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Is It Possible to Live Without Email

June 2nd, 2016 by picture-of-no-email-shirt

#NoEmail There s a #NoEmail movement spreading across the globe. After encountering Luis Suarez (@elsua) on Twitter last year and his #NoEmail manifesto , I decided it was time to reduce my email load. After all, Luis» Read more

Calling All Bosses: Head Back to Kindergarten!

April 1st, 2016 by April FOols 2

Wouldn’t life at work be nice if…… Executives, supervisors and bosses are heading back to kindergarten for an intensive week in a preschool class to learn techniques of getting along in a group environment. The Smart Boss» Read more

Your Poor Policies are the Enemy of Delightful Customer Service

June 22nd, 2015 by Customer service

Dumb policies tick me off. And some of our providers have dumb policies. There, I said it.   At LastMinuteTraining.ca our training agents have the unenviable task of enforcing policies for over 100 different training companies. It’s» Read more

3 Handy Tips for Applying To Become A Project Management Professional

March 23rd, 2015 by 3-handy-tips

3 Handy Tips for Applying To Become A Project Management Professional For any experienced project manager looking to take that next professional step, the PMP certification might just be for you. The process of applying is fairly» Read more

Free money from PMI, come and get it!

March 9th, 2015 by Grants and scholarships to put toward you PMP training

Apply for a Project Management Training Scholarship offered through the PMIEF.   Are you looking to take some PMI training but are a little strapped for cash right now? Don’t despair; relief might be available to you» Read more

Understanding the PMI PDU Categories and the 6 Easiest Ways to Earn PMI PDU’s on a Tight Budget.

March 3rd, 2015 by pdus pmi categories

You’ve worked hard to obtain your PMI certification, now you need to keep working to maintain it! One of the requirements to maintain your certification is to earn professional development units (PDUs). Below is a list of» Read more

Have no budget for personal development this year? Here are 5 free online learning resources.

December 3rd, 2014 by 5 free MOOC (massive open online courses) providers.

    Don’t let a lack of budget stunt your personal development. There are multiple free resources you can access to develop new skills and gain knowledge in your spare time. Many universities and other educational institutions» Read more

3 Reasons Why Over 80% of Scheduled IT Technical Training Classes Will Get Cancelled.

October 23rd, 2014 by course-cancelled-stamp

It’s consistently the biggest challenge one faces when taking an IT Technical training class. The course you need and have arranged your schedule around to attend, gets cancelled. It’s frustrating and inconvenient.   And unfortunately for you it’s» Read more

Ten Tips for Successful Virtual Learning

September 2nd, 2014 by image for virtual instructor led training

Attending Virtual Instructor-Led Training (VILT) offers many advantages over traditional face-to-face classroom training. The greatest benefit is the cost savings of not having to travel to a geographical location or having to pay a facilitator to come» Read more

How the IT “Jack of All Trades” Can Trump The “Master of One”

April 29th, 2014 by How the IT "Jack of All Trades" Can Trump The "Master of One"

Compare job descriptions written 30 years ago to the ones posted now. The difference? Employees then focused on one role and grooved to classic 80s rock for the rest of the day (small exaggeration). Now? Job posts» Read more

Good, Bad, Ugly: What History Can Teach You About Product Design

April 28th, 2014 by Good, Bad, Ugly: What History Can Teach You About Product Design

They say history is the best teacher, and that’s probably one of the wisest statements ever made. That wisdom reigns true when it comes to product design. There are tons of brands who rose to new heights» Read more

Creating an “Online Office” Through the Power of VOIP Communications

April 16th, 2014 by The right headset makes a world of difference when it comes to communications

There’s something called the “infinite monkey theorem”; a million monkeys sitting at a million typewriters slamming their fists against the keyboard will eventually reproduce the works of William Shakespeare. This theorem is meant to explain that on» Read more

