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NetSpeed Learning Solutions Recognized as Top Learning Organization at Enterprise Learning! Conference 2014

NetSpeed Learning Solutions was awarded recognition as one of the 100 top learning organizations for 2014 The Elearning! Media Group, at the Annual Learning! 100 Awards Dinner & Reception held last night at the Hilton at the Anaheim Convention Center. The awards program is hosted by Elearning! and Government Elearning! magazines, and honors the top global 100 learning organizations across the private and public sectors.


Happy Holidays from NetSpeed Learning Solutions

December 17, 2013 -- The Seattle-based NetSpeed Learning Solutions team at our 2013 holiday lunch.
NetSpeed Learning Solutions team

Adobe features NetSpeed Learning Solutions

September 9, 2013 -- Adobe, the global leader in digital media solutions, has featured NetSpeed Learning Solutions in an Adobe® Connect™ Success Story. The case study details how NetSpeed uses Adobe Connect for their own training and recommends the platform for their own customers when training them to present their own compelling, highly interactive web conference learning sessions.

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"Bringing Your Mojo to the Virtual Classroom" published in Training Industry Quarterly

September 9, 2013 -- Cynthia Clay's article Bringing Your Mojo to the Virtual Classroom has been published in the Fall 2013 issue of Training Industry Quarterly magazine. Cynthia is the President and CEO of NetSpeed Learning Solutions.

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NetSpeed Learning Solutions Receives Ganger Organization Award from Northern New Jersey ASTD Chapter

Fairfield, NJ December 12, 2012 -- NetSpeed Learning Solutions today received an award from the Northern New Jersey Chapter of ASTD. According to the chapter: "NNJ ASTD is pleased to recognize Netspeed Learning with the 2012 Ralph Ganger Organization Award for its generous contributions of professional development webinars for our Chapter membership."


Michael Wilkinson Set to Cap NetSpeed Learning Solutions' Thought Leadership Series

Seattle, WA October 18, 2012 -- Michael Wilkinson, founder and Managing Director of Leadership Strategies, Inc., is scheduled to contribute the final presentation of NetSpeed Learning's "Thought Leadership" series. Wilkinson is a Certified Master Facilitator™, author of multiple books on facilitation, and one of the nation's leaders in the facilitation industry.


Cynthia Clay to Present "The Virtual Facilitator" Workshop to ASTD - Los Angeles

Los Angeles, CA October 13, 2012 -- Cynthia Clay, author of Great Webinars: How to Create Interactive Learning that is Captivating, Informative and Fun, will appear in person on Friday, October 19, 2012 to present a workshop for the Los Angeles chapter of ASTD (American Society for Training and Development) on creating a robust, collaborative environment that delivers a compelling learning opportunity in the virtual classroom.


Local author explains workplace relationships

Edmonds Beacon, September 6, 2012 — Ray Olitt of Edmonds has written a powerful book on transforming workplace relationships. The book, "Peer Power," by Olitt and co-author Cynthia Clay, can help make what they describe as "the most challenging part of any job" -- working with other people -- less daunting. The book explains how and why dysfunctional behavior in the workplace is expressed by manipulators, whiners, attackers and bullies, and how to deal with them.


NetSpeed Learning Releases eBook on Transitioning to the Virtual Classroom

Seattle, WA September 20, 2012 — NetSpeed Learning Solutions has released their first eBook, titled From Chalkboard to Keyboard: Transitioning to the Virtual Classroom. The eBook contains techniques that NetSpeed's instructional design team has learned in developing their own content for webinar deliver, and which they offer in courses in virtual facilitation to trainers making the transition from the face-to-face classroom to the virtual classroom.


NetSpeed Learning Welcomes Beverly Kaye to Thought Leadership Series

Seattle, WA WA August 31, 2012 — NetSpeed Learning Solutions has announced topic and speaker for the fourth presentation in their 2012 Thought Leadership Webinar Series. Beverly Kaye, Founder and Co-CEO, Career Systems International, will present "Help Them Grow or Watch Them Go: Career Conversations Employees Want". The talk will "shed a much-needed light on specifically what leaders can do -- within the time-starved, priority-rich, pressure-cooker environment in which they operate -- to support employees' career development," according to Kaye.


Demand Strong for Classroom-to-Virtual Instructional Design Skills

Seattle, WA May 31, 2012 — As more and more training content moves from the face-to-face classroom to online delivery, demand is on the rise within the training industry for skills in successfully repurposing content for the virtual environment. The demand was highlighted earlier this month when Cynthia Clay, CEO of NetSpeed Learning Solutions, presented a concurrent session titled "Crossing the Chasm to Valuable, Engaging Virtual Facilitation" at the ASTD International Conference and Exhibition on May 7, 2012 in Denver, Colorado.


