Anna Maria O.
Very little of the course seemed specifically targeted to â€œchaosâ€
I thought Bob was a great instructor. The class was super interactive and he used "real life" examples.
I felt like not all topics discussed were as related to me as some of the others in the class.
It has been a great experience. Small groups allowed the instructor to spend time with me to discuss my needs in depth. Group exercises and discussions shed a different light to how our company can improve. I would recommend it to anyone.
I think the information was great. The instructor was very precise and to the point.
Very informative with just enough balance of faculty led training and group beakout sessions.
The AMA instructors are awesome!
The course offered great resources and provided the opportunity for good thought around the topic areas. The resources are very applicable to day to day work as well.
Bob was excellent. He has such a great approach for getting the concepts and tools across without making the class material feel stuffy or forced. Instead he applied each situation and tool to make it relatable to each of our backgrounds and work experiences and empowered us to apply this knowledge in the real world.
Great Information. Facilitator kept the class engaged with individual and group participation. m
The teacher was such excellent, and it was great to learn many tools to manage chaos. Still it will take some time for me to use this frequently and effeciently, but would like to try.
The presenter was excellent in communication and clarity. I was happy to see the use of flip charts to the degree I saw. Its a great visual aid.
Class was good, more of what I needed on the second day
It was not the seminar I expected. A lot of the tools taught were tools I have already be trained on and use. They were focused around taking the time to brain storm and not what I would have considered "Tools to Set Priorities and Make Decisions Under Pressure."
The information was good to review. It's tricky to apply it to my own situation, but in time the pieces will fall into place. Overall the information was interesting and useful to add to my personal database of knowledge.
although the training did give thorough steps in methods of problem solving, in my opinion it did not give me tools to resolve or calm chaos.
This was an engaging and interactive seminar. I learned so much by sharing experiences and insights with other seminar participants.
The course was fast-paced and engaging. The attendees made a huge contribution to the success of the program, which was made possible by the instructor's effort to rotate people so that everyone could engage with one another in a meaningful way.
I really enjoyed this course and the discussions that were created during and after the class because of it.
We were able to discuss and use examples of occurring situations so we could apply practical application as case in point.
I believe this class provided me with tools to assist with managing chaos.
David is engaging and knowledgeable about the subject. he provided real world examples and assisted in application to our environment.
Excellent interaction and great information.
While I enjoyed the first half of the training, I did not enjoy the second half of the training nearly as much. During the second half of the training, I felt like the discussions were being dominated by a few people, in some cases, because the instructor only called on a few select people over and over again. It was frustrating not being able to speak up during the second half of the training, and, at one point, I felt like I was flat out ignored when trying to speak up. While I acknowledge that we all may have our individual work issues, it felt that the majority of our discussions during the second half of the training were dominated by individuals looking only to have their own personal work issues resolved (ones that did NOT apply to my work situation). To be blunt, I wish that the instructor stopped certain people from speaking up non-stop, which certainly deterred my ability to speak (and possibly affected others in the training as well).
very friendly and engaging. Super interactive class which made covering the material easy and more relatable,
The Managing Chaos seminar was a great session that allowed us to look at daily practices that play a part in our chaos and gave us some alternate ways to handle them.
Instructor was very knowledgable and entertaining. The lessons learned were accurate and supported by honest scenarios.
Thoroughly enjoyed the instructor, interactive groups were very good
Our trainer was excellent and he really encouraged a lot of interaction with other group members. The conversation during the exercises was so full of ideas and information.
This course provided many helpful tools to use everyday in the workplace and outside of the workplace.
Training was good, went over a lot of different tools to help manage chaotic situations at work.
Excellent instructor. She got everyone involved to help with our day to day issues.
My overall experience with the class was very positive. Pauline was a very friendly and professional instructor. She encouraged feedback and interaction between us which helped share stories.
After taking this class I have learned tools that can really help me present my ideas in a more efficient way.
The instructor kept the seminar moving in a timely fashion providing informative and useful techniques. The group interacted well with each other which reflects upon the instructor keeping everyone engaged and constantly moving to get fresh ideas from everyone.
The instructor was very engaging and informative.
Excellent teacher and course. Best one yet! Coursework was appropriate and educational and the whole class was very engaged
Great teacher, great tips and lots of valuable info! Makes me want to come attend another AMA seminar.