3 Ways Workplace Leaders Can Weed Out Passive Aggressive Behaviour

April 14th, 2014 by

Some of the noises and visual forms of communication  you commonly encounter in an office are like nails on a chalkboard. Is there anything more irritating than a coworker trying to gain your attention with gigantic, dramatic» Read more

Why Entrepreneurs in Canada Shouldn’t Always Consider “Traditional” Education

April 10th, 2014 by The path to success isn’t always clearly marked

The classic poet Robert Frost once wrote, “Two roads diverged in a wood, and I – I took the one less traveled by, and that has made all the difference.” There are many interpretations of this famous» Read more

5 Things To Do When Creative Blocks Strike Before the Deadline

April 9th, 2014 by 5 Things to Do When Creative Blocks Strike Before the Deadline

If you are one of the fortunate creatives out there, you may be anything but a “starving artist”. The fact that you’re employed may mean the moolah is good and the status of “paid artist” might stroke» Read more

Material World: Why Today’s Professional Can’t Afford to Stay Stagnant

March 26th, 2014 by Material World: Why Today's Professional Can't Afford to Stay Stagnant

We’re all familiar with the concept of being a “one-hit wonder”. Who comes to mind when you hear the term? Perhaps, a pop group or sitcom star from the 90s? Whoever they are, they’re the entertainers who» Read more

Why Your Job Description Shouldn’t Stop You From Selling a Great Idea

March 18th, 2014 by why your job description shouldnt stop you from selling a great idea

You’re hanging out with some friends at a restaurant, and you’re chatting about things you wish existed. Perhaps there’s a new process at work that’s driving you crazy. So you’re there ranting on and on about why» Read more

5 Tips to Create Print Material that Doesn’t End Up in the Trash

March 17th, 2014 by Is your print campaign doomed to end up in a garbage can?

Have you ever walked down a crowded city street only to find someone in your way? You were probably in a rush to get to your destination when this person tried to push a pamphlet in your» Read more

Think Before You Tweet: Why Businesses Should Exercise Care When Using Social Media

March 14th, 2014 by Some people think that online mediums are completely different than the public sphere

Your mother might have told you, “If you can’t say anything nice, then don’t say anything at all.” This statement is as wise as ever, but it seems to be falling out of favour in exchange for» Read more

How to Take the “Nerves” Out of Your Business Presentations

March 13th, 2014 by how to take the nerves out of your business presentation

The day has arrived. Presentation day. Your boss or the chairman has announced your name as it is now time for you to give your discourse. You emerge from the curtain room or the audience, perhaps with» Read more

How “Flappy Bird” Can Teach Developers To Make an App That Soars

March 12th, 2014 by No one expected Flappy Bird to be a success, but the little yellow bird prevailed anyways

Gaming and technology have come a long way since its early origins on the Commodore 64, and later the Nintendo Entertainment System and Sony Playstation. Even office programs like Excel or PowerPoint are leagues ahead of their» Read more

What Every Web Designer Needs to Know About Pragmatics

February 28th, 2014 by You must now add user interface design skills for your toolkit to be complete

Your ‘toolkit’ is a must-have. You’ve got the vectors, the colour swatches, Photoshop, etc. Imagine facing a blank canvass; a website project in the absence of these tools – nothing short of nightmare, right? There’s no dispute» Read more

How to Integrate Social Media Savvy Employees into Your Company’s Digital Strategy

February 27th, 2014 by How to Integrate Social Media Savvy Employees into Your Company’s Digital Strategy

We all know the stereotype of the employee who loves to waste company time. The only time you hear this person typing on their keyboard is when they’re looking up a Pinterest board or making a status» Read more

How Small Businesses Save Time & Money With Quickbooks Training

February 26th, 2014 by How Small Businesses Save Time & Money With Quickbooks Training

Running an economy used to be a rather simple affair, where people would barter their personal belongings with one another. Some historians say that international trade may have existed as long as 150,000 years ago. Of course,» Read more

