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Steve Flanagan

Steve has been a course leader with Langevin since 2000. He completed a Bachelor of Arts degree in Physical Education and dreamed of being a pro soccer player. Steve translated his love of soccer and physical performance to the corporate sector and became a trainer. He’s had the pleasure of training within the government, large corporations, and as an independent consultant. Outside of training, Steve’s two biggest passions are his family and guitars, which he collects and plays!
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How to Manage 4 Generations in the Classroom

Posted by Steve Flanagan on 9/30/19 8:00 AM

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For the first time in recent history, employers are faced with having four generations in the workplace. This can create additional challenges for Learning and Development, as well as classroom instructors. While all generations prefer their learning is relevant, timely, participative, and beneficial to them, there are, however, differences in the instructional techniques and methods a classroom instructor uses to address the needs of each generation.

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Topics: generation gap

Top 10 Tips for Maximizing Small Group Work in Training

Posted by Steve Flanagan on 9/9/19 8:00 AM

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As an instructor, I’ve always placed a lot of value on learners working in small groups (e.g. 4-6 people). The benefits of small group work are many: the sharing of ideas, collaborative problem solving, and complimentary skill sets, to name just a few. Recently, I’ve experienced some learners who expressed a preference to work independently. This can create issues in terms of the dynamics within the group. Perhaps it’s time to go back to the basics and revisit the best practices for maximizing small group work in training.

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Topics: instructional techniques, instructor-led training

5 Reasons Instructors Love On-Site Workshops

Posted by Steve Flanagan on 6/24/19 8:00 AM

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Most often, the opportunity to conduct an on-site workshop is an opportunity instructors relish. While it’s a chance to learn about a specific organization and industry, it’s so much more than that.

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Topics: train the trainer

4 Key Elements for a Successful Training Department

Posted by Steve Flanagan on 5/6/19 8:00 AM

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Managing the training function in todays fast-pacedhigh-demand business climate can be daunting. It can also be very exciting! For a training manager to be successfulcertain items need to be in place. Let’s look at four key elements for successful training department. 

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Topics: managing training

3 Common Challenges Training Managers Must Overcome

Posted by Steve Flanagan on 11/26/18 8:00 AM

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In today’s demanding and fast-paced professional environment, the role of a training manager is certainly not getting any easier. Training managers must be able to balance sparse training resources with the priorities and needs of the organization.

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Topics: managing training, job performance

What is Learner Engagement?

Posted by Steve Flanagan on 9/3/18 8:00 AM

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I drove past my local town hall recently. The electronic sign read, “New Resident Engagement Platform. Join the conversation now.” I thought to myself, “What an interesting term—engagement platform.” It seems that everywhere we go people are talking about “engagement.” Whether it’s resident engagement, employee engagement, or learner engagement.

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Topics: adult learning principles

How to Make Training Magazine’s Top 125 List

Posted by Steve Flanagan on 7/2/18 8:00 AM

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Every year Training Magazine publishes a list of organizations whose training departments are deemed to be most effective and most efficient. To be on this top 125 list, training departments must meet a lengthy list of criteria. The criteria range from infrastructure, needs analysis, and metrics to delivery standards, finance, and overall training strategy.

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Topics: needs analysis, instructional techniques, managing training, evaluation, web-based training

5 Major Contributors to Adult Learning

Posted by Steve Flanagan on 4/30/18 8:00 AM

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There are many theories and approaches to how adults learn, many of them developed between the 1940’s and 1970’s. Although developed several years ago, these models still drive much of the adult learning today.

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Topics: adult learning principles

10 Tips for Writing Training Materials

Posted by Steve Flanagan on 2/19/18 8:00 AM

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The world of writing typically has three areas: literary, academic, and technical. Our first exposure to writing is usually literary. As a child in school, the teacher asked us to write a story or poem about what we did over the summer. We were asked to be descriptive, use imaginative language, and make our story come to life. In high school and into college or university, we were required to produce academic works such as essays, articles, critical papers, and biographies. When writing academic papers, we were often told to meet a word requirement. As a result, we became conditioned to take 5000 words to say something that might only take 500 words.

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Topics: writing skills for trainers

How to Market Training: the 5 P’s

Posted by Steve Flanagan on 12/11/17 8:00 AM

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If people in your organization are not aware of the purpose or the benefit of training programs and services available to them, then the people responsible for the training are missing an important piece of the puzzle: marketing. I’m not referring to the marketing and promotion of training to the outside world, but the marketing and promotion of training within your own organization. In some organizations, employees and departments might not be aware of the training products and services available.

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Topics: marketing training

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