When the Trainers Got Trained
If you've ever been to an Accordance training seminar, you know it can feel a little like drinking from a firehose. Rest assured that it's nothing compared to what many of those trainers went through a few years ago. Back then we invited prospective trainers from around the country to come to Orlando for two days of intensive Accordance instruction. Rather than giving them some script to follow in teaching a seminar, we made it our goal to make sure they became real Accordance experts. After all, a big part of leading a training seminar involves answering people's questions, and we wanted our trainers to have that ability in spades.
One of the things I remember about that two days of training is that we spent a lot of time going through every panel of the Accordance Preferences dialog. Now, when I'm teaching a training seminar, I'll open the Preferences and show a few options during the course of the day, but I don't have time to go through the preferences systematically. I'm too busy teaching people how to use Accordance's countless features. Still, if you really want to figure out how to customize Accordance to your specific needs, you would do well to explore the various settings in the preferences.
Maybe take one panel a day and explore its options. If you don't understand what something does, click the Help button for an explanation. You'll be amazed at some of the advanced ways you can tailor Accordance to your own particular needs.
In the next several posts, I'll highlight a few options I think every Accordance user should be aware of. Until then, are there Preference settings you've found particularly indispensible? If so, please let us know in the comments.
Oh, and if you're among the privileged few who experienced that trainers' training seminar in Orlando, feel free to reminisce about what you took away from it.