Everyone Can Still Learn

January 20, 2011

I get e-mails from customers all the time. Often, they have nice things to say. Sometimes they are critical. I got one recently that I’d like to share with you. Yes, it gives me a nice pat on the back. It also taught me something that I also want to share.

One reason I want to share this is because some users feel that they already know everything they need to know about CorelDRAW. Let’s hear what Duane had to tell me about CorelDRAW X5 Unleashed.

“I have been using CorelDraw since I rented version 1 from Software Etc what seems like a billion years ago. (Versions 1 (for a few days) 3, 5, 7, 8, 9, 11, 12, X3, X4, X5”

“I thought I had a decent handle on CorelDraw, however, going through your training has literally “Unleashed” me to be more effective. I had missed the 3 point objects completely, never used the navigator, skipped right over the Smart Drawing Tool, and was missing a bunch of text formatting goodies, had my nudges all set weird, and much more. Kudos. And I’ve only made it to lesson 9.”

There is no doubt that I love to hear how much a user is learning. In this case, Duane is a long-time user so it is especially satisfying. His e-mail also taught me something.

“Comments, on locking / unlocking objects in the video you indicate once you deselect an object that has been locked the only way to unlock it is to “unlock all” I have been able to unlock locked objects successfully by right clicking on them, the padlocks light up and unlock is in the right click menu. Alternatively, I select the Iocked object in the properties docker and unlock it at that location.”

I’ve made note of this and will make sure to get it added to future books. The key here is that even an “expert” can always learn new things. At each of our CorelDRAW Unleashed Training Boot Camps I also learn something new. Typically it comes from a question asked by one of the attendees. In trying to figure out the best solution to the question asked, I’ll find something I’ve never seen before.

If you feel you can’t learn anything about CorelDRAW, I’ll ask you to reconsider that position. None of us know everything and I think CorelDRAW X5 Unleashed and the CorelDRAW Unleashed Training Boot Camps can help all levels of users to get even more from their design software.

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