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When someone meets you for the first time, it's likely that they are making a lot of assumptions about you based on your appearance: the clothes you wear, how you style your hair, the car you drive. Whether they choose to do business with you often is based on their first impression, even before you say a word.

Wednesday, 26 November 2014 01:00

How to Get the Most Out of Your Training

Written by Arlene Dickerson-Lavelle

It can be difficult to reserve the time necessary to attend a training session, whether you train online, or leave your office and go to a classroom.

Most people think that when they are putting together a training presentation they must put every word they plan to say on a slide. While this might make it easier for a trainer to remember a script, it is counter intuitive to giving a good presentation. Why? As soon as a slide goes up, people are more inclined to focus on the slide than the speaker.

Tuesday, 11 November 2014 09:00

What to look for in a Trainer

Written by Arlene Dickerson-Lavelle

Today there is a wealth information on the internet that shows people how to do all kinds of things; but sometimes it takes one person talking to another person to make that information click.

How do you find the person who can help you get to that "aha!" moment you need? You may think you have to go away to a high dollar education program, but sometimes asking a few questions up front can help you find that person in your own neighborhood.

Tuesday, 04 November 2014 09:00

You Can Be a Trainer

Written by Arlene Dickerson-Lavelle

Are you the go-to person among your friends, family and peers on certain subjects? Do you like talking with people and showing them how to do things? Are you out going and comfortable speaking in front of groups?

These are all qualities of great trainers. While many trainers have gone to special classes to learn how to teach a topic, sometimes your natural affinity for a particular skill or technique, plus an outgoing personality is all you need to get in front of a class.

Tuesday, 28 October 2014 09:00

Don't Let a Commute Delay Training

Written by Arlene Dickerson-Lavelle

It seems like when people are ready to improve their skill set or gain a new skill all together, they drive an hour or more to go to a training facility – that is, if there is not an online equivalent.

Hands-on training is a great way to learn. It helps students get a better grasp of the material faster. Plus, training outside of the usual office environment provides an opportunity to really focus.

Tuesday, 21 October 2014 09:00

Are Your Passwords Secure?

Written by Arlene Dickerson-Lavelle

This spring we learned about the Heartbleed bug and that in light of the bug, reminded that we should change our passwords. All of them. Immediately, if not sooner.

Changing a password can be overwhelming because we all want to make sure it is something we can remember. Changing *all* of our passwords is even more daunting.

Tuesday, 14 October 2014 09:00

Need a Spa Day? Try a Training Class!

Written by Arlene Dickerson-Lavelle

Equating a training class with a spa day may seem like apples and oranges, but the two have more in common than you may think.

Financial advisors often recommend that you put your tax refund in a retirement account or other investment. This is sound advice, but there are other ways to invest that money. Career training is a great investment to consider.

Over the last ten years technology has made it possible to learn many different things from the comfort of your own desk. Whether it's having better access to training documents, streaming video from an archive, or joining a webinar or online class we have the ability to pick up new skills left and right.

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