“Can you find me a class on Crystal Reports?”
“Have you got a team-building workshop you can do for us?”
“We need some problem-solving training. What do you suggest?”
If you have been in training very long, you’ve heard these questions. Sometimes it seems that’s all we hear! Our customers come to us for training solutions (we hope!), and chances are we don’t provide a workshop or course that meets their every need. If you’ve ever needed to find a good course on a new topic, this week’s review may help.
If you’re like me and you have training to sell and need to find situations where people need the training that you deliver, never fear—this site can help. If you meet their criteria, you can list your courses in their database. So, if you are an internal practitioner or an external provider, you can use something like a marketplace or a clearinghouse to help you find each other. First Seminar is just that marketplace.
The site has a simple mission and is executed well. If you are looking for training courses, you can search their database of over 400,000 from this page. If you are a provider, you can fill out a request to have your courses considered for this database. Now that we know the site’s goal, let’s dive into the details.
The site has only four main sections, reflecting the focus of the site. These sections are:
- Find It
- List It
The Introduction section explains the company’s business model and describes the features of the service (one notable feature is that if you register for a workshop through this service you are guaranteed the lowest available price). In this section, there is a list of five tips to make you a better shopper for training. This area of the site is also where you can register your company with First Seminar, making it easier for your employees to use the service.
First Seminar features a simple, clean design. Its mission is clearly stated, and the site doesn’t deviate from this goal. While staying focused might seem easy, in today’s Web landscape it is to be lauded. If you or your customers need a place to find training, this would be a good place to start. An easy-to-use site that allows people who are offering training a way to find people who need training—it’s a valuable service, indeed! Figure A shows the summary of my review.
|Here’s Kevin’s summary of his review of FirstSeminar.com.|
Kevin Eikenberry is president of the Discian Group, a learning consulting company in Indianapolis. If you would like to comment on this article or have any questions or suggestions of other Web sites to review, please follow this link to write to Kevin.How can you get exactly what you want from TechRepublic? By becoming a member of TrainingRepublic's Virtual Advisory Board, you can share your opinions about the kinds of topics and features you need for career success in the IT support community. As a volunteer Virtual Advisory Board member, your responsibilities include:1. Advising TechRepublic editors on topics of interest to you.2. Evaluating new features of TechRepublic.com.3. Helping develop our community of IT training professionals in addressing the concerns we all face.We are currently accepting applications for a limited number of volunteer openings. If you’re interested, please apply now bysending us an e-mail. We'll send you an application and more details about how our volunteer advisory board will work. This is your opportunity to play a pivotal role in making TechRepublic.com a better resource for IT career success.