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    Boston, MA March 12, 2013--Harvard Business Publishing Corporate Learning (http://www.harvardbusiness.org) announced substantial features and functionality in the new release of the platform for its Leadership Direct program. Leadership Direct is the organization’s cohort-based, virtual blended leadership development program that helps senior-level and high-potential leaders develop and refine their general management capabilities. Leadership Direct delivers relevant, world-class content to leaders, tailored to each organization’s specific business strategy. Central to the approach are live sessions featuring more than 50 Harvard Business School faculty and Harvard Business Publishing authors using today’s best-in-class virtual classroom technology. Leadership Direct programs are built on a proven methodology for curriculum design and implementation. Cohorts of users meet in virtual, real-time settings that bridge geographic boundaries and time zones. This affordable, scalable approach to development is reaching leaders in 70 countries across 6 continents. See companion release: “Harvard Business Publishing Pioneers Virtual Leadership Development with Leadership Direct.” “Our client results are how we measure success of Leadership Direct,” said Ray Carvey, executive vice president of Corporate Learning and International at Harvard Business Publishing. “As organizations continue to adopt this virtual blended approach, we are continuing to invest in the Leadership Direct platform. This new version represents significant improvements to enable organizations to deliver leader development directly linked to their business strategy.” New Features and Functionality Leadership Direct’s new platform delivers an enhanced user experience, based on feedback from participants and administrators for Leadership Direct-based programs. These new features and functionality enhance Leadership Direct’s participant-centered learning approach that encourages reflection, discussion, and critical thinking. Features of the new version include:      Streamlined access to program content and resources – Improved user interface with simple navigation and an integrated syllabus make it easy to access program components, and get a clear view of current and upcoming assignments and events.     Improved collaboration and networking – Redesigned discussion boards and community page improve communication between program participants, who often represent multiple business units and/or geographies.     Ability to contextualize the programs – Customizable sections of the portal include a dedicated area for posting messages or videos throughout the program and configurable widgets that appear on the portal home page, such as a live event calendar, FAQs, company logos, or a company message, among other elements.     Improved progress tracking and reporting – Enhanced metrics measure results and impact. For more about Leadership Direct, please visit http://www.harvardbusiness.org/leadership-direct About Harvard Business Publishing Harvard Business Publishing Corporate Learning partners with clients to create world-class leadership development solutions for managers at all levels. We leverage the management insight, thought leadership, and expertise of Harvard Business School faculty and authors from Harvard Business Review to create tailored leadership development solutions. With more than 20 years of practical experience, our innovative, technology-enabled solutions drive meaningful and lasting business results. Corporate Learning is a market group within Harvard Business Publishing. For more information, visit http://www.harvardbusiness.org. Follow us on Twitterhttps://twitter.com/HBPCorpLearning and connect with other talent development leaders on LinkedIn through the Harvard Business Publishing Corporate Learning Group.

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    SEATTLE, WA –  March 1, 2013.  Executive Conversation, a global provider of business and financial acumen sales training, today announced that the International Association for Continuing Education and Training (IACET) has awarded the company Authorized Provider accreditation. IACET Authorized Providers are the only organizations approved to offer IACET Continuing Education Units (CEUs). The accreditation period extends for five years and includes all online and onsite programs delivered by Executive Conversation during that period. "Achieving the standards required to become an Authorized Provider of IACET Continuing Education Units testifies to the professionalism of Executive Conversation as a company, and to the quality of our sales training solutions," said Suzanne Sheppard, CEO of Executive Conversation. In becoming the first and only sales training company to earn Authorized Provider accreditation, Executive Conversation completed a rigorous application process, including an onsite visit by an IACET Commissioner.  A universal model for learning process excellence, adherence to the ANSI/IACET 1-2007 Standard demonstrates a provider’s adherence to all aspects of program development spanning design, development, administration and evaluation of its programs. Added Sheppard, “This new partnership with IACET demonstrates our commitment to the highest standards throughout our curriculum, we’re very pleased to join the elite group of IACET accredited organizations.” “We are pleased to welcome Executive Conversation as our newest Authorized Provider organization,” stated Michael Todd Shinholster, President, IACET. “They join a distinguished group of organizations around the globe that have had their programs vetted by third-party experts to ensure the highest possible standards are met.” About IACET The International Association for Continuing Education and Training (IACET) is a non-profit association dedicated to quality continuing education and training programs. IACET is the only standard-setting organization approved by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) for continuing education and training. The ANSI/IACET Standard is the core of thousands of educational programs worldwide.  For more information, please visit www.iacet.org or call 703-506-3275. About Executive Conversation Executive Conversation, Inc. works with sales organizations to build business acumen for effectively engaging and selling to business decision-makers.   Fueled by a belief that every employee who interfaces with customers can drive top-line growth, the company’s role-specific curriculum has been delivered in over 60 countries and in seven languages.  Many of the world’s most respected organizations use the company’s integrated framework of online and onsite training to build learning plans customized to their business objectives.  Executive Conversation is headquartered in Seattle, Washington, with a regional headquarters in London.  For more information, visit www.conversation.com,  join Executive Conversation’s popular Linkedin group or follow @BuyerTalk on Twitter. Contact Eric Beckman Executive Conversation, Inc. Executive Vice President of Marketing and Strategyericb@conversation.com 206.219.1447

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    SALT LAKE CITY, Mar 12, 2013 --Franklin Covey Co. (NYSE: FC) today announced that it has completed the acquisition of the sales transformation company, NinetyFive 5 LLC (Bradenton, FL), as a strategic addition to Franklin Covey’s Sales Performance Practice. NinetyFive 5’s Sales Enablement Consulting and Coaching Execution System (“S.U.C.C.E.S.S.”), which includes a subscription-based online tool set, sales coaching, and both live and virtual training, will be a powerful addition to Franklin Covey’s world-class, award-winning, sales and sales leadership training content, and will help client companies to achieve sustained sales improvement for a list of blue-chip client companies. We believe this acquisition positions Franklin Covey’s Sales Performance Practice to be one of the world’s largest sales enablement companies. NinetyFive 5 has been a successful licensee of Franklin Covey’s sales and leadership training content for the past six years. As a consequence, the integration of both companies’ methodologies and organizations are expected to be highly synergistic for clients. It addition to NinetyFive 5’s social media assets and Coaching Execution Playbooks (known as "5 Online," a cloud-based learning, practice and execution platform), it also brings a highly desirable client base of Fortune 1000 clients (NinetyFive 5 was named to Inc. Magazine’s list of the 500 Fastest Growing Companies in America for 2012). With companies being continually challenged to improve the value their sales forces bring to their clients, we believe the new combined Sales Performance Practice will: Offer a stronger portfolio of enterprise solutions to ensure lasting sales transformation in companies from Fortune 500, to small and medium sized businesses Emphasize driving sales through Franklin Covey’s world-wide delivery in 140 countries Provide a variety of training delivery approaches including live, virtual classroom, video-based, train-the-trainer, and self-paced training options, including a subscription service Expand its capability to provide coaching to senior sales executives Bob Whitman, Chairman and CEO of Franklin Covey said, “We are excited about the combination of Franklin Covey Sales Performance Practice and NinetyFive 5. Not only does this double the size of our Sales Performance Practice, it also adds a technology-based subscription service component to support and implement Franklin Covey’s award-winning sales methodology. We believe this will add considerable value to our clients, and significantly increase the scalability and reach of our offerings.” Forward-Looking Statements This press release contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Forward-looking statements are based upon management's current expectations and are subject to various risks and uncertainties including, but not limited to risks and uncertainties identified and discussed in the Company's most recent Annual Report on Form 10-K and other periodic reports filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission. Many of these risks and uncertainties are beyond the Company’s control or influence. These forward-looking statements are based on management’s current expectations and the Company undertakes no obligation to update or revise these forward-looking statements to reflect events or circumstances subsequent to this press release, except as required as law. About Franklin Covey Co. Franklin Covey Co. (NYSE: FC) is a global company specializing in performance improvement. We help organizations achieve results that require a change in human behavior. Our expertise is in seven areas: leadership, execution, productivity, trust, sales performance, customer loyalty and education. Franklin Covey clients have included 90 percent of the Fortune 100, more than 75 percent of the Fortune 500, thousands of small- and mid-sized businesses, as well as numerous government entities and educational institutions. Franklin Covey has more than 40 direct and licensee offices providing professional services in over 140 countries. For more information, visit www.franklincovey.com. SOURCE: Franklin Covey Co. 

