How Long Does Working With You Usually Take?
It all depends on how many templates you have and the quantity of video training that you'll need.
Some businesses I've worked with have 2 or 3 templates. Some have had upwards of 20 or more. it's usually 1-2 weeks, max.
The process is the same:
- I look at what you've got and what you need (where you are now versus where you want to be).
- I look at your brand guidelines (fonts, logos, and so forth)
- I build your master template (or templates)
- Once these are approved, I then build your other templates from the master(s)
- When the templates complete and signed-off, we then review the video training required.
- I then script, record, edit, and deliver the videos
- We then close the contract (and you're kind enough to give me a fantastic testimonial and recommendation on LinkedIn).
I follow up in a few weeks to ensure that all is working as it should and nothing else is required.
Typically, this all takes around 1-to-2 weeks (1 week for a smaller number of templates, 2 for double-figure numbers)
What's this likely to cost?
Again, it all depends on what you need.
My fees are based on day rate ($1k/day) and, typically, for most companies, we're looking at 1 week's work, maximum (all 3 companies I cover in my case studies, here, were under 1 week's work) .
This involves a suite of templates 10-15, usually: agenda, invoice, memo, legal report, standard report, procedural report, policy template, SOP template, job description, quote, agreement, new vendor form, etc., but it can include what you need.
You don't have to have the video training (but I really do recommend it - if your team struggle with Word and your documents, then this teaches them exactly how to use them. (See what can I use your training videos for?)
All told, you can have a 100% working solution for anywhere between $500-$3,000 (no video training) or anything up to $10k (full video training)
What does the video training consist of?
One of the biggest problems with Microsoft Word is people don't know how to use it. They open Word up, the blank document is in front of them, and away they type.
Sure, that's fine, and it is how you get started, but that's the very tip (less than 1 mm) of the iceberg. There's so much more you need to do.
I saw this in a Technical Writer group the other day:
And that, unfortunately, is how many view Word - just start typing.
I will admit that Microsoft really haven't helped here, as their interface design lends itself towards type > point-click (to format), but in anything but the simplest of documents, it'll end in tears.
You need to do more than that, and that's where people - and businesses - struggle and fall down.
That's where the video training comes in.
I teach you exactly how to use the very templates that I build for you. That way, your team knows exactly how to use them.
- Yes, they will most likely have to unlearn some bad habits.
- Yes, they will probably resist.
- Yes, they will eventually see the reason why
The training itself
This is dependent on exactly what you need (I'm not going to cover mail merges in Word if you never have to use the mail merge functionality).
But here's one I did for a company in 2018:
This was a suite of some 13 videos and it included, as you can see:
- Introduction - what the training consists of
- Word setup - Word out of the box won't help you much and it can actually make things harder for you)
- Document properties - Word is very powerful and these types of features can make your life much easier
- Quick Access Toolbar - a much underused feature in Word. I'd encourage you to use it more. I explain why in the video.
- Images - something many struggle with in Word. This can sometimes run to 2, 3 or even more videos, depending on your organization and what/how you use your templates and what you create
- Shortcut keys - these multiply your work rate within Word like you wouldn't believe. But, there can be some issues - I know exactly how to solve/get around them, and show you how here.
And so much more. The exact contents are different for each organization and, though there are a core set of topics that I cover, the rest is only determined once I've created your templates - it's not something I can preempt.
You might be wondering what you can use this video training for, click here to see.
What can I use the video training for?
Most clients will use it to train their current teams to get them up to speed with the new templates.
They can then use the training to on-board new employees, as part of training, evaluations, assessments, that kind of thing.
Some larger organizations have a training library for their staff, so it can be added there and referred to as and when required.
Ultimately, it's up to you how you utilize the training. If I can assist further in any way, please ask.