t always have to conduct a TNA. If something is brand new, mission critical and non-intuitive, the need for training is obvious. Additionally, if training is mandated by law or executive direction, the decision making has been done.

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Topics: needs analysis, job performance, instructional design

How to Calculate the Potential to Improve Performance

Posted by Marsha Weisleder on 9/15/14 4:00 AM

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To train or not to train…that’s the question. Every year, we spend billions of dollars on training in corporate North America, with no change in performance back on the job. So why are we training people? Sometimes management asks for it. Or maybe it’s the new flavor of the month and everyone is doing it. Or possibly we have to spend our budget dollars or we’ll lose them next year. Although we hate to admit it, I’m sure we’ve all been guilty of conducting training for some of these WRONG reasons.

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Topics: needs analysis, job performance

Training Needs Analysis: To Train or Not To Train?

Posted by Langevin Team on 8/18/14 4:22 AM

That is the question. The answer may surprise you. There seems to be a popular perception that training is the corporate band-aid. No matter what's wrong, training can fix it. However, the reality is that more often than not, it's not a training issue. I'd like to ask three questions to provide some perspective on whether it is necessary to conduct a training needs analysis (TNA).

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Topics: needs analysis

5 Tips for Writing Training Objectives

Posted by Paul Sitter on 3/31/14 4:00 AM

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The use of the acronym SMART (specific, measurable, achievable, realistic, time-bound) is a good guideline for writing training objectives—a key step in the instructional design process. The SMART formula has been around for many years, yet some trainers still agonize over writing objective statements. Here are some tips on writing objective statements effectively and easily:

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Topics: needs analysis, tips-for-trainers, instructional design

How to Make Training Stick

Posted by Langevin Team on 12/5/13 3:00 AM

Not long ago, I was watching a baseball game and was fascinated by the excitement around a pitcher having a perfect game. It wasn’t just the excitement of the announcer that enthralled me; it was also the excitement from the whole team, and how hard the pitcher’s teammates worked to help him achieve perfection. 

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Topics: facilitation, needs analysis, instructional techniques, instructional design

9 Ways to Win Management Buy-In for Training

Posted by Paul Sitter on 7/15/13 4:00 AM

Without management buy-in training doesn’t occur, the right people aren’t in the classroom, and training is not reinforced in the workplace. Here are nine strategies that may work for you and the two levels of management where they might work best.

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Topics: needs analysis, evaluation, tips-for-trainers, instructional design

5 Guidelines for Effective Employee Onboarding

Posted by Melissa Grey Satterfield on 2/28/13 3:00 AM

In a recent Training Manager workshop, we had a spirited discussion relating to New Employee Orientation (NEO) and Onboarding programs for new employees. It started when I asked the group to define the difference between these two terms, as I’ve heard them tossed around a lot lately and often times interchangeably. During the discussion I posed the question “What constitutes an effective onboarding program?” What I received was a bunch of conflicting opinions. Post-workshop, I took this ‘hot topic’ to our SMEs at Langevin’s Alumni Group on LinkedIn. Here’s the skinny on the Orientation/Onboarding debate:

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Topics: needs analysis, training manager, instructional design

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