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    Herndon, Va. - March 19, 2013 - Meridian Knowledge Solutions, a leading provider of learning management solutions, is announcing the latest release of its Meridian Global LMS. This version gives associations, retailers and global organizations a way to showcase educational content to members of their extended enterprise - such as vendors, distributors, partners, members and customers. Extended enterprise learners can choose a course, video or other type of content by logging into the LMS to purchase what they want in the currency of their choice. The LMS supports over 120 international currencies, 28 languages and operates seamlessly across disparate localities and time zones. "In the 2013 version of Meridian Global, we're giving associations and commercial organizations a simple way to present a 'store-front' Public Catalog on their web sites to sell online and classroom courses," said Vinay Nilakantan, vice president of Product Management and Marketing for Meridian. "This provides a familiar shopping experience, like the kind they find elsewhere on the web." The Public Catalog in Meridian Global LMS 2013 proactively serves content that is relevant to each learner's locale, while also allowing users to search for educational content. All of this can be done without the need to log in to the LMS. "Associations, among other organizations, want a learning-technology platform that they can easily manipulate to promote and sell content," added Nilakantan. "What we're delivering with our newest version of Meridian Global will improve an association's bottom line." Meridian Global LMS 2013 also includes a social module for customers to integrate discussion forums, wikis, blogs, document sharing and chat within the application's collaboration spaces. There, learners can share know-how or discuss courses they have taken, and post comments and links about courses, videos or podcasts to Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn. Meridian Global 2013 fully supports the Sharable Content Object Reference Model (SCORM) 2004 4th edition to enable the interoperability of content. About Meridian Meridian Knowledge Solutions is the #1-rated human-capital management company for customer loyalty, with a documented customer retention rate of 98 percent. Meridian provides integrated solutions for over 350 clients with 8.5 million active users including AutoZone, Bell Helicopter, CSX Corporation, J.B. Hunt Transport Services, Inc., Panera Bread, Sunrise Senior Living, U.S. Air Force, U.S. Navy, and more than 80 federal, state and local governments. Meridian takes a unique approach to tailor every solution to exact client needs. Meridian asks the right questions, listens and molds its solution to fit its customers' unique requirements. Meridian offers SaaS, private cloud or on-premises deployments. Meridian's flagship product, the Meridian Global LMS, integrates advanced learning management, mobile learning, social learning, e-commerce, learning content management, performance management and workforce analytics into one fully integrated solution. Meridian also provides strategic professional services, mobile and e-learning courseware development and hosting services. Meridian is a wholly owned subsidiary of Visionary Integration Professionals.

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    ITpreneurs is proud to name Data Center Enhancements Inc.  as its newest certified partner. Data Center Enhancements Inc. joins the more than 300 ITpreneurs global partners that benefit from materials licensing, accreditation services, a globally recognized Trainer Certification Program as well as the Open Enrollment Calendar. "Data Center Enhancements Inc. is a leading provider of systems hardware and data center requirements," said Sukhbir Jasuja, CEO, ITpreneurs. "We look forward to sharing industry insights and working in a collaborative partnership." ITpreneurs helps certified partners around the globe expand their product offering, accelerate growth and drive profitability. ITpreneurs and Data Center Enhancements Inc. will collaborate to increase TOGAF, ITIL®, ITIL Expert and Cloud courses offered through Data Center Enhancements Inc. "Effective IT training today must go well beyond the simple features-and-functions courses of the past," said Randy Cochran, President & CEO of Data Center Enhancements Inc. "Today’s advanced processing technology is far more complex and sophisticated, demanding a higher level of manageability, governance, and structure than its predecessors.  We believe ITpreneurs courses enable companies to develop effective IT environments capable of delivering superior computing services." In addition to offering training courses, Data Center Enhancements Inc. specializes in strategic IT planning services and complex storage systems design. They provide analysis, specification, architectural design, implementation and project management for complex and highly sophisticated information storage systems and infrastructure. About ITpreneurs ITpreneurs offers innovative competence development programs for IT best practices to support the educational needs of IT professionals. With expertise in key domains including Cloud Computing, ITSM, IT Governance, Information Security, Process Improvement, and Project Management, ITpreneurs provides guidance on disparate frameworks and integrated solutions. Learn more about us at www.ITpreneurs.com. About Data Center Enhancements Inc. Data Center Enhancements Inc. is a Veteran-owned, advanced IT consulting company specializing in large-scale IT infrastructure design and strategic planning services. Our focus is on assisting clients with the implementation of emerging technologies and new product breakthroughs.  Learn more at http://www.dc-ei.com.

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    Elkridge, MD. March 11, 2013. - Global performance improvement solutions provider GP Strategies Corporation (NYSE: GPX) announces the release of the infographic Trust, Leadership and Employee Engagement.  The infographic illustrates the essential components of trust, leadership and employee engagement based on recent research published by BlessingWhite, a division of GP Strategies that provides expert consulting in Leadership and Employee Engagement. Highlights from the infographic include: Fewer than 1 in 3 employees worldwide (31%) are engaged - So what is Employee Engagement? There are five distinct segments of employee engagement. Is your workforce “engaged”, “disengaged”, or somewhere in between? Who do employees trust? Executives or Managers?  Focus areas to improve employee engagement.  To learn more, visit http://www.gpstrategies.com/eeinfographic to see the full infographic. About GP StrategiesGP Strategies Corporation (NYSE: GPX) is a global performance improvement solutions provider of training, eLearning solutions, management consulting and engineering services. GP Strategies’ solutions improve the effectiveness of organizations by delivering innovative and superior training, consulting and business improvement services, customized to meet the specific needs of its clients. Clients include Fortune 500 companies, manufacturing, process and energy industries, and other commercial and government customers. Additional information may be found at www.gpstrategies.com.   © 2013 GP Strategies Corporation. All rights reserved. GP Strategies and the GP Strategies logo design are trademarks of GP Strategies Corporation. For further information: Jamie Coffey Director, Communications (443) 255-3400 jcoffey@gpstrategies.com

