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How to Start Freelancing; Free WebEx Event Provides Advice

Laura Spencer writes an interesting blog today, 10 of the Most Surprising Things about Freelancing. I think at some point, everyone has the fantasy of breaking free of the corporate hamster wheel and going out on their own. Especially if you have a skill set that can be easily transferred to different situations.

Freelancing is 100% risk. You are responsible for selling your skills and building a client base. You almost never turn down work because you never know when the next assignment will come along. It’s risky and it’s true what Laura says, you really don’t get “personal days” unless you do some careful planning.

But what if you aren’t ready to jump into freelancing 100% of the time?

There are ways you can put your foot in the water and see if you have Read More »

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Spotlight Sessions at EDUCAUSE 2011

Higher education IT leaders from around the world will be converging in Philadelphia on October 18 -- 21, for EDUCAUSE 2011. One look at the conference program is all that it takes to conclude that “EDUCAUSE 2011 is the best thinking in higher education IT.”

With such a robust program this year, deciding which sessions to attend is harder than ever. Make sure to take in these sessions that showcase the use of video and collaboration technologies to transform teaching and learning and expand education opportunities:

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First Time Manager? Don’t Fail – Let the Blanchard Team Make You a Winner

In an economy that is struggling to recover, looking for a job can be challenging -- even if you already have one. Many of those jobs involve managing people which puts you in the hot seat not just for your performance, but also for how well your team performs. If this is your first time, you’ll need help.

Reserve your spot now. Register here.

Then Ken Blanchard Group delivers some of the best management advice in the world. They understand stepping into the role of a new manager—or taking on a new group of people is a challenge for even the most seasoned of professionals.

Making the move from an individual contributor to supervising the work of others brings a whole host of new challenges. As a new manager, it can be a confusing time Read More »

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In Between the Numbers: The “Learner” Segment of Consumers: Should Retail Take an Education Class?

September 8, 2011 at 9:14 am PST

The sight of Crayola crayons stacked high to fly at the local mass merchant brought these back-to-school thoughts to mind.

 Colleague Dr. Jeff Loucks and I surveyed US consumers this past spring regarding their confidence – or lack thereof – in using consumer electronics devices and content services.

 No surprise that we found a cluster of early adopters, a male-dominant group of device-loving consumers of all forms of bits and bytes.

 What was surprising – at least at first glance – was the discovery of a group that we might call “learners” that is more than twice the size of the early adoption group.

 The “learner” group was no stranger to technology: No Luddites among the Learners. What distinguished them was that they didn’t know how to do all the things they might like to do and wanted to learn more.

 This suggests they would respond with enthusiasm – and more importantly, with Visa and MasterCards – to the brand that was willing to invest in their education.

 Consider for a moment: Pew Research estimates that 21% of American adults search online for product information on a typical day. That’s about 49 million persons. Consider that comScore estimated that last year there were six million Internet searches for dining recipes – every day.

Combine this research with the Pew and comScore numbers, and a sharp-edged hypothesis begins to emerge:

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Free WebEx: Blanchard Team Offers Six Steps for Teaching Adults that Inspire and Engage

Note: If you miss the live event, you can always click the event link below and get the recording!

Leaders, like teachers, transform people’s lives. That’s because leadership and teaching both focused on bringing out the brilliance that exists within people. Now you can learn ways to teach more effectively.

Register for this free event now!

Alas, people who teach — in classrooms, meetings, workshops, or any setting where learning happens — sometimes don’t know how to bring out the best in others effectively. They tell people what to do rather than teach them how. The result: they are often disappointed in the outcome.

In this WebEx, applied learning expert Dr. Vicki Halsey will show you how Read More »

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