Friday, 7 January 2011

SharePoint Refresher

Well, the last Christmas decoration are now back in the lofts and a post Christmas gloom has descended upon us. In the UK VAT (Value Added Tax) has gone up, petrol has gone up, the house market has tumbled and worse of all Aston Villa are in the relegation zone. But there is always someone worse off than you. I mean I could be an Australian cricketer !! Ricky Ponting, Dennis Lillee, Paul Hogan, Rolf Harris, Dame Edna Everage, Kylie Minogue, Germaine Greer and Bouncer from Neighbours are you reading? Your boys took one hell of a beating.

Yes, after years of 'Pommie' bashing the Australia cricket team have finally been walloped in their own back yard. The Australians perhaps need to go back to basics and have a refresher course on how to play cricket. It is maybe a reminder of how easy we forget what we have learnt.

For all kinds of skills it is important to keep reminding yourselves of what you learnt when you were been trained. Australian cricketers forgot some of the basics and ended up failing to take wickets because they bowled a 'no ball' or giving away their own wickets with stupid run outs. Refresher courses are useful in business as well and especially in SharePoint. Many SharePoint projects get off to a flying start with each End User attending a training session that can last a couple of hours or more. End Users often find the course enjoyable, informative and have great idea for how they will use SharePoint. Unfortunately a familiar tale is that they are too busy over the next few months to really put into practice the knowledge they gained from the training session. All too quickly they forget the more advanced SharePoint techniques and when they come to finally use them the training seems so long a go. How many of you can remember doing quadratic equations at school yet would now have no idea how to solve them?

With the current economic difficulties many companies and organisations are seeing how they can use their existing SharePoint platform to help make savings. SharePoint can be used to automate and speed up many business processes with a little thought. We at Office Talk encourage all our customers to offer yearly SharePoint refresher courses to all their End Users. This helps to keep them thinking about how SharePoint can be used to reduce basic costs and man hours. It also reminds them of some of the features of SharePoint that they heard about at their first training course.

So when better to start about offering a SharePoint Refresher course than at the start of a new year? Many SharePoint Training companies around the globe offer SharePoint End User Training or you could create a short course internally yourself. At this point I am, of course, going to mention the fully customisable on-site End User training courses offered by Office Talk throughout the UK. If you are interested we are currently charging £900 + VAT (yes the new 20% one, sorry) for one day of training. This day can include up to three two hour sessions with a maximum of 12 people on each session. So you could train 36 people for £900. Just drop an email to to find out more and if you are an Australian please let us know and we promise not to mention cricket.

Now to arrange a refresher course for the whole Villa team in the basics of defending. As we look forward to an exciting relegation battle over the coming months.



1 comment:

Angela said...

I love that you are back! I have always loved your blog! Thanks! I hope you had a wonderful start of the year.