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    Nashville, TN – Vital Source Technologies, Inc., Ingram Content Group’s leading e-textbook solution for publishers, academic institutions and students, today announced an agreement to provide e-textbook management and distribution for CDI College, a leading career training provider in Canada. “As we expand our programs to meet the changing needs of our faculty and students, it’s clear that we must continue to innovate and provide the most comprehensive online learning tools that are available today,” said Randy Cox, President and Chief Executive Officer, CDI College. “The reliability, scalability and interactive feature sets of the VitalSource Bookshelf® platform and the ease of integration with our learning management system led to our selection of the platform for e-textbooks, e-content management and distribution. Since our integration, we are experiencing positive results at all of our campuses." CDI College offers career training in the fields of business, technology, healthcare, legal studies, early childhood education, and art & design at 25 campuses across Canada. The VitalSource Bookshelf platform has been integrated with the college’s learning management system, Pearson LearningStudio, where students and faculty users can access books online and offline on a variety of device types including Mac®, Windows®, iPad®, and Android®. Users can make notes, highlights and annotations in their e-textbooks, all of which automatically sync across devices. “Taking part in a program in which my textbooks were on an iPad was a very easy way for me to keep up with my work wherever I was,” said Katie Hudgins, a CDI College business student and single parent. “The ability to stay organized and keep to a schedule was paramount for me.” "Digital adoption continues to grow dramatically in higher education, and our VitalSource platform gives CDI College a scalable and flexible platform to provide convenient anytime, anywhere access to the interactive and media-rich e-textbooks that are in demand today," said Kent Freeman, Chief Operating Officer, Vital Source Technologies, Inc.  “We are pleased that our e-textbook platform is already contributing to the success of CDI College and the students they serve.” The VitalSource Bookshelf platform is the preferred and most used e-textbook delivery platform in higher education today. With longstanding relationships with more than 300 of the best-known publishers, and with over 2.9 million registered users on 6,000 campuses worldwide, the platform was designed to support learning and built to scale for dramatic growth. Combining the education and technology background of the Vital Source team with the book industry resources and leadership of Ingram, Vital Source is firmly positioned as a market leader in the digital learning space. About CDI College CDI College, Canada’s leader in career training, has been helping students achieve career goals and aspirations for more than 40 years. With 25 campus locations across Canada, CDI College offers more than 50 industry-influenced diploma programs in the fields of business, technology, healthcare, early childhood education, legal studies and art and design. CDI College's practical, hands-on learning experiences prepare students to enter the working world with the skills they need to succeed. For more information, visit www.cdicollege.ca. About Ingram Ingram Content Group Inc. is a subsidiary of Nashville-based Ingram Industries Inc. The company provides books, music and media content to over 39,000 retailers, libraries, schools and distribution partners in 195 countries. More than 26,000 publishers use Ingram’s fully integrated physical and digital distribution, logistics, and manufacturing solutions to access global consumer demand, and realize the full business potential of book content. Ingram’s operating units are Ingram Book Company, Lightning Source Inc., Vital Source Technologies, Inc., Ingram Periodicals Inc., Ingram International Inc., Ingram Library Services Inc., Spring Arbor Distributors Inc., Ingram Publisher Services Inc., Tennessee Book Company LLC, Coutts Information Services, and ICG Ventures Inc. For more information, visit www.ingramcontent.com

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    WALTHAM, Mass. — March 26, 2013 — Brainshark, Inc., the leading sales enablement platform provider, today announced the launch of “SlideShark Broadcasting” – making presentations delivered from the iPad and iPhone accessible in real time to remote or in-person meeting attendees on their device of choice. Now, users of SlideShark – the award-winning app for viewing, presenting and sharing PowerPoints on iOS devices – can invite others to view their presentation as it’s being delivered live. Recipients, whether across the table or across the globe, can see the presentation on any Internet-connected computer, tablet or smartphone – viewing slides as they’re advanced, animations as they unfold, drawings and annotations as made by the presenter, and more. Attendees can easily view live broadcasts of presentations via their Web browser – no downloads required. Presenters, meanwhile, maintain control over what content is delivered, when it’s delivered and the overall cadence of the meeting. At the meeting’s conclusion, they also receive detailed reports on audience viewing activity and attendance. “So many of us have been in this situation: We’re about to give a presentation and learn that some people can’t attend in-person,” said Brainshark CEO Joe Gustafson. “SlideShark eliminates those barriers to information delivery – now providing a total meeting solution for mobile presenters. They have the unique ability to show and project PowerPoint decks with full fidelity using their iOS devices, and now can make it easy for everyone – especially those who aren’t in the room – to follow along. Broadcasting is another way we strive to make SlideShark a presenter’s best friend, and we’re excited about the benefits this brings to business users.” Introduced a year-and-a-half ago, SlideShark has been downloaded more than 1.4 million times and is used by individuals and businesses in more than 140 countries. The app gives users the unprecedented ability to view and present PowerPoints on the iPad and iPhone with fonts, animations, graphics, videos and hyperlinks intact – while also serving as a business-class platform to distribute, track and manage content in the cloud. “Our sales team is constantly on the road – with mobile reps relying on SlideShark to present to prospects and clients from their iPads,” said Mehgan Recker, senior manager for digital innovation and development at Stagnito Media, a publisher of leading magazines for food, gourmet and convenience store retailers, and provider of integrated marketing services. “Now, when reps learn someone can’t attend a meeting, they won’t have to scramble to email out the deck – hoping the recipient will follow along correctly. SlideShark Broadcasting lets our sales reps keep everyone in the loop, while enabling them to maintain control over their presentation delivery. It’s very intuitive to use – for presenters as well as attendees – and makes the app even more useful to us.” Part of the newly released SlideShark version 3.0, SlideShark Broadcasting marries SlideShark’s ability to show PowerPoints properly on iOS devices – as well as its powerful features for mobile presenters – with several key capabilities in traditional desktop Web conferencing solutions as well. SlideShark Broadcasting is truly unique in enabling iOS users to present PowerPoint decks intact and broadcast them over the Web, while supporting animations too. Now, with the launch of SlideShark Broadcasting, users who are presenting via SlideShark on their iPad, iPhone or iPod touch can: Tap within the app to begin broadcasting their live presentations. Presenters each have a unique URL with their username that attendees use to join the broadcast. Invite attendees by email from within the app – either before the presentation starts or even during it – to simply click the link to join the broadcast. Presenters can also add additional information, such as a welcome message and conference call number, which will be visible to attendees. Prompt attendees to enter a unique security code, if desired, in order to ensure privacy for each broadcast session. Receive visual alerts when someone enters/exits a broadcast. Get an in-depth report on who attended the broadcast and for how long. Access additional detailed reports on the broadcast meeting itself – including how long it lasted, which presentations and slides were shown, how much time was spent on each slide and more. Along with the launch of SlideShark Broadcasting, Brainshark is also announcing SlideShark Pro, a new offering that includes the broadcasting capabilities and provides an additional 1GB of storage for the user. SlideShark Pro account holders are able to invite up to 10 attendees to view each presentation they broadcast. Users of SlideShark Team Edition, the multi-user business version of SlideShark, can invite up to 25 attendees per broadcast. Free SlideShark users, as well as individuals with SlideShark Plus accounts, can try out the capability through May 31 at no cost – inviting up to three attendees to view each broadcast. Additional new features available to all users as part of SlideShark 3.0 include the ability for presenters to: Draw on slides, using SlideShark’s new annotation capabilities. Presenters can draw attention to elements with a highlighter or pen – choosing from six different colors and three thicknesses. They can erase sections, as well as the entire drawing, and save their annotations for reference and/or future use. Annotations are also visible in real time during a broadcast. Take advantage of SlideShark’s laser pointer feature, when using the iPhone or iPod touch as a remote control to advance presentations delivered from the iPad. “Sales enablement is a strategic priority for many organizations today, as they look at how to best equip sales teams to drive bottom line results,” said Edge Coble, research analyst within the sales enablement strategies practice at SiriusDecisions, a leading analyst firm focused on sales and marketing effectiveness. “Because sales reps are increasingly mobile and time-constrained, solutions that enhance productivity on the road are critical. In this regard, products such as SlideShark – that enable sales professionals to deliver powerful presentations from their mobile device at hand, loop in colleagues and prospects in remote locations, and get actionable data on presentation effectiveness – can help companies drive their business forward.” To view a Brainshark presentation with more details on SlideShark Broadcasting, please see https://www.brainshark.com/brainsharkinc/broadcasting. More details are also available at www.slideshark.com.                                                 About Brainshark, Inc. Brainshark provides the leading cloud-based platform for sales enablement, helping companies more effectively generate demand, prepare and train employees, engage with key audiences and advance business opportunities. Brainshark’s easy-to-use solutions enable static documents to be transformed into dynamic, mobile-ready content that can be accessed quickly and viewed as on-demand video presentations or presented live – anytime, anywhere. Companies can also measure the effectiveness of their communications in ways never thought possible and use these insights to take action. Thousands of companies – including half of the Fortune 100 – and millions of individuals rely on Brainshark to increase the impact and reduce the cost of their sales, marketing, training and HR communications. Learn more at www.brainshark.com.

