I started out with CiviCRM as an end user who installed it for organization where I used to work. My colleagues and I were self-taught through trial and error, and after a little while, we understood the concepts and day-to-day contact management fairly well. However, we lacked the opportunity to fully explore functionality before diving in and using it.
At my firm, AGH Strategies, we've been providing trainings for CiviCRM clients since the first one over five years ago. While the training is customized to each client's needs, training is most effective when we can focus on a single process, start to finish. Meanwhile, most public CiviCRM trainings are general, soup-to-nuts treatments of everything that require the commitment of one or two entire days.
As an alternative, we're offering two targeted, two-hour "Start to Finish" training sessions in the next couple of weeks in Washington, DC.
CiviEvent Start to Finish will give you the tools to make registration and participant management a simple, efficient process. For experienced users, you can learn some of the tricks and features that have been added recently. For folks new to CiviCRM, we'll introduce the full cycle of creating an event, processing registrations, printing event materials, and following up later.
Read more and register for the training, which will be May 29 from 6:00 to 8:00 pm.
CiviMember Start to Finish is an opportunity to walk through the entire membership system--creating the types and rules that automate the membership structure, configuring member-related site features, and customizing the system to match your unique organization. For those of you who joined us at CiviCon for the "Field Guide to Membership" session http://sf2013.civicrm.org/field-guide-membership that Jane and I presented, this will be the natural complement--a practical how-to session for managing your membership.
Read more and register for the training, which will be June 5 from 6:00 to 8:00 pm.
I hope you can join us for one of the sessions!