Excellent instructor...very engaging and worked to keep interest of the class by diversifying activities and ways of going through learning modules. Presented some very good methods/tools for problem analysis, strategizing & planning
Robert was a great instructor, and the course had great content.
Bob was an excellent instructor and shared tools that will be useful at work as well as at home.
The course was very enlightening and the instructor did a great job of involving all participants .
Easy to understand and apply.
The sessions were very interactive and the participants were fully engaged and open. As such, we were able to get the most out of the sessions
Overall this was a great course. The content was great. It was also helpful that the class was so small (6 people), this really helped enhance the learning.
I enjoyed the course and learned a lot.
Mary was super easy to follow and connected the lessons in a way that made perfect sense. The whole course flowed really well.
This was a great class. You come away with a number of useful new tools that help you better manage whatever form your chaos comes in. I usually dread group activities, but we had a class of very engaged individuals who made them fun and effective.
Mary did a great job and kept the class moving.
The training was excellent. You could tell the instructor and IT expert were well prepared and extremely knowledgeable.
I thought the class was good but could have been completed in 1.5 days max. Deb seemed to allow us to much discussion time when the groups were done in 5 minutes and would get off topic.
The real strength of the program was getting people with different professional experiences in the same room for an open discussion. The conversations were interesting and engaging. The tools provided and covered felt very basic and a bit outdated in comparison.
Clear presentation and some opportunity for group work.
The instructor was informative and pleasant. She gave real world examples and allowed the class to share their personal experiences relevant to the subject matter.
The topic and instructor was very relevant to my current needs. I enjoyed the balance between instruct and application/hands on use of techniques.
Great information, applicable tools learned which will help in addressing setting and identifying priorities.
I thoroughly enjoyed the seminar. The instructor was personable and presented the information in a way that wasn't lofty or stuffy. I was able to apply the strategies I learned immediately!
I came back to the office with several tools to used to assist me in managing the chaos in my office
The tools can be a great help to identify the sources of chaos and help to determine the best way to respond in order to eliminate it.
Lorena was amazing. Excellent at keeping things on track, very personable and understood ways to explain topic to every ones learning style.
excellent class and resources. Very valuable and addresses all kinds of learners in the different types offered.
The course provided great tools that I find will be useful in my current work environment. We were able to apply our real life scenarios to the exercises which made the concepts of the class easy to grasp.
Kept the class moving, and did a good job in keeping the group moving forward.
Very good with practical takeaways that can be implemented quickly.
I don't know that we spent enough time on the topics I was expecting to get out of the course such as organizing and prioritizing in comparison to a lot of the help that was more geared towards managers.
I would have liked it better if it was more interactive, and less writing on paper/tons of group activities. It was a great seminar with a good message, but the method used to present the information was a tad but boring.
Instructor provided an overall relaxed environment which kept the attendees engaged. Her training methods allowed you to stay interested in the subject matter and it was very easy to retain .
I think it would be a great class for more Managers and Supervisors to part take.
Excellent facility and instruction. Only negative is cost for parking.
I learned great tools and concepts that I can incorporate into my daily life inside and outside of work. Bob gave several examples and related the tools/concepts back to our individual positions which I greatly appreciated.
The class was very informative and entertaining. I like the interaction done throughout the class. I particularly like the instructor. I can tell that she is very knowledgeable and love what she does.
Bev made this class an enjoyable experience. She was very interactive, approachable and provided many life experiences to help explain the material. I would not hesitate to attend one of her classes in the future.
The seminar was a good reminder of common sense methods to deal with chaos.
Presenter was great. Very energetic- hard for that not to be contagious. Liked all the real life examples he shared from working with other companies and individuals.
All interactive features (breakout groups) worked well. The instructor managed the time well and kept the class engaged.
The first half of the seminar dealt with topics that didn't address managing chaos but addressed problem solving. Fishbone, brainstorming, affinity diagrams, etc. are problem solving techniques not management techniques.
Best AMA Course I've taken so far. I want to take every course that Shawn facilitates!
The tips and tricks he gave us were very valuable
I have a problem with the team challenge under tool time estimate. The questions were written in a way that drew out numerical answers rather than critical thinking into reasons why meetings take longer.The pre course materials had no added value for me.Shawn was a great presenter. I really liked the real world examples he proved that demonstrated when the tools worked in real life for others.
I didnâ€™t get as much as I hoped but that wasnâ€™t no a reflection of the facilitator. The materials simply did not address my needs.
Lorena and Louise managed the class expertly. I have no complaints. Got some great ideas!