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    March 19, 2013—Provo, UT— VitalSmarts, an innovator in corporate training and organizational performance, today released the Impact Cloud—a free, customizable, online tool that measures the impact of an organization’s training investment on key behavioral and business outcomes. Collecting both quantitative and qualitative data, the Impact Cloud helps VitalSmarts clients easily visualize the impact of their training initiatives on business outcomes including quality, cost control, productivity, safety, employee engagement and teamwork. The Impact Cloud uses a simple five-question assessment that’s administered to participants after attending a VitalSmarts course. This tool captures a broad range of results that employees achieve as they apply the skills learned in training. Lillian Lilly, learning and development specialist at Ben Venue Laboratories, says the Impact Cloud has allowed her to demonstrate how VitalSmarts training has helped her organization solve persistent problems. “The Impact Cloud demonstrates we are accomplishing the culture change initiative we set out to achieve with VitalSmarts training,” Lilly said. “Specifically, we can see that our employees are using the skills learned in the training to get better results in high-stakes situations, as well as solve chronic problems.” Features and benefits of the Impact Cloud include: Demonstrates the impact VitalSmarts training has on bottom-line results. Customizable so users can tailor the assessment to their organization. Generates a visual, interactive and shareable report. Collects detailed stories from employees that show how skills are being used in the organization. Compares results across different departments, management levels and areas of impact. Easy to administer; it’s done completely online and the results are aggregated for the user. Free for all VitalSmarts training clients. David Maxfield, vice president of research at VitalSmarts, says the Impact Cloud is an effective way to measure the impact training has on both behavioral and business outcomes. “One of the most common questions we heard from our clients was, ‘How do I measure the impact of our training?’” Maxfield said. “The Impact Cloud answers our clients’ needs by providing a way to visualize the results of their training using metrics and objectives that matter most to their organization.” About VitalSmarts An innovator in corporate training and organizational performance, VitalSmarts is home to multiple training offerings, including the award-winning Crucial Conversations®, Crucial Confrontations®, Influencer®, and Change Anything™ Training. Each course improves key organizational outcomes by focusing on high-leverage skills and behavior-change strategies. The Company also has four New York Times best-selling books: Crucial Conversations, Crucial Confrontations, Influencer, and Change Anything. VitalSmarts has consulted with more than 300 of the Fortune 500 companies, trained more than 800,000 people worldwide and been named by Inc. magazine as one of the fastest-growing companies in America for eight consecutive years. 

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    Global Training Solutions Inc. of Mississauga, Ontario is excited to announce the availability of over 200 highly interactive Professional Security e-learning training titles. The Professional Security Training Series provides performance focused online training solutions that help security personnel maintain safety for the people and the infrastructure they are tasked to protect.  Courses also enable security companies to better manage critical risk threats. The interactive courseware delivers to your security staff an accelerated track to address assignments and the ever present threat of the emergency call. The series covers topics suitable for many diverse environments including workplace security, healthcare security, shopping center security, campus security, casino security, unarmed security, private security, hospital security, security management and more. The Professional Security Training Series consists of four Learning Plans: Security Patrol Officer 1 Learning Plan (39 courses – 39 hours) Security Patrol Officer 2 Learning Plan (109 courses – 109 hours) Security Supervisor Learning Plan (49 courses – 49 hours) Security Manager Learning Plan (26 courses – 26 hours) SECURITY PATROL OFFICER 1 LEARNING PLAN The 39, one hour course Security Patrol Officer I Learning Plan offers early career security personnel the basic training they need to prepare them for the job ahead.  Included in this Learning Plan is the 12 course Basic Security Officer Training Series which is certified and endorsed by the International Foundation of Protection Officers.  The series includes lessons on safety and security methods, emergency preparedness, effective communications, report writing, ethical conduct and many other critical topics. Also included is the 27 course Security Patrol Series. SECURITY PATROL OFFICER 2 LEARNING PLAN The 109 course Security Patrol Officer 2 Learning Plan offers high quality video enriched programs including real-world demonstrations and actual situations in which personnel can react, thereby increasing engagement, retention and results.  The Learning Plan is stocked with 68 modules of life and infrastructure protection security patrol courses and an additional 41 specialty security training courses embedded in training curriculums such as Campus, Casino, Healthcare and Shopping Center Security. SECURITY SUPERVISOR LEARNING PLAN The 49 course Security Supervisor Learning Plan is aimed at improving the leadership skills and operational practices of both new and veteran security supervisors.  This series focuses on leadership, use of communications, customer service and prioritization, risk management, crisis and emergency intervention and professional standards. SECURITY MANAGER LEARNING PLAN The Security Manager Learning Plan offers valuable courseware for security leaders and provides guidelines on how current security supervisors can grow into senior leadership roles. The 26 course Learning Plan offers upper level training for management development and refinement.  Courseware in leadership principles, management communication, performance evaluation, liability avoidance, workplace violence, professional standards, emergency preparedness, sexual harassment, crisis management and public relations are just a few examples of this must have curriculum for security managers and those on their way. Course Features The engaging training design of the Professional Security Training Series emphasizes the use of real-world video, interactive learning techniques and comprehensive tracking to ensure active employee participation, retention and critical incident management.The flexible delivery model for learning plan design, delivery, testing, tracking, reporting and communication works with any learning management system (LMS). To request additional information, please send your e-mail requests to: info@globaltrainingsolutions.ca or by calling us directly at: 416-806-5777.  Additional information can also be found by visiting the Professional Security section on our site at:  www.globaltrainingsolutions.ca Global Training Solutions Inc. P.O. Box 26067 3163 Winston Churchill Blvd. Mississauga , Ontario Canada L5L 5W7 Tel. (416) 806-5777 Email: info@globaltrainingsolutions.ca Website: www.globaltrainingsolutions.ca  

