Locate new training products and business through TrainingNet

Do you have a training business you'd like to market? Kevin Eikenberry has found a wide-ranging Web site that lets you shop for products and jobs while you promote your own company.

Are you looking for new products and services for people in your organization? Are you interested in discovering a new avenue for marketing your training services? If you answered yes to one of these questions, you’ll benefit from a visit to TrainingNet .

One-stop shopping
TrainingNet is not a specialty store; the large, well-designed site is more analogous to Wal-Mart. You can browse or search for training or learning materials in the following categories:
  • Classroom
  • Online
  • Books
  • Videos
  • CDs
  • Audio

Each area, marked by a tab located across the top of the site, is well organized with at least two major category headings including:
  • Business
  • Engineering
  • Computing
  • Industry Specific

The materials within each category are thoroughly described. With just a click or two and a credit card in hand, you can purchase what you need.

Using its services
While TrainingNet can help you find a specific learning solution, it can also become a more integrated part of your training delivery system.

As a training professional, you can sign up for My TrainingNet, a service that customizes the site for you. This feature helps you efficiently find the products and services you might need. While this is a nice feature, it still really impacts only you.

If you click on the HR Managers area, you’ll see that TrainingNet offers a custom version of this site to be placed on a corporate intranet. Here you can find an employment database complete with resumes, available jobs, and a centralized place to make an RFP for specific training or consulting work.

Marketing your services
TrainingNet takes advantage of our networked world and allows you to market your services through its site. The Partners area invites you to become a training provider by filling out a Word or Abode Acrobat formatted application, signing it, and faxing it. The site claims more than 1,000 partners, so how much business you gain may well depend on the uniqueness of your offerings. If, for example, you were thinking to include a classroom workshop on presentation skills, you may want to reconsider. At the time of this writing, there were 2,610 offerings on presentation skills available.

You can also become a partner through your Web site, as they offer co-branded Web sites to provide you with additional content and services for your site.

Kevin’s impressions
I am writing this review on my laptop, which uses a 28.8 modem. With this admittedly old technology, the site is a bit slow. The speed is reduced, however, because of the functionality the site offers as opposed to loading large, unnecessary graphics. The site is well designed and up-to-date.

If you’re looking for new training opportunities or want to market your wares, TrainingNet is worth a look. Not everyone shops or markets at Wal-Mart, but many who do benefit greatly.
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Kevin Eikenberry is president of the Discian Group , a learning consulting company in Indianapolis. If you have any suggestions for future Web site reviews, please write to Kevin .

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