Learning & Development

  • Meeting Seb Coe

    I had the pleasure to meet and have lunch with Lord Sebastian Coe last month. I’ve been thinking about it ever since. Seb Coe was one of my sporting heroes, and I watched fascinated as he battled it out to win in races against Steve Ovett and Steve Cram. Coe won four Olympic medals, including the 1500 metres gold medal at the Olympic Games in 1980 and 1984. He set eight outdoor and three indoor world records in middle-distance track events –…

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  • Access your Office 365 Apps from anywhere

    With so many of my customers moving onto Office 365 I thought this post I shared on LinkedIn would be useful. You can use the Office Apps for Excel, Word, PowerPoint, OneNote and Outlook from any browser but of course you’ll need to know your login details. You will also have access to other useful Microsoft apps you may not have seen before so watch this space for updates!

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  • What is Teams and could it help my team?

    We’d love to show you what you can achieve using Microsoft Teams. We’re offering a One Day Classroom course that shows you how to Create and Manage a team’s user base; Work with Channels, Groups and Chats; Upload files and collaborate; Communicate with colleagues via chat, video and meetings and Use Teams on mobile devices. Teams can make you work together more effectively, showing you the content you need. Our trainer will work…

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  • Upskill your colleagues

    Business owner Tracey Westbury explains the effect of using Imagine Training’s services on her business. We work with employers like you to train your workforce, helping you achieve your goals for higher productivity, quality and growth through training that is targeted to specific actions they take hundreds of times a day – and doing it faster! We offer shortcut training and work with them to master new features in software your…

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  • The 5 biggest Excel SINS of 2018!

    As a trainer, I get to see inside a lot of companies and sometimes the confessions from delegates on our courses are horrifying! Of course, no-one is born knowing how to use Excel … and so many people self-educate as they find a ‘gap’ in their knowledge. But the problem with this is you are often missing out and doing things the long way around. Or worse still, as some of these sins show us, employees are actually placing their…

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  • How to ask your boss for IT Training

    It is never an easy conversation to have with your boss when you know that budgets are tight, everyone is feeling the pinch, there is pressure from the top downwards, and you feel that you and your colleagues just need a little help or training. In a perfect world, where the distractions are not there, and common sense plays a little more part in the perspective it would be obvious that better-trained staff deliver a better result – but that…

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  • How to turn training into profit

    Nowhere is the idea of value for money in training more succinctly described than the saying, ‘if you think education is expensive try ignorance.’ It speaks volumes, but it also misses one very crucial point! The average cost of a driving lesson today is £24 and most would agree that it is money well spent – if you are learning to drive. In fact, after taking the average of 47 hours worth of lessons (as recommended by the Driving…

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  • Thinking of buying e-learning?

    Some of the advances I’ve seen have been game-changing, others are more akin to revolutionary, and some just a result of natural progression.Now I don’t claim to be a visionary, and neither am I old-fashioned. In fact, I am very much one of those people who started my career in the pre-digital age, then learned and embraced each new development as it came along. Technology has been the key driver behind most of the advancements in business…

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  • When should you upgrade?

    Upgrades: Get all of the gains, and bypass the pains! Some upgrades are necessary, even critical, for a business; while others tend to be optional or merely a matter of preference. In either case, there is a preconception (based on previous experience) that there will be interruption, disruption and hassle as a result of the process. Windows 10, for example, gives much higher levels of security meaning it is seen by most as a critical upgrade…

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  • Excel – view spreadsheet totals with one click!

    Excel spreadsheets shortcut tip

    Don’t get lost in your budget Excel spreadsheets anymore! With this very useful shortcut you can streamline the information in your workbook to reveal what is relevant, simplifying your data within seconds. It’s always useful to see all the data in finance spreadsheets like a cash flow forecast or a profit and loss account, but sometimes you just want to see the important numbers. Any type of spreadsheet which contains formulas can…

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