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    March 19, 2013—Provo, UT— VitalSmarts, an innovator in corporate training and organizational performance, today released the Impact Cloud—a free, customizable, online tool that measures the impact of an organization’s training investment on key behavioral and business outcomes. Collecting both quantitative and qualitative data, the Impact Cloud helps VitalSmarts clients easily visualize the impact of their training initiatives on business outcomes including quality, cost control, productivity, safety, employee engagement and teamwork. The Impact Cloud uses a simple five-question assessment that’s administered to participants after attending a VitalSmarts course. This tool captures a broad range of results that employees achieve as they apply the skills learned in training. Lillian Lilly, learning and development specialist at Ben Venue Laboratories, says the Impact Cloud has allowed her to demonstrate how VitalSmarts training has helped her organization solve persistent problems. “The Impact Cloud demonstrates we are accomplishing the culture change initiative we set out to achieve with VitalSmarts training,” Lilly said. “Specifically, we can see that our employees are using the skills learned in the training to get better results in high-stakes situations, as well as solve chronic problems.” Features and benefits of the Impact Cloud include: Demonstrates the impact VitalSmarts training has on bottom-line results. Customizable so users can tailor the assessment to their organization. Generates a visual, interactive and shareable report. Collects detailed stories from employees that show how skills are being used in the organization. Compares results across different departments, management levels and areas of impact. Easy to administer; it’s done completely online and the results are aggregated for the user. Free for all VitalSmarts training clients. David Maxfield, vice president of research at VitalSmarts, says the Impact Cloud is an effective way to measure the impact training has on both behavioral and business outcomes. “One of the most common questions we heard from our clients was, ‘How do I measure the impact of our training?’” Maxfield said. “The Impact Cloud answers our clients’ needs by providing a way to visualize the results of their training using metrics and objectives that matter most to their organization.” About VitalSmarts An innovator in corporate training and organizational performance, VitalSmarts is home to multiple training offerings, including the award-winning Crucial Conversations®, Crucial Confrontations®, Influencer®, and Change Anything™ Training. Each course improves key organizational outcomes by focusing on high-leverage skills and behavior-change strategies. The Company also has four New York Times best-selling books: Crucial Conversations, Crucial Confrontations, Influencer, and Change Anything. VitalSmarts has consulted with more than 300 of the Fortune 500 companies, trained more than 800,000 people worldwide and been named by Inc. magazine as one of the fastest-growing companies in America for eight consecutive years. 

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    INCLINE VILLAGE, Nev. – April 2, 2013 – Corporate Visions, Inc., the leading sales and marketing messaging company, today announced that it has acquired BayGroup International, a recognized sales negotiation and sales execution skills training company. This move expands Corporate Visions’ business and strengthens its reputation as the leader in helping companies differentiate their customer selling conversations.  For more than 30 years, BayGroup has demonstrated and documented success in helping companies improve profitability by training and equipping salespeople to reduce discounting and protect pricing margins. To date, the company has helped hundreds of thousands of salespeople at more than 400 global clients, including Autodesk, DuPont and UPS.  “When we decided to expand our presence in the ‘customer conversation’ category, it was clear in speaking with sales leaders that the BayGroup brand and solution was the best fit, and provided the highest level of impact and experience within the industry,” said Joe Terry, CEO of Corporate Visions. “It’s also a perfect complement to what we do. Corporate Visions helps customers with differentiation, while BayGroup helps them maximize and capture the created value. Both are major moments of truth in the buying cycle where great messaging content and skills are required.” Gregg Crawford, founder and CEO of BayGroup added: “Corporate Visions is easily the best fit for BayGroup moving forward. In terms of culture, passion and a legacy for creating great customer experiences and results, we see instant synergies that will create massive benefits for both our clients and the market. We had other opportunities, but the Corporate Visions connection makes the best sense for our terrific team, our great customers and our proven intellectual property.” The two companies expect to develop and announce a joint product later this year. In addition, Corporate Visions will expand its annual Marketing and Sales Alignment Conference to include a special track on the joint solution, along with the BayGroup’s sales profitability principles. “Successful negotiations will be largely based on the success of the conversations that have been held previously in the sales process,” said Jim Ninivaggi, services director for sales enablement strategies at SiriusDecisions. “Too often sales organizations look to solve these problems separately, creating a disconnect for their reps. The Corporate Visions acquisition of BayGroup brings together two of the top industry leaders with solutions to create a seamless conversation – from cold calls to negotiations – and improve sales effectiveness.” Dave Stein, CEO and founder of ES Research Group commented: “We have covered both Corporate Visions’ messaging skills, as well as BayGroup’s profitability skills training and consider them the leaders in their respective categories. Differentiation to set yourself apart and create value, along with the ability to capture that value and hold margins are the two most important conversations salespeople have with prospects. This merger appears to be a perfect fit.” "Developing messages based on customer needs and then delivering them in real and meaningful conversations is how we become trusted advisors with our customers. It also improves the success of new product launches,” said Charlene Grabowski, general manager, salesforce excellence for GE Healthcare. “We've worked with both Corporate Visions and BayGroup to help us do this, so the merger validates synergies we've already been applying for several years."   The acquisition was officially completed on March 25, 2013, and nearly doubles the size of Corporate Visions. Terms of the agreement were not disclosed. For more information about what this acquisition means for the market, please view this Brainshark presentation: http://bit.ly/ZFJS3i. About Corporate Visions, Inc. Corporate Visions, Inc. helps global business-to-business companies create more sales opportunities, win more deals and increase sales profitability by improving the conversations salespeople have with customers. Companies engage Corporate Visions in three key areas: Developing differentiated messages that concentrate on customer needs Deploying tools that support critical steps in the buying cycle Delivering sales skills training that enables salespeople to create and capture more value Corporate Visions helps clients such as ADP, Motorola, Philips and SAP align marketing and sales with a repeatable approach for creating and delivering winning customer conversations. For more information about Corporate Visions visit www.corporatevisions.com or call 775-831-1322 or 800-360-SELL.

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    CHICAGO – On Thursday, February 8, 2013, global e-learning innovators, Kineo, conducted a webinar illustrating how organizations can make their compliance training relevant and engaging and also created an insight guide detailing how to update your organization’s e-learning compliance training.  Hosted by Kineo’s VP if Learning, Cammy Bean, the webinar focused on ten tips to revamp your compliance training which included: Make it memorable.  Training is about retaining knowledge and applying it later.  The easier the material is to remember the better chance your employee has to put it in action. Make it fun.  Training can be monotonous and uninteresting, but by incorporating entertaining and enjoyable elements the training can become fun. Show consequences.  Create a visceral environment that plays on the learner’s emotions. Create stories.  Stories should be contextual, realistic, unusual, concrete, human and easily accepted to make learning easy and fun. Make it personal.  Make the learner’s role clear.  Focus on the gray areas. Include a clear call to action. Keep it simple. Link to policies, don’t replicate them. Stemming from the webinar, Kineo also released a white paper on compliance e-learning.  The insight guide covers everything an organization needs to do in order for compliance training to connect with employees.  The white paper details the challenges with compliance training, the questions to ask before you begin your design, and it also features a new generation of design tips for compliance training.  To view the white paper and webinar: http://www.kineo.com/us/elearning-reports/free-guide-compliance-e-learning-doing-it-right.html.  Kineo is a global learning, communications and technology group. With experience of implementing over 100 open source LMS solutions, over 20 Totara LMS implementations and over 700 e-learning projects Kineo has established itself as one of the leading learning and technology companies.

