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 countermeasures into your everyday life. This self-paced course requires no textbook or instructor.
Stress...The final frontier.
This course helps you chart your course, by sharing real-life experiences of extremely stressful situations and how the positive outcome was achieved.
If you need practical advice--plus a few laughs--this course is for you.
Approximate study time: 14 hours
Upon completion of this this course, you will:
Understand where stress comes from.
Be able to eliminate stress-causers in your life, while simultaneously reducing
"necessary" stress and its impact.
Be able to employ simple strategies to integrate stress countermeasures into your
Be able to enjoy a fuller, happier, more productive life.
Laugh at potential stress sources, rather than be hurt by them.
This stress management course provides effective strategies for handling stress inducers in your life.
When you consider the cost and misery toll of stress in your life, the question of whether to invest a few bucks in this course to overcome stress is, well, a stress-free decision because it's a no-brainer.
This looks really interesting but I can't figure out what you are sending or how you are sending it.
These are downloadable files. In other words, you get download instructions as soon as the buying part is done and you get the files right away.
What is it that I'm going to get and how? Is it a file that I’ll download? Is it mailed?
As soon as your purchase is complete, you will receive download instructions both on screen and via e-mail. You download self-extracting zip file that contains the course material. Depending on the course, the individual files will be in the rich text format or in the e-book format. Most materials are in the easier-to-handle rich text format.
Are we talking about a lot of pages for me to read?
Here's something that pleasantly surprises most people about these.
If you look at a typical $99 professional book, most of it is filler. These courses don't have the filler. Ditto for $995 seminars covering the same information. Our courses get right to the meat, saving you the effort of wading through pages of nonsense. We don't mass up the high overhead of generating the filler, and we pass the savings on to our customers.
Do your courses on project management prepare me for the various certification routes of the Project Management Institute?
No. The material does not focus on exam preparation. It focuses on improving your real-world skills. However, what you learn will not impede certification.
Are you one of the approved (by PMI) course providers?
No. We are not affiliated with the Project Management Institute, although we may consider going that direction. Our goal is not to make you spend a lot
of money learning how to answer test questions. Our goal is to teach you how to do your job better.
How long does each of your courses take?
It depends on the student. These courses are essentially white papers with exercises to help you relate the information to what you are doing now. You can read the material in each course in under an hour. But, how long it takes to digest it and apply it is up to you.
Do I have to buy books in addition to your course material? Will those books have to be bought from you?
To both questions, no. You don't have to buy anything else. Each course stands on its own.
What if your course material is not clear? Are your course writers available for clarification? Since it is not possible to read all material at one shot, and collect all questions at the same time, will the course writers be available as needed or on a one time basis?
a. It will be clear.
c. Your success is important. If you have a question that is germane to the material, and not a probe for free consulting services, we will help you understand the material. We have kept the prices low, because not everyone can afford $995 for a two-day seminar that amounts to little more than a book promo. This is not a book promo.
What if I have other questions?
We'll answer to whatever extent is reasonable. It may be possible that you will ask questions that require developing a new course--some aspect of successful project management we didn't cover and that is not part of the normal project management training regimen. In that case, you would get the new course for free.
Do you have other courses?
Yes, and we are developing more. You can always write to us with specific needs, and we will adjust our product development accordingly. Also, it's a good idea to check Mindconnection on a regular basis, just to see what is new.
Who writes these courses?
That depends on the subject. For example, Dr. Jay Prince wrote the behavior courses based on his experience as a licensed therapist.
All of the courses are well-researched and devoid of pseudoscience. Most are written by a subject matter expert. All are reviewed by a professional editor for clarity and succinctness.
Do your courses qualify for employer reimbursement?
Possibly not, because they are not accredited. Then again, our cost is very low. So, you must ask yourself if that small amount is worth investing into the skills you need to keep yourself employed and employable.
The goal here is not to pile up paper credits. The goal is to get the information you would ordinarily get only from a lifetime of working in project management--if even then. We save you "classroom time" in the "school of hard knocks." You will recover your investment (and then some), simply because you will be that much better at what you do.
How much time can I reasonably expect to save, once I use the principles in your time management course?
That depends on how you presently approach your work. The typical student can expect to increase productivity by 50%. If you look at the way most people do their work, and then work your way through the course, you'll see why this is so. The author of that course works three full-time jobs and is Chair for one non-profit and acting Chair for another. Yet, he manages to excel in all of these roles while still maintaining outstanding health and enjoyment of life.
In this course, you'll get solid tips on how to reduce stress in your own life, and how to
handle it when it comes. This course will have you laughing and thinking, and it will
guide you to a higher plateau of being.
You probably know stress is a leading cause of a long list of physical diseases. You
probably have not considered that stress is a leading cause of other "diseases,"
as well. Consider the stressed-out person whose anger or anxiety shows through in social
situations, on the job, in recreational time, and even when trying to sleep.
Stress isn't just something someone else will die from. It affects you, and it affects nearly every aspect of your life. So, it's critical that you understand how to deal with it, how to reduce it, and how to stop spreading it to other people who then circulate it back to you.
Also contains handy checklists to help you identify and remove sources of stress from your life. For good.
