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American Management Association Offers On-Demand eCoaching

New York 9/3/2008

Live online support extends learning beyond the classroom and provides instant solutions to real-world workplace challenges

target=_blank>American Management Association (AMA), a world leader in talent development and performance-based learning solutions, is offering live, one-on-one target=_blank>eCoaching services for its target=_blank>seminar participants to extend and reinforce learning beyond the classroom. This new online service supports AMA’s instructor-led classroom experience and further expands its target=_blank>blended-learning platform.

AMA has selected eSkillz, a provider of live application and performance support service, to provide on-demand eCoaching. The new service is designed to help AMA seminar participants apply what they learned in the classroom to the actual challenges they face when they are back at work.

“AMA continues to deliver and support learning using state-of-the-art technologies,” said Nicholas Igneri, AMA’s Director of Learning Technologies. “eCoaching allows learners to get access to a subject matter expert instantaneously—when and where they need it.”

Coaching, in general, has become a critical component in raising performance levels and developing talent. Recently, AMA and the Institute for Corporate Productivity took an in-depth look at coaching; of 1,030 managers and executives surveyed, 60 percent of companies that use coaches say they use them specifically to further develop high potential employees. For the entire survey, Coaching: A Global Study of Successful Practicesview White Papers

Managers and other professionals take AMA seminars to learn new skills and improve their performance and productivity. Topics range from project management and strategic thinking to marketing, finance and general management. Through eSkillz, AMA will provide post-seminar access to certified subject-matter experts. In real time via an instant message chat window, the experts answer questions or clarify concepts related to the seminar subject matter, as well as give practical tips and advice on how to best utilize what was learned in the seminar.

“We believe this partnership enriches the already robust blended learning made available by American Management Association,” said Guy Hardcastle, Chief Operating Officer of eSkillz. “The partnership between AMA and eSkillz is yet another example of AMA’s commitment to take learning beyond the classroom, and we are pleased to be a part of it,” Hardcastle said.

The new eCoaching service is available for all AMA customized on-site seminars and is available to a select number of public programs in project management, finance and accounting. The service will be offered broadly in more subject areas in 2009.

In addition to eCoaching, AMA provides other blended-learning opportunities, including pre-seminar prep materials, online assessments, e-learning courses and virtual sessions, which allow organizations and individuals to measure the effectiveness of the training programs—helping to better demonstrate return on investment.

Additional information about AMA’s eCoaching and other blended-learning capabilities is available online at target=_blank>www.amanet.org/blended.

About AMA
American Management Association is a world leader in professional development, advancing the skills of individuals to drive business success. AMA’s approach to improving performance combines experiential learning—learning through doing—with opportunities for ongoing professional growth at every step of one’s career journey. AMA supports the goals of individuals and organizations through a complete range of products and services, including target=_blank>seminars, conferences, Webcasts and podcasts, target=_blank>corporate and target=_blank>government solutions, business target=_blank>books and research. Organizations worldwide, including the majority of the Fortune 500, turn to AMA as their trusted partner in professional development and draw upon its experience to enhance skills, abilities and knowledge with noticeable results from day one. For more information, visit target=_blank>http://www.amanet.org/.

About eSkillz
eSkillz is the leading provider of LIVE Application and Performance Support Services for global 2000 companies. With over 16 years of expertise in the online mentoring and training services arena, eSkillz adds a “living component” to any training initiative enabling organizations to more effectively leverage their training solutions. The vision and outlook for the company are measured through the collaborative efforts of the most experienced and dynamic leaders in mentor support and Corporate Learning. eSkillz is committed to providing a solution that creates immediate impact and sustainable value to our clients and partners. For more information about eSkillz products and services visit http://www.eskillz.com/.

AMA is one of the most widely recognized leaders in business training, having provided corporate training solutions for over 95 years. From leadership, communication and managerial training to sales, customer service and analytical skills, AMA has developed a vast array of content and training solutions to help individuals and organizations achieve business results . Each year, AMA delivers thousands of seminars and courses across the United States. With courses offered in a  classroom near you or live online, AMA is a flexible, convenient resource for all of your organization's talent development needs. AMA also offers customized solutions based on your specific talent development requirements.