You Could Be Pretty Good By Now

February 19, 2013

I was busy working away last Friday thinking about the end of the work day and the start of the weekend. An e-mail landed in my inbox that put a big smile on my face. I want to share that e-mail with you and tell you a bit about it.

While this e-mail came from a customer, it is someone with whom I’ve developed a friendship over the years. I believe I first met Jerry in the summer of 1994 when I did a CorelDRAW seminar in Las Vegas. I remember the day well because it was 118 degrees outside that day so loading up our equipment to fly home was insanely hot. He then came to the very first CorelDRAW Unleashed Boot Camp in 1996. We don’t schedule Boot Camps anymore (not enough demand), but you can have a one-on-one training session with me.

I believe there was one other trip to Las Vegas when I saw Jerry, but most of our communication since the 90s has been via e-mail or telephone. Last April I returned to do some on-site training for a company in Las Vegas and I made plans to have dinner with Jerry. We talked business a little bit, but I think we talked a lot more about golf and how I gave it up because I was so bad. On my way out of town, Jerry also arranged a tour of the facility where his artwork gets output for slot machines. I wrote about this visit in Las Vegas, Slot Machines and CorelDRAW.

A few weeks ago Jerry purchased a copy of CorelDRAW X6 Unleashed and it was what prompted the e-mail I got last Friday.

I wanted to let you know that I am really enjoying your e-book on X6. It is way over the top in my eyes and must have really taxed you in it’s completion. I have never had one of these before and I am finding it very helpful as I go through various lessons that I need or as I just browse it for general interest. I was first introduced to Corel a long time ago at Vs 2 and bought in at Vs 3 so I do go back a long way and I have to tell you……”Damned good job Mr. Coburn”. I am finding it a lot of fun and I am certain it will greatly help me as well as my customers as I continue to hone my skills.

As you can probably guess, I was pretty happy to get such a wonderful quote. Yes, it was a very taxing project and I’m thrilled that users are able to benefit from all that hard work. I do have to add that there is one mistake in the quote that many users make. “Corel” is the name of the company that makes many products. If you are speaking about a specific product, use the product name such as CorelDRAW. I wrote Insert Company Name Here Isn’t Working to specifically address this common problem. At least he wrote all the version numbers correctly and this is equally problematic among many users.

I sent an e-mail back thanking him for the wonderful words and asked if I could quote them in a blog. Along with permission, he sent something back that may describe many of you.

I have been using 13 different versions of Corel over the years and now I’m beginning to really learn something. I’m probably one of those atypical starving artists that jumps in on a subject without proper schooling because I always felt I could handle the issues as they popped up. Now I am finding out that there is a better approach to learning than simply screwing something up and then having to go back and correct it. Your book is well worth the price. Too bad I didn’t do this years back. I might be pretty good by now if I had.

Like many users who have been using CorelDRAW for years, he didn’t feel he needed any training materials. Is this you? Do you “simply screw up and correct it” rather than learning the better way? If that is you, I hope you’ll consider getting a copy of CorelDRAW X6 Unleashed or one of the previous versions to match your version of CorelDRAW.

Maybe “starving” artists would eat a little better if they were able to complete projects without a bunch of extra steps and trouble. I put a lot of blood, sweat and tears into CorelDRAW X6 Unleashed so artists can learn the most effective way to get their projects out the door and maximize their profits. I’m thrilled my goal was met with Jerry.

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