Training in productivity and communication skills

In addition to the regular courses Mike delivers through adult education centres, Mike offers a number of ‘off-the-shelf’ training seminars each delivered over a three-hour learning session in a seminar environment. These sessions provide ideal introduction into the more detailed topics.

This training can be delivered ‘in-house’ or in a classroom as part of a corporate skills upgrading program.

These short modules as well as our regular courses can each be tailored to individual client needs.

Buying a computer

  • Buying a new computer? With the range available today it can become a daunting task. This seminar will discuss the options available to you and how to budget to get the best value for money

Setting up a home office

  • More and more of us are working from home and with Internet at our fingertips 24/7, avoiding the daily commute gives us more time for work and for play. In this seminar you will learn what you need to set up a workable home office and the work practices that will keep you fit and healthy

Building a retirement business from home

  • Keeping active in body and mind is the single most important recipe for a long and enjoyable retirement. And with a lifetime of skills at your fingertips, retirement is the perfect time to set up a small business that you can run from your home and work the hours you want. This seminar will show you how to do it.

An introduction to social networking

  • Social media has become pervasive. Our children are all using it and we ignore it at our peril. But social networks, properly used, can be a lot of fun and also help build your business. In this seminar you will learn the basics of social networks and how to avoid the pitfalls. Importantly, you will be cool with your kids!

Blogging for fun

  • Scratch the skin of any of us and you may well find a latent author screaming to get out. Well, these days thanks to the Internet, we all have the opportunity to tell a story or publish our poetry. Its called blogging and it is easy. In this seminar you will learn how to become a blogger and release all that talent.

Using MS Office

  • The next version of MS Office will be with us soon – and most of us are still trying to get our heads around Office 2007 or Office 2010. In this three-hour seminar you will be guided through the main features of the three core Office applications, Word, Excel and PowerPoint

Introduction to marketing

  • Learn the five steps needed to go from idea to profitable and sustainable business and how to develop a sales and marketing strategy to bring customerrs to you.

Marketing over the Internet

  • No development has changed our lives or the way we conduct our business than the Internet. Yet many businesses are failing to take full advantage of the sales and marketing opportunities the Internet provides. This seminar will lift the lid on Internet secrets. Learn twelve ways you can use the Internet to build an online marketing strategy, the pitfalls to avoid when creating a customer-friendly website and the secrets of search engine optimisation so that your business is easily found. All this and more in a three-hour learning session.

An introduction to workplace writing

  • This is the first of four seminars dealing with the fundamentals of workplace writing. Sometimes going from school or college into the workplace is no easy task. For a start it requries a new set of wriring skills. This module will guide you through the fundamentals of workplace writing, the importance of writing in plain English, introduce you to audience and stakeholder analysis and management of a writing project.

Structuring business documents

  • In this second module dealing with workplace writing, we consider different types of business documents and how they are structured; we discuss the various composition tools that writers use and how to produce a compelling document that people will be happy to read.

Polish your writing with styles and style guides

  • This module in the business writing series looks at how styles and style guides are used to produce visually pleasing text and to break text into sections. Correct placement of text boxes, tables and charts as well as other graphic elements. Page set up, using headers and footers to provide asy page navigation for your reader is also discussed.

Good editing practices

  • This final module in the short course business writing series introduces the related topics of review, revision and editing before necessary before finalising a document. It also looks at formats for distribution and discusses common document types.

Overcoming common errors in grammar and punctuation

  • As an adjunct to the business writing series, this seminar deals with producing grammatically correct communication. This is important at all times but no more so than in business communication where the quality of the writing reflects your brand. We discuss the differences between Australian, American, British and International English and how to craft your writing for the intended audience. We clear up some of the common confusion people have when writing English.

Self-publishing for beginners

  • Self-publishing has now become a viable option for many authors; but good self-publishing practices are equally as applicable to businesses that have to produce training and product manuals as well as other material. How can you take advantage of the new publishing options available? This seminar will give you the answers you need.

For further information, or to discuss your training needs contact Dr. Mike Clancy, the Creative Genie.