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The future of Soft Skills Training in Mumbai

Hello everyone. How are you doing? Have been going through some news events lately and i thought it would be best to discuss the future of Soft Skills Training in Mumbai with all of you. So let’s begin…

Did I hear you asking what are Soft Skills? Well let me explain…

A computer or a laptop is made up of two parts, the hardware and the software. The hardware has the CPU, monitor, keyboard, mouse, hard drive, integrated circuits, capacitors, resistors, etc.  while the software has the operating system along with the programs and applications.

In order for the computer to work, it is essential that the hardware and software work in tandem with each other and communicate well. So while the software sends signals to the hardware and tells it how a command or instruction is to be executed, the hardware executes it. Without either of the two, the computer cannot operate.

 

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Computer parts communicating

 

Similarly a human being also has two sets of skills. One is hard skills which are the more tangible and quantifiable skills like operating a machine or typing on a computer, while the other are soft skills. Soft skills are the less tangible and less quantifiable skills like imbibing a positive attitude in one’s self, which usually gets noticed in the form of behaviour and actions.

While Organizations regularly equip their employees with hard skills, they increasingly require more and more people with enhanced soft skills and behavioural skills to make better use of their hard skills.

The world is currently moving from an industrial age to an artificial intelligence age. Frankly, the pace at which the change is happening is rapid and unimaginable! I was just reading yesterday that very soon we are going to be replacing humans with robots in almost every sphere. So we won’t need drivers to drive our automated cars, we won’t need maids to clean our robot-friendly houses and most skilled jobs would now be done by robots. Just imagine what’s going to happen in the future!

This means that the hard skills learnt in the past as well as those one is learning in the present may not be useful in the future. These will get obsolete in a very short span of time. In fact by the time you learn a new skill it might just get obsolete and will be replaced by another skill or should i say by a robot displaying that skill!

In such an era, it is very natural to feel lost with the fast pace of the world. As the world gets more and more digitised, the need for learning hard skills is reducing and employees specialising in certain hard skills may soon be obsolete.

The only way to sustain will be to be agile and enhance your soft and behavioral skills to enable you to have the right approach towards this fast changing world. More and more soft skills and interpersonal skills will be required as they will play a key role in managing the self and being able to cope up with the rapid changes around us.

Wondering which soft skills you need to equip yourself with to shield you in the future?

Some of the top required soft skills of the future are Emotional Intelligence, Imbibing Positive Attitude, Problem Solving and Decision Making, Managing Self and Managing Others, Managing Conflicts, Personal and Servant Leadership, Effective Delegation, Assertiveness, Negotiation Skills, Working with diverse people and Leading and Managing Change.

Wondering how? Let’s look at an example. Let’s see how Emotional Intelligence plays a huge role in managing the self as well as in interpersonal relations:

  • At the first level, it helps create self awareness about how one feels and hence throws light on our thought processes also
  • Second level helps an individual understand how he or she behaves as a result of how he or she feels
  • At the third level, the individual learns about how others respond to them based on their behaviours
  • In the fourth level, the individual learns to manage his emotions and thoughts as a result of his emotional awareness
  • At the fifth level, the individual learns to understand others’ emotions and their behaviours and deals with them as well as his own emotions getting generated out of his interpersonal interactions
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Emotional Intelligence

 

Such skills play a very important role in the growth and success of an individual as well as of a team and eventually of an organization. It helps them manage the self, manage others, establish long lasting and meaningful relationships, resolve conflicts, negotiate win-win and grow and lead a rich life.

The current century with its perils and challenges needs an individual to learn and practice Emotional Intelligence to succeed in everything he or she does. Emotional Intelligence can be learned and the learning journey starts with getting awareness, accepting and then taking action. Over a period of time with rigorous practice and awareness an individual can reach the 5th level of Emotional Intelligence.

