08 | Brian Wood: Public Speaking, Training and Tools

Our co-host Matt Ramage scaring our guest Brian Wood at an AIGA conference.

On this episode of Digital Rage we speak to Brian Wood. Brian is a training consultant, author, developer, and father who tells us about how to stand out in a crowded market, launch courses online, and one of new favorite video tools from Adobe.

You have to be able to do more than just your one thing.

Brian Wood

Show Notes

  • Loves teaching!
  • Has worked with Starbucks, Adobe, REI, Nordstrom and a bunch of other companies.
  • Has courses on Lynda, Creative Live, How Design University, Curious and Peachpit
  • Is also a developer
  • Author of more than 10 books
  • Speaks at conferences: AIGA, How Interactive, Adobe, etc.
  • Spends majority of time on training these days – speaking, writing, producing courses
  • Talks about how to get into the training business these days – in short start doing it. Get on YouTube & Udemy and start putting up training videos. Adobe does keep on eye on what people are up to.

Show Questions

  • How did you get started in software training?
  • What resources do you use to identify trends and create new courses?
  • Do you need to be an expert in order to teach?
  • Are you an expert before you start writing a training article, or do you become an expert while writing?
  • Do you have any courses on Adobe CC Process Automation (I need this)?
  • What is the difference in revenue between web development and training?
  • How’s the online training landscape shifted over the years?
  • What’s your favorite adobe program?
  • What advice would you have for someone trying to get into speaking?
  • What are some of the challenges you face with your training business?

Show Links

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About the Author
Jeff Byer has been designing identities and building websites since 1995. He is the CEO and co-founder of Print Fellas LLC, and the President at Byer Company, a division of Jeff Byer Inc, a web design company in Los Angeles. Jeff has a Bachelor of Arts Degree from the Annenberg School for Communication at the University of Southern California. He is a certified Project Manager by Franklin-Covey and has qualifications in Photoshop, Illustrator, HTML, PHP, JavaScript, MySQL, SEO, Bing Ads, and Google Ads. Jeff Byer is a co-author on 5 US Patents related to content management systems he has created on the internet.

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