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Training takes time, and time is precious. The Essentials deliver swift, concise learning in the form of bite-size videos that are accessible at the point of need, relevant and rewarding - and all online.

In each film, lasting between one and three minutes, the viewer will grasp the key learning points of a subject while enjoying the Video Arts comedy approach which we know delivers highly effective, compelling learning. The resource is designed as a companion to working life - a touch point for top-up training.

Meet Bad Manager and Good Manager

In each scenario, Bad Manager takes the lead on a managerial issue. Bad Manager embodies the worst of all of us. He is close-minded, arrogant, stubborn, insecure and inconsiderate. He thinks he knows exactly how to approach the situation and fails dismally, exhibiting all of the negative behaviours people sometimes demonstrate at work.

Good Manager is a great leader and facilitator and brings the best out in people. He listens, he considers and he responds intelligently. Good Manager picks up the pieces and they de-brief on why one way might be better than the other.

Video Arts Essentials combines the talents of leading experts, writers and actors in two new libraries of 70 memorable bite-size learning videos.

Management Essentials

34 must-have skills for managing people (including recruiting, motivation, coaching and leadership) under the following categories:

  • Being a leader
  • Dealing with absenteeism
  • Developing your team
  • Difficult conversations
  • Motivating your team
  • One-to-one support
  • Recruiting
  • Reviews and feedback

Workplace Essentials

36 learning points to help every employee succeed in the workplace (including meetings, negotiation, dealing with colleagues and time management):

  • Communicating face-to-face
  • Communicating on the phone
  • Communicating in writing
  • Dealing with stress
  • Finance and budgets
  • Managing projects and processes
  • Managing yourself
  • Meetings
  • Negotiating
  • Understanding behaviour

The Cast: Robert Webb (Peep Show), Lucy Liemann (Rev), Helen Baxendale (Friends), Tom Bennett (Phone Shop), Jo Enright (Phoenix Nights) and Kobna Holdbrook-Smith (Turks & Caicos).

The Experts: Clive Shepherd, Charles Jennings, Sir Antony Jay, Dr Peter Honey, Professor John Adair, Desmond Morris, Pat Mitchell, Dr John Hemmingway…to name a few.

The Writer: Fergus Dingle (four times winner at 2014 World Media Festival)

Welcome to The Essentials Series: credible, entertaining and memorable.

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Yes, we do still include a popcorn package with each DVD purchase. It’s our way of saying "thank you" for being our customer!

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