Just like Emotional Intelligence Training, The Yellow Spot specializes in offering Soft Skills Training in Mumbai and other cities. It also specializes in Coaching solutions, Leadership Development programs, Organizational Effectiveness solutions and E-Learning solutions for its clients across India. To learn more about our Soft Skills Training in Mumbai nd how we can equip you to face the future, do visit us at http://www.theyellowspot.com/

 

Beyond ‘good’ Corporate Training Institutes in Mumbai

Hello again, hope you’ll are doing really well:) Just thought I’d pop in and tell you something interesting that I realized the other day. Something that will help you in identifying which corporate training institutes in Mumbai really are different and can help you and your employees reach a whole ‘other’ level.

Sounds exciting? Well then, let’s go!

As you all know, we are currently in the midst of a huge change. I know GST is currently what change means to us, but I am talking about some other change, our change. Yes, The Yellow Spot’s change. We are changing and are changing really fast. Our logo, look and feel. We have some new members added on our team and with the renewed energy, we thought it was finally time to get a complete makeover!

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Our Makeover

Now don’t start jumping to conclusions and getting all anxious! Our old values, standards, service, all still hold true. Yes they do! Those are our foundation blocks and we will never go back on them:) So we will offer you the same reliability, transparency, creativity (although that’s increased with some of the new members!), quality and integrity. So what’s the change? We are bigger and better than before!

So coming back to my realisation. We were all sitting and discussing whether we wanted to change our values after the new energy coming in. We realized that we didn’t want to change them, but felt like something was missing.  These values were great, but they somewhere only provided a very heady feel of what we are and what we represent, if you know what I mean! The heart element that we all so strongly believe in was missing. They were what we would unanimously agree on, but something needed to be added and we were yet to identify the underlying current that would make these values all the more strong.

Since we had paucity of time that evening, we decided to park the values piece and relook at it a little later. The next day morning, I was pleasantly woken up by a Whatsapp video one of my colleagues had sent us. Off late, I haven’t been very regular when it comes to viewing Whatsapp videos. However, I felt a strong desire to take a look at this one and so I went ahead.

It was an Oprah Winfrey video where she spoke about what her mother had once told her. It was focused on ‘Touching Lives.’ The minute I heard that term, I knew that was it. I knew this was the missing term, the missing value. This was exactly what I felt I wanted to do being a part of a corporate training institute in Mumbai. I wanted to touch the lives of all our participants, client representatives, the hotel staff who look after us where we conduct the sessions, the drivers who take us to the sessions, the IT people who help us in the set up of equipment, and every person that we touched directly or indirectly through our various means of communication. Not to forget our entire team whose lives we touch everyday!

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Touching Lives

Oprah said that material things are good, but they are not the ones that are going to make us happy at the end of the day.  No matter how many cars, houses, clothes, shoes and other material possessions we have at the end of the day; if our relationships are not good it is all useless. Such objects can make us happy momentarily but they certainly do not have the potential to keep us happy in the long run.

I couldn’t agree less with her. Remember the last time you bought a new pair of shoes that you had been dying to buy? How long did the shoes make you really happy? One month? Less?

Think about it. All we all really want is for people to understand us and love us. Love is all that our heart’s truly desire. Am sure you can connect back to the feeling that you carried when you first fell in love with a cute girl or boy in your school or college. Amazing wasn’t it! Don’t you wish it could have lasted forever?

To tell you the truth, that feeling can last forever. Yes, it doesn’t have to end. How? In two ways, which actually feed in to each other!

  1. One is by touching other people’s lives and bringing happiness to them. This opens up our hearts and helps us get in touch with the love that we carry inside us. So expressing love actually helps us feel the love that is present inside us in such abundance.
  2. The other way is by directly getting in touch with our inner core, the source of love and permanent happiness. How? You’ll have to give us a chance to first touch your life and ignite that spark inside and then help you get in touch with it directly!

So are you ready to join us on this journey? A journey where we get together, spread happiness and make this world a happier place. A journey where we touch lives and help people fall in love with themselves.

If you are then please connect with us. You can visit our website http://www.theyellowspot.com/ and join us in our endeavour.

P.S. I messaged my colleague and told him how I loved the video. Before I could actually told him that I see ‘Touching Lives’ as the missing link, I received a message from him saying the same! The best part about it was that it also resonated with the entire group. We all felt the same and knew that this was a value which we had been looking for!

