Build better business skills. Period. Our business skills courses will propel you not just to the next level, but right on past it.
...downloadable business courses that are easy to study so you learn vital skills quickly. You also learn them thoroughly; our courses don't just give you abstract facts or advice, they are designed such that you think about the lessons so they actually work for you..
Why These Courses?
Mindconnection's downloadable courses were our original offerings. We have since expanded into other product lines, but our courses remain popular. Our particular business course catalog is a collection of courses produced by subject matter experts. It is not our intention to compete with universities or to award degrees. It is our intention to fill the gaps left by standard learning institutions
When you ask hiring managers what skills they value most, the skills they mention aren't taught in school. We offer those here.
A business letter is often your one shot to make a good impression. But the typical business letter is a FAIL on several metrics of good communication. We show you the correct way to write a good business letter that gets the results you want.
Customers often get their wants and needs confused, focus on the wrong things, and misunderstand the job that needs doing. How can you show the customer a clear picture of the situation? Our Curing Customer Confusion course shows you how.
Our presentation course shows you how to prevent audience boredom when you give presentations. It shows you how to really connect, instead. Using what you learn in this course, you will never again inflict Power Pointlessness on people you need to communicate with and connect with.
When we started offering these courses, the idea was to provide solid instruction without requiring the student to attend class. That's still a good idea. But it works only if the student understands how to study. We'll provide some pointers in our next tab. The key to learning is to study correctly.
Simply reading through a course as if it's a book will probably allow you to learn a few things. But that's not a course of study and you will miss much of what you should have learned in the course.
In a typical classroom, most of the time is wasted with the instructor yammering and the students not paying attention. The real learning comes from mulling over the material, working some problems to see how principles actually work, and thinking through examples and case studies. You can't do the real learning in a classroom. The old lecture model makes sense if you want to have an excuse to charge students $40,000 for tuition. But if you want them to learn, you must take a different approach.
One approach is to have an instructor help a student work through a given set of study materials. That's an effective approach, but it also costs much more money than providing a distillation of that in a downloadable course as we have done.
To master the concepts in these courses, or in any other, follow these study tips:
Create a schedule. Unless you schedule the study time (write it into your calendar), the odds are you will keep putting it off. This one factor is why classroom training still appeals to people despite its huge cost.
Decide on a location. If you can't get a quiet spot in your home, go to your local public library and get a room or table.
No interruptions. Turn off cell phones and other sources of interruption. Your study time is your study time.
Do a section at a time.
First, read a chapter or section at your normal reading speed.
Then, think over what you just read.
Then go back through it more deliberately, and take notes on the concepts, principles, and ideas the come to mind. If any relevant examples from your own life come to mind, make a note of those.
Then work the problems at the end of the chapter or section.
Then go back and read the preceding chapter or section. This really reinforces what you learned previously.
When you complete the entire course, you will have read every section or chapter three times. You will really know the material.
Now the question is how to apply what you've learned. If you don't apply it, you will forget all or most of it.
Go through your notes and think of what has occurred recently that might be relevant.
Think through what has happened in the past few days that might be relevant to this course of study.
Throughout your day, jot down things (about events) that seem relevant to this course of study and then set aside time to address those events as if they were problems in the course.
Companies award raises and promotions on performance appraisals (and if not formally, then informally). Companies hire based on your previous performance. What are you doing to turn in a great performance every day? Our courses help you deeply understand a key skill area that is vital to turning in a great performance. Whether that's memory maximization, time management, problem-solving, or another key skill area, we teach you how to excel in that area.
You cannot get great performance with ordinary tools. You need to, as Stephen R. Covey says, "sharpen the saw."
Unable to finish a project? Get started on one? The cause is rarely a lack of discipline or organization--it's nearly always something much deeper. We'll guide you through rooting that out and getting on with your life. Get started conquering your procrastination, More Info
This is a powerful course for writing powerful business letters that get the job done. Would you want to write any other kind? Write right for results. This course includes handy forms you can use with your own word processor. This self-paced course requires no tex More Info
This guide for consultants shows you how to successfully start and run a consulting business. If you are considering a consulting career, this course will help you decide if that's right for you. Even experienced consultants are likely to gain valuable insights fro More Info
This course shows you proven techniques for cutting through the fog of customer confusion so everyone saves time and money. Don't let a confused customer make a monkey out of you. This self-paced course requires no textbook or instructor. More Info
This course covers how to collect debt while avoiding common collection mistakes that cost you business. With this course, you will understand why debts occur, be able to evaluate debtors for collectibility and be able to convert a debtor into a faithful, profitabl More Info
This course shows you how to reduce, eliminate, negotiate, and mitigate debt. This course applies to both individuals and businesses, and it contains specific tips and techniques for each. It covers how to work with creditors, how to handle bankruptcy and how to fi More Info
This presentation course shows you how to prevent audience boredom when you give presentations. This course helps you to understand why most presentations are terrible, boring, and ineffective. You will be able to design a presentation that gets your message across More Info
This course shows managers how to establish credibility, confidence and authority, whether they are new supervisors or want to improve. The first section looks at the role of a new supervisor. Learn how to set expectations up front, prevent subordinates from underm More Info
With this course, you will learn how to manage a non-profit organization successfully. Learn how to develop the eagle-eye view, set goals, define tasks, and define officer responsibilities. The author led a non-profit to several awards. This self-paced course requi More Info
Master mathematics the easy way. Improve your basic math skills with this course. This practical math course takes you from basic addition through algebra and trig. You'll apply mathematical analysis with confidence and ease, in situations that used to leave you he More Info
This course breaks the barriers in problem solving. Discover key elements that give you the power to solve problems permanently. The knowledge you gain from this course will allow you to succeed even where others fail. More Info
This course in stress management helps you understand where stress comes from. It then shows you how to eliminates common sources of stress and how to handle stress where the source cannot be eliminated. You will employ simple strategies to integrate stress counter More Info
This course will enable you to lead meetings that build energy, increase enthusiasm and motivate attendees to higher levels of performance. Learn how to start and end meetings on time, make short meetings count, stay focused and on track, and handle people who dera More Info
Learn the best practices for obtaining the credit you need for your business. This extensive course shows you what you need to know about informal credit and formal credit. What to do if you're turned down. How to get the most favorable terms. How to avoid breaking More Info
This course will help you overcome the bad habits that impede progress and opportunities in your life--habits you are probably not even aware of. You will learn how to replace them with habits of success. This self-paced course requires no textbook or instructor. More Info