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Touch-Typing in Three Hours; Quick Thinking on Your Fingertips™

Just in (29th August 2014)

Not the right 'type' for the job

New research reveals why typing really does matter

 

 

We all have our preferred style,  two fingers,  any finger will do and all fingers and thumbs but almost  a third of British employers (30%) say they won't hire someone if they can't touch type or type fast and a further 43% view typing as a crucial work and life skill.

 

Research published today by Microsoft  says  despite the constant evolution of technology, more rigor is needed to equip Britons with adequate typing skills with many employers (41%), students (38%) and parents (29%) saying that there is not enough emphasis on typing skills at schools and universities.

 

A fifth of UK companies have revealed their business couldn't operate if their staff did not touch type or type fast.  It therefore may come as no surprise then that a third of employers say they HAVE invested in typing training for their employees in the last 10 years.

 

The survey uncovers that the average typing speeds of a British worker is 55.92 words per minute and that on average an employee spends more than three hours typing a day.

Though it appears that many (45%) British workers do not know how to type ergonomically and this has resulted in almost a quarter (24%) of employers saying they have received reports of typing related injuries including repetitive strain injury (RSI).


With this programme, you can learn to touch type in less than three hours.  That's if you're happy with learning the Alphabet keys.  We also do an advanced version of the programme that covers both the Alphabet AND all the other keys in just one day combined with all manner of short-cuts to save you time and accelerate your workflow.  Comments from my most recent full day programmes are appended at the bottom of this page.

Attention all Executives:

If you're paid to think more than paid to type, this programme is ideal as part of my one-on-one coaching and mentoring for peak performance.  It works with other modules (time management, speed reading, graphical thinking skils, thinking on-the-spot, presenting yourself etc) to give you the full set of skills Leaders of Industry like you need to manage yourself, your time, and your commitments.

It's Fun as well as Effective

I teach this important set of life-skills using ALL the senses!  Most of my programmes are sensory rich - visual, sound, practical activity - reflecting the Chinese Proverb, "I hear, I forget; I see, I remember; I do, I understand."  However, this programme goes two steps further by using taste and scent to memorise the layout of the keyboard.  It's not often that you can claim a programme is 'tasty' and in 'good taste'!  This means you are going to have fun while learning what many expect to be a boring subject.  More than that, you are going to save yourself a whole lot of potential pain and misery - preventing the muscle, nerve, and tendon damage caused by poor posture and the 'hunt-and-peck' approach to keyboard use.  I'll cover ergonomics with you as well as helping you memorise the keyboard so that you can rapidly use the QWERTY layout on smart phones, iPads, and all applications of this important arrangement of letters.

A Quick History of QWERTY

The QWERTY keyboard was an innovation created to provide a work-around for a technical problem.  The commonly used keys on the first typewriters used to jam if used in rapid conjunction with one another.  Thus, the QWERTY keyboard was designed to stagger the order of the keys so that the mechanical system had time enough to reset itself.  This technical requirement (which is also why the keys are in slanting columns) soon ceased to be an issue, but QWERTY was here to stay.  One of the weirdest examples of the diffusion of innovation, the QWERTY keyboard is so widely accepted that it would take more energy to change it than to stay with the existing layout - and by a stroke of luck, it's actually very efficient.  So, it's here to stay, and we can show you how to crack the code so that you can remember it.  This is very important regardless of the keyboard's size - think Blackberry for a moment - knowing where the keys are in relation to each other really speeds up your workflow.  Our programme is rather different to other leading programmes on the market.  Our competitors teach the right fingers for the right keys - and do a very good job.  What they don't do is help you memorise the keyboard's layout regardless of size.  This means that QWERTY keyboards on small devices, like smart phones, can still cause confusion and interruption of your productivity.  This programme teaches both the layout AND the right muscle movements - so you get the best of both worlds... plus chocolate!  Oh yes, this programme is a MUST for lovers of good chocolate...

Every day you put off learning to touch-type is another day of unnecessarily wasted effort - and another day where you'll risk muscle, nerve, and tendon damage, so I've made it easy for you to email directly at lex_mckee@me.com, or you can phone my personal mobile on 0 777 8 221 222

If you'd like to take a free speed and accuracy test, follow this link:

Typing speed test

For consolidation lessons, click on this link.

Recent comments from October and November's programmes for BP in Texas...

“Love the music!”

“Great class!  Great music!”

“Worth having it!”

“Excellent course!  Excellent Instructor!  Thanks much!”

“The best hands on class I’ve ever taken.  Instructor was great.”

 

“It’s the best non-technical training I’ve ever taken.  Very interactive and useful.”

“Class exceeded my expectations.  Action plan will reinforce today’s rudimentary skills.  Very good teaching method.  Kept my interest and involvement throughout the day.”

“Great course.  Enjoyed the ‘extras’ on speed reading and memorisation techniques.  A day well spent.”

“Instructor was excellent.  He took what I expected to be a boring topic and made it interesting!  Thank you!”

“It should be required for all BP employees.  The class is really helpful.”

“This class was awesome for me, helps me with typing speed, resting appropriately & hints & tips.  Also beneficial was instructor commentary.  He was fantastic: I would highly recommend this to everyone.  Thanks.”

“Great and very useful.”

“Great class, Lex did a fantastic job.  Thanks for your patience and help.”

“Enjoyed the day, training, music & interaction!  Thanks.”

“Great class, very aware of audience :o)”

“Enjoyed the class, the instructor was very knowledgeable and easy going.”

“Great class.”

“Wonderful!  I’m glad I cam to this class. :o)”

“Excellent teaching.  Enjoyable learning.  Thank you Lex!”

“Fantastic, not a dull moment.” [A participant who'd shared with me that they thought it was going to be boring]

“Lex is an excellent instructor.  He makes the class fun, engaging, and applicable.  I learned a lot and have great tools and resources to practice on my own.  Great class!!!”

Want more? Email me at lex_mckee@me.com

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