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Hero Worship

Posted by Paul Sitter on 7/18/16 8:00 AM



We sometimes run into people we look upon as “heroes.” Occasionally, they are real heroes. The fire fighter who runs into a burning building when everyone else is running out. Or the mother who lifts a car off her trapped child. Someone becomes your hero when their performance goes way beyond what you could normally expect of the typical person.
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Topics: coaching, success stories, job performance

How to Explain Your Job as a Trainer

Posted by Jeff Welch on 2/2/15 3:00 AM

When I first took my job as a Corporate Trainer many years ago, I had no idea that my new career and its responsibilities would be so misunderstood by others. After all, people seemed to have a full understanding of my previously held jobs.

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Topics: success stories

How to Deal with Speaker’s Anxiety

Posted by Melissa Grey Satterfield on 5/26/14 4:00 AM



It’s early 2014 and my husband is in our living room, pacing to and fro, anxious about his presentation skills and about giving a presentation for “the powers that be” at his office. As many organizations do in the first few months of a new year, they ask department heads to share their goals and plans for the upcoming year. When I asked him what was making him so nervous, he said, “Unlike you, I don’t speak in front of people on a regular basis – it’s nerve wracking!”

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Topics: success stories, presentation skills, instructor-led training

3 Tips to Keep Courses Updated

Posted by Langevin Team on 7/4/13 4:00 AM



In a recent instructional design workshop, we had a discussion about how to manage course updates. In areas like technology, where things change quickly and often, how can designers manage those changes without having to revise course materials monthly, weekly, or even daily?

I worked in a technical training environment before coming to Langevin, so I'd like to offer three suggestions for managing course updates. Your involvement with other teams, the materials you create, and the design schedule you set, will all contribute to your success.

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Topics: success stories, tips-for-trainers, instructional design

Find Your Passion

Posted by Marsha Weisleder on 6/13/13 4:00 AM

I just watched the most inspirational video, narrated by Alan Watts, called, What if Money Didn’t Matter? The premise of the video is asking yourself the questions, “What would you like to do if money were no object? How would you really like to spend your life?” Unfortunately, most people don’t ask these questions and spend their lives doing things they don’t like. They earn money to keep doing what they don’t like and the cycle continues

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Topics: success stories, influencing, instructor-led training, tips-for-trainers

10 Traits of Successful People

Posted by Melissa Grey Satterfield on 5/20/13 4:00 AM

It’s been a while since the beginning of 2013. How are those New Year resolutions going? Do you even remember them? (Did you even make any?)

Well, even if you didn’t set goals for yourself at the start of the year, it’s never too late to start. In fact, New Year resolutions might just be another form of procrastination when it comes to setting the goals that will last you a lifetime. (“I know, I’ll do it next year!”)

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Topics: success stories

Two Simple, Yet Powerful Words

Posted by Langevin Team on 11/22/11 4:13 AM

We say them all the time. We expect them almost as often. They change dynamics, open doors, close deals, and solidify all sorts of relationships. “Thank you”—two of the most powerful words in the English language. They acknowledge gratitude, appreciation, closure, completion, and/or compliance. Gratitude plays a major role in my daily life today, although I can admit that for many years I was clearly too egocentric, immature, or ignorant (if not all of these) to realize how important it is to express gratitude and make it a key element to living a happier life.

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Topics: success stories, instructor-led training

Everybody has a Calling: Reflections of an Instructor

Posted by Linda Carole Pierce on 10/3/11 5:33 AM

As I celebrate my six-year anniversary as a Langevin instructor, I can’t help but reflect on how fortunate I am to do what I believe I was called to do. My colleague, Marsha, recently blogged that she is a huge Oprah fan. I, too, have been a loyal fan and like many, I am experiencing my own Oprah withdrawal. I agree with Marsha that her final show was full of inspiration for her viewers. In her farewell address, Oprah stated, Everybody has a calling and your real job in life is to figure out what that is and get about the business of doing it.”

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Topics: success stories, instructor-led training

Are You Suffering From Oprah Withdrawal? Using Your Circle of Influence

Posted by Marsha Weisleder on 9/22/11 5:10 AM

It’s no secret that I’m a HUGE Oprah fan. For the last 25 years, I have rushed home every day to watch her show and discover the latest and greatest she had to offer. (Of course, with the advent of DVR or PVR, I could watch at my leisure.) I always thought of her as the best interviewer on television. But she was so much more than that…she was really the best “influencer” on television. 

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Topics: success stories, influencing, instructor-led training

To All my Fellow Trainers, Happy Holidays!!!

Posted by Langevin Team on 12/22/10 3:11 AM

With 2010 drawing to a close, I’d like to thank all our valued clients for helping to make this another successful year for Langevin Learning Services.

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Topics: success stories, social media, instructor-led training, instructional design

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