Some of our customers ask for references from people who have taken our training before deciding whether to register for a seminar. In the case below, a person working in the telecom department of a large player in the food processing industry asked for a reference.
We looked at the end-of-seminar feedback forms from a recent class, and saw that Ginger N. of Lucent indicated we could use her as a reference, so with her permission, introduced the two by email.
Following is a copy of the email response / review that Ginger sent to the potential attendee got. Other than some personally-identifying information, this is every word of the reply:
"Hi Linda, Congrats on your new position!
The course was very helpful to me. I changed industries 2-1/2 years ago from working in the staffing industry to telecom. Most of my training was on the job as we were so incredibly busy with our key account/a midwest telephone company.
Needless to say it has been more than challenging. I work in supporting one of major accounts that we supply an outsourcing voice mail management solution to.
I bought several telecom books and a telecom dictionary! Wrote down words I didn't understand - looked them up and spent time with as many technical associates on our team as possible to get some basics, it was painful.
For the first six months I was sure everyone was speaking Greek! (Which, is why you should take something like this upfront!)
It was time to pull it all together and I started searching the web for a course that sounded like it made sense. This one did.
Eric is a very talented trainer. (I say that because I've done training myself in my previous job) He truly does make this course work for people without/or with limited telecom background. He uses examples from everyday life and relates it to the course materials.
Which, by the way are very well written, easy to read and lots of diagrams - which he goes over very clearly. As I run into things on the job, I can refer to the materials.
I think one of best things about the course (and I'd recommend the 3-day) is that he starts with the basics and then builds into more complex arenas. The class was also small enough that you could ask questions.
When you look at the cost of the course in comparison to hours lost on the job trying to understand things, or perhaps the cost of making wrong decisions because you don't have the knowledge, it's minimal.
Take you or your team's hourly wage - divide in into the course cost vs trying to do it yourself or, as I said making mistakes - trust me, it's worth it.
Please feel free to contact me if you have questions!
Sr. Account Consultant
Thank you for your customer review, Ginger. We couldn't have said it better.
P.S. For those who were wondering: yes, the potential attendee did attend the 3-day Course 101. How could she not after a recommendation like that??
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