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  • view course page for Excel Tips

    Excel Tips with Dennis Taylor

    Get a new productivity-boosting tip every Tuesday from Excel expert Dennis Taylor.

    3h 20m
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  • view course page for Monday Productivity Pointers

    Self-contained tips on the latest online tools, such as Google Apps, Skype, YouTube, Mint.com, Etsy, and more.

    11h 21m
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  • view course page for Samsung Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge Essential Training

    Make the Galaxy S6 or S6 Edge an even more productive and fun part of your daily life with these tips from Android evangelist Pat Salvador.

    1h 19m
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  • view course page for Understanding Copyright: A Deeper Dive

    A deep dive into copyright—your mechanism for protecting intellectual property that resides in a tangible form: books, songs, software, product designs, etc.

    1h 12m
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  • view course page for Communication Tips

    Communication Tips with Tatiana Kolovou

    Become a better manager or leader by honing your communication skills in this weekly Wednesday series with communication experts Tatiana Kolovou and Brenda Bailey-Hughes.

    1h 51m
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  • view course page for Windows 10 Essential Training

    Learn all the essential features of Windows 10, including everything you need to know to install Windows 10, customize it to your liking, and start working with files and applications.

    7h 52m
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  • view course page for Budgeting for Small Business

    Learn how to construct a budget to help your small business make decisions and evaluate future performance.

    1h 32m
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  • view course page for Guy Kawasaki on Entrepreneurship

    Evangelist, author, and speaker Guy Kawasaki shares his thoughts on a variety of topics centered on entrepreneurship, including focusing your pitch and prototypes, predicting new markets, and capitalizing on social media.

    14m 31s
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  • view course page for The 5-Day Excel Challenge

    The 5-Day Excel Challenge with Dennis Taylor

    Take this fun and fast 5-day Excel challenge to test your Excel skills.

    40m 9s
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  • view course page for PRINCE2 Fundamentals

    PRINCE2 Fundamentals with Claudine Peet

    Learn about the fundamental themes and processes of PRINCE2, the de facto standard for project management in the UK.

    1h 27m
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  • view course page for Finance for Non-Financial Managers

    Get a basic understanding of financial management, sufficient to interpret reports, draft budgets, cost products, and make informed financial decisions.

    1h 27m
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  • view course page for Working with Upset Customers

    Get proven techniques for neutralizing angry customer behavior as well as preventing it from occurring in the first place.

    55m 4s
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  • view course page for Business Etiquette: Phone, Email, and Text

    Learn how to strike the right tone in emails, text messages, and phone calls; include the right information; and understand what communication method to use when.

    59m 3s
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  • view course page for Building Accountability Into Your Culture

    Create a culture of accountability at every level of your organization, with these leadership tips from executive coach Mike Figliuolo.

    33m 37s
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  • view course page for Developing Resourcefulness

    Learn how to assess and develop the skill of resourcefulness: being able to do more with less.

    29m 26s
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  • view course page for Understanding Trademarks: A Deeper Dive

    Lawyer and author Dana Robinson outlines the basics of trademark law, including when you need to register your trademark and what to do about trademark infringement.

    1h 2m
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  • view course page for Organizing Your Office for Maximum Efficiency

    Professional organizer Suzanna Kaye shows how to set up any office for maximum productivity.

    1h 2m
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  • view course page for Writing Proposals

    Writing Proposals with Judy Steiner-Williams

    Learn how to respond to a request for proposal (RFP) and to craft a well-conceived proposal from scratch.

    2h 17m
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  • view course page for Using Customer Surveys to Improve Service

    Learn how to design and implement customer service surveys, and turn the data into actions that can improve service quality.

    52m 14s
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  • view course page for Excel for Mac 2011 Tips and Tricks

    Cool shortcuts, techniques, and tips for enhanced productivity in Excel for Mac 2011.

    4h 31m
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  • view course page for Communicating with Confidence

    Get simple communication tools, strategies, and tips to help you communicate with confidence.

    1h 28m
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  • view course page for How to Present and Stay on Point

    Learn how to deliver a great presentation, stay on point, and recover when you make mistakes.

    24m 28s
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  • view course page for Asking for a Raise

    Asking for a Raise with Lisa Gates

    Learn how to understand and communicate your professional value and get what you want in a salary negotiation.

    54m 14s
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  • view course page for Operations Management Fundamentals

    Learn how to identify the operations systems in your workplace and use operations management tools and concepts to improve outcomes, efficiency, and innovation.

    2h 28m
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  • view course page for Humor in the Workplace

    Humor in the Workplace with Izzy Gesell

    Bring the power of humor into your workplace to help collaboration and drive results.

    45m 10s
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  • view course page for FileMaker 14 Platform New Features

    Find out about all the new and enhanced features in FileMaker Pro, Server, and Go 14, including the new Launch Center and Script workspace and new layout and design tools.

