How to Present PowerPoint Presentations You are Proud Of

For many, giving presentations in the workplace causes great apprehension. Reservations can be caused from fear of forgetting content, providing false information, finding a mistake in the work being presented, nervousness causing speech issues, as well as common technological errors (which frequently arise).  To help employees feel more comfortable in giving presentations, organizations need to supply training.

This month, Mastery released an entire series of Microsoft PowerPoint 2010 courses compatible on its mobile-friendly, third generation Video On Demand (VOD3) platform. Effective training promotes comprehension and confidence in utilizing presentation tools which, in turn, leads employees to create more effective and efficient presentations.

The 14 course titles comprised in this topic series include:

•        Microsoft PowerPoint 2010: Getting Started with PowerPoint 2010

• Microsoft PowerPoint 2010: Creating a Basic Presentation

•  Microsoft PowerPoint 2010: Formatting Text on Slides

• Microsoft PowerPoint 2010: Adding Graphical Objects to a Presentation

Microsoft PowerPoint 2010: Customizing a Design Template

• Microsoft PowerPoint 2010: Adding SmartArt Graphics to a Presentation

• Microsoft PowerPoint 2010: Adding Special Effects to a Presentation

•  Microsoft PowerPoint 2010: Customizing a Slide Show

• Microsoft PowerPoint 2010: Modifying Graphical Objects in a Presentation

• Microsoft PowerPoint 2010: Preparing to Deliver a Presentation

Microsoft PowerPoint 2010: Customizing the PowerPoint Environment

• Microsoft PowerPoint 2010: Collaborating on a Presentation

• Microsoft PowerPoint 2010: Securing and Distributing a Presentation

Microsoft PowerPoint 2010: Working with Tables and Charts

Each course relays advice for tools and techniques in PowerPoint 2010.  Users with basic knowledge of the program, all the way to advanced users who are ready for optimization tools to further enhance presentations, will feel more confident in using PowerPoint 2010.  The courses are also great for employers transitioning their organization from an older version of the program, helping to generate a smooth transition.

These courses are available on the VOD3 platform allowing courses to play on any mobile device (plus an desktop) – no matter the browser or operating system.

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New DOT HazMat Courses Now Available on VOD3

Every day facilities throughout the United States transport thousands of materials around the country.  We rely on transportation by air, land, pipelines, and sea to get these materials to their destinations safely and properly. There are several categories of materials transported daily and one category is hazardous materials (HazMat).  Hazardous materials require extra-special attention because of the health and safety risks they pose if not handled properly.  Hazardous materials are divided into nine different classes:

  1. Explosives
  2. Flammable gases
  3. Flammable liquids
  4. Flammable solids
  5. Oxidizers and Organic Peroxides
  6. Poison substances
  7. Radioactive materials
  8. Corrosives
  9. Miscellaneous

To prevent accidents during transport, the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) developed a set of regulations for handling and transporting hazardous materials.  DOT requires all companies transporting or ship hazardous materials to provide proper training to their HazMat employees.  By popular demand for this type of training, Mastery released four new course titles covering DOT regulations of the transportation of hazardous materials.  These four titles include:

These courses thoroughly discuss safety and security training in properly handling, recognizing, and understanding the hazardous materials present in different workplaces. As a beneficial addition to these courses, they are compatible with our third-generation Video On Demand (VOD3) platform.  On this platform courses seamlessly play on any mobile device, no matter what browser or operating system.

The most effective way to help avoid incidents while handling and transporting hazardous materials is by knowing how to safely work with them; implementing comprehensive safety and security training encourages safe handling procedures.  Visit for more information on these courses as well as other DOT and HazMat course titles.

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It may be March, but cold weather temps are still a concern!

Just as Michiganders (and surely many other states) had a glimpse of spring weather, another snow storm settled in.  It is easy to become lax about safety precautions for cold weather once the nice weather starts (especially after the perilous winter it’s been), but once safe cold weather habits begin fading we become apt to cold-weather hazards.

Mastery’s newly released course, “Hypothermia,” covers two personal hazards affecting anyone in cold weather; hypothermia and frostbite.  The course concentrates on the basics of hypothermia and frostbite, how to recognize them, how to react to them, as well as basic first aid.  The first aid section in this course has been approved by several medical experts, the American Heart Association, and the American Safety and Health Institute.

Hypothermia is a fall in body temperature to below 95 degrees Fahrenheit; it causes drowsiness, lowers breathing and heart rate, and can lead to unconsciousness or death.  It is caused by prolonged exposure to extremely cold weather, swimming in cold water, or wearing damp clothes in cold conditions.  Unlike hypothermia, frostbite is when the victim’s tissue actually freezes and ice crystals form and kills the cells.  One of the most important things about frostbite is being able to recognize its symptoms.  It most commonly affects fingers, toes, ears, and the nose.

Both of these cold weather hazards are dangerous and can be life threatening.  It is your responsibility to learn the hazards associated with hypothermia and frostbite, and use good judgment and common sense in determining the most effective prevention techniques.

One of employees stuck in our parking lot

One of employees stuck in our parking lot

But really… after the recent snow, let’s hope we don’t need to worry about cold weather hazards for a while!

This course is available on our mobile-friendly VOD3 platform.  Visit for more information.

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Mastery is Collecting Cans for Charity!

Over the past few months, Mastery has been working to enhance our company culture.  We have implemented monthly spirit days, monthly breakfasts, a community bulletin board, and an employee recognition program. While Mastery regularly makes contributions to different organizations around the community, this time we thought we would create some stir around the office by letting everyone enter the charities they support into a drawing.