NetSpeed Learning Partners with Herrmann International on Thought Leadership Webinar Presentation

Ann Herrmann-Nehdi, CEO, Herrmann International is scheduled to offer Getting More Done With Less: Four Steps to Leadership Agility as the second webinar in NetSpeed Learning Solutions' Thought Leadership series. Herrmann-Nehdi's presentation will focus on expanding your brain power to better "see around corners" and better manage increasingly complex operational issues while keeping a visionary eye toward the future.


NetSpeed Learning's Peer Power Featured in ISA Talent Development Book

ISA, the Association of Learning Providers, has published the book titled Developing Talent for Organizational Results: Training Tools From the Best in the Field. The book includes a chapter written by Cynthia Clay, President of NetSpeed Learning Solutions, entitled "Reclaiming Your Peer Power," which provides practical tools to improve your interpersonal communication effectiveness and avoid common mistakes in your relationships with people at work.


Pfeiffer Republishes "Great Webinars"

Cynthia Clay's book, Great Webinars: How to create interactive learning that is captivating, informative and fun, has been republished by Pfeiffer, a publishing house that specializes in professional development topics. The Pfeiffer edition was released on February 28, 2012.

Jossey-Bass Acquires "Peer Power"

Jossey-Bass, an imprint of John Wiley & Sons specializing in personal and professional development, has republished the book Peer Power: Transforming Workplace Relationships by Cynthia Clay and Ray Olitt.

Cynthia Clay honored as Women’s Business Exchange Member of the Year

On December 8, 2011, Cynthia Clay was awarded the WBE Member of the Year award, in recognition of her service to this non-profit organization. In the past, Cynthia has held the roles of President and Chair of the Board for WBE and is currently serving as the Board Advisor. NetSpeed Learning Solutions has been a Gold Sponsor of WBE for several years.

WBE helps business women and men achieve business and personal growth through networking, professional education, leadership training, mentoring and exposure to community issues, business trends and vital business concerns.

Training Industry Quarterly

Cynthia Clay's article Making Sense of the New Blend was recently published in the Spring 2010 issue of Training Industry Quarterly.

Cynthia Clay Honored at the 2010 ISA (Association of Learning Providers) Annual Business Retreat

In March 20ISA Award winners10, at the Annual Business Retreat for ISA, Cynthia Clay, President of NetSpeed Learning Solutions, won top honors as Outstanding Contributor of the Year for ISA. ISA (The Association of Learning Providers) is an industry organization composed of senior level executives in the learning and development field. Ms. Clay was honored by the association for her contributions in support of the organization’s learning and development programs. She currently serves on ISA’s Virtual Programming Committee to enhance the virtual learning programs offered to their members. NetSpeed Learning Solutions hosted and produced five ISA webinars in the past year that were highly rated by ISA members and donated NetSpeed Fast Tracks for ISA’s internal use.

Ms. Clay is the author of Great Webinars: how to create interactive learning that is captivating, informative and fun. As a leader in the community she is actively involved in several professional associations including ISA, the American Society for Training & Development, Women Presidents Organization, Transition US, and Women’s Business Exchange.

For more information about ISA, visit

 ISA 2010 winners pictured from left to right: Jim Kouzes (co-author of The Leadership Challenge), Tom Dungan (CEO of Management Concepts), Cynthia Clay (President, NetSpeed Learning Solutions), and Joe Trueblood (CEO, Amplify)


The Virtual Facilitator

As web conferencing is increasingly being used by organizations to meet the learning needs of remote or dispersed employees, you may be called up to facilitate a virtual classroom. If you want to capture learners' attention, engage their minds, and encourage behavior change, you must do more than display a slick slide presentation.

Published on ASTD Learning Circuits

What Stinks About Webinars?

"Webinars are offered by people for people... They ... were eager to applaud Cynthia Clay, president of Netspeed Learning Solutions. Cunningham reported, 'Clay had a great Web presence; even with audio difficulties, she never lost a step. She had an energy that vibrated throughout the webinar. She was as excited at the beginning as she was at the end. Clay assured participation by providing a prize at the end for a lucky individual pulled from a list of those who were first to volunteer answers and questions."

Published on the Chief Learning Officer website as well as in the printed magazine – August 2008.

GAO Awards Five-Year Contract to NetSpeed Leadership for Training Workshops

NetSpeed Learning Solutions announced that it has been awarded a five-year contract to provide a series of workshops on various leadership and organizational development topics to the United States Government Accountability Office (GAO). The contract, involving its NetSpeed Leadership program, also includes the training of internal trainers within GAO.

Published on Chief Learning Officer, March 2008.

Avatars - Beyond Virtual Reality

Avatars most frequently are used in virtual worlds such as Second Life, but they also can be used to "people" technology such as Seattle-based NetSpeed Leadership's virtual platform that uses avatars to support podcasts about workplace issues... Clay and consultant partner Dan Kennedy both have avatars that speak during NetSpeed’s podcasts. "Their purpose is to make the podspot a bit more attention getting, since many of us need that visual stimulation," says Clay.

Published on Training Magazine, September 19, 2007.