Yesterday I told you about the upcoming training seminars. Today, I want to give you an idea of what you can expect to happen at an all-day seminar. Obviously, shorter seminars will not be able to cover as much ground, but the basic outline will be similar.
When I first taught an all-day seminar, I remember thinking to myself, "How am I going to talk for eight hours about Accordance?" At the end of the day, I realized that eight hours was far too short a time to cover everything Accordance can do. Now I've got all the new features in 7 to cover, and I'm not sure where I'm going to squeeze those in!
Eight hours may not be enough time to cover everything, but it's more than enough time for the brain to become saturated with information. I know there's no way you'll remember every tip and step-by-step procedure I cover, so I begin the seminars by giving the big picture concepts around which the interface is designed. If you're like me, it's much easier to remember (or figure out) how to do something if you understand the overall way a program works. So I try to explain the reasons we've designed the interface as we have. (You can also find a brief explanation of those interface concepts here.) I also try to point out the consistency of the interface, so that you'll be able to transfer concepts from one procedure to another.
Once you've got the big picture, we move on to the Search window, exploring how to construct a search, how to navigate your search results, how to use symbols, commands, Key numbers, and grammatical tags, etc. This generally takes us until the lunch break, and sometimes a little bit beyond, depending on how in depth we go into Greek and Hebrew.
The afternoon session is usually a whirlwind tour of tools; parallels; user notes and user tools; the Atlas, PhotoGuide, and Timeline; and depending on the audience, more in depth Greek and Hebrew.
By the end of the day, I start to see a few eyes glazing over, but nearly everyone who has attended has been glad they came. If you're in the vicinity of one of the upcoming seminars, I hope you'll make it a priority to attend.