Here is some sample text:
What can I can tell you about handling stress? You be the
I have lived through tornadoes, earthquakes, fire, floods, hurricanes, and IRS audits. I have been out to sea on a small ship (Navy destroyer) in a gale—30 foot waves can be very stressful on a ship that size. I once fell off a 230-ft tower, and—shades of Indiana
Jones—found myself dangling from one arm while I held precariously to a small stub of steel (a thermocouple well) while awaiting rescue. I have stood in line at Wal-Mart on Christmas Eve, and I have driven a car in Boston. Yes, I can tell you about stress.
Then there are the more personal things, like being shot at by my (now ex) wife’s paramour (I love the sound of gunfire in the morning?). For a time in my life, too, I seemed to attract muggers (none of whom were successful)—with their various weapons, rottweilers
roaming unleashed, and other threats to my person. What about that time in my life when I couldn’t find work for over a year? Yes, that was stressful, especially when my savings were starting to run low. I’ve been betrayed, lied to, heartbroken, scammed, taken advantage of, and generally treated about the way a baby treats a diaper. By people who had no reason other than their own meanness to treat me that way (hold on to that thought—it’s going to come in handy, later). To top it off, telemarketers call me constantly.
I’ve had bad food, been forced to listen to country music, and endured allergic attacks that make breathing almost impossible. I’ve had to work for a company that cheats me every pay check. I worked for one that forced me to work every holiday unpaid, but kept
telling me “we pay for holiday work at the end of the year”—they laid me off in November. I’ve had to work for companies that insist I use a computer 8 generations behind what the job requires.
Some of the best friends a guy could ever have died on me. Some of the worst friends a guy could have wouldn’t go away for the longest time! And I have said goodbye to close
friends with a series of job-related moves. I’ve had a parade of women through my life—some of whom I have just fallen head over heels for, only to be discarded (by some) like yesterday’s trash—now, that’s stress.
Family stress, job stress, financial stress—I have had it all. Yet, today, people routinely underestimate my age by 10 to 15 years. The stress doesn’t show. What I am going to share
with you is how I have handled or mishandled stress, what things work and don’t work, and how you might learn from what I have done. And we’ll look at some ways to improve on that.
Don’t get the wrong impression. I have often mishandled stressful situations. And like everyone else, I have mishandled unstressful situations and created my own stressful situations as a result. You’ll see why we all do this, and maybe you can accept that you are
going to make bad decisions. The idea behind this philosophy is you can avoid getting stressed out over the fact you got stressed out. That old saw about being able to accept what you can’t change and changing what you can is good advice you’ll get some specifics on implementing. The main thing you need to know about stress is it can kill you or it can help you, depending on how you handle it. That is, I hope, why you are taking this course: so you can convert stressful inputs into progress rather than debilitation.
What stress is and why we have it
I’m not going to get into an argument about religion vs. evolution, but you need to understand there are evolutionary underpinnings (as well as others) behind stress. This will help you cope with it in a positive, winning manner. Your brain has several major areas.
For simplicity’s sake, let’s group them into “upper brain” and “lower brain.” Your lower brain is your primitive, fast-acting, non-thinking part. This is the part of the brain Congressmen use when passing tax laws. Your upper brain is your cognitive area. In humans, this part is something like 3 times the size of the counterpart in chimpanzees.
The lower brain’s ability to handle things quickly makes sense. Think of ancient ancestors who may have pondered, “Do I eat that or does it eat me?” too long. They weren’t able to pass along their genes! When there is danger, then, the lower brain takes over. It analyzes quickly and incompletely, but it acts suddenly and powerfully. It’s also the seat of emotions while the upper brain is the seat of conscious thought. This is why people fly into an angry rage and later can’t believe they did what they did or said what they said.
I've been dealing with stress issues since this Obamageddon thing took off and the economy imploded under the massive federal spending. It's been tough. Really tough. I can't afford a shrink, so have been looking for other things. I've listened to dozens of self-help and rah-rah audiobooks now. This course provided further insight, and I am benefitting. I give it a four star rating because I know things the instructor doesn't!
I think it saved my life, 10.4.2010
Reviewer: Howard Silverstien (New York City, NY)
With all the crap going on (mostly due to govt racking up trillions of debt, sending the economy into a tailspin), I've had a rough time of the past two years. It hasn't gotten better, but now I am dealing with it better. I was having headaches and depression, plus backaches and feeling generally run down. Medication didn't help, because the cost of it added to my stress. This got so bad that my therapist threatened to fire me as a patient because I was making even her feel depressed. So I did her a favor and quit going.
The worst thing of all is I lost the love of my life. She'd had enough of my misery and could not believe I was no longer getting help. I thought I'd never hear from her again, but she sent me the link to this course and I hopped on it. Things have changed in my life and a mutual friend recently told me my ex may be open to trying again. What a gift.
Saves me several times this much on meds alone...., 7.6.2010
Reviewer: Kirsten Garber (Janesville, WI)
Life has been hell, with everything falling apart. My stress was unbelievable. Medication for it was making me stupid, causing problems that led to even more stress. I got a book on stress, and it didn't help (think positive and be happy isn't realistic). But this course--wow! Now I get it. Now I am in control.
Badly needed, greatly appreciated, 5.20.2010
Reviewer: George Muller (Columbia, MO)
I've been having migraines for the past year and a half, with the economy, taxes going up, and endless pressure at the office. My doctor had me on six different medications, and finally I decided enough was enough and I was going to find some way to handle the stress. This course made all the difference. Thanks!