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Being Positive at Work

Wed, 10/11/2017 - 20:00
Effective leaders—along with being savvy and good at their job—often have the ability to maintain a positive outlook even when hardships arise. In this course, learn why being positive at work is so beneficial, and explore practical strategies for increasing positivity and dealing with difficult situations. Brenda Bailey-Hughes shares techniques for stopping negative thought patterns and cultivating positive environments, relationships, and habits. Plus, she explains how to remain authentically positive when responding to negative people and situations.

To gain fresh insights and celebrate your positivity wins with other learners, you can participate in the official LinkedIn group group for this course.

Assessing and Improving Strategic Plans

Wed, 10/11/2017 - 20:00
Discover how to hone your strategy to ensure that it succeeds. In this course, join Mike Figliuolo as he highlights some of the major reasons that strategic plans fail, and how to avoid making those same mistakes. Mike examines common problems that can knock your plan off course, including insufficient capabilities, pursuit of the wrong initiatives, and incorrect assessments of the market. By covering each of these issues in detail, he helps you make a better assessment of your own strategic plan.

Construction Management: Project Delivery Methods

Wed, 10/11/2017 - 20:00
Until recent years, the common design-bid-build method was the standard project delivery method for the majority of construction companies. But in the rapidly evolving construction industry, delivery methods have emerged that offer construction professionals new—and in some cases, improved—options. In this course, join Jim Rogers as he dives into both the traditional design-bid-build method of project delivery, as well as some other methods, and explains how these new methods can impact you—whether you're a project manager or a general contractor. Jim discusses project delivery methods such as design-build, construction manager at risk (CMAR), and integrated project delivery (IPD). In addition, he covers how these new methods alter the contractor selection process, changes in the assumption of risk, obligations during the design phase, and best practices.

SEO: Keyword Strategy

Wed, 10/11/2017 - 20:00
Keywords are the crucial foundation for online marketing efforts, and in this course, author Matt Bailey shows how you best structure search engine optimization and pay-per-click plans around the insights you glean from keyword research. He helps you explore the sources for keywords and build a keyword list with research and management tools like Raven Tools, Moz, SEMrush, and Wordtracker. He shows you how to filter and interpret keyword data, observe trends, and better understand the intent of the searcher, and how to develop an informed strategy and implement keywords throughout your site for maximum searchability. Matt also covers how to apply your keyword insights to Google AdWords campaigns and measure the results of your SEO and AdWords efforts.

Help Desk Handbook for End Users: Mobile, Networking, Security, and Troubleshooting

Wed, 10/11/2017 - 20:00
Help desk administrators often find themselves answering the same kinds of questions from end users on a regular basis. In this course, review information that can help empower end users to solve beginner-level IT issues. Explore tips for setting up and configuring mobile devices, setting up Wi-Fi, and dealing with malware and other security threats. Plus, the course covers power management tools and best practices, basic troubleshooting strategies, and more.

This course was recorded and produced by Total Seminars. We're pleased to host this training in our library. (Author: Scott Jernigan)

Performing under Pressure

Wed, 10/11/2017 - 20:00
Pressure is an inevitable part of work and our daily lives. Those who are able to maintain their cool in challenging, high-pressure situations—or even thrive—put themselves in a better position to succeed. In this course, learn how to identify pressure situations and tackle them with confidence. Instructor Eddie Davila helps you identify your unique pressure points, and explains how to approach them through preparation and planning, as well as what to do when the big moment arrives.

Developing Cordova Apps with Visual Studio Code and Typescript

Wed, 10/11/2017 - 20:00
Today's app developers need to target web, mobile, and desktop simultaneously. Web-based technologies can help programmers accomplish this feat. Apache Cordova—an open-source mobile development framework—allows you to leverage these web-based technologies to write native applications. In this course, instructor Sahil Malik walks through how to combine Cordova, Visual Studio code, and TypeScript to develop mobile apps that target all mobile platforms. Sahil demonstrates how to set up your environment for both Mac and Windows, write multiplatform apps using Cordova, enhance your apps to use plugins, and use TypeScript with Cordova.