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    CHARLESTON, SC, April 03, 2013 - Life Cycle Engineering, Inc., and Clemson University’s Center for Corporate Learning, today announced the new Reliability Engineering and Reliability Excellence Certificate programs. The new certificate programs respond to a rising demand for professionals in the manufacturing sector to be formally trained and certified on reliability-based manufacturing competencies through an accredited academic institution. “We are honored to partner with Clemson University in producing these unique, innovative certificate programs,” said Bill Wilder, director of the Life Cycle Institute. “The certificate programs will enable manufacturers to remain competitive in a global market by increasing employee competency in reliability best practices and standards. Clemson is an ideal partner with its strong engineering program and dedication to serving the manufacturing sector.” The Reliability Excellence Certificate program provides an understanding of reliability principles and the essential tools and processes required to develop, implement and sustain a reliability program for a world-class manufacturing operation. The program is designed for executive-level participants such as chief operating officers, vice presidents of operations, general managers, as well as reliability managers, plant managers and others engaged in continuous improvement initiatives such as Lean, Total Productive Maintenance (TPM) and Six Sigma. The Reliability Engineering Certificate program is designed to educate participants on the development and implementation of a strategic, holistic reliability engineering program that will reduce organizational risk and improve operational performance. The program teaches effective asset management best practices, preventive and predictive maintenance and root cause analysis techniques. The Reliability Engineering Certificate program has an additional component which offers candidates the opportunity to gain a Reliability Engineer Certification (REC) upon completion and approval of a work product. "Clemson University's Center for Corporate Learning is pleased to partner with Life Cycle Engineering to deliver a program that responds to the growing need for professional certifications in manufacturing environments,” said the center’s director, Tanya Thompson. “Life Cycle Engineering's expertise, combined with Clemson University's resources, creates the perfect team to deliver what manufacturing and engineering professionals need." “Our programs are developed and delivered by industry practitioners and subject matter experts who work in the field and on the manufacturing floor,” stated Wilder. “Participants will learn through high-impact learning methodologies that optimize adult learning retention through an interactive, inclusive style of delivery.” Scheduled courses in each certification program begin in May 2013 and will be delivered at Clemson’s Greenville, South Carolina training facility. Candidates for either certificate program will register through Clemson University’s Center for Corporate Learning. About Life Cycle Engineering Life Cycle Engineering (LCE) provides consulting, engineering, applied technology and education solutions that deliver lasting results for private industry, the Department of Defense and other government organizations. The quality, expertise and dedication of our employees enable Life Cycle Engineering to serve as a trusted resource that helps people and organizations to achieve their full potential. Founded in 1976, LCE is headquartered in Charleston, South Carolina with offices across North America and experience around the globe. About Clemson University Clemson University’s Center for Corporate Learning designs and develops continuing, professional and executive education programs. Through partnerships with faculty, community leaders, industry consultants and entrepreneurs, we offer custom and open enrollment programs designed to improve our clients’ performance and competitiveness. Please let us know how we can partner in the development of your employees and the success of your organization.

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    NASHUA, N.H. - Skillsoft today announced the availability of Skillsoft Sales Advantage, a new technology-enabled learning solution that teaches sales professionals the latest strategies and techniques for engaging customers and closing sales. The solution consists of targeted learning tracks that offer real-world, practical insight from top sales and business leaders, focusing on key selling skills and best practices. Users can leverage a variety of learning formats including videos, book summaries, practice tools, case studies, on-the-job resources and assessments to fit any learning style. Skillsoft is a pioneer in the field of technology-delivered learning with a long history of innovation and delivering solutions for its customers worldwide, ranging from global enterprises, government, and education to mid-sized and small businesses. Skillsoft Sales Advantage is designed to meet the need for shorter, more flexible learning alternatives for busy sales professionals. Leveraging the popular design of the Skillsoft Leadership Advantage and Skillsoft Professional Advantage series, Skillsoft Sales Advantage features two-hour learning tracks that are organized in easily accessible 3-5 minute segments, allowing busy sales professionals the opportunity to fit training into their schedules. Learning tracks cover topics including organizing your sales approach, prospecting, conducting discovery meetings, negotiating, closing and more. Multiple modes of expert instruction are offered including text, video and interactive practice activities, which are designed to keep learning quick, easy and engaging. "In today's super competitive sales environment, organizations need their sales teams to be consistently operating at their peak levels. Effective selling strategies must be honed and practiced regularly to stay ahead of the competition," said Russ Howard, director, product marketing, Skillsoft. "Salespeople in particular are under constant pressure to deliver and are always looking for tools and information that will give them a competitive advantage. They also feel strapped for time, so they want knowledge they can apply on the job immediately. Skillsoft Sales Advantage is highly focused on topics that are relevant to the sales professional's daily activities and can positively impact their sales performance, tying directly to business goals and revenue generation." Skillsoft Sales Advantage provides a variety of learning tracks to help busy professionals better understand the key competencies needed for development. The program can be easily customized to align learning tracks with an organization's own sales models and practices. The On The Go area brings together all the learning assets within a particular track in one spot where learners can download content to use on mobile devices. Social collaboration features reinforce relevant content and drive learner engagement through interaction. Skillsoft Sales Advantage is the fourth offering in the Skillsoft Advantage series, joining Leadership Advantage, Government Leadership Advantage and Professional Advantage. The series can be deployed via the Skillport® LMS, another LMS via the Sales Advantage portal or as a standalone component.