Lots of great variety in tools and helpful techniques.
First time taking an AMA course and it was great. Love the overall feel of the course.
Great class! I will be recommending a specific coworker to take the class.
The course was interesting and designed to address potential chaos on both an organization and individual level. The course discussed several tools for identifying sources and addressing causes of chaos. As a seasoned project manager, I knew most of those tools, however, this time they were used in a different way or for different purpose. All in all the class was both enjoyable and useful.
There was a couple of times we seemed to be heading down rabbit holes about the same "issue" for individuals. It was bad enough on one occasion I actually grabbed my phone to distract me because I didn't want to listen to it anymore (other than that I did a really good job staying off of my phone).
I found the course to be helpful overall, though some concepts were more helpful than others. The instructor was great at explaining the concepts and facilitating the discussions.
It was great
Excellent class, learned many good tools to help in my work
It was a well run class that provides a good number of tools for me to bring back to work. There was a breakfast buffet that was not available for us which seemed strange.
Course was well organized and informative. Lorena was very interactive and held attn
It was excellent
Class size was perfect. Instructor was well prepared and very knowledgeable.
Great class, learned a lot
It was a small training class consisting of only 5 people. The instructor kept the class engaged with many team exercises. I found the class to be very interesting
The instructor was very knowledgeable in the course and gave us insights/tools that we will be able to implement immediately.
The training had some useful tools. It was helpful to talk with fellow students who have similar problems at their respective companies.
Great instructor, not a welcoming center. I arrived without a pen or pencil, and asked at the desk to borrow one. The young man said "no, go ask your instructor." The coffee was discusting, no water was provided, no snacks either. Mostly I never saw the staff and they were not friendly when I did. We asked our instructor to make copies of a form and they wouldn't allow her to use the copier for 8 copies! So we all took pictures with our phones. Loved the Course, loved the instructor, but the other folks were weird. I would still go there again, but I would bring my own snacks, water and I will not forget to bring a pencil! The guy at the street level front desk was great!
Excellent pace, excellent group dynamics, good tools
Great facilitator and very practical!
The overall coursework and interaction was very high level and applicable to my to role. I was able visualize ways in which I can strategically handle tasks internally and externally.
I was impressed by the technology and the ability to move into breakout groups.
Our instructor Deborah was awesome. She was patient and really assisted me with how to effectively use the tools learned during our sessions.
Rev. Saeed R.
I appreciated the pace, humor, and knowledge Deb brought to the training experience. Very professional and her skill set was very much evident in the course delivery.
Ms. Deb was very good at educating while keeping humor. That helped me to pay attention and stay focused.
Mary was better than I could have even imagined. This was my first AMA course and it was virtual. I thought it would be a passive class, maybe watching videos. This class far exceeded my expectations. Mary segmented the class into informative lessons and interactive break-out sessions. The combined structure maintained my undivided attention.However, the format of the print-outs did not seem like they completely aligned with the course. I think the written material would be better presented as virtual. Also, it would be helpful to retype/post EVERY scenarios from the print-outs to the PowerPoint slides.
The course was very interactive with group exercise and team assignments. Instructor was energetic and very good in leading the class!
very monotoned and did not offer any real tangible ideas for individuals to implement after the class
I had signed up for this course to be able to walk away with tools and knowledge about how to "Make Decisions Under Pressure" and what was mostly provided were the tools around Project Management and how to plan for activities, work them within a schedule, and to accommodate multiple concurring projects. What the course did NOT cover is what happened when you have a fire alarm go off (out of your control) a 1:30p meeting (out of our control), plus someone coming into your office with a need/request/demand (handling this is in your control), as well as a call from home with an emergency-- all resulting in a stressful chaotic situation. I work in IT and found it frustrating (yet easy to understand) that the most common situation is, my computer had a blue screen, the servers went offline, the phones and email went dark, and I had a 1:30p meeting I needed to prep for. Well yes that is why I am here, I work in IT as a Project Manager and wanted insight as to HOW to better manage the chaos that is part of our everyday lives. When these things happen, I don't have time to work on a Gap Analysis. I don't have time to do a full Risk Analysis, or a Fishbone Diagram. I need to make a decision NOW with the information I have at that moment. Lessons Learned come afterwards. Planning for a project, understanding priorities, identifying Risks and developing a Risk Matrix/Mitigation plan is all part of my day to day job....and again Project Management 101 (which was also referenced in
I appreciated having the time away from my chaotic job to think about new ideas in a critical way.My only suggestion would be for David to share some of his images shared in an electronic or paper version.He did a very good job keeping the class on track even though several participants were highly stressed and seemed unhappy being there.