Learning App Building with Vanilla JavaScript

Wed, 10/11/2017 - 03:00
JavaScript libraries like jQuery and frameworks like React have a lot of benefits to offer, but performance can be a tradeoff. Removing jQuery and React can improve site speed without impacting user experience. But many developers have never learned the equivalent code in JavaScript. This course teaches you how to program the same features and functionality with vanilla JavaScript.

Instructor Sasha Vodnik starts with an app built with jQuery and React and replaces it piece by piece with vanilla JavaScript. He removes the dependencies and shows that the app still works, conducting performance tests to compare the start and end code. Topics include replacing DOM manipulation, replacing Ajax, replacing event listeners, and replacing simple animations, like show, hide, and toggle. The end result is a pure JavaScript app that is backwards and cross-browser compatible—no libraries necessary!

Angular: Animations

Tue, 10/10/2017 - 20:00
Motion is the key to modern web applications. Angular 4 is ready. Explore the native animation capabilities of this popular JavaScript library and build expressive applications. This project-based course uses the Angular 4 CLI and its animations module to create and animate an interactive demo. Find out how to set parameters such as duration, delay, easing, and callbacks, which allow you to adjust the timing and sequence of your animation. Instructor Joseph Labrecque also shows how to animate isolated elements of your application using the query and stagger functions. Once you understand how to animate a new project, Joseph takes you through the process of animating interactions within an existing Angular application—a custom video player. Finally, discover how to compile and package the project for distribution on the web.

Microsoft Planner Essential Training

Tue, 10/10/2017 - 20:00
Microsoft Planner is a new planning and project management app for Office 365 that enables individuals and groups to be more productive. In this course David Rivers shows how to get things done in Planner, from creating new plans and setting due dates to updating a project's status and sharing files with team members. Learn how to work more efficiently and stay focused on what's important by using Microsoft Planner for your next project.

Building an Integrated Online Marketing Plan

Tue, 10/10/2017 - 20:00
Successful marketing is holistic: it considers every channel, from email to search to social media. It is also focused: on the business's core values, customers, and goals. What keeps all these moving parts in check? An effective strategy. Learn how to build an integrated online marketing plan for your organization, in this course with marketing expert Matt Bailey.

Discover why a successful business strategy starts with you, namely your narrative and your value. Learn how to define your target customers, and understand where their needs and your business goals align. Find out how to evaluate the best channel for your message, whether it's Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, LinkedIn, or Pinterest. See how to develop a calendar for putting the right content in front of the right people at the right time. Plan for success by researching SEO, trending topics, annual content, and seize-the-day opportunities. Plus, learn how to think like a publisher; integrate content marketing into lead generation; and measure, model, and review your success. 

Help Desk Handbook for End Users: PC Basics, Hardware, Operating Systems, and Applications

Tue, 10/10/2017 - 20:00
In today's world, it is beneficial for everyone who uses a computer to know how it works. Computer literacy is not only knowing how to read email and open files, but also understanding what goes on inside. This course provides self-help style guidance for solving beginner-level IT issues. Learn how to troubleshoot issues related to storage, memory usage, computer setup, wiping a computer for resale, installing apps, file management, and backups. Instructor Scott Jernigan also provides coverage of system peripherals and operating system basics. These tips and tricks are valuable for anyone who needs a quick fix, including help desk administrators and tech support personnel who need resources for their end users.

This course was created and produced by Total Seminars. We are honored to host this training in our library.

Vue.js: Building an Interface

Tue, 10/10/2017 - 20:00
The perfect way to learn Vue.js is to use Vue.js. It's an incremental library that can scale to fit almost any developer's needs. Once you build an application interface and see its strengths and flexibility in action, you can decide how much of Vue.js you want to use in your own projects. This hands-on course teaches you how to build a simple component-based app: a rating system with features like search and sorting. Along the way, Ray Villalobos shows how to use Vue.js lifecycle methods to load data from files or an API; leverage HTML templates; work with nested subcomponents; add, edit, and delete records throughout the interface; and build layouts to search records and sort the displayed results. By the end of the course, you'll have a functional app prototype and more skills with this flexible framework.

