No one we know of has developed as many effective professional-development programs as John; two-day, full-day, and half-day seminars; the highly acclaimed, “we-bring-it-to-you” BackYard Seminar series; the extraordinary Fundamentals of Professional Practice (FOPP) program, with more than 2,000 alumni; the ground-breaking, eBrownbag video-seminar series, teaching through “edutainment” wherever and whenever you want; an amazingly diverse series of “ready-when-you-are” archived webinars; and audio and audio/video programming. Need something unique, specific to your own firm, personnel, and concerns? Just call. John has created and led dozens of programs just like that.
Fundamentals of Professional Practice
No other program comes even close to achieving what John gets done as the leader of FOPP, a six-month program designed for a firm’s rising stars; its future leaders. The program boasts more than 2,000 alumni, 100 or more of whom are today the CEOs of the firms that enrolled them 20 or more years ago. Six months of role-play-based distance learning – emphasizing business issues and writing – are complemented by a 2½-day, course-concluding in-person seminar best described by participants as “utterly amazing.” Learn more at the FOPP website.
John Bachner’s archived webinars are truly classics. Each lasts one hour. Each brings succinct guidance within a format laced with humor; what John calls “edutainment.” Just a few of the topics include “Dirty Words” (words engineering, environmental, and construction-quality professionals need to avoid and why); “Expectations Management”; “Gaining Referrals: Their Worth; Gaining More of Them”; “Limitation of Liability”; and “Profreading 101.”
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John named them “BackYard Seminars” because he puts them on in a firm’s back yard. Sponsor one just for your firm, or join with a few other firms, or have it done through a local ACEC, ASCE, or other organization’s section, chapter, or member organization. Titles are:
- Write Right, Upcoming
- Hassle-Free Selling for Project Managers,
- Professional Practice 101,
- Fundamentals of Field Representation, and
- Contract Fundamentals for Project Managers.
A Harvard English major with more than 50 years’ experience working with design and environmental professionals, among many others, John knows how to communicate and how his clients need to communicate to bring home more “bacon,” reduce exposure to liability, avoid ambiguity, and otherwise get one’s thoughts across effectively. John can come to your offices to deliver a seminar (“Write Right" is a popular favorite); he can review and critique reports, proposals, agreements, websites, minutes, notes, and whatever else you have in writing; he can provide writing-coach services to specific individuals; he can develop an in-house program specifically for your firm; and more.
Many firms have specific needs that John can address by developing all-new materials or by providing some new discussion along with materials he has developed before. What are your needs? Do “the troops” need to know more about specific aspects of loss prevention and risk management? Do you want John to develop a series of case histories based on your own firm’s experience? For many firms, the best solution is to have leaders meet with John, explain the problems they want solved, and then listen to the solutions John can take forward.
Manuals, Guides, And Similar Materials
More than 250 of John’s books, texts, manuals, and guides have been published. Among these are comprehensive works on topics like practice management (Practice Management for Design Professionals, published by John Wiley & Sons) and Marketing