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TrainingZone Learning Wire Issue 178 – Special IT edition


TrainingZONE LearningWIRE - Issue 178
12 November 2001

Special IT issue - Excel and PowerPoint tips, how to take your training online, using the web for job searching, blended learning for managers.

Editor's note

With technology displaying an ever-growing influence on training delivery, it's not just IT trainers who need to keep their skills up-to-date. Excel and PowerPoint are just two applications which can prove invaluable to the trainer looking to enhance their presentations or keep track of business accounts, and below we highlight some useful handbooks for those looking to develop these software skills.

Delivering e-learning is often thought of as a huge step away from using PowerPoint in classrooms, but it needn't be a daunting move. On Tuesday, Tim Pickles is running another of his popular sessions designed to help trainers new to using technologies in learning. More details in the community section of this wire.

Stephanie Phillips
Editor, TrainingZONE
mailto:[email protected]

Eventbase: the event management system from Dynamicbase Ltd
If you run conferences, exhibitions, seminars, internal or external training, Eventbase will transform the way you operate. This user-friendly software provides all the functions required to successfully manage your events. Includes contact management and automated Delegate lists and Joining Instructions. Please ring: 01733 328840.or visit:


This week's featured IT resources:

PowerPoint Handbook
If you want to harness the power in PowerPoint, this resource tells you how! A 50 page handbook in printable Acrobat format, covering everything needed to make this versatile application work for you. Suitable for beginners and existing users alike, this self-contained course will guide you to PowerPoint expert status in easy stages, for just 15.00 GBP ex VAT

Excel - An Introduction to Macro Writing
This tutorial is a must read for users who want to learn how to write macros to automate functions in Microsoft Excel workbooks. Written with the non-technical user in mind, this material is a comprehensive introductory training tutorial for both home and business Excel users wanting to extend their knowledge of the capabilities of Microsoft's spreadsheet software and would prove to be useful resource material for the professional trainer.
Cost 10.00 GBP ex VAT


Introducing QualityZone!
TrainingZONE is pleased to announce the launch of a brand new zone dedicated to helping you establish, develop and maintain quality measures within your company. Whether you're a sole trader, an SME or a large organisation, QualityZone can help you establish your responsibilities for ISO standards, health and safety and customer satisfaction. and much more. For more information, see

Training should be stimulating and fun for participants and facilitators alike For complete ACTIVITY BASED LEARNING packages see Big materials, big learning opportunities, big impact and big reputation. Use indoors and out for: Leadership, Team skills, Team Building, Change, Problem Solving, Lean Manufacturing, Assessment. Demo workshops available.


News and features round-up from this week:

Trainers: Adapting to survive in tomorrow's world
In the first of a new series of TalkTraining feature articles, Tim Pickles, founder of TrainingZONE, identifies the major trends impacting the training sector and argues for the changes that trainers will need to make to their work if they are to survive.

1000 great quotes for business, management and training: Habit
Management development providers GNP publish a monthly set of handy 'quotable quotes' for anyone to use in presentations, speeches or training sessions. This month: Habit.

Best practice in IT training and development - BCS award
The British Computer Society has announced a new award for best practice in information systems.

For more news stories like these, see


This Tuesday, 13 November, we're hosting two workshop sessions looking at different aspects of using the Internet in your work. Log on to find out about how to get started with delivering training online, or making the most
effective use of the mass of job websites out there.

- How to take your training and consultancy services online, hosted by Tim Pickles takes place at 13:00 GMT on Tuesday - for more details, see

- Online Job Hunting, with authors Martin Yate and Terra
Dourlain takes place at 14:00 GMT on Tuesday - for more details, see item.cgi?id=62983


Latest news from our partners

If you're interested in developing your managers, Clearworth offer f@sterclass and m@sterclass, two programmes using blended classroom and online learning for managers, directors and fast track professionals.

With Clearworth programmes now accredited to Masters level, they're well worth a look for anyone working with managers needing the flexibility to learn to their own timescales. For more details, see partners/clearworth/


Need a virtual briefcase? My Documents lets you access all the training materials, tools and handouts you buy from the Library in one place, wherever you are, so you can refer to them at any time. To start viewing your documents now, see mydocuments.html

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