    1h 33m
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  • view course page for 5 Personal Finance Tips

    Get a better handle on your money with these five tips on spending, managing fixed costs, budgeting, investing, and saving.

    9m 18s
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  • view course page for Crisis Communication Fundamentals

    Prepare your organization to communicate to key audiences in the event of a crisis that impacts your business or brand.

    1h 2m
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  • view course page for Developing Executive Presence

    Explains how the "elusive" quality of executive presence actually can be developed to help you stand out from the crowd, gain leadership opportunities, and be successful as a leader.

    1h 24m
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  • view course page for Personal Finance Fundamentals

    Financial expert Jane Barratt outlines a way of thinking "beyond the paycheck" that enables a more productive approach to earning, spending, saving, and investing money.

    1h 26m
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  • view course page for Strategic Planning Fundamentals

    Learn how to conduct an effective strategic planning process that results in a clear, compelling strategic plan for your organization.

    1h 26m
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  • view course page for Managing Technical Teams

    Managing Technical Teams with Bob McGannon

    Outlines the unique characteristics and needs of a technical team, and the specific competencies managers need to develop in order to drive performance.

    53m 50s
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  • view course page for Samsung Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge First Look

    Get your first look at the capabilities and features of the new Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge smartphones.

    12m 7s
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  • view course page for Top 10 Apps for Enhanced Productivity

    Learn about the top ten apps for staying productive and on task. See how to get voicemails transcribed, merge and manage calendars, track expenses, sign PDFs electronically, and more.

    44m 29s
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  • view course page for Managing To-Do Lists

    Managing To-Do Lists with Suzanna Kaye

    Discover ways to prioritize your tasks and track to-do lists on paper, and learn about 5 apps for effectively managing your digital to-do lists.

    41m 27s
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  • view course page for Using the Time Value of Money to Make Financial Decisions

    Learn how understanding the time value of money (TVM) can help you figure out loan payments, save for college and retirement, rent or buy a house, lease or purchase a car, and make long-term business decisions.

    1h 28m
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  • view course page for Getting Promoted

    Getting Promoted with Todd Dewett

    Coach Todd Dewett helps you prepare your case for getting promoted—and demonstrate the value you offer your organization.

    30m 2s
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  • view course page for Nonprofit Fundamentals

    Nonprofit Fundamentals with Leslie Crutchfield

    A primer on nonprofit management and leadership, including topics such as fundraising, talent recruiting and retention, governance, finance, and accounting.

    2h 55m
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  • view course page for Small Business Secrets

    Small Business Secrets with Dave Crenshaw

    Learn the secrets of successful small businesses in this weekly series with business coach Dave Crenshaw. Get a new tip every Tuesday.

    6h 54m
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  • view course page for Value-Based Pricing

    Value-Based Pricing with Stefan Michel

    Explore the benefits of value-based pricing, a strategy in which you set prices based on the perceived value to customers instead of on cost.

    37m 17s
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  • view course page for Solving Common Project Problems

    Professional PM trainer Chris Croft outlines techniques for addressing the most common people, quality, cost, and time-management problems that arise when working on projects.

    1h 5m
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  • view course page for QuickBooks Desktop Tips and Tricks

    Become more productive with these QuickBooks Desktop tips and tricks. Discover tricks for numbering transactions and invoicing, and speed up tasks such as finding info.

    3h 1m
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  • view course page for Human Resources Fundamentals

    A comprehensive guide to the field of human resources, including core responsibilities such as recruitment, hiring, compensation, training and development, and performance management.

    56m 11s
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  • view course page for Google Docs Essential Training

    Discover how to use Google Docs, the free cloud-based word processing program.

    1h 31m
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  • view course page for Finance Essentials for Small Business

    Manage your small business successfully with these finance essentials from accounting professors Jim and Kay Stice.

    54m 37s
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  • view course page for Managing a Customer Service Team

    Discover how to lead customer service teams to greatness.

    1h 32m
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  • view course page for Bootstrapping Your Business

    Bootstrapping Your Business with Rudolph Rosenberg

    Bootstrap your business. Learn how to launch, manage, grow, and exit a business without taking on significant outside funding.

    1h 6m
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  • view course page for Decision-Making Fundamentals

    Decision-Making Fundamentals with Mike Figliuolo

    Learn how to make better business decisions faster, incur less risk, and gain support for your decisions.

    47m 56s
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  • view course page for Excel 2013: Working with Charts and Graphs

    Discover how to work with charts and graphs in Excel, and visualize your data in a new way.

    1h 29m
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  • view course page for Android Tips and Tricks

    Take your Android experience to the next level with these tips and tricks that help you manage your apps, take better video and photos, and more.

    1h 14m
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