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The TrainingZone LearningWire – Issue 67


The TrainingZONE LearningWIRE - Issue 67
20 September 1999
The Learning Community
Copyright (c) 1999 Sift plc. All rights reserved.
May be reproduced in any medium for non-commercial purposes as long as attribution is given.

This Week - on TrainingZone - Get Involved!

Our series of free online Workshops continues with 'Training for Trainers' a practical workshop to help you develop your training skills, led by Tim Pickles, author of several best-selling books and manuals on the subject.

Tuesday 21 September, commencing 12.00 noon (close by 13.00)

These workshops are an easy and engaging way of providing you with practical support, new learning and relevant CPD. There is no charge to participate in each Workshop. Just open up your web browser at 12.00 noon

Our Poll asks for your views about people's entitlement to both time and money to engage in training or continuous professional development. Cast your vote at

Join our team of Reviewers - receive free books, videos, software, CDs, products to review at home. See

For further information about any aspect of TrainingZone, contact Tim Pickles, Editor



AMED, The European Mentoring Centre and Hertfordshire TEC

The 6th European Mentoring Conference, 25 - 26 November 1999
Robinson College, Cambridge - Executive Centre.
One of the most engaging learning events in the development
calendar. The rich mixture of researchers, corporate and
public sector mentoring scheme managers, and professional and
voluntary mentors make this conference full of new insights
and perspectives for all. Plenary and workshop sessions are
offered from international leaders in mentoring. more details.

Direct your message to our regular audience of over 2,900 professionals engaged in training, learning and development.

This latest area within TrainingZone identifies business opportunities for consultants and trainers. To find out details of current contracts, or to publish your invitations to tender here, see

Health Education Board for Scotland (HEBS) seeks research agencies and consultants with knowledge and expertise in the area of education and training.

Facilitator to design and run team development event sought by leading Internet company.


WebWatch brings you information about useful and relevant resources from other Internet sites around the world.

Technologies for Training
Initially established by the government, TFT is an organisation well placed to advise companies and organisations on training technologies. It's role is to support the development and use of new training technologies within organisations and they have a wealth of experience to call upon both for general enquiries as well as detailed practical help.

Knowledge management and the training professional
In the lead article in the current issue of Training Magazine, Jack Gordon explores the rapidly growing importance of knowledge management - and suggests that this is a key role which training professionals could grasp and advise upon in the future. However, he also questions whether most training professionals are yet ready to face up to this challenge.

Blair appoints e-envoy
In a Speech delivered at Cambridge, University Prime Minister Tony Blair has announced the appointment of an 'e-envoy' to prepare British business for the electronic age. He is Alex Allan, High Commissioner to Australia and former private secretary to John Major. The Prime Minister also used Monday's visit to Cambridge to warn UK businesses that they must adapt to the world of e-commerce and the Internet before they get left behind by other countries. He gave business what he called "a blunt message" saying, "if you don't see the Internet as an opportunity, it will be a threat. In two years time the Internet could be as commonplace in the office as the telephone. If you're not exploiting the opportunities of e-commerce, you could go bankrupt."

Exploring attitudes and perceptions through personal constructs
It's always been difficult to assess and measure changes in attitude, self-confidence, awareness and other non-quantifiable aspects of a person's development. Thirty years ago George Kelly used repertory grid techniques to show how personal constructs could be easily identified. This technique ellicits the individual views and opinions in a graphical way; changes in perception can be demonstrated over time. Now it's possible to use the technique over the web, making it accessable to all evaluators.

Learn how to become an effective online tutor
LeTTOL is an interactive tutoring course run by Sheffield College which teaches and supports people in developing their online tutoring skills for use with students or in coaching and teaching situations over the Internet. Check out the details, and forthcoming courses at

The shape of things to come?
Dorseley Kindersley have decided to publish their entire range of publications online and make access and download free. You will be able to print off any of its complete text and illustration books. The cost of paper and ink is likely to be greater than the cost of buying the book itself! This development shows how publishers (and resource writers?) are moving: by putting material on the Internet for free, potential buyers and users and sample your work and then make an informed purchase. That's exactly the idea behind the TrainingZone Toolkit where more and more publishers and trainers and offering stand-along resources from their work, with full credit and copyright given to the original source.



Deal Makers' Workshop

For trainers and practitioners. 2 intensive days.
All activity (no lectures): cases, exercises, simulations,
games and group discussions.
Edinburgh Business School, Heriot-Watt University.
5-6 October 1999. All inclusive fee of £500 + vat


Any Answers?
This new area of the site is really catching on, with some pertinent questions being asked and plenty of answers from users. Send your questions to the editor. Please offer your answers to each question by clicking on Comment after each question.

New questions include:

Can you suggest any training and development performance indicators? asks Ian Cawthra

Do you know any training suites in central London with multiple phone lines? asks Steve Booth

Do you know any ISPs which support FrontPage 98? asks Andrew Goode

Can an employee see reports written by senior managers regarding grievances? asks Bill Watson

Can you advise on the use of hypnosis to reduce staff stress and improve performance? asks Keith Chopping

Anyone know 'The Plane Game' team activity? asks Gavin Meikle

Several answers already provided to these earlier questions:

What software would you recommend for displaying and managing training course calendars and programmes?

Do you know of any activities to facilitate group consensus decision making?

Keep sending new questions to the Editor


A selection of stories from this week's News page

New Ministers at the DfEE
In the recent reshuffle, Malcolm Wicks was given responsibility for lifelong learning, and Michael Wills picked up the information technology brief. Further details available online

Online Learning News
This week's issue from Bill Communications can be found at

You can easily register to receive your own copies of both Online Learning News and the Training Directors Forum e-Net by email at



Job vacancy - Solstra
A Senior Marketing Manager is sought for BT's rapidly
expanding Solstra team, within its Intranet and Multimedia
Services Division. For a full description of what the role
encompasses and to find out more about who we are, please


Product Reviews
Every week we publish reviews by a team of active professionals of recent publications, resource materials and products. To have your products reviewed, check out

This week's reviews include:

'The Interactive Directory of Learning Resoruces' compiled by Alun Harvey, Gower

'The Learning Organiser' by Mike Tilling, Gower

'Selfstart' by Hugh Garai and David Hill, Echelon

'Managing Virtual Team' by Sarah Cook, Echelon

'Customers with Specific Needs' by Patricia Tallack, Echeleon

'Career Planning' and 'Confidence Building' published by Echelon


HR News

HR Web is our new area for posting news, resources and updates of interest to the HR profession.

Directory of payroll and personnel services
An international directory of suppliers and providers of both payroll and personnel services can be found at this well indexed and easily searched site:


New postings in the PressZone
Publish details of all your news in the PressZone. To become a member, see

Buckholdt Associates: Men and Women have different kinds of Emotional Intelligence; high IQ is the key to workplace success


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About Sift
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