I thought the teacher did a great job going over course outline.
I believe that the title of this class needs to change to drop the "Under Pressure" part. Most of the people attending this class were much like the prework scenarios where we are overworked and have little spare time. We may have started out our jobs with time to plan or prepare, but we are all in fire-fighter mode today. The lessons learned would be great if I had hours every week to dedicate to them. Unfortunately I do not and none of these are good to managing anything under pressure. Many of the class participants brought this up during the course and the instructor just kept plugging along with the prepared lecture. The techniques learned are very basic (SWOT, mind map, etc..) that are taught at most undergraduate level college courses. In the end the class was filled with people that were not participating because we realized that this class will not answer the questions we had. The more informative parts were where we, as students, shared tips and tricks with each other on how we managed things under pressure. I would have been more productive staying in the office and looking at a high level power point on these techniques.
This course was nothing like what was expected solely based on the AMA description and material. I was extremely disappointed. This course offered nothing about managing chaos, rather it came off as an intro to project management. I have taken any number of AMA seminars and there was no new material here. I'd heard it all before. My perception of what would be presented and what was actually presented were vastly different. While I would never take another course from this instructor for other reasons, I blame AMA's promotional material for my disappointment. This missed the mark entirely.
Janet shared some useful tools on dealing with difficult situations and how to be tactful and diplomatic.
Wonderful way to sharpen my skills and to learn new techniques! I really enjoyed David's class and hope to implement my knowledge immediately in order to be more effective.
The class instructor was very engaging and challenging. The information shared was relevant and innovative.
Pauline did a great job of facilitating the content, allowing personal experiences/work issues to be woven into the sessions. Great job Pauline!
The instructor is very engaging and materials provided were very helpful
Great Class. I loved the flexibility of the direction to incorporate spontaneous developments. Pauline was excellent at using our personal experiences and thoughts to demonstrate the strengths and weaknesses of the particular strategies for Brainstorming, time management, and empowerment.
Pauline was a great facilitator. She kept the day moving and engaging
This course provided a lot of great tools and aide for me in my current and future positions
She was very informative, fun, and engaging.
Very professional engagement. Class was interesting, fun informative and challenging. I would highly recommend it for anyone looking to improve their communication and organizational techniques.
i really like the way she explains and understand the issues at the root level. Overall it was a good experience. Learnt alot in limited time. thanks
Trainer very knowledgeable and helpful
Desiree provided excellent presentation involved all the class
Desiree did a great job!
Desiree is an amazing woman. She was fun and witty, but also had a wealth of knowledge in managing chaos. I appreciated the opportunities we had to work on real life scenarios and get feedback and help from our fellow peers.
A very engaging and energetic class with tons of valuable information.
The course met the overall objectives I was seeking from it.
Mary was an excellent instructor. She kept the group engaged throughout the entire course.
Very informative and kept the group engaged.
Very dynamic and pleasant
Intense, interesting, inspiring, effective
The facilitator was excellent. Denise is highly qualified and was able to add additional perspective to the workshop.
The trainer was very well prepared, she shared a lot of practical information beyond the class content. Excellent application examples.
The instructor was very nice and easy to work with.
Abdel Rahman A.
I feel that I learned a few helpful tips, but don't feel that the content was strictly geared towards managing chaos.
I feel it was too much to cover in 2 days. It would be beneficial to make it as a 3 day course. Many of us in the course had many more questions and would have learned even more strategies in manging Chaos since it's an everyday thing at the workplace.
Not totally necessary for my day-to-day, but still very helpful.
Lorena and Pina were awesome! They were helpful, engaging, and interesting.
Fun and interesting--lots of interaction.
Lorena was great.
Some good strategies on how I can help manage my time better.
The training on the second day addressed my issues more fully than the training on the first day. I felt the training on the first day was a bit too broad. I was looking to aim the training at the chaos to my own issues of chaos management at the workplace, not manage the chaos of a team.
