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8 Essential Steps to Open a Meeting or Session

Posted by Langevin Team on 4/1/19 8:00 AM

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Can you remember the last time you were in a productive meeting, focus group, or facilitated session? One where everyone was engaged, concerns were raised and addressed, and progress was made? Well, you may find it difficult to recall because it is rarely the case. More often than not, sessions drag on and on, with people talking over each other, attitudes clashing, and no clear progress being made. It’s unfortunate, but facilitated sessions are often doomed before they even start.

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Topics: facilitation skills, facilitation

5 Ways to Make Learning Easier

Posted by Lynne Koltookian on 3/18/19 8:00 AM

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Have you ever applied for a home loan or refinanced your existing home loan? If you have, you know that it can be a long, tedious, and frustrating process. Often there’s too much time spent on the process, an abundance of paperwork to sign, too many fees, and there are too many people involved. By the end of the process, you may even wonder why you bothered in the first place. The process is much too cumbersome. This makes me wonder if anyone in the banking or mortgage business has asked the question, “How can we make this process easier for the customer?” If they did, maybe the entire process would be overhauled and simplified. Granted, they have many legalities that necessitate all the paperwork but, in my mind, everything can be simplified and improved if you put yourself in the shoes of the customer and streamline every step.

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Topics: adult learning principles, instructional techniques, instructor-led training, facilitation

How to Keep Learners Focused During Training

Posted by Beth Brashear on 3/4/19 8:00 AM

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Cell phones. They are everywhere. Nowadays, most people are more engaged with their mobile devices than they are with their surroundings. Whether they are walking, standing in line, in a business meeting, or even worse—your classroom! As instructors, what can we do to prevent our learners from being consumed by their electronic devices during the course? How can we keep learners focused during training?

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Topics: instructional techniques, instructor-led training, facilitation

Virtual Vs. Traditional Classroom Facilitation Part 1

Posted by Lynne Koltookian on 2/18/19 8:00 AM

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I deliver training in both virtual classrooms and traditional classrooms and have noticed many differences. Each learning environment creates its own unique behaviors among the participants.

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Topics: instructional techniques, virtual trainer, virtual classroom, facilitation

4 Tips for Delivering Feedback Instead of Criticizing

Posted by Jeff Welch on 7/23/18 8:00 AM

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Effective training is comprised of three core elements: presentation, application, and feedback.

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Topics: instructional techniques, job performance, instructional design, technology and training, public speaking skills, facilitation, feedback

3 Cues to Watch for in Training

Posted by Lynne Koltookian on 6/15/15 4:00 AM

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I was thinking about social media the other day and how sites like Facebook and Twitter give people the opportunity to share every detail of their lives with friends and family. Sometimes these details might be quite significant such as photographs of a recent trip, wedding, graduation, or family reunion. Sometimes people share less significant details such as what they are doing, what they are wearing, what they are thinking, and what they are eating! We can choose to respond to these details or ignore them. What does this have to do with training? Let me tell you!

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Topics: instructional techniques, tips-for-trainers, facilitation

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