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This week, I wrapped up a live virtual training session that anyone in the public could sign up for. We do these sessions differently than if they were in person because it is, obviously, virtual live training. So instead of doing it all in two consecutive days, we break it up and do about three hours a day for four days spread out over two weeks. This was the second time I provided the training since the pandemic forced us all to work safely from home. I’d like to say that I think I’m getting the hang of it.

So much so, that next week, I’ll be delivering the training yet again. But this time to a handful of people all working for the same organization. Through this digest post (and other backroom channels), I’ve tried to send them a message that even if we aren’t in person, I’m still expecting them to be somewhat engaged and interact with me. It’s definitely better for everyone if I can avoid just talking to a computer screen for three hours straight.

We’ll likely also have another training session in March that will be open to the public. But, if you’re part of an organization that works with a team of professionals who could use the training, please reach out, and we can also do a private training.

Of course, there’s always plenty to talk about during our sessions, and I love how we always find a way to integrate the very latest issues of the day. This past week was no different, and we spent some time, quite naturally, talking about our current state of laws and how it seems inevitable now that we will be modernizing them in the not-too-distant future. While I’m certain that if you take the exam relatively soon, you wouldn’t be tested on the proposed Bill C-11 (to replace PIPEDA), there was nonetheless a fair amount of curiosity as to how that law will change the things we were covering. If you are considering training soon, I can assure it will not be time wasted, but rather that when new laws eventually come into force (and remember, these things take time), you’ll want to further build on that knowledge, and we’ll be here to help with that.

In any event, whether it be via private or public training sessions, each of these brings a unique opportunity to do some real learning. We had people from literally across the entire country taking part, and even an ex-pat living in Scotland and someone from Chicago. It was great to be able to connect it this way, it was an awesome mix of people, and I think we took advantage of the platform to make the most of it. I’m already looking forward to the next one.

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