Excellent course with lots of tools to apply
Unfortunately, I found little to no value in this seminar. The content was much more basic than what I was led to believe by the description. I did not expect to spend hours discussing mind maps, free association and SWOT (very basic tools). If that were clear in the description, I would never have registered for this seminar. I also didn't expect to spend so much time working through very simple case studies. With such a small group, the read-and-respond format seemed inappropriate. In my honest opinion, this course does not justify $1,995.00. I found so little value that I made the decision not to return for the second day of class. My time is more productively spent at my office. I hope the other attendees found this material to be useful, but I did not.
David did a good job with keeping the participants on task while allowing for personal feedback applicable to work situations
Information provided was really good. The second day was more reading and less participation in terms of going up to flip chart. Maybe develop a way to present influence strategies in a more interactive way.
Interesting and helpful
Facilitator was very knowledgeable. She brought real life examples. She made sure she addressed our specific concerns.
solid presentations, lots of good information, plenty of interactive activities, value added by providing additional materials upon request.
It was a good class. I learned a lot on the second day when everything came full circle.
kept my attention at all time and went over material and explained so that it would be helpful with my daily use
Useful tools and great facilitation
Denise is an amazing instructor.
Lorena was excellent. The class was engaging, informative, so many tools I will utilize in my work day. The breakout sessions, homework, group chats kept me engaged, laughing, thinking. Overall, it was great.
I was absolutley skeptical about taking an on-line seminar. Lorena, the instructor won me over. I am a believer now and will take more. It was awesome!
Lorena was very helpful in explaining key points and sharing tools that would help in stressful scenarios
Great instructor and support staff. Very knowledgeable and friendly, allowed for a lot of personal stories, helped apply the knowledge to real world scenarios and provided valuable additional information about the tools taught.
The instructor was excellent. He kept me engaged and was very knowledgeable of the subject matter.
Pauline has a gift for this work. She not only has the knowledge and skills, but she brings a real passion to help people.
The course was a perfect mix of formal tools and interpersonal skill development strategies.
I really enjoyed the class. I thought the practical tools and exercises were very useful and applicable to a broad range of situations at work, not only chaotic ones.
Excellent Instructor! He kept me engaged and I learned some useful tips on how to manage my Chaos.
Excellent instructor and course material.
Great Class, great interaction, great feedback
Both instruction and IT contact were excellent, prompt, and presented the material well.
There is a lot of great information in these seminars. It may even be beneficial to break up the class into different seminars.
Dana Lee C.
These two instructors were very professional and truly made learning fun!
Great attitude. Made it easy to participate
I thought the course was great and would highly recommend to team members.
Great input about course and kept engagement for all in overall class
The class was very informative. The delivery held my interest from beginning to ending. The breaks were well placed so that you do not start to drift off.
Excellent instructor, very knowledgeable, fun, inspiring - really kept the class engaged!!
Great class with mix of tem task and informatio
The instructor was very good. She showed genuine concern for the issues of those being trained.
I think overall the course was very good, though I wish there was a little bit more time and group work devoted to the specific strategies used to tackle chaos.
Liked the subject and presenter was very interactive.
I liked the hands on exercises and found them a good learning tool.
This class was successful because the trainer was excellent
Great instructor enjoyed the class, will recommend to others.
Howard gave us insight on how to manage chaos in a completely different perspective in which I was accustomed to. I enjoyed our dialog and group activities. Learned a ton of new ways on how to set priorities and make decisions under pressure. Howard's authentic approach to all our scenarios had us engaged throughout the entire seminar.
This course worked so well primary based on Howard's excellent instruction. His pacing was effective, he kept us on task and focused, and engaged everyone in attendance. I appreciated his sense of humor, flexibility and experience.
Laura maintained a comfortable pace throughout the course. She continually checked for attendees' comprehension of the material and allowed time for questions and comments. There was good level of energy and engagement between Laura and the attendees.
Good mix of instructional material with practical experiences shared by the group.It would be interesting for future seminars to dive into different types of chaos that view it from the perspective of positive/negative stressors (good vs bad chaos), differentiate what type you are facing, maybe include a view of firm-level chaos instead of just what one may be feeling themselves at the job.
This was the best AMA class I have ever attended. Shawn is a great teacher, very engaging, very dynamic, teaches you to understand the material easily.
Enjoyed the class environment and engagement by the instructor
Very engaging. Kept the class working together and participant all the techniques.
Nejat Murat E.
it was an efficient and well organised two-days session
Personally, i got the most use out of the second half of the workshop on Day 2. I found I was familiar with most management tools already.
The course material presented was relevant to my job and I am able to immediately use the strategies and techniques in my current role to help manage and reduce chaos.