Reactions to a Cross Cultural Communication Talk

February 26th, 2014 by Cross Cultural

I had the privilege recently of speaking at the Human Resources Professional Association of Ontario annual meeting, in Toronto to a group of HR leaders, all of whom deal with international workforces, diversity within their own offices,» Read more

5 Project Management Mistakes That Every Professional Should Learn to Avoid

February 25th, 2014 by 5 Project Management Mistakes That Every Professional Should Learn to Avoid

There is a common psychological phenomenon that is rarely discussed among professionals known as impostor syndrome. When someone is afflicted with impostor syndrome, they feel as though they have attained their current position in life through sheer» Read more

How Habits and Attitude Can Create or Negate Change in Business

February 24th, 2014 by How Habits and Attitude Can Create or Negate Change in Business

For the brands that dominate their industries, we’ll always wonder what makes them so successful. It’s as if they’ve found a formula or tapped into some mystical force that grants them staying power. Of course, there are» Read more

Be a Good Scout: How to Spot, Hire, and Nurture the Right Talent

February 19th, 2014 by Be a Good Scout: How to Spot, Hire, and Nurture the Right Talent

Have you ever dreamt of pursuing a career as a sports agent? Perhaps you reveled in the drama and brilliance of the 1996 film, Jerry Maguire, starring Tom Cruise and Cuba Gooding Jr. Maybe you’ve always had» Read more

Vectors or Rasters: Which Path is Preferable for Your Graphic Design Career?

January 30th, 2014 by Vector-Image-Enlarged

Every professional needs to make a choice at some point in their career. Sometimes, this is a major branching point that will shape their future. A writer may need to decide whether they would rather pursue their» Read more

Sales Wunderkind

January 27th, 2014 by 19d30b644a5066d9256ce102e6328f3c50a79ea52baa75e1e419f8aa5f7781b8

(Senior Sales Representative role) Type: Full Time, Permanent Posted:  January 22, 2014 Does poor customer service keep you up at night? Does it rock your world when a client tells you they were delighted with your service? » Read more

3 Management Techniques that Break the Rules (and Your Records)

January 13th, 2014 by 3 Management Techniques that Break the Rules

If you’re a fan of watching sitcoms after a long day at work, you’re probably very familiar with the stereotype of the average office boss. Shows like The Office, 30 Rock, Scrubs, Seinfeld, or Parks and Recreations» Read more

4 Opportunities that Young Tech Entrepreneurs Should Take Advantage Of

January 10th, 2014 by entrepreneurship in Canada_tech opportunities

They say it’s a dog eat dog world out there, and that’s doubly true when you enter the world of business. Anyone who expects to be coddled or treated with kid gloves might be in for a» Read more

App Ambitions: How Tech Design is Easier to Access Than Ever

January 9th, 2014 by how to make an app using tech design

Many people have a side gig, an aspiration to do something besides their 9-5 duties. For some, the side gig is recording music as part of a band. For others, it may be writing a novel they’ve» Read more

Can Security Training Save Your Business from Social Media Hacks in 2014?

January 8th, 2014 by IT security training for social media hacks

We’re always advised by someone to make use of a tool or product to receive certain results. For example, the doctor might prescribe a medicine for aches and pains. However, the medication your  doctor prescribes might carry» Read more

Business IT Security: What Every Owner Should Know

December 17th, 2013 by IT security training teaches your employees how to deal with and avert cyber attacks

The discovery of a new opportunity often brings about a smile and a warm-hearted sensation on the inside. In fact, the feeling is often some sort of a rush, perhaps of adrenaline or a stream of exciting» Read more

Why Less Is More When it Comes to Business Writing Skills

December 9th, 2013 by RTEmagicC_dupont_pen_usb.jpg

We’ve all had the experience of trying to read through a dense piece of writing and getting hopelessly lost. If you’ve ever read a thesis on philosophy, or a long document full of legal jargon, you probably» Read more

Yes Man: How Young Professionals Are Hurting Their Career

December 5th, 2013 by Assertiveness skills training helps you get over your fear of this word

When we’re kids, we are often taught that ‘yes’ is a polite answer and ‘no’ is a rude one. If you’ve ever received a birthday party invitation from another kid who you weren’t particularly fond of, your» Read more

The Secrets To Getting Hired Aren’t Just in Your Resume Anymore

December 3rd, 2013 by 013ba72450b503375b16a4aa98823329

In our modern era, it’s hard to believe in a time when one could land a job with just an application. Imagine that – you just had to answer a few questions about how you would react» Read more

Canada’s Unpaid Internships: Should They Be Allowed?

