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TrainingZONE LearningWire #119 – revamped toolkit, humour corner, calling all members worldwide!


TrainingZONE LearningWIRE - Issue 119
18 September 2000
Yell Awards 2000 Commendation - Best e-Commerce Site (B2B)


1. New! Revamped Toolkit
2. HRD corner - humour resource development!
3. BT has 500,000 GBP up for grabs
4. ASTD's Learning Circuits Express - 7 September issue
5. Calling TrainingZONE members from around the globe


Editor's Note

Back from my holidays, and it seems that everyone else in the
TrainingZONE team has been steaming ahead with new developments
on the site. In the last few days, we've relaunched the popular
Toolkit area, which now contains even more useful resources to
download and use for free or at minimal cost.

Over in the Learning Campus, an events directory is being created
so that there will be a dedicated area for members to post events
and training courses they're organising. The area will have a
facility to book online - details will be sent on to the
organisers direct.

Over the next month or so, the top feature for HR colleagues
to keep a eye on is the soon-to-be launched HR Zone, which will
be fully focussed on the current issues in recruitment, reward,
employee relations and employment law.

Finally, we're currently looking for interested parties to help
expand the TrainingZONE community world-wide. A substantial
number of regular TrainingZONE users live and work across the
world in Australia, Singapore, India, South Africa, Canada, the
USA and over fifty other countries, so we would love to hear from
representatives abroad who are willing and able to source local
news stories and are keen to introduce fellow HRDers in their
country to the benefits of TrainingZONE. For more details, see

We hope all these new features will make TrainingZONE an even
more indispensible resource at work!

Stephanie Phillips

Latest News
A selection of this week's news stories

Seven reasons why presentations fail
Mark Sanborn presents some helpful guidelines to help you make
the most of any presentation.

Industrial Society: Advisers are the key to New Deal success
The Industrial Society argues that the recruitment and training
of advisers should be given a higher priority than subsidising
employers within the New Deal scheme.

Escape from e-mail hell with training from Xebec McGraw-Hill.
With spamming, flaming and junk email an everyday experience,
it's tempting to view the predicted benefits of electronic
message technology with a degree of cynicism. A brave new world
feels more like e-mail hell. As online or CD-ROM-based training,
E-ffective E-mail provides an escape. Go to

Resource materials for training professionals
The Toolkit, our ever-expanding library of downloadable training
resources has been completely redeveloped to create a real value-
added resource of practical help to training professionals.

Through partnership arrangements with mainstream publishers,
members and other content providers, the Toolkit contains a
growing range of training programmes, manuals, PowerPoint
presentations, video and sound files, software programmes,
briefing papers, utilities, expert advice pages and much, much
more, all readily available for your immediate use.

Some of this material will remain completely free-of-charge. All
we ask is that you register your details (free) in order to
access the materials. Other resources will have a small charge
collected either by invoicing your company or credit card
payment, using a completely secure connection.

Publish your own material on TrainingZONE!
The other advantage of this new facility is that you can now
quickly and easily publish your training resources and make them
available to a worldwide audience - and earn a fee for each sale
in the process - a great marketing tool to make the most of!

All the new resource materials in the Toolkit will be reviewed by
a well-known publisher with the intention of creating a print-
published version of the best ones.

If you would like to earn money from publishing your training
resources, full details and a submission form are at

IIR Conferences presents - Innovative Strategies for Retaining
your Key Talent. 14th & 15th November, London. Your people ARE
the key to success in the Internet age, can you really afford to
lose the war for talent! Featuring leading-edge case studies
from IBM, Alliance & Leicester, Pearson, to name but a few.
For more information, or

Online workshop: Managing poor performance
If there are problems with a member of staff's performance,
managers can find it difficult to strike a balance between being
fair and being firm. In addition, having policies in place to
deal with any of the different reasons for poor performance is
vital in these days of large financial payouts for unfair
dismissal claims, but the best ways of dealing with poor
performance should mean that dismissal is only ever a last
resort. In Tuesday's workshop, TrainingZONE members are invited
to share good practice they've encountered and offer suggestions
for turning around staff performance when there's been a problem.
This week's free-to-attend workshop is on Tuesday 19 September at
13:00 BST. Log on at

ASTD's Learning Circuits Express - 7 September issue
This week's top stories from the American Society of Training and
1. E-Learning Portals - Who Needs Them?
2. Speculation Swirls Over E-Learning Napster Notion
3. An Online Guide to IT Training Certification
4. Project Code Name: E-Learning
5. Make Mine Interactive!

HRD corner - humour resource development!
Do you sometimes feel that the world of work is becoming a bit
too serious? Looking for a bit of light entertainment to brighten
the day? We at TrainingZONE have decided to lighten the load a
little by offering you some Humour Resource Development!

now HR has a home page
Log on now!

PressZONE update
Want to find out what the big movers and shakers in the world of
corporate training are up to? Check the latest news from the
PressZone for starters:

- Michael Porter, one of the most powerful opinion formers of
our age, is to give a masterclass at the CIPD's annual conference
on how to develop and sustain a company's competitive advantage.

- Intuition, financial markets specialists in professional
sector e-learning, have announced the latest release of Intuition
Web version 3

- Kogan Page have released a new edition of 'Net That Job' by
Irene Krechowieka

Small businesses need money to make MAs a success
The government should provide financial support for small
businesses in order to make Modern Apprenticeships a success for
them, according to the Institute of Directors.

BT has 500,000 GBP up for grabs
BT is offering cash awards of up to 75,000 GBP for learning projects
aimed at building relationships between Further and Higher
Education Institutions and local communities.

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Training Development Officer, Scotland, 20-25k
Associate Consultants, UK & International, salary neg.
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20,000 professionals receive LearningWire. To reach our

BUSINESS PLANNING: NEW from Scitech Educational, this learning
resource looks at strategic and business planning, and surveys
various purposes and techniques for both processes. It also
discusses analysing the business environment, measuring performance,
and involving staff in business and strategic planning.
Assignments CD available. Info at

Community Features

Any Answers
*Question of the week*
How many members are aware of 'Syndicate Training'?
I received in today's post a very strange letter informing me
that 'Syndicate Training' a partnership programme which brings UK
companies together, to form a buying syndicate for management
training, were offering a limited number of memberships.
When I contacted them I was told that the members would not be
interested in external training. I was a bit confused and when
further questioned the syndicate director told me that their
members (some well known companies) were fed up of the unethical
pricing policies of training companies, and were hoping to put a
number of training companies out of business.

I was wondering if any other members had heard of them?

Tony Dimech

Other questions posed this week:
- Areej Abdi wants to know how to move into a career in training
or recruitment
- Delia Bowerbank would like information on using Honey and
Mumfords learning styles in an Afro-Caribbean context
- Christine Elgood is looking for details of the Kirtons KAI

To answer these and any other questions from TrainingZONE
members, go to

Thanks to Maria Bennett, Brian Moore and Jooli Atkins, who shared
their knowledge with other TrainingZONE members this week.

Mall update: Special Offer from GEE Publishing and TrainingZONE
Buy The Training Handbook at the TrainingZONE price of 189.00 GBP
and save 21.00 GBP. Recommended by Training professionals as the
primary source of guidance on setting up and managing training.
Offer closes September 29th 2000.

Below you'll find a selection of new postings over the last week
- find out more about these opportunities and others at

- TrainingZONE seeks representatives in other countries
- Trainer to provide Photoshop 5.5 training
- West Midlands Libraries are looking for ICT training
- 3 weeks Flash training/consultancy required

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