Finding Your Introvert/Extrovert Balance in the Workplace

Tue, 10/10/2017 - 20:00
Introversion and extroversion are core parts of human personality theory. Even though people tend to demonstrate more of one behavior than the other, growing professionally often demands that we be able to understand and appreciate both types. In this course, Tatiana Kolovou and Brenda Bailey-Hughes explain the psychological and physiological differences between introversion and extroversion. They show you how to build on your strengths, and they provide stretch goals to help you develop as an introvert and an extrovert. The course is illustrated with real-life examples from Tatiana and Brenda's own professional partnership, and scenarios to help you work more effectively with others.

Storytelling for Advertising Campaigns

Tue, 10/10/2017 - 20:00
"Storytelling" has become an agency buzzword. From creative directors to copywriters, it seems everyone is a storyteller these days. And the fact is, they're right. We are all storytellers. But few of us are story builders, capable of not only understanding the structure of story but able to use it to connect the character of a brand to the people that consume it.

In this course, Stefan Mumaw lays out the structure of story and uses the development of a real-world campaign to show how each story component builds an emotional bridge between brand and consumer. He breaks down how that story translates to the various advertising components that creatives often use in a real-world campaign, like TV spots, print ads, websites, and social content.

CompTIA Security+ (SY0-501) Cert Prep: 2 Technologies and Tools

Tue, 10/10/2017 - 03:00
Earning the CompTIA Security+ certification can help kick-start your career in information security. This course—the second installment in a series readying you for version SY0-501 of the CompTIA Security+ exam—prepares you to tackle the Technologies and Tools domain. Instructor Mike Chapple—an IT leader with over 15 years of experience—covers key topics, including how to install network components that can help support enterprise security, leverage security and monitoring technologies, troubleshoot security issues, improve the security of mobile devices, and secure common protocols. Visit certmike.com to join one of his free study groups.

After Effects Guru: Tracking Cameras and Stabilizing Footage

Mon, 10/09/2017 - 20:00
Whether it's removing camera shake or tracking a camera's movement, After Effects has you covered. You can apply a variety of techniques to smooth out the camera movement in a shot, using the After Effects Warp Stabilizer VFX effect, and track the camera to add objects into a scene realistically. Rich Harrington shows you how in this installment of After Effects Guru. (Author: Richard Harrington)

Learning Enterprise Web Application Performance

Mon, 10/09/2017 - 20:00
Most enterprise apps are moving online. But if your application takes more than three seconds to load, more than 50% of your users will abandon it. Web performance optimization (WPO) helps developers increase conversion and user efficiency while reducing server load. WPO is an essential technique for efficient web-based applications, and it's one every enterprise architect and engineer should master. This course teaches the fundamentals of WPO, including the different types of metrics and charts the experts use to measure critical performance factors like load and interaction times. Discover the right tools for measuring aspects such as parsing and rendering speed, including WebPagetest, built-in browser developer tools, Google Lighthouse, and APIs that allow you to access real-time production performance data. Plus, see techniques that will improve performance on app load and usage on both mobile and desktop devices, increasing user's efficiency and perception of the app. (Author: Maximiliano Firtman)

Angular: Material Design

Mon, 10/09/2017 - 20:00
Material Design is a unified system created by Google designers for crafting high-quality digital experiences. In this project-based course, get started with Material Design for Angular. Instructor Robby Millsap helps to familiarize you with Material Design by covering the benefits of the specification, and walking through how to install and configure Material Design. He also shows how to work with layouts, components, and theming features to give a project a user experience overhaul.

Learning QuickBooks Online

Mon, 10/09/2017 - 20:00
Get up and running with QuickBooks Online so you can manage business finances in the cloud, anywhere you go. Bonnie Biafore shows business managers who are new to QuickBooks—and QuickBooks veterans making the leap to the online edition—how to pay bills on time, collect the money earned, and run reports to see how your company is performing. Plus, discover how to set up customers, vendors, products, and services; record transactions; reconcile bank statements; and pay sales tax.

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