Thinking Long Term

Posted on April 12, 2010 by Angela Nino

Last week, I wrote a friend of mine an email for her birthday.  I started thinking about how long we had been friends…over 32 years! I met her when we moved to Texas when I was just a little kid.  My sister and I walked around in our neighborhood and asked if there were any little kids to play with at each house.  We met Krista on our second day in Texas. Over the years, we developed a strong friendship with Krista and her parents.  We had so much fun on our adventures, along with getting in trouble, too.  Despite those times when we were grounded after getting in trouble, my family and I still look back down memory lane…

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Engaged Training

Posted on March 8, 2010 by Angela Nino

I was reading an article recently by Jeanne Meister discussing trends in corporate learning.  She tracks trends in learning at different private and public corporations and institutions.  I am always trying to find out more information about learning and trends in the corporate sector, which is how I ran across her article. The article was very insightful and matched what I have seen with the companies that I’ve done training for over the past year.  She narrowed down the learning trends to focus on five main features of learning for the upcoming decade: social, mobile, collaborative, engaging, and fun. One of the statements that really made me stop and think was, “Employee engagement will continue to be a top issue…

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New Year’s Resolutions

Posted on January 11, 2010 by Angela Nino

Well, it is almost half way through January.  Have you kept your New Year’s resolutions?  Statistics show that many of us have already failed in keeping our resolutions.  I’ve enlisted the help of my husband (a.k.a. healthnut) to help me stay on track with working out on our elliptical trainer here at home.  He’s a great encourager and accountability partner.   I was thinking about this in terms of training.  Was your New Year’s resolution to better your skills and increase your productivity to solidify or advance in your career?  If you are like me, you might need a partner who will help you succeed in your goal.  Like in my exercise goal, it helps to have a good trainer…

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Office 2010 Review (Part I)

Posted on December 30, 2009 by Angela Nino

I’ve been researching Office 2010 lately.  Based on my first impression, I’m pretty excited about adopting it when it is released in the first half of 2010.  As a trainer for Versitas, I can see so many fun ways to integrate the new elements into a great “new features” class. I must admit that I am an early adopter.  I started using the full desktop version of Office 2007 as soon as it was in beta version.  It did take a little time to get used to the updated interface without my memorized menus, but I really like how user friendly it is!  I had not had the time to play with any pre-release version of Office 2010 yet so…

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Great Tools!

Posted on December 15, 2009 by Angela Nino

This past week, I did a customized 1-on-1 deskside training class on specific topics in Microsoft Excel, Visio, and Project.  It had been a while since I’d done training on Visio and Project. As we went over the individual’s questions, I was reminded of what great tools Project and Visio are.  (Note: Versitas doesn’t sell any of these products, so these are just my personal thoughts on the software.) If your company uses either of those applications, I’m sure you know what I’m talking about.  If you don’t, I’ll fill you in.  Visio is a drawing software that lets you turn your designs, diagrams and maps, etc., into visual documents easily. You can create flowcharts, organizational charts, maps, and much…

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Lending a Hand

Posted on December 7, 2009 by Angela Nino

As I was recently reflecting on Thanksgiving and the holiday season, I made a list of all of my blessings. (Amazingly, I don’t think of training all day every day!)  Making my list took longer than I expected.  There were so many blessings!  I actually do this daily on a smaller scale, too.  I think of three things that I am grateful for each day.  About five years ago, a friend and I started emailing these three things to each other every day.  What a difference it makes in my daily outlook!   When I look at all the blessings I have, I see that I have so much while those less fortunate may not have as much.  At that point,…

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Budgeting for 2010

Posted on November 30, 2009 by Angela Nino

As 2009 is rapidly coming to a close, I know many companies are evaluating 2009 and planning their budgets for 2010.  This year has been a rough one in terms of the economy.  However, it looks like we are having some good indicators that we are at least beginning the recovery process.  Some companies cut back on training budgets for 2009.  As a proponent for training (as if you can’t tell from my blog posts) I have been thinking lately about how to encourage organizations to add that training component back to their budgets for 2010. A favorite quote of mine is:  “If you always do, what you always did, you will always get, what you always got!”  I think…

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One-to-One Training

Posted on November 23, 2009 by Angela Nino

After talking with a couple of people last week about one-to-one training, I realized that some people do not know how useful this type of training is.  After almost every one-to-one (sometimes called deskside) training session I’ve done for the first time with someone, they tell me how much they wish they had known about that type of training long ago!  I guess that since I’ve been doing this type of training for years, I figured that everyone was aware of customized one-on-one deskside training.  That’s what I get for assuming… My one-to-one Versitas training session last week was a great example of how beneficial this type of training can be for a person (and for a company). The training…

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Training and the Bottom Line

Posted on November 16, 2009 by Angela Nino

In my reading, I ran across a great quote that really got me to thinking about training and its costs/benefits.  The article was by a workshop facilitator who said something that I had heard before but was glad to be reminded of again.  Her statement was, “What if you train them and they leave?  What if you don’t and they stay?”  I’ve heard some corporations say that they don’t train people because they will just leave and use that knowledge to help a competitor.  I think the above quote is a very good argument against that type of thinking.  Training can be a large expense for a corporation.  From my experience, it is definitely worth the cost.  In my own life, I…

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Setting Up A Software Training Room

Posted on November 9, 2009 by Angela Nino

When some organizations think about providing training for their employees, they sometimes worry about the logistics of having the training on-site.  What they usually find out is that they needn’t have worried at all.  You don’t need to have a dedicated training room to have a successful training class on-site.  The training room setup can prove to be very simple. Over the years I’ve seen numerous different approaches to training room setup. Usually, the first step to find out is how many participants will be attending the training.  After that number is set, the training room size can be determined. Depending on the size of the training event, many companies simply use a conference room.  If the participants have their own…

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