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A Classic Library Returns to DVD

As many of you know, for several years, DVDs of the Vision Point library of training programs were taken off the market.  I am happy to say that the entire Vision Point Video Training Library is back on DVD!   This includes some very popular programs such as:

 

A.C.E. It! How To Solve Tough Workplace Problems
A.C.T. with Integrity
Another Look
Bad Apples
Be S.A.F.E. (Not Sorry) - Preventing Violence in the Workplace
Coach the S.A.L.E. for Sales Managers
Courage to Coach
Generations: MEET for Respect In The Workplace
Glad I Could Help
I Wish My Manager Would Just...
Integrity Every Day
It’s Not Just About Sex Anymore
It’s the Law - The Legal Side of Management
Just Be F.A.I.R.
L.E.A.D. with Integrity
Legal Briefs - Discipline & Termination
Legal Briefs - Recruiting & Hiring
Legal Briefs - Substance Abuse
Legal Briefs - The ADA
Legal Briefs - Workplace Privacy
Legal Briefs - Workplace Violence
Let’s T.A.L.K.
M.E.E.T. on Common Ground
M.E.E.T. Zero Tolerance
Peer Today, Boss Tomorrow
Preventing Retaliation in the Workplace
Ready. Set. CHANGE!
Sexual Harassment: It Can Happen Here
Sexual Harassment? You Decide
Support the S.A.L.E. for Service and Support Professionals
The Right Side of the Line
The S.A.L.E. Series
The Three Dimensional Interview
We Need to M.E.E.T. - Managing for Respect in the Workplace
Whale Done!
Win the S.A.L.E. for Sales Professionals

 

Posted under Lists by Stewart on Nov 12, 2012 | Comments: 0 | Comments Off

What's Hot and What's Not?

I have noticed a lot of articles in magazines outlining what is "hot" and what’s "not hot." These articles can be on a variety of topics like fashion, automobiles, home furniture, or movies...

We have also found over the years that certain topics are hot in our industry while others become much less popular. So what is hot and what’s not hot in training videos and DVDs? Here is a list that we’ve pulled together. Most of the trends come from our own discussions with our customers, but we’ve also had some informal chats with other distributors as well.

HOT:

Communication - we have seen a big increase in customers who are seeking communication training in all forms. They are particularly interested in programs that will help people work well together on teams.

Working with people from different generations - Generational conflicts must be on people’s minds. We have seen a real increase in the past few years in training tools to help employees from different generations work better together.

Customer Service - This topic is a perennial HOT area. Many of our customers regularly train on customer service and they are always looking for new customer service training programs. Fortunately, there are a number of terrific programs in this area.

Motivation - I think motivation has picked up recently because of the challenging economic situation. Our customers are always looking for ways to inspire and motivate their associates.

Change - Recently we’ve seen this topic shoot up in interest. Our training customers need tools to help employees understand the changes that are happening. They also need tools to help every employee navigate these changes.

NOT HOT:

Quality - About a decade ago, quality training was very hot. We have seen interest in quality drop way down over the years.

Innovation - We used to get a lot of requests for programs focusing on creativity and innovation. Our customer’s interest in this training area has also fallen off in the past few years.

Sexual Harassment - When the State of California mandated Sexual Harassment training for every employee, this topic was very HOT. Recently however, customer interest in this topic has also diminished... That is until sexual harassment cases make the evening news again.

Posted under Lists, Miscellaneous Thoughts, Training Ideas by Stewart on May 22, 2008 | Comments: 0 | Post a comment»

Top Ten Training Programs for 2007

Our customers and distributors often ask us which programs are our bestsellers. I think this can be useful because it shows how organizations are setting their training priorities. Here is the list of our top 10 for 2007:

1) Fish! This program (which was released in 1998) provides viewers with a visit to Pikes Place Fish Market in Seattle. It shows how anyone (even people who handle and sell fish) can have fun at work, deliver great service, and motivate themselves (and others) to higher levels of achievement. This program has been a worldwide bestseller for over a decade. Recently, the producer also released the complete training seminar version called "Fish! Culture," and the leadership training program, "LeaderFISH!"

2) Morris Massey’s programs remain top sellers for us year in and year out. The bestseller of all is his latest release "What You Are is Where You Were When... Again!" Funny. Irreverent. Provocative. Thought-provoking. Morris Massey is all of these and more. For over 30 years, he has explained how different generations think and how these generations can work together successfully.

3) Tom Peters remains a top seller. Our best selling programs include the classic bestseller, "In Search of Excellence" and Tom’s latest program "Re-imagine! Business Excellence in a Disruptive Age." For over 25 years, Tom Peters has been inspiring people to achieve higher levels of excellence in customer service, leadership, and innovation.

4) The Lance Armstrong Series including "Who Says We Can’t Do It? Lance Armstrong’s Journey." I think one of the reasons this program has been a bestseller is the wonderful interview with Lance’s oncology nurse, LaTrice Haney. It is very moving and motivational.

5) John Kotter’s new release "Succeeding in a Changing World" has done really well. Harvard Business School professor and best-selling author John Kotter presents examples of organizations that have changed successfully and organizations that have failed when faced with change. He also provides an overview of his eight-step process for success. This program was voted one of the top training programs of the year by Training Media Review!

6) Muppet Meeting Films. Join Kermit, Grump, Leo, Sam Eagle, and other members of the Muppet ensemble as they add pizzazz to your meetings. These humorous meeting videos are lots of fun and have been perennial bestsellers!

7) The Bob Farrell programs "Give ’em The Pickle" and "What’s Your Pickle." Bob Farrell uses personal anecdotes to tell a powerful message on customer service. His messages are enduring - and they are also fun to hear and watch.

8) "Life is good... and Work Can Be Too!" This program has done well because it shows how the employees of the apparel company "Life is good" bring enthusiasm and passion to their work.

9) "Love Your Customers" with John O’Hurley. While we have only sold this for a few months, this new release has sold very well. The DVD has two separate training programs. The first, "Love your Customers," provides a blueprint for delivering great customer service. The second, "Love Your Difficult Customers," provides a step-by-step approach for working with customers who are angry or upset. Throughout, you will laugh as John O’Hurley delivers his message in a funny and engaging manner.

10) The Customer Service Training Series (including "It’s Show Time," "Six Steps to Greatness," and "Service Heroes"). This series - led by a profile of Stew Leonard’s Dairy has been one of our top sellers for years. The programs provide concrete examples of great customer service in action!

Posted under Corporate, Best Sellers, Lists, Customer Service, John O’Hurley, John Kotter, Tom Peters, Fish Philosophy by Stewart on Mar 03, 2008 | Comments: 0 | Post a comment»

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