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    STOCKHOLM and ATLANTA – Mercuri International, the leading global sales training and sales performance consultancy, PMI, the leading provider of customized sales and account management solutions, and sales enablement technology provider Revegy recently announced the Global Sales Velocity Alliance; a co-operation between the three companies to provide clients with a complete sales performance platform. Combining Mercuri International’s global presence of 400 sales consultants in 40+ countries speaking 30 languages with PMI’s Strategic Account Management and Value-Focused Selling expertise and Revegy’s Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) Sales Enablement platform will help to make companies more effective in driving repeatable success in revenue execution and sales performance improvement. The solutions will leverage innovative sales methodologies, global delivery and world-class technology to deliver adaptable, repeatable and sustainable improvements in: • Sales Management • Strategic Account Management • Opportunity Management • Territory Management • Value-Focused Selling Skills Mercuri International will offer the new sales performance platform to both its existing and future customers, extending their existing methodologies with a technology that is fully configurable to fit each client’s unique requirements and integrates with most CRM/SFA applications. The enhanced offerings will permit sales organizations to: • Adapt the methods and technology to their specific needs on a global or regional basis • Drive repeatable achievement of revenue goals by making the customers sales method operational and measurable • Sustain changes in sales methods and adoption of best practices to fully reap the benefits of sales training • Better collaborate by providing more visibility to both sales teams and managers through visual web and tablet-based solutions verses paper based solutions. "The world-class companies that PMI has served together with Mercuri have validated the superior value proposition that we bring to the market. Through the creation of the Global Sales Velocity Alliance, we are adding the most innovative technology in the sales performance space (Revegy) to the most highly regarded sales and account management solutions available, all supported by the broadest and deepest global resource footprint in our industry. This Alliance is positioned to create unprecedented levels of value for organizations that are seeking contemporary solutions that meet and exceed their unique needs and requirements" said Steve Andersen, President and Founder of Performance Methods, Inc. “Our customers will be able to benefit from PMI’s and Mercuri’s proven methodologies, international expertise and worldwide reach. Their strategic sales consultants will enable our mutual customers to drive true global consistency and performance, while ensuring that local cultural and language elements are incorporated,” said Tim Braman, Revegy’s vice president of sales and marketing. “Marrying Mercuri International’s world-class sales consulting, classroom instruction and eLearning capabilities with PMI’s Strategic Account Management expertise and the Revegy technology gives our customers the ability to not only improve performance, but also to measure and refine their improvements,” said Henk van de Kuijt, Global Director International Business of Mercuri. “The end result is that our customers will be better able to manage key accounts more strategically, win more new business opportunities, and manage and coach their sales teams.” About Revegy Revegy provides sales enablement software that automates the process, tools, coaching and analytics for sales teams to compete more effectively strategically manage key accounts and win more new business. Revegy’s visual, intelligent tools deliver a true picture of an account, so that sales, account and channel teams can successfully navigate complex selling situations and visualize how to win deals and expand relationships. About Mercuri International Mercuri International is the leading global sales training and sales performance consultancy and has helped international businesses all over the world to optimize sales efficiency and drive sales transformation projects in their organizations. Offering a unique combination of consulting and training expertise, the firm helps nearly 15,000 companies a year, with global coverage in more than 40 countries and in over 30 languages, to become more efficient and effective in their sales activities and achieve necessary improvements in results. About PMI PMI provides consulting and training services to assist clients in the design, development and deployment of customer engagement best practices. PMI’s unique approach provides customized and integrated solutions consisting of sales processes, best practices and consultative selling skills. PMI has been selected by many of the world’s leading corporations as their sales best practices partner and has been widely recognized for the innovation, effectiveness and the strength of its contemporary suite of customized sales performance solutions.

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    WALTHAM, Mass. — April 9, 2013 — Brainshark, Inc., the leading sales enablement platform provider, today introduced a new product as part of an integrated suite, designed to provide organizations with a smarter way to sell. The Brainshark Sales Enablement Portal, part of the company’s new Sales Enablement Suite, extends Brainshark’s leadership in the field of sales enablement – demonstrated by Brainshark supplying thousands of companies worldwide with the capabilities to more effectively prepare for customer interactions, engage with key audiences and advance sales opportunities. “We use Brainshark’s solutions to help our globally dispersed sales reps communicate with and qualify potential customers,” said Mike D’Onofrio, vice president of sales at Concur, a global leader in integrated travel and expense management. “With Brainshark, our reps – whether in the office or on the road – can send out high-impact presentations to prospects and then use Brainshark’s analytics to pinpoint when interest is high, so they can time their follow-up. Since we began using Brainshark, our sales cycle time is a third of what it used to be – underscoring just how valuable Brainshark has been in improving sales productivity for our organization.” Supercharging Sales Communications Industry research shows that 40 percent of an average sales rep’s week is eaten up by creating customer-facing deliverables – with reps using less than half of the materials produced by marketing. Brainshark’s solutions – for rapid content creation and the dissemination of approved, engaging and up-to-date content – create improved efficiencies for half of the Fortune 100 and many more. Relied on by companies across industries, Brainshark sees more than 75 percent of its business come from supporting customers in activities that advance their sales and marketing effectiveness. Brainshark’s product portfolio includes Brainshark On-Demand – for turning static documents like PowerPoints into online and mobile video presentations. These presentations can be shared, tracked and viewed anytime, anywhere, at the recipient’s convenience. In addition, Brainshark powers SlideShark – the award-winning app for showing PowerPoints live on the iPad and iPhone. Both products are underpinned by Brainshark’s cloud-based, business-class platform – the result of more than 450 man-years of development. Introducing the Brainshark Sales Enablement Portal For sales reps, chasing down support materials from disparate locations – emails, desktops, the company server and even the printer tray – can take a huge bite out of productivity. Now, with the launch of the Brainshark Sales Enablement Portal, companies can better organize content into a single, searchable repository – for instant, easy access by sales reps, marketing teams, channel partners and other users. The portal is mobile-optimized – making it even easier to find, filter and search for relevant sales, marketing and training materials. With the new Sales Enablement Portal, users can take advantage of: Support for multiple content types. It’s easy to find and access Brainshark video presentations, as well as content in other popular business formats including Word, Excel, PowerPoint and .PDF documents. Permission-based access. Users only see the content they’re allowed to see. In this way, the portal can serve multiple audiences – field sales, channel sales and partners, for example – without concern that irrelevant or sensitive material will clutter the portal for each viewer. Content search and navigation. Users can browse content thumbnails and take advantage of powerful search functionality. They can filter results based on folder, topic, tags and author, and also sort by date, title and content popularity. Featured content. System administrators can designate featured content to be displayed at the top of the portal – ensuring maximum visibility and usage. Personal organization and favorites. Users can also organize content into their own lists, making it easy to access presentations related to particular customers, products, sales stages and more. Users can tag content they need frequently as ‘favorites’ for quick, anytime access. Landing page and content sharing. When accessed, each piece of content is displayed within its own landing page, providing an easy glimpse at related content. If permitted, users can share presentation links via email or social media, and comment on and rate materials. Brainshark Sales Enablement Suite The Brainshark Sales Enablement Portal is included in Brainshark’s new Sales Enablement Suite, an end-to-end sales productivity solution encompassing tools for: content organization; sales training; creation of on-demand, video-based content; delivery of live, mobile presentations; and content analytics. In addition to the Sales Enablement Portal, the product suite also includes Brainshark’s flagship solution, Brainshark On-Demand, along with Brainshark Rapid Learning, the Brainshark Connector for Salesforce.com and SlideShark Team Edition, the multi-user business version of SlideShark.                                     See www.brainshark.com/products/how-to-buy.aspx for additional Brainshark packages, suites and product offerings. “Everyone wants to help their sales force be more effective, but random acts of support – including people across departments haphazardly pumping out documents – and an amalgamation of poorly organized ‘point’ products can cause more harm than good,”  said Jim Ninivaggi, service director for sales enablement strategies at SiriusDecisions, a leading analyst firm focused on sales and marketing effectiveness. “Companies today are in need of products that help them create better sales content, organize it for instant access, deliver it to mobile reps and analyze the impact. Those organizations that deploy these solutions can help maximize sales productivity and – most importantly – sales.” Prepare, Engage, Advance Brainshark’s solutions address all phases of sales enablement, helping sales teams prepare for meetings, engage their audiences and advance the sales cycle. Prepare – Sales reps can quickly access “just-in-time” Brainshark training content and presentation material from their computers, smartphones or tablets to better prepare for sales conversations. Engage – With Brainshark, sales teams and business professionals can capture the attention of live audiences, as well as provide powerful video presentations for on-demand, anytime viewing. Advance – Brainshark’s analytics enable sales reps to follow up more effectively with prospects, and make it possible to gain insights into buyer behavior. “Sales enablement is a major priority for organizations today – helping to drive their businesses forward,” said Brainshark CEO Joe Gustafson. “As the category leader, Brainshark has award-winning and turnkey solutions that improve productivity at every stage of the sales cycle. Our new Sales Enablement Portal and product suite demonstrate Brainshark’s commitment to innovation and to helping our customers improve the bottom line.” To watch a Brainshark presentation with more information on Brainshark’s solutions for enhancing sales productivity, please see http://bit.ly/Brainshark-Overview. More details are also available at www.brainshark.com. About Brainshark, Inc. Brainshark provides the leading cloud-based platform for sales enablement, helping companies more effectively generate demand, prepare and train employees, engage with key audiences and advance business opportunities. Brainshark’s easy-to-use solutions enable static documents to be transformed into dynamic, mobile-ready content that can be accessed quickly and viewed as on-demand video presentations or presented live – anytime, anywhere. Companies can also measure the effectiveness of their communications in ways never thought possible and use these insights to take action. Thousands of companies – including half of the Fortune 100 – and millions of individuals rely on Brainshark to increase the impact and reduce the cost of their sales, marketing, training and HR communications. Learn more at www.brainshark.com.

