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.

How to break bad habits with Intellezy

by Pamela Dumont, Channel Partner Manager

Habits can be good or bad, and I am one to have a fair amount of bad habits. Examples include: not folding laundry, eating something called “lunch dessert,” and using Ummm as a filler word. Eeeek! On the flipside, I do have some good habits as well. I floss my teeth, I work out, and take my vitamins on the daily.

Habits are hard to break, and habits are hard to develop. What I have learned is that to break or to develop habits takes time. You can’t overcome them all at once. For any changes to occur, you need to be specific on what you are going to change, and practice it consistently, until one day it just flows.

How do habits and Intellezy training relate? Intellezy’s content helps you break out of old habits and develop new habits, especially when it comes Microsoft Office products. If you are like me and have been using Microsoft Office since the early 2000s, you probably have picked up some bad habits along the way. Maybe you learned a specific skill from the very beginning, and although you may have been shown new tricks along the way, you never took the time to really learn them and implement them. For example, we all know that coworker who uses space bar instead of Tab to indent a paragraph, or the sales or marketing person who doesn’t take advantage of slide master in PowerPoint so the slides match, or my personal favorite, as someone who reads and edits contracts and agreements, the person who manually uses strikethroughs instead of track changes in Word. STOP THE INSANITY PEOPLE!

Want to do these people (or yourself) a huge favor so they get with 2019? Refer them to Intellezy to help them STOP performing skills from the early 2000’s! As humans, we need to break down our training in smaller segments to aid us in our learning process, and we also need constant reinforcement to remember that learned behavior. On top of this, we need to make the effort to practice this new skill each day to make it a habit. This is why I love Intellezy’s content. It is broken down into micro-lessons, so you can just quickly reference what was taught and go back to it when you need to refresh your memory in just a couple of minutes. You then can implement and apply those new skills each day making your daily work routine more efficient. So make 2019 the year you take the challenge and ask yourself “What is outdated in my Microsoft Office skill set?” and change it! Learn the new skill, practice it each day until it becomes a habit, and then move on. Before you know it, those new skills will make you the Microsoft Office superstar you were always meant to be.

Intellezy offers learning at your pace in segmented, easy to follow videos, from beginner to advanced. Check out all of our titles, especially the new 2019 releases and Office 365 updates.