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Your training with me will be a collaborative effort. Whether you’re a student or a seasoned professional wishing to update your skills, you’ve come to the right place. You can now learn in minutes what used to take hours and in hours what used to take days. Please contact me for a customized evaluation and personalized learning plan to suit your needs and wishes, or those of your employees. If you’re already an expert, desiring very focused Just In Time Training (JITT) or consulting services, jump to the Optimize section.

The first step to start a successful training or learning program is to begin with a thorough needs assessment. This is like going to a physician and getting your vital signs. I suggest we begin by taking your learning pulse, seeing what your strengths and weaknesses are, and taking you from where you are to where you want to be in record time.

This is important because, as Henry Ford said,

“If I had asked people what they wanted, they would have said faster horses.”

It is my job to temper your learning wishes with my own knowledge and experience of a territory of knowledge you’re not as familiar with.

Together we will explore questions such as, “What is your learning style?” “Should your training be workshop, self-study, computerized or on-the-job?” “How well are you performing?” “Are you failing, meeting or exceeding expectations?” “Is it your fault or your manager’s fault?”  “What are ‘essential’ vs. ‘nice-to-know’ skills?” And more…

The emphasis here is on your own professional development needs. For a more organization-centric approach, read the Manage section. The process can be relatively quick and casual, relying solely on interviews. This is an inexpensive method that yields immediate, quick results. The ideal option I recommend for students on a tight budget.

For more serious and committed professionals, as well as those who feel under pressure with no time to waste, or who are key players in their organizations, I also offer a much more detailed and thorough analysis and training program design. This can take several months to a year and include surveys, lengthy questionnaires, focus group meetings, document review, on-the-job observation and real-time desktop sharing or teleconferencing. This can be expensive, but it can also be directly tied to long-term organizational needs and wishes.

Either way, you will find there is no shortcut to success. Whether it is under my guidance or working independently, you will need to perform the following steps:

  1. Identify problem or need. Define your goal: higher income, job satisfaction, better performance, whatever inspires and fills you with joy and peace or even excitement.
  2. Determine type of assessment needed, formal or informal, deep or shallow, detailed or rough (a bit quick and dirty).
  3. Input, gather or otherwise collect data.
  4. Process, review and analyze data. Determine and design solutions.
  5. Output a plan. Make recommendations. Write a report. Make an oral presentation, either in person, teleconference or by phone. Determine next steps. Implement plan.