...downloadable 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. Range: Intermediate Level 2.
You should take these courses if you want to:
Obtain the highest level of technical skill.
Be an outstanding administrator.
Master the hard skills involved in effective project management.
Maximize project profitability.
Get that promotion, bonus, or raise.
Why Our PM Courses?
What is your main goal?
If you want PMI certification, then you should spend the $2500 or so that takes.
If you want to improve your skill set at far less cost, our courses are the answer.
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."
Get The Edge
Now, you can have the competitive edge that you need. As you make your pre-purchase evaluation, think in terms of what problems a particular course will solve for you. In most cases,justifying the small price of a given course is a no-brainer. Unless therwise noted, each course is:
A PDF delivered via download (instructions sent upon purchase completion).
Self-study, at your own pace, with no instructor required.
Questions? Write to sales @ mindconnection.com (paste into your TO field and remove the spaces). Yes, we really do answer e-mails promptly. Try us and see.
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