The Web Is Full Of Low Quality Offers, Don’t Rush To Spend Your Money
If you learn to save just 10 minutes per day and are 30 years old now, you can win more than 4 months of your life until you are alive! A huge part of the matter you learned in school is
never used in life.
I’m not saying you shouldn’t have learned it, but most of it wasn’t the best investment you have made. On the other hand investing in mastering time management just can’t be wrong – time is money and whatever of it you can save, it’s always a bargain.
Of course there are risks in this investment too. If you spend a lot of time and efforts without achieving any results, you are screwed. That’s why a lot of people prefer to spend some money and get professional time management training. Paying is no guarantee – you may end up in training courses that
don’t deliver good results.
So even if you are ready to spend some money you need to be careful before doing it. Here is what to look for when choosing time management training courses:
Before subscribing for paid training, spend some time on sites like ours to get an idea what time management is, what are the time management techniques, strategies and systems and what are the latest trends. Based on this you should get a basic idea what do you want to learn and master. Then check the training courses outlines and choose those which cover what you find attractive and useful. There are different schools and strategies so not every course out there will be suitable for you.
Be especially careful not to end up in the course of some wannabe trainer teaching his own absolutely unknown time management system. Whatever is taught should be largely recognized as efficient.
Is there any certification?
Getting certification shouldn’t be your primary reason to attend time management training. In fact it shouldn’t be your primary reason for studying anything. However a certificate could open
interesting career opportunities
– for example in project management, or can help you attract more client for your consulting business. Everyone would be happy to hire an expert who is not going to waste the time they pay for!
Of course everyone can issue a sheet of paper (or electronic document) and call it a “certificate”. Better search online for the certificate name and check whether it’s recognized anywhere. Training courses which issue certificates tend to be more expensive.
Credentials and qualifications of the provider
Next thing is to check who is actually offering the time management courses. Now for everyone there are comments online – in forums, blogs, social networks. If you can’t find anything, start a thread in some of the time management forums online. If you can’t find any opinion from previous customers, this could be a new provider. This is not necessarily bad but it means you are taking considerably more risk.
If there are some testimonials and credentials posted on the site, try to verify them. This doesn’t mean to call and bother previous customers, but at least check whether such people exist.
Virtual or local
Some training courses can be held entirely online. This is not always bad but some people can’t perceive information well without personal contact. Besides, the online course should be interactive and allow personal communication between you and the trainer. If you are just given a bunch of e-books and some lame tests, you are screwed.
Real world training courses are usually more expensive. Most people still perceive them as more valuable too. But you should consider the disadvantages as well – commuting to some place takes time and money and you will have to do it at a predefined time instead of creating your own schedule. If online studying fits your situation better, take a moment to check out the University of Scranton online healthcare mba programs.
Course length and class size
“Learn to manage your time in 30 minutes!”
Yeah, sure. If you see such bold promise, run away. Time management isn’t rocket science, I agree, but it can’t be learned in a single day. If it’s an offline course I think there should be at least 10 visits to the classroom to achieve something. Some very intensive workshops can be completed in 3 days.
Of course there are courses with different length and different level of education they provide. This is just one more criteria to think about. Perhaps you don’t want to commit to something new for an year from the beginning, so don’t choose an year long training if this is your first time management course.
The number of students in the group is vital. You can’t get enough attention from the teachers in groups larger than 20 people. The ideal size is 5-6, or at least under 10. Online courses can allow larger groups but you should still be careful not to end up in a membership site serving thousands of people with virtually no support. You have the right to know how many people will visit the course at the same time with you so don’t hesitate to ask before buying.
The prices can start from $20 (for online courses) and extend $20,000. I wouldn’t trust training course which costs $20 and issues certificate, but I wouldn’t spend $20,000 on a single time management training either. As a general rule for evaluating the pricing (besides your budget of course) you can consider that online courses are cheaper than offline courses, courses issuing certificates are more expensive, and courses with small groups are more expensive than courses with large groups. The length/quantity of material taught also should reflect the price somehow.
Reasonable prices start from around $100 for a good online training or in-house service in a company to $2,000 for a 2-3 days off-site workshop or a longer training program in group. Anything in this range sounds OK as long as there is some value for the money and the price is within your budget.