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By Starshine Roshell | Thursday, July 09, 2015

Awful Bosses: Tales from the Trenches


You think your boss is bad?

We asked lynda.com authors to share stories of the worst bosses they ever had, and they gave us some doozies—anonymously, of course!

Look, nobody’s perfect and every manager makes mistakes from time to time. But if your supervisor is doing this stuff, you need help.

The strain of working under a lousy manager can actually damage your long-term professional potential. Watch our short course Dealing with a Difficult Boss for tips on how to cope.

By Starshine Roshell | Friday, July 03, 2015

10 Courses Your Kids Can Watch—and Use—Today

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If your kids’ idea of summer vacation so far means vegging out on YouTube Minecraft videos (please tell me that’s not just my kid), we’ve got help!

Encourage them to learn something new this week—today, even—with the following lynda.com videos. We’ve hand-picked these fun, beginner-level courses to spark their creativity and boost their productivity.

They’ll love it because it’s sanctioned sofa/screen time. You’ll love it because they’ll learn valuable skills they can put to use right away—and even into the school year.

Ready, kids? Get set … watch!

By Starshine Roshell | Thursday, July 02, 2015

Slam Dunk: From Basketball Star to Elearning Expert

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He was a pro basketball player who broke Guinness world records … and knew absolutely nothing about computers.

Now he’s an Apple Distinguished Educator who shows teachers how to use digital media to engage their students.

Here’s the story of how determination—and fascination—led lynda.com author Renaldo Lawrence from the nation’s courts to the world’s classrooms.

By Starshine Roshell | Friday, June 26, 2015

All the Tools You Need to Start Sketching Landscapes


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In his beginner-level course, Foundations of Drawing: Sketching the Landscape, award-winning artist Will Kemp helps you develop the confidence to get outside and begin sketching in natural settings.

You’ll soak up the atmosphere, the sounds, the smells, of whatever you’re sketching as you compose and balance the scenes that are in front of you.

Anyone can do it! You just need the right tools.

If you’re ready to sketch like a professional artist, check out the materials Will recommends for getting started:

By Starshine Roshell | Friday, June 19, 2015

Opened Their First Restaurant—with SketchUp and lynda.com

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If you were building a restaurant from the ground up … you probably wouldn’t hire a cop to design it. But when you’re an entrepreneur on a budget, sometimes you just have to work with what you have.

And what Jason and Nirasha Rodriguez had was a dream, a can-do spirit—and a membership to lynda.com.

So when they decided to open their own restaurant where chef Nirasha could work her culinary magic, Jason—a former police officer and firefighter—designed the eatery’s layout, light fixtures, tables, and more using the SketchUp tutorials on lynda.com.

“It was the last thing I thought I’d ever be doing,” Jason says. “But you have that pride of ownership at the end: I did that! And the only reason I could design it is lynda.com.”

By Starshine Roshell | Tuesday, June 16, 2015

What's New in the Adobe CC 2015 Update?

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The 2015 release of Adobe’s Creative Cloud platform is here, and with it comes a bundle of new features for some of your favorite apps, from Photoshop to InDesign to Premiere Pro.

Here, our experts highlight some of the new features you can look forward to in the Adobe CC 2015 update:

By Starshine Roshell | Friday, June 12, 2015

Job Interview Horror Stories: What NOT to Do

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Job hunting ain’t easy. We’ve all been there—and some of us at lynda.com admit to making some pretty embarrassing mistakes along the way.

It’s our hope that by sharing some of our egregious job interview errors—and those of other people we’ve met along the way—we might spare you, dear reader, from having to learn these lessons the hard way. Or at least give you a good chuckle.

If you’re looking for a job, here are some tips from both applicants and employers on what not to do during the interview process:

By Starshine Roshell | Friday, June 12, 2015

Crushing It in Wine Country — with lynda.com


Jeanette Tan was a single mom looking for the ideal place to raise her teenagers.

Passionate about sunshine, food, and wine, she dreamed of making a new life for her family in Sonoma, California’s stunning coastal wine country.

“It’s beautiful,” she said. “I figured if there’s enough sun to grow grapes, there’s enough sun for me.”

So in 2009, she uprooted her brood and made the move—but work was hard to come by.

“I sent out resumes almost every week for two years,” says Jeanette, an accountant and QuickBooks whiz.

But thanks to her DIY spirit—and the inspiration and education of lynda.com—Jeanette now teaches wine-industry finances and accounting to lots of wineries. And soon she’ll be teaching many more.

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