Intellezy vs Live Training – Round 1

by John Dukarski-French, Senior Project Manager   

First off, in full disclosure, I’ve worked at Intellezy for the last few years. I have been spoiled from a training and development standpoint (and others) since I walked in the door. Not only because we provide training on a lot of the topics and software that I want to learn, but because we have a steadfast culture of personal growth and development that runs from the top to the bottom of our organization. I’ve worked in this industry for the last decade, and far too often, I have observed, and been a part of, different training and educational organizations that do not take the investment in training and developing their own employees seriously. That is not the case here at Intellezy.

I recently decided to take a certification preparation course on the PMP (Project Management Professional) exam. I work as a project manager (among other things) and wanted to see how difficult and time-consuming it would be to prep for and take the PMP exam. Spoiler alert: It is A LOT of work and time. I had exhausted all of the Project Management courses Intellezy had currently offered, so I took a PMP Certification course with one of our partners. I will say the content and the instructor were exceptional, but throughout the Monday through Friday 9:00 AM – 5:30 PM live course (which was hard to work into my schedule…it took months), I found myself constantly thinking about and missing Intellezy’s course format.

As I sat through our partner’s PMP course, I had to wait for the slower learners to catch up on the presented material, and due to that, our instructor had to rush through other content that I needed. I think of myself as intelligent and quick on the uptake, but at times throughout the course, I struggled to keep up and truly understand the content before we moved on because of the pace we had to keep to put us back on schedule. While the course was recorded and put in the system for review after each day, there was no way I was going to sift through 8+ hours of a recording for the area I needed. At that, the parts I really needed were not taught in depth anyway due to the aforementioned time constraints.

Again, my experience overall with my PMP course was not in itself bad. It was a good experience, but it is no longer my preferred method after experiencing Intellezy’s course format.

On the Intellezy platform, I am able to access the course or specific video topic I want. I can also do this quickly, whenever and wherever I need it. I do it at my own pace and can re-watch content I do not understand or fast forward through content I already know. I also like being able to come back to the content later when I realize my brain is just “done” or has learned all it wants to before fatigue sets in and I do not retain anything further.

This is just my opinion, and I know it will be different for everyone. However, if you do want to try out Intellezy and our format free for 10 days (with no credit card number required), you can do so by navigating to http://www.intellezy.com/subscriptions and choosing our 10 Day Free Trial.

Lastly, let’s talk about Price. Since I took the class with one of our partners, it was free for me. Otherwise the course would have been well over a thousand dollars. You can get access to the Intellezy Full Library for $99.95 for a full year or $14.95 per month. Reach out to us any time if you have questions at info@intellezy.com or call us at 781-295-1410.

Online Meeting Etiquette

Did you know that 15 percent of an organizations collective time is spent in meetings? (Harvard Business Review) However, not all meetings can be held in person.  As companies expand worldwide, online conferencing is becoming an essential tool for them to collaborate and share ideas quickly.

Yet, not being physically present during a meeting can have its challenges, and professionalism can be often be tricky when participants are note face to face.  That is why Intellezy produced an Online Meeting Etiquette course, which will teach you the valuable skills it takes to make an online meeting professional and engaging.

 

Online Meeting Etiquette:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hFAUCrymsQM

Why You Should Not Neglect Employee Training

I’ve been in the learning industry for close to 20 years, most of those spent in the financial and HR side of the house. During that time, I’ve heard a lot of reasons why training isn’t done enough, is the first part of the budget to be cut, or has never been offered at all.  The majority of those reasons always revolve around time and money.  I found a great article from Talk Business that comments on this…“for many businesses, the cost of training and development can be quite expensive. Another reason why many employers cut down on training opportunities for their employees is that attending training sessions can delay the completion of projects due to workers needing to take time out in order to attend.” 

However, it then enumerates 4 points as to why you cannot let these be reasons to neglect employee training:

·         Training addresses employee weaknesses

·         Improves performance

·         Increases consistency

·         Leads to employee satisfaction

Intellezy’s learning platform can help provide these benefits while addressing the issues of time and money. With our short-segment training videos, employees can look for the exact question they have, watch the 3-4 minute video, and get back to work, having learned what they needed to accomplish the task at hand.  With our Pay-Per-Use model, you only pay for the time spent by employees actually watching the training videos.  No more costly subscriptions for something employees may or may not use.

Visit www.intellezy.com to learn more about what makes us stand out in the world of online learning.  To read the full article mentioned above, visit:

https://www.talk-business.co.uk/2016/01/15/the-importance-of-training-and-development-in-the-workplace/

By Stacy Wight