July 6, 2012

When the Four Kitchens’ team of web chefs develop a new training course, our guiding principle is: Provide a strong return on investment. You invest the time traveling to the training, attending, and afterwards, practicing the skills acquired. You also invest the energy and effort necessary to develop new skills. You place your trust in the trainers to guide you from where you are now to where you need to be. In return, we invest our time, energy, and best effort in creating training experiences that give you a stronger, more relevant, skillset and the confidence you need to apply it.

We also want you and the training to be the right match, building on your current skillset. Before the event, we send a very specific list of required skills, so that you can be certain that the training you purchased is right for you.

To ensure a valuable return on your investment, we develop our trainings with four essentials in mind.

  1. You leave with skills you need. We are interested in many things. The web chefs’ IRC chat room is a steady stream of links and memes. But when it comes to training, we make sure that the skills we teach are the ones you must have as a web professional. We want the skills you develop to increase your value in the marketplace.
  2. Hands-on experience, in class. Seeing is not doing. We know that the only way to develop a skill is to jump in and do it. We provide a safety net. We approach training as an obstacle course designed to build confidence. Instructions are given and then, you tackle the obstacle. We put the smaller obstacles first so that by the end, you are scaling big walls without breaking a sweat.
  3. Subject matter expertise AND training expertise. Many technical training courses fail because the trainers are not subject matter experts or the subject matter experts are not trainers. We develop trainings as a team, combining expertise in the subject with expertise in the art of training. The finished product is an intellectually satisfying, fun, and valuable day with the web chefs.
  4. Enjoyable, cooperative, encouraging. Training is a community experience. We create an environment where trainees can help each other, receive help from us, and participate in every discussion so that the group builds their skills in a cohesive, connected way. We also have a lot of fun.

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Hi Diana,

I am a subscriber of ostraining. I am really impressed and inspired by your introduction of the class. I am too, a advocator of self-learning and having wide range of interest. Now, I am studying php (from your class) and css , html etc. And I know it is going to be Good investment (the term u are using) in the long term, as the most fundamental will not change much. Here is my question for you.

1 - if i want to , in the long term, be good and able to design my theme, homepage, what should I learn?
2 - do you write any book so i can buy (both tech or other stuff)
3 - what do u think of WP, joomla and drupal? I want to invest in just one, in the long term. I am a very picky person who like to have every control of what i did.

Thanks a lot, and again, I love the idea of physic … and definitely i have a lot of thing agree on you.

Cliff Kwok
Hong Kong

Hi Cliff!

Thank you so much for your comment and questions.

Diana is on vacation, so you may see a little delay in a response from her. I just wanted to say thank you so much for your feedback. I hope you continue your training!

Diana Dupuis
July 6, 2012