If you ask me, this is what sets us apart from other Corporate Training Institutes in Mumbai. This is what you need to look for when you look for corporate training institutes in Mumbai. Not just a head, a good heart too!

The Best Corporate Training Companies in Mumbai

Being one of the best Corporate Training Companies in Mumbai, the most common question our business development team is asked is, “What does your training company specialize in?” I couldn’t agree less with all our Clients! There are dozen’s of Corporate Training Companies in India which provide the entire gamut of soft skills training and choosing one from so many can be a really tough task. Understanding which domain each company specialises in, what the consultant’s core strength is and whether that core strength is something that the client organisation requires is absolutely essential. Training companies really need to answer the question that pops up in every client’s mind, ‘Does this company specialize in what I am looking for?.’

In today’s article, I shall answer this very question by telling you a bit about what ‘The Yellow Spot’ offers and what we specialize in. So let’s get going..

‘The Yellow Spot’ offerings are categorically divided into four clusters as seen in the figure below:

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The Four Clusters of our Offerings

Now, each of these clusters is an umbrella under which we have a host of related workshops.

So let’s have a look at each of the four clusters in a little morer detail.

Cluster 1: Personal Effectiveness

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Improving Personal Effectiveness

 

  • Personal development is the first and the most important step to success and in fact determines an individual’s success in all other domains
  • Hence for personal development we have an entirely different cluster, our Personal Effectiveness Cluster
  • This cluster consists of workshops that are helpful for an individual’s personal efficacy and helps the individual become strong on all fronts so that he can be more effective while working in teams and as a part of the organisation on the whole
  • Some of the workshops that come under this particular cluster are Personality Development, Communication Skills, Stress Management, Time Management, etc.

Cluster 2: Team Effectiveness

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An Effective Team

 

  • When people have to work together, it is important for them to come together as a team and work effectively
  • Once one has developed himself or herself on the personal effectiveness front, the next step is to be a team player and contribute effectively to the team
  • The Team Effectiveness cluster consists of workshops that help in building effective and efficient teams
  • Some of the workshops that come under this umbrella are Interpersonal Communication Skills, Team Building and Team Bonding, Conflict Management, etc.

Cluster 3: Competency Based Effectiveness

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Developing Competencies

 

  • For an individual to grow and climb up the career ladder, it is very important to be competent and proficient
  • Our Competency Based Effectiveness cluster consists of workshops that help in developing various  competencies
  • Some of the workshops that come under this cluster are  Lateral Thinking, Creativity and Innovation, Problem Solving and Decision Making, Sales Effectiveness, Interviewing Skills, etc.

Cluster 4: Organisational Effectiveness

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A Growing Organisation

 

  • Organisational Effectiveness is about how effectively the organisation is achieving its goals
  • For achieving these goals the organisation needs to keep developing itself and adapting to the rapidly changing  environment
  • Hence our Organisation Effectiveness cluster helps organisations bring in the required development and change through various Organisational Development interventions, Assessment Centres/Development Centres, Coaching, etc.

As you can see, these four clusters cover just about anything that an individual, team or organisation requires or can require! If you would like to know more about the workshops that come under each of these clusters you can visit the various pages under our ‘service offerings tab’ on our website. Here’s a link to get you started http://www.theyellowspot.info/soft-behavioural-skills.php

So when it comes to corporate training companies in Mumbai, we are pretty much a ‘One-Stop-Shop’. You name it and we have it! So whether you are looking at personal development for individuals, team development or something to help your organisation move forward, we have it all.

Now coming to what ‘The Yellow Spot’ specialises in amongst these four clusters, its currently the first two clusters i.e. Personal effectiveness and the Team effectiveness. We have a buffet of offerings in personal and team effectiveness which are really effective and can help individuals and their teams develop and to go to the next level.

Now does that mean we lack experience in the competency based effectiveness and organisational effectiveness clusters? No, it doesn’t! Its just that we get more opportunities in the first two clusters as there is a larger audience for them. Competency Based and Organisational effectiveness workshops are typically more in demand for people who are higher up in the corporate rungs. So do we have the ability to deliver good workshops and interventions in the Competency and Organisational Effectiveness clusters? Yes, we most definitely do and we have some very experienced consultants with us who can successfully do them.