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    April 10, 2013 - SYDNEY AUSTRALIA. The Learning Factor, Asia Pacific's leader in executive training, today announced the launch of its new division, Bare Brilliance. They guarantee this will disrupt executive education by breaking the boundaries of classroom training. Many companies don't have the time to send people off-site for days of training; nor do they have the budget to pay for airfares, accommodation and expensive training rooms. Training today needs to be short, sharp and succinct. The average Bare Brilliance session is only 90 minutes long. Bare Brilliance improves the performance of businesses by deploying a global, next generation training solution. It delivers 40 of the world's leading training courses right into the office and home. There are no physical classrooms but instead virtual classrooms. Bare Brilliance combines chunks of training content that is delivered with a live facilitator over the web. "We have incorporated global research on how people learn best into each of our Bare Brilliance programs," says Vicki Kossoff, Director and Co-Founder of The Learning Factor. "Before smartphones, people went online roughly five times a day, in long chunks, but today with smartphones it's 27 times per day, in much shorter bursts. Armed with this research on how today's professionals learn best, our instructional designers have developed 40 programs to  drive participation for busy, distracted 21st century learners." In a Bare Brilliance training session, participants have a live, online facilitator. They interact by joining in polling, exercises, whiteboard, live discussion and review of key points using annotation tools such as the pointer or highlighter. Participants can also type their questions in the chat or embedded Q&A panels and receive immediate feedback from the facilitator or subject matter expert. Bare Brilliance offers: The ability to attend live programs from the comfort of your office or home Interactive sessions including videos, chat, and multimedia tools which makes the training fun and engaging Programs that are available as public virtual courses or private customised sessions for companies Affordability, flexibility and cost savings About The Learning Factor The Learning Factor is Asia Pacific's leader in training outsourcing. For more than 15 years they have been working with Fortune 500 and ASX 100 companies throughout the region. The Learning Factor have won 5 global awards for providing high quality outsourcing services, innovative service offering, ability to provide services on a global basis, and their unique and proven approach to Business Process Outsourcing (BPO) Solutions. We Design customised training programs complementing our existing library of training courses. We Train using world-class training facilitators, positioned across Asia Pacific.    We Administer every detail of your training programs, leaving you with more resources to focus on the more important parts of your business.    We Consolidate your suppliers and vendors, cutting out expensive crossovers and duplication across your organisation. For more information, please visit our website www.barebrilliance.com.

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    CHICAGO – On April 10, global eLearning services company, Kineo, released a new guide detailing how organizations can properly plan for a multi-device world.  With the rapid adaption of smartphones and tablets and a projected 208 million unit sales of media tablets in 2014 according to Gartner Media, organizations are quickly adopting mobile learning as a consideration for employee education, while others are in the midst of figuring out how to respond to the challenge. Kineo’s smart and innovative guide provides a framework of three strategic steps which will allow your company to shift towards a mobile learning world and overcome the challenges involved.  The three strategic steps detailed in Kineo’s complete guide include: Starting an internal dialog – Communicate with internal organizations and make sure the learning you create is aligned with the organization’s needs and priorities. Taking inventory of your current content and browsers – Assuming you plan to deliver training to tablets or smartphones, you’ll need to understand how your current eLearning and LMS will fit into this new world. Drafting and communicating a plan – Communicate a strategy for delivering training on tablets and smartphones and let the organization know you are preparing a plan. The guide’s framework provides approaches that will guide organizations through the challenges of providing eLearning at the corporate level and how to stay up to date with the rise of smartphones and tablets and their new role within organizations.   The full guide can be viewed here: http://www.kineo.com/documents/Free_Guides/HTML5_Planning_for_Multi-Device.pdf.  For further information on press releases, white papers or how Kineo US can help your company, contact Nick Murphy at nick.murphy@kineo.com.

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    Baltimore, MD (April 15, 2013) – The Bri-Bet Group, a rapidly growing protective services provider, is pleased to announce the launch of Bri-Bet Tactical Training, a full-service, reality-based training company for public servants and security personnel, corporate and small businesses and individuals. The Bri-Bet Group fully understands that properly trained personnel are of the utmost importance when mitigating damage and/or loss of life during critical incident situations. To help ensure personnel are properly trained, The Bri-Bet Group has created its newest division, Bri-Bet Tactical Training. Bri-Bet Tactical Training is dedicated to the educational advancement of law enforcement, corrections and security professionals as well as corporate and small business entities through the presentation of specialized courses and seminars.  Bri-Bet provides superior training utilizing innovative, tested and proven tactics from instructors who actively teach these skills domestically and abroad.  Bri-Bet’s Instructor Cadre is comprised of certified instructors and operators from the military and law enforcement Special Operations Communities (Special Forces, SWAT, HRT and SRT, etc..), who’s primary objective is to teach students the requisite skills needed to survive in any conflict or environment.  Each of Bri-Bet Tactical Training’s instructors are experts and leaders in their respective fields and possess the training, knowledge and experience to provide instruction at the highest level. “All tactics and techniques taught during Bri-Bet Tactical Training’s courses of instruction are combined using classroom learning and realistic training scenarios to enhance the student’s tactical skill set”, states Brian Kunkel, President and CEO of Bri-Bet.  “Students attending Bri-Bet’s courses will develop the confidence and decisiveness needed to make sound decisions in any urban or rural environment. All of our courses have been created using industry best practices from both the military and law enforcement professions, in conjunction with the vast real-world experiences of our instructors.” Bri-Bet’s courses of instruction range from 90 minute presentations to 2-week courses of instruction and can be provided for individual instruction up to conference-sized instruction. Some of the noted classes being offered by Bri-Bet’s Tactical Training Division include: Active Shooter in the Workplace, Active Shooter for Law Enforcement, Combatives & Hand to Hand Combat, CPR PRO/AED, TASER, Instructor Development, Firearms, SWAT/Assault Breaching and Wilderness Emergency Care.

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