Even an Apple Mentor Can Learn

February 3, 2011

In my last two Thursday posts, I’ve shared some stories along with e-mails I’ve gotten from loyal readers. First came Everyone Can Still Learn and I followed that up with Never Too Old to Learn. I’ve gotten another really nice e-mail that I want to pass along. Before I include the e-mail, I want every one of you using a high-priced output device to pay special attention to this story. If you are getting the most from your output device, you are cheating yourself! Let me know share the e-mail I got from Susie.

“I just began using your product last week and I spent nearly ten hours a day, two days running, totally enthralled.”

“I am a retired elementary school principal. I was also a Computer Mentor back in the days of the “Apple Can’t Wait program” in 1984. I set up Apple and later Mac labs, trained staff in all kinds of Apple products, etc. until 1998. I felt very good about what I knew then. But, becoming a principal I had to let go of keeping up with the skills and what you don’t use you lose.”

“Upon retirement my husband and I purchased an engraving machine that requires my using CorelDraw let alone Windows. I was so distraught. I can’t begin to tell you how ready I was to throw in the towel, including my new $25,000 etching machine. But then I found your product. As a prior computer trainer, I can’t begin to thank you for the very clear, step-by-step instructions you give. Even an Apple aficionado like myself has understood and been able to duplicate your directions. I would read, watch the video, take notes, and then go do the whole thing within Corel until I GOT IT!”

“Teachers do not always get the kudos they deserve. So kudos to you!”

I hear all the time from users who have an expensive device that is being underutilized and not helping the bottom line of a company. Maybe it isn’t running enough. Or it could be that product is being wasted. In almost all case it is not the fault of the output device, but rather a poor CorelDRAW workflow. In Susie’s case, she got a copy of my CorelDRAW Unleashed Training DVD. That’s right, an investment of $50 and some time studying saved her $25,000 device from being a boat anchor. I know you are all busy and don’t feel you have time to learn. Yet the reason some of you are busy is because you are wasting time doing things the hard way. Do yourself a favor (oh yea, it helps me too) and get some training on CorelDRAW! It may take you a little more time in the short run, but it will pay off in the long run. For those who want to turbocharge your workflow really quickly, join me at a CorelDRAW Unleashed Training Boot Camp.

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