So if you are searching for Corporate Training Companies in Mumbai or in fact anywhere else in India also (I forgot to mention another one of our specialities, our PAN India Presence!), you can visit  our website at http://www.theyellowspot.com/ to help us understand how we can help you.

 

Facts about Corporate Training Companies in Mumbai

I am back with my discussion on Corporate Training Companies in Mumbai.

If you remember, we were looking at areas that these companies need to look at to take them to the next level.

So let’s continue with the points:

  1. The next step for a top corporate training company would be to check the outcomes that the client wants from the program. We must also assess whether this outcome can be accomplished in the timeline provided by the client and whether it needs more inputs before, during and /or after the program.

Here one needs to be able to identify the existing gap properly, whether it is a skills, knowledge or an attitude gap. Attitude gaps usually takes the longest to fill over skills and knowledge gaps. Coaching and counselling are usually the best way to go about with them.

Take a note of what I’m going to tell you now carefully as here is where most of the corporate training institutes in Mumbai as well as solo trainers often falter. Very often in the fear of loosing the business we give in to the client’s demands. We land up promising to deliver objectives that are not possible in the given time and/or in the methodology the client approves. This eventually leads to unsuccessful training interventions.

Most successful training programs are well assessed, delivered objectively using instructional design techniques and are followed up well post the delivery. However the ground reality is that due to paucity of time, funds and pressure from business; very often clients wants everything to be delivered in one go. They lack the resources to spread the intervention across a longer duration and more often than not do not even give enough time given to the pre and post program work. The results in poor programs which either do not create the expected change or create a very short term impact with low learner retention.

To tackle this problem, my suggestion is to follow a middle approach. A consultant can suggest what is good or ideal and look at the training not as a one day event but as an intervention. He can openly suggest his or her findings as well as accept the clients challenges, clearly sharing what outcome is possible in the time allotted. A good training intervention is always a joint effort and not one person’s responsibility. Thus if the consultant joins hands with the client in fulfilling the objectives; the outcome is better, there are no false expectations set and the consultant can go ahead doing his best in whatever opportunity he has been given without taking the entire burden on himself.

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Joining Hands with the Client

4. Most training programs and interventions land up being person dependent and largely dependent on the knowledge and skills of the trainer and his interpretation of the organisational issue at hand. This typically results in a trainer being able to only partly solve the issue at hand due to his limited knowledge and experience as an individual, leading to very few training programs being successful in creating the desired change in individuals and organisations.

This is where corporate training companies that have diverse trainers and consultants have an upper hand. If these trainers can all lend their expertise to the training intervention, then it becomes more holistic in nature and can successfully solve the issue at hand.

  1. Most of the theories and concepts that are used during delivery are picked up from the west and are well accepted and applied blindly without much doubt. Some of these concepts come with good research and backing while many of them are just eastern philosophies which are repackaged and sold back to the east in a flashy costlier form!

Trainers and training companies need to ensure they use concepts that actually tackle the organisational issue and not just offer good sounding concepts that may result in not meeting the objectives.

Am sure I have given you enough food for thought right now and am hoping it will help in making your training interventions more successful. Once Corporate Training Companies in Mumbai start looking at interventions holistically and truly look at partnering with their client stakeholders at every front there’s no stopping them. If they can have a consultative approach towards their interventions and also have a long term approach over a short term one, they can definitely look at being one of the top Corporate Training Companies in Mumbai.

Have something you would want to discuss to help you take your training interventions to the next level? You can definitely contact us by visiting our website http://www.theyellowspot.com/

Facts about Corporate Training Institutes in Mumbai

There are many Corporate Training Institutes in Mumbai. Some are large and have a large sales force and in-house training delivery team, while others are individual trainers who operate from their homes, what we call one man armies!  There are also many aspiring trainers in the market, some of whom have elementary knowledge and no formal experience. All three are constantly competing with each other to grab their share of the training pie.

Apart from these three categories, their is a fourth category that we most certainly cannot leave out. It’s the training managers, learning officers and process trainers that form the in-house functional and behavioural trainers teams who conduct programs for their respective organisations.