November 19th, 2013 by The Devil Wears Prada is a pop culture example of why internships are less glamour and more labour

There’s a stereotype that people laugh about: the underslept, overworked, unpaid intern. We laugh at this image because it’s fresh in our minds: All of us have seen an intern working their way through the system. Many» Read more

Startups 101: Your Guide to Entrepreneurship Success

November 14th, 2013 by Startups 101 Your Guide to Entrepreneurship Success

If you’ve ever watched the “Ocean’s 11” movies with George Clooney, then you might have some idea of how to bring a team together. Entrepreneurship in Canada is a path that requires people skills, ambition, patience, and» Read more

Cultural Speech Rhythms

November 12th, 2013 by cross cultural communciation

I wanted to address a topic that comes up a lot in my training session as a real frustration for many people working internationally, or even when working domestically, but with an international group of employees.  I’m» Read more

Script for Thought: What Developers Can Do With HTML5 Training

November 12th, 2013 by With HTML training, you’ll see how HTML5 can turn web design into a fine art

When we experience envy, it’s not always a malicious desire to own what others possess. Rather, it’s a feeling that induces head-shaking when someone owns something that we want, but doesn’t use it to the full extent» Read more

5 Interview Tips for Getting Hired in Silicon Valley

November 8th, 2013 by Without communication skills training, silicon valley interviews can be quite intimidating

Remember back in your school days when some of the kids started clubs? They were like little secret societies, and the initiator made acceptance so difficult. Fast forward years later, and you probably faced things like school» Read more

Network Training: The Key to a Strong IT Department

October 21st, 2013 by networkPic

Most IT employees have learned that they must wear many hats. There are many jobs to be done in the IT department on a daily basis. Some are complex, others are simple. All of them are absolutely» Read more

Nickel and Dimed: Is Your Company Prepared for the Ins and Outs of Finance?

October 18th, 2013 by fp_finlit_test

The business world proves that many of today’s working class are illiterate. Sure, they may be well-read – devouring newspapers on the subway and classic 20th century literature at home – but that’s not the type of» Read more

Just Do It: Making Those Tough Decisions in Your Career

October 17th, 2013 by 23103-3f32e7b422222222

President Barack Obama is the head of the United States, the winner of a Nobel Peace prize, and one of the most important people in the world. Despite all of this, he won’t decide what he will» Read more

How to Effectively Sell “Change” Within Your Organization

October 16th, 2013 by 4

If you planned to jump out of a balloon 120,000 feet in space, perhaps 98% of your friends and family would say that you’re mad (unless you are Felix Baumgartner). Even a more realistic (paradoxically, speaking) desire» Read more

Why Big Business Hires Photoshop Professionals

September 25th, 2013 by Photoshop training_why big business hires photoshop professionals

Some brand names are so pervasive and dominant in our culture that they infiltrate their way into regular speech. Not sure what I mean? Grab that Bic over there so you can take notes. You can highlight» Read more

The ART of the “W”: Mastering Business Proposals

September 24th, 2013 by yolo-final

As children, we absorb information like paper towels soaking up spilled water. Yet with age, it seems as if some force wrings our knowledge-soaked brains, so that we lose a good portion of what we once retained.» Read more

Training That Makes Cents For Careers In Online Marketing

September 23rd, 2013 by internet addiction feature 2

If you’ve been spending time with young professionals lately, you know that there is a boom of new job titles and positions that accompanies the growth of social media platforms. I recently found myself in a social» Read more