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5 Timeless Training Concepts

Posted by Lynne Koltookian on 5/7/18 8:00 AM
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I’m a big fan of working out and staying fit. At my local gym, I often notice exercise programs change frequently. One day they are offering cross-fit, a few months later they are offering fitness 360, a few months later they are offering fitness boot camp, and on and on. One fad fitness workout program after another. Who knew there were so many ways to keep fit!


I imagine your organization rolls out one corporate program after another. Flavor of the month programs that range from new ways to manage people to new ways to work together in teams. Employees can get tired of these programs, mainly because they don’t really stick long term and they keep changing. Very few people like constant change. It’s only human.


Well, the great thing about the concepts we focus on at Langevin Learning Services is that they don’t change over time. Training is training. Design is design. Public speaking is public speaking. So, regardless of which workshops you take, and how long ago you took them, the concepts and techniques you take away from our programs live on! Certainly, technology plays more of a central role in our lives, but the training concepts and techniques used in new technologies remain constant.


Here are five training concepts that are timeless:

Adult Learning Principles

These principles have endured over time and are just as relevant today as they were back when Malcom Knowles, the adult learning theorist, created them.


Instructional Systems Design Models

Our instructional design model, just like many others, stands the test of time. You can take short cuts and re-order the steps, but there are still basic tasks that must be done to create a course from scratch, whether you are building instructor-led training or an online or virtual class.


Instructional Techniques

Basic instructional techniques are also timeless. How to properly manage visual aids, when to use those aids, how to speak, where to stand, and how to structure your courses are all still relevant.


Public Speaking Skills

Making proper eye contact is still making proper eye contact. Using your voice properly to project it, as well as making it enthusiastic and varied still applies to public speaking today, just as it did in the past.


Technology and Training

There has always been some type of technology used in training. Audio visual aids and e-learning tools, for example, change as the technology improves but, either way, we continue to use a variety of methods to teach adults. This fact will always remain.


So, regardless of what you can learn from our programs and when you learn it, you will always benefit, and continue to benefit, from your time investment!


To learn more about a few of these timeless training concepts, have a look at the following workshops: How Adults Learn, Instructional Design for New Designers, Instructional Techniques for New Instructors, and Professional Presentation Skills.


Instructional Designer Starter Kit

Topics: facilitation skills, adult learning principles, instructional techniques, presentation skills, instructional design, technology and training, public speaking skills

Written by Lynne Koltookian

Lynne has been a course leader with Langevin since 2007. She completed her Bachelor of Arts degree in Communications from Penn State University and a Master’s degree in Education from Boston University. After working many years in human resources and sales, Lynne transitioned into training, her true passion, where she’s been facilitating since 1994. Her training philosophy is simple—learning should be fun! The essence of a good instructor is someone who can make complex things easy to understand and fun to learn. In her free time, you’ll find Lynne cycling, hiking, downhill skiing, and scuba diving.

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