Each of these categories have their own specialities, strengths, lacunas and challenges that they face while trying to accomplish the required outcomes.

Although the training industry in India is a multi billion rupee industry, yet it is rather unregulated and there are no set standards that everyone follows. On one hand this leaves room for a lot of creativity at work, while on the other it gives rise to glaring gaps in the quality of training delivered.

If training is to be successful in fulfilling the required outcomes, it has to follow some standardised methods and processes. Let’s have a look at some of these:

  1. The first and foremost area to explore is whether training is the solution to the issue being faced. I know you are surprised to read this as my first point but I think it the first question that needs to be asked!

On many occasions I see leaders looking at training as a solution to everything. However they forget that the issue might be due to other reasons and training might just provide a temporary solution. Training employees cannot solve all your system, process and leadership issues.

2. Now if we have identified that it is a training issue then we need to identify exactly where the training is required. Very often leaders think that if they train their employees then everything will change. They however often forget that change has to be driven top-down. It’s first the leaders that need to change and this wave of change needs to then percolate to the rest of the organisation. We sometimes forget that actions are louder than words and if we change first the rest of our team will automatically follow.

So the question is that what can help us decide whether the issue at hand is a training issue or not and if it is one, then how do we make a program that is effective enough to produce the desired change in the organisation?

My experience of having trained for the past 11 years tells me that to decide if this is a behavioral training need is possible only when you do a thorough Training needs analysis and identification. This means you need to talk to various different people in the organization to get an idea of the situation and the need in its totality and understand the commonalities as well as the outliers. Trainers need to learn to probe neutrally to avoid bringing in personal biases and that is where i find Edgar Schein’s human process consulting techniques very helpful.

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Exchanging ideas with the Client

These techniques help us in identifying the common factors and also the not so common ones! Once these factors are identified, we can then present the findings to the concerned stakeholders, the top executives to be ideally involved in the process.

By effective probing we can successfully make them share what they think about the same and then help them zero in on developmental areas, some of which they need to work upon internally and some which can be addressed by hard skills or soft skills training.

Hmmm…Got you thinking? Well I’m going to leave you with these thoughts right now and will catch up with you soon to share some more thoughts on what can take Corporate Training Institutes in Mumbai to the next level. In the meantime I’d love to hear your views on the same. Do get in touch with us by visiting our website http://www.theyellowspot.com/ See you soon:)

Top 10 Corporate Training Companies in India

Last night we had a very interesting discussion. It was on, you guessed it, why are we one of the top 10 corporate training companies in India.

It all started with a session that was being conducted by us for one of our clients. It was on my all time favourite topic, Emotional Intelligence. This session was being held in a different format as it was a senior audience we were catering to and felt that we wanted to give them something that goes down a lot deeper. We didn’t want to make it a session typically run by corporate training companies in Mumbai or as a matter of fact corporate training companies in India. We wanted to do something different, something that would rattle the very core of every participant and make him or her think whether they were really doing justice to the emotions that keep bubbling up inside them.

I find it astonishing that pretty much all of us are at such a loss when it comes to dealing with our emotions. It doesn’t matter what position you are at in your organisation, what qualification you have or how much money you have in your bank account. When it comes to emotions, even the most intelligent of us (needless to say that the more intelligent you are the greater your loss in this department) fail miserably!

I too have been part of this clan all my life. In fact it’s only of late that I got some respite from being such an integral part of it. I was always the emotional fool who just had too much of sentiment and emotion. The worst part was that it would always come out at the wrong times and I really didn’t know how to control it.

Emotional Child
Emotional Child

As I kid I had realized that the only way to keep it under check was to keep it suppressed. Sounds familiar? That’s the strategy that we have all been using, isn’t it? It was only when I got introduced to Mindfulness that I realised that I was doing the exact opposite of what I should be doing!

Like the rest of my emotional brothers and sisters, I too ran to some top training institutes in India as well as some corporate trainers in Mumbai to find my answer. However I always came back with a void, with a question still answered. It always felt like there was something more which everybody was missing out. I had tried out so many of the things they had recommended but all of them had a very short term impact. None of them had the permanency that I was looking for.