At our last open-house monthly breakfast we had a raffle to choose a charity to donate our bottle and can returns to.  At breakfast we drew from the charities and the Karmanos Cancer Institute was the winner.  For the entire year we are collecting bottles and cans at the office and will donate the return money to Karmanos! Mastery will also be making a matching donation  based on our earnings in can/bottle returns.

The Karmanos Cancer Institute not only provides patient care, but also is dedicated to research, education for the “prevention, early detection, treatment and eventual eradication of cancer.”

We’re going to keep this an ongoing tradition at Mastery and will continue donating to the great charities chosen by our employees.

How do you choose charities to donate to at your organization?

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Train Spanish-Speaking Employees with Video On Demand

A trustworthy way to prevent workplace accidents is by implementing comprehensive training.  This training develops more knowledgeable and well-rounded workers.  Though it seems like an obvious connection, when it comes to training to accommodate workers that speak Spanish, often their training is not as current or up-to-date as counterpart English course versions.  Without the same training as English-speaking workers, how can you develop a well-rounded, knowledgeable workforce ?

To help eliminate the language barrier in workplace training, Mastery updated many popular titles on the Video On Demand platform to include Spanish versions.  In doing this, our Spanish courses become available on our VOD 3 platform coinciding with the English versions of the course titles.  Mastery currently offers 42 titles on our VOD3 platform.  Using the VOD3 format provides supreme convenience and optimal learning by allowing training to be seamlessly viewed on any device (smart phones, tablets, and desktop computers), no matter the browser or operating system.  Offer the same up-to-date training for your entire workforce with Video On Demand training.

We are continuing the updates to our Spanish courses so we align with our mission to help build amazing organizations.  These updated courses offer the same comprehensive training for, nearly, every employee in the workplace – making a safer and healthier work environment.

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Don’t Ignore the Dangers of Texting/Talking While Driving

Cell phones are the most prevalent distraction on the road.  The societal pressures of constantly being connected are felt every time the phone goes off in the car, and waiting to answer that call or text, for whatever reason, doesn’t appeal to most people while driving.

Mastery’s newly released course title, “Hang Up and Drive: The Jacy Good Story,” goes through Jacy’s devastating story as told by her boyfriend, Steve, and herself.  They share shocking statistics discovered by research they’ve done.

Some points they make:

-23% of all crashes involve cell phone use

-Multitasking is extremely dangerous while driving

-Texting drivers are more likely to crash than drunk drivers

Tragedies like Jacy’s have long-term effects on everyone involved in her life, as well as the drivers of the other cars involved in the crash.  This course not only shows a real-life story of a cell-phone related crash, but also gives advice on what you can do to stay safe while driving.  Hang up before you get behind the wheel!

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Over 50 New and Updated Titles Released In February

Throughout the month of February Mastery released over 50 new and updated course titles, covering a variety of workplace topics. These titles are compatible with our third-generation, mobile friendly Video On Demand (VOD3) platform, making training more convenient by allowing courses to play seamlessly on any mobile device – no matter the browser or operating system (yep… another way Mastery helps to build your amazing organization).  Here is a list of the most recent titles released:

New Titles:

Updated Titles:

Be sure to keep an eye-out, as our list of titles compatible with our Video On Demand (VOD3) platform continues to grow!

We also released two new Partner courses this month:

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Complete Series of Microsoft Excel 2010 Courses Now Available!

Mastery recently released five more course titles from content provider, Sonic Performance Support’s list of Microsoft Excel 2010 training videos.  These five titles now complete the list of Excel 2010 course titles available from Mastery.  The new titles include:

Other Excel 2010 Courses:

Each course is available on our Video On Demand (VOD) platform, enabling training to be used on any mobile device.  At $4.95 per play, the affordability and convenience of the VOD format makes training unavoidable and seamless.

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Keep the Workplace Educated on GHS and HazCom standards

Most of us deal with chemicals in our daily tasks at work.  Though you may have been trained on ones you work with, it is easy to forget about hazards and potential dangers.  As an employer, it is always beneficial to assign new courses as well as refresher courses to workers to stay up-to-date and educated on hazards in the workplace.

This month, Mastery has released three new Hazard Communication and Globally Harmonized System (GHS) courses.   These three courses are available on Mastery’s third-generation, mobile-friendly Video On Demand (VOD) platform.

In, “Hazard Communication: Your Key to GHS Chemical Safety,” learners receive four simple questions that should be answered before they use chemicals in the workplace.   If these four questions can successfully be answered before using the chemicals, the worker should be ready to work with them safely.

The two new refresher courses, “Hazard Communication Refresher Training (GHS),” and “Hazard Communication for Building and Construction Companies Refresher Training (GHS),” go through explanations of the three types of ways potential dangers are communicated in the workplace: Safety Data Sheets (SDS), container labels, and a Hazard Communication program.  Each course covers specific chemicals workers may encounter in the specific industry.

Chemical accidents can happen at any workplace, knowing how to handle the exposure will make the difference in the severity of the accident.  Use these courses along with Mastery’s entire selection of Hazard Communication courses to keep your workplace safe.

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Microsoft Word 2010 Courses Added to Complete the Topic Series

Mastery released 17 new course titles completing the list of 21 Microsoft Word 2010 courses offered in Mastery’s extensive course library.  From content provider, Sonic Performance Support, these courses validate the importance of training to keep up with technological advances, as well as support smooth transitioning of employee understanding.

New course titles include:

Each course is available on our Video On Demand (VOD) platform, enabling training to be used on any mobile device.  At $4.95 per play, the affordability and convenience of the VOD format makes training unavoidable and seamless.

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