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By Ash Blodgett | Monday, December 27, 2010

lynda.com ‘practice what we preach’ contest winner

Working for lynda.com has a lot of perks, but recently it had one of the biggest perks of all. lynda.com held an employee contest that asked all its employees to practice what we preach. The contest required contestants to watch at least one of the courses in the Online Training Library® and learn a new skill. The goal was to inspire learning and creativity.

It has, since high school, been a goal of mine to have my own web site that I could regularly update and manage, and as a recent college graduate I found I needed this now more than ever. I needed a place not only to promote my self as a filmmaker, but also my short film Hold Up.

So I set to work making this web site, complete with photo galleries, trailers, resumes, my reel, a blog, and a video explaining my learning experience. I felt a sense of achievement and a personal fulfillment that went beyond words. I now had the power to advertise myself to the world and have my voice heard.

I really enjoyed this contest and feel like I not only learned a lot about iWeb and web site design, but also about lynda.com. Before I never really understood what learning at your own pace meant, but now I truly understand. Despite the fact I have been editing tutorials for lynda.com for almost a year now, I honestly didn’t have much experience with the site before this and had been meaning to use it ever since I had been hired.

On December 4th, they announced the winner of the contest. I felt ecstatic just to have my own web site, but I was completely floored and over joyed when they announced I won the employee contest. I am not only thankful for the knowledge and the tools the lynda.com site has given me, but I am also eternally grateful for the recognition of winning the contest.

Thank you lynda.com! Also special thanks to Bryce Poole for all the motion graphics and Will DeAngelis for audio engineering.

By Megan O. Read | Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Last minute holiday gift idea: Give the gift of knowledge

Macworld.com thinks that lynda.com would be a pretty cool holiday gift idea for the creative types in your life, and while we might have a bit of a bias, we agree.

Here are a few reasons to give the gift of lynda.com this year at the holidays:

You know someone who is getting a new digital camera this year. Check out the hours and hours of digital photography and camera RAW courses in the Online Training Library®.

You would like to build a basic photo-sharing website so that your friends and family can all see photos you took of your Christmas tree, Menorah, hand-knitted reindeer sweater, or all of the snow our friends on the East Coast have been getting. iWeb ’09 Essential Training will help get your photo site built in an afternoon.

Instead of sending a written card to everyone this year, you’d like to try your hand at an animated Flash card like Chris Georgenes does every year. (How cute is this?!?)Flash CS4 Professional Tools for Character Animation and Flash CS3 Animation Secrets are a great way to get started on your own.

You got married and want to explore your family trees together.Growing and Sharing Your Family Tree is an ideal course to help get started researching and organizing who you are related to.

You’d like to share the love (and sell some of the junk stuff you got for the holidays last year), while making a little pocket money for yourself. One of our latest titles, Product Photography for E-Commerce, will give you at least a fighting chance to sell off those footie-pajamas and over-sized plaid pants you got from your grandma last year.

You’d like to help your mom start a cooking blog of all her yummy holiday recipes. WordPress.com 2.7 Essential Training is five hours of everything you need to know to get her sugar cookies and brown bread recipe online and shared with the world.

So, yes, we’re a little biased, but we know from experience that there are hundreds of reasons not to want to go to the mall this time of year: The long wait in lines, not knowing your giftees’ clothing sizes, fighting traffic, catching colds from strangers. There are also a lot of reasons that a gift subscription to lynda.com is a great option for many on your gift list. Visit the lynda.com Gift Center today and give the gift of knowledge.

Happy Holidays from all of us lynda.com!

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