This desperate desire and relentless effort finally led me to the answer that I had been searching for all my life. In fact this long drawn search is the very reason that sets us apart from many other training and consulting companies in India.

The difference comes from the experiences you go through life and how you deal with the pain that comes along with them. It made us search until we found something that really worked for us and in the bargain go through a range of techniques that are currently in the training market. It eventually landed us with something that had the power to transform our entire being and connect us to the superpower that we were. That something, that had the power to give us back the power that we have given off to our minds and allowed it to rule over us and make us miserable. That something, that took us deep and allowed us to connect with and understand all those around us. So what made the difference? Having lived through the grilling experiences of life, learning from them and then standing up strong to be able to help not only ourselves but also all those around us.

So now you know our secret of being one of the top 10 corporate training companies in India. We are truly the horses and what you hear from us is coming directly from the horse’s mouth!

In case you want to explore some of our ‘straight from our heart’ sessions, you are most welcome to. The Yellow Spot is one of the top corporate training institutes in Mumbai and has successfully trained more that 50,000 participants on various soft and behavioural skills. For more information about The Yellow Spot, you can visit us at http://www.theyellowspot.com/

Making Corporate Training Successful

The Corporate Training Business has started booming in the country since 1991 and has reached new heights in the past decade. Not only have new international companies entered the market, the local ones have also strengthened their hold and offerings and new ones are cropping up regularly.

Apart from needing prior experience, there are no barriers faced as such when entering into this business.

While many players have entered the business, sustenance and growth only happen of those who add value to the client and fulfil their needs.

Corporate training companies in India have not restricted themselves to offering only training programs.

At The Yellow Spot, we also started as a corporate training company in Mumbai offering Soft and Behavioural skills training programs across the country and have gradually spread our wings across the country using a blended approach of offerings.

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Corporate Training using the Experiential Learning Approach

We recruited trainers at strategic locations and also empanelled them at other locations. This helped create a robust team across 50 locations across the country.Later we decided to move into the Organization Development, E-learning, Content Design and Development, Leadership Development, Coaching and the Mentoring space.

This opened up various avenues for us as well as helped expand the services we could offer our clients.

Many training companies have also created and specialised in their own products, creating a niche market for themselves. They have also started marketing some products and services offered by international players who were looking at strategic partnerships in the country.

For the client however the single question prevails as to how these offerings will suffice their needs and benefit their employees.

The answer is simple. Whether a soft skills training company, a hard skills training company, an e-learning company or a leadership development company, one has to do thorough diagnostic of the client environment. One has to dig deep into the people and place to know what is prevailing. Unless you know the current environment you cannot build a bridge for the better. Another important point to consider is that the current environment in the organization has to be understood neutrally keeping the Consultants biases aside.

The second step is to co-create a learning road map along with the client.  Unless the client is fully involved, a fruitful intervention cannot be designed. That’s where most of the training companies in India or corporate training companies in Mumbai, corporate training companies in Pune, training companies in Delhi, corporate training companies in Chennai, corporate training companies in Bangalore, corporate training companies in Kolkata, etc.  miss out.

The temptation of suggesting the pill before finding the root cause of the problem can be very strong and it can actually lead the intervention to go astray. The trap is at times also created by the client assuming the consultant to be the expert and the consultant offering himself as the expert.

The fact is that most of the programs that are not co created usually don’t meet their expectations.

Another very important aspect is sustenance of the learning. This again is a co supported requirement. The post intervention aspect is very strongly required and the most neglected at times. Most learning interventions don’t yield results because they are looked at as one time interventions and not much effort is made to sustain the learning. Regular learning circles, follow ups, refreshers, action plans, transfer climate, projects and length of interventions actually help in sustaining the learning environment and eventually making the intervention a success.

If a corporate training company focuses on these elements then success is bound to be theirs. This also then raises the question that can they learn to refuse when they feel the requirements of conducting a successful  learning intervention are not being met by the client?

To learn more about how to make your learning interventions more successful, visit us at http://www.theyellowspot.com/