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Training Topics and Descriptions

The following are brief descriptions of some of the many topics we have incorporated into various custom programs for clients. Customers are encouraged to share their training needs and goals and collaborate with our coordinator to develop an appropriate program for your staff.

EXCEPTIONAL LEADERSHIP:
Custom programs on leadership skills and principles for leaders at all levels.Topics include leadership principles (primarily from John Maxwell, Steven Covey, Warren Bennis); self-leadership, change leadership, integrity, ethics, motivating self and others, leading by example, mentoring, effective communications skills for leaders, delegating and accountability.

SUPERVISORY & COACHING SKILLS:
Supervisory positions are often filled by people pulled out of the workforce they must now supervise, placing many in a dilemma—how to transition from worker to supervisor? This training teaches the first-time supervisor how to forge and lead a team, how to coach and handle conflicts and difficult situations like a professional. Excellent for veteran supervisors, too!

MANAGING CHANGE:
Change is not an option, but growth is. This course is for organizations that choose to grow. Custom programs with a design to equip your entire management team—team leaders, supervisors, managers, and project managers—to implement and manage change. Topics include “wave theory” of change management, recognizing events signaling change, steps to handling change, innovation and creative problem solving, effective communications in a changing environment.

TEAM BUILDING AND LEADING:
Whether building a team from scratch or shaping an existing group into a team, there are definite processes and steps to go through. Basic team principles and processes, various types of teams, stages of teams, and team building exercises are covered; plus team motivation, conflict resolution techniques, and avoiding team traps.

Return to TopBECOMING AN EFFECTIVE TEAM MEMBER:
Rules and responsibilities of team membership are rarely taught. Successful teams are a result of individuals knowing what their team roles and responsibilities are and how their individual behaviors and skill levels impact a team. Topics include: individual competence, adding your value, member relations, individual roles and responsibilities, keys to collaboration, and building enthusiasm and tenacity.

HOLDING EFFICIENT AND PRODUCTIVE MEETINGS:
If run by the unskilled, meetings can become a battleground, demoralize your staff and cause bad decision-making. This course shows how to make meetings productive, energizing, and motivating by teaching meeting time management techniques, keeping order and eliminating distracting behaviors, setting house meeting rules, and activities to keep meetings energized and fresh.

TIME MANAGEMENT:
The purpose of time management should be to help us attain specific goals we want to meet on time. This training teaches prioritizing time by goals, making task decisions, delegating, bartering for time, and handling interruptions without offending.

CREATIVITY AND INNOVATION:
Albert Einstein said, “Problems cannot be solved by the same thinking that created the problems.” Topics in this course include techniques and exercises to increase creativity in your staff, how to change perspectives, creative processes from leading edge companies and experts, problem solving and brainstorming techniques and exercises.

Return to TopCOMMUNICATING EFFECTIVELY:
No matter what the medium, there is always a good chance of miscommunicating. Being misunderstood can be more than a little frustrating—it can cost a company a lot of money. Learn the many ways people filter messages and how easy it is to confuse, offend, and make mistakes as a result. Our custom training can cover any of the following topics: verbal communication basics, listening skills, non-verbal communication, presentation skills, written and electronic communication skills (memos, letters, email, telephone).

CONFLICT RESOLUTION AND DEALING WITH DIFFICULT PEOPLE:
Two of the most common causes of stress in the workplace—resolving conflicts, and working with difficult people—are covered in this topic. Skills and techniques covered include: handling difficult people with ease and elegance, strategies for resolving conflict, identifying stages of conflict, identifying difficult behaviors and how to respond to them.

PERSUASION & PRESENTATION SKILLS:
People in the workplace are required to sell ideas, concepts, strategies on a regular basis. This course covers successful presentation skills, how and why people buy-in, differing personal values and motives, effective listening and observation skills, how to relate to and persuade different types of people.

STRESS MANAGEMENT:
Stress costs. Stress steals joy from work and demoralizes your staff so that production, creativity, and competency are compromised. Custom programs can cover such topics and techniques as: stress management by personality styles, healthy things to do, putting fun back into the workplace, and decompression tips and exercises.

OUTSTANDING!™ CUSTOMER SERVICE:
The single item that distinguishes one capable company from the rest of the crowd is their ability to deliver OUTSTANDING! Customer Service. This course will teach you how to plan, design and distribute the highest quality of service to your most important customers.


Project Management Seminars and Training

Return to TopFUNDAMENTAL TOOLS OF PROJECT MANAGEMENT:
Introduction and overview of the basic principles of project management. Topics include basic scheduling, charting, risk analysis, stakeholder analysis, time and cost estimation.

Duration - 3 days

FUNDAMENTAL TOOLS OF PROJECT MANAGEMENT WITH MS PROJECT:
Same course as above but includes integration of Microsoft Project 2000, 2002, or 2003 into the curriculum.

Duration - 4 days

FUNDAMENTAL TOOLS OF PROJECT MANAGEMENT FOR THE IT PROFESSIONAL:
Curriculum follows the fundamental tools program with an emphasis on the special concerns of IT projects.

Duration - 3 days

RISK MANAGEMENT:
Topics: risk identification, risk planning, qualitative and quantitative risk analysis, risk response planning

Duration - 2 days

QUALITY MANAGEMENT:
Topics: tools and techniques for quality planning, flowcharting, quality control measures, cost/benefit analysis

Duration - 2 days

Return to TopMANAGING PEOPLE IN PROJECTS:
Topics: leading the project team, handling diverse personality styles, situational leadership, consensus building, team meetings, motivation, delegation, goal setting, conflict management, communication skills.

Duration - 4 days

COMMUNICATIONS PLANNING:
Topics: Information distribution, performance reporting, selection of media and methods, project termination documentation, conducting a lessons learned meeting

Duration - 2 days

CONTRACTING AND NEGOTIATING:
Topics: procurement and solicitation planning and execution, conducting and planning negotiations, contract formation process

Duration - 2 days

MANAGING SCOPE, SCHEDULE, AND COST:
Topics: planning and controlling scope, schedule, and cost, milestone management, balancing through trade-offs

Duration - 2 days

PROJECT COMPUTER SIMULATION:
Students are given a project to complete that simulates the actual running of a project. Computers and printers are used along with a facilitator to make the experience as real as possible. This course can be used as a benchmark for determining training needs or as a final course in a series to measure the learning of the students.

Duration - 3 days

Return to TopPROJECT MANAGEMENT LEADERSHIP COMPUTER SIMULATION:
Students are led through a series of team building, planning, and problem solving activities.

Duration - 4 days

PROJECT MANAGEMENT PROFESSIONAL TEST PREPARATION:
A review of the key concepts in the Project Management Body of Knowledge, tips on test taking, and practice tests. A resource package of appropriate textbooks and other materials will be provided from the Project Management Institute (PMI).

Duration - 5 days

FUNDAMENTALS OF MS PROJECT 2000, 2002, 2003:
Fundamental introduction to charting, tracking, and scheduling projects.

Duration - 1 day


Project Management University Series

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This series is designed to give the attendees a complete package of instruction in the processes of Project Management.

The courses offered are as follows:

  • Fundamental Tools of Project Management
  • Risk Management
  • Quality Management
  • Managing People in Projects
  • Communications Planning
  • Contracting and Negotiating
  • Managing Scope, Schedule, and Cost
  • Project Computer Simulation

    Total number of training days: 20

It is recommended that students begin with the Fundamental Tools course and finish with the Project Computer Simulation course. All other courses can be taken in any order.

To ensure learning outcomes, tests patterned after the Project Management Professional (PMP) examination can be administered at the end of each course. These tests consist of twenty-five multiple-choice questions based on the curriculum of the course. Extra hours are added to each course to administer and grade these tests.


Leadership, Management, Communication Seminars and Training

Return to TopEXCEPTIONAL LEADERSHIP AND TEAM BUILDING FOR THE I.T. PROFESSIONAL:
Management principles for the Information and Technology managers who are more comfortable with computers than people. This training covers all the essentials for sound leadership and management, including communication and listening, leadership, facilitating effective meetings, time management, motivating others, and more.

DiSC PERSONALITY PROFILES:
This highly interactive seminar is a favorite of many. In learning about how you perceive the world, you learn how others perceive it differently than you do, and come to a greater appreciation that difference. This seminar has helped sales people sell better, people communicate with more flexibility, and has help managers motivate with creativity.

EXECUTIVE PRESENTATION SKILLS:
Learn how to speak like a leader. Study the non-verbal and verbal dynamics involved in addressing groups. Use your body and voice effectively to persuade others, gain credibility, and deliver bad news without getting shot.


Sales Training Seminars and Workshops

Seminars consist of lecturettes and some exercises, a format excellent for mixed audiences at a convention or annual association meeting. Workshops are inter-active, highly participatory and are best used for single-company audiences.

Our training fee includes a pre-seminar or workshop consultation to customize our sessions to match your company's and industry's culture, and to teach the appropriate skills required for selling your products and services. It also includes the first 50 workbooks. Due to the custom nature of our sales training seminars, rates are dependent upon the client's needs and are quoted following an initial consultation.

Return to TopINTRODUCTION TO SALES:
A training for the first-year(s) sales professional. Curriculum includes basics of relationship and consultative selling: goal achievement and time management, dressing for success, creating instant rapport, lead generation, working referrals, and getting appointments.

ADVANCED SALES SKILLS:
Too many sales people don't improve and don't know why. This training can take the average sales person to the level of a superior career sales professional. Curriculum includes advanced version of many topics covered in "Introduction To Sales", plus sales analysis, strategies for the simple through the complex sale, people-reading, listening and communicating effectively.

SALES SKILLS FOR THE NON-SALES PERSON:
No matter the profession or occupation, sales skills can be career builders. Learn how to communicate effectively, persuasively, and get your ideas sold.

GOD'S SALES TRAINING:
If you liked 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, you'll love this great seminar revealing God as the originator of business and sales excellence! It is not "preachy"-just a lot of terrific stuff delivered from a perspective never attempted before in sales training.

Some of our best known and widely practiced business and sales principles have endured in spite of the many years of changing business trends and cultures. Why? AP Seminars' incredibly unique and useful Scripture-based sales seminar reveals the reasons why. If you are a Bible reader, you'll be greatly uplifted; if you are not, the sound principles and practices will enrich you and your business anyway.

CUSTOMIZED SEMINARS:
We will be more than happy to have our coordinator work with you to customize any of our seminars for your company or organization. Please call us anytime: (360) 891-2127.

Return to TopNEW TOPICS:
We are always adding new topics to our list of seminars and workshops; please feel free to call anytime: (888) 271-4934,
(360) 891-2127 Fax: (360) 576-9991 E-mail: liz@apiseminars.net

To Contact Our Coordinator

Liz Shigeta-Prior (360) 891-2127
Email: liz@apiseminars.net



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