Applied Training: Examples of Learning with Fred Pryor Enrollment

by Teresa Matteson

This year, OCEAN negotiated for Oregon SWCD employees to subscribe to a year of Fred Pryor Trainings at a significantly reduced rate of $199. According to Fred Pryor representative, Rebecca Oakman, 36 OCEAN participants have taken advantage of these valuable courses. Fred Pryor offers over 2600 course titles that cover a broad range of instruction topics and most are available online at the participant’s convenience. The $199 Fred Pryor enrollment window for OCEAN participants has been extended through the end of July.

Let me share how I’ve applied two Fred Pryor resources to my work.

Excel Pivot Table

Excel Pivot Table

Mastering Excel’s PivotTable tool has been on my list of objectives for several years. My computer files are loaded with Excel spreadsheets and data galore. Finally, thanks to the Fred Pryor Training titled, Excel 2010 PivotTables Made Easy, I have learned to format data to answer specific questions, detect trends, and display valuable relationships that can help guide decision making. For example, with the use of PivotTables, I analyzed the District’s native plant sale data based on customer location. As expected, most of the customers are concentrated in the county’s population centers. Prior to the PivotTable analysis, I had not considered the native plant interest in the smaller rural communities. Suddenly these underserved areas represent potential market expansion, indicate publicity campaign needs, and inspire me to shake up the mundane and extend services outside the traditional sale paradigm.

Another excellent Fred Pryor resource sent my mind awhirl; the e-book titled 10 Steps to Successful Project Management by Lou Russell. It is easy to apply these lessons to all sorts of projects. I used the task graphic and Gantt diagram to schedule the District’s Strategic Planning process. Each chapter delves into important aspects of project management; some that are easy to overlook yet may prove devastating to ultimate success. As project managers, we inadvertently perform many of these steps, but Russell stresses the importance of formally and intentionally addressing each. Some of my favorites tips include: Identify, engage and retain stakeholders; pay attention to return on investment (the real reason we do anything); identify and prioritize risk (what happens if the project is delayed or not completed); build flexibility into the timeline; communication, communication, communication; and guidelines to determine when the project is complete. The Fred Pryor online availability allows me to reference this resource as needed.

I encourage you to take advantage of the Fred Pryor Trainings! I predict the benefits will far outweigh the cost.

For more information contact: Rebecca Oakman , WorkForce Training Solutions, Project Manager & Consultant, Phone (913) 967-8347, 1-800-255-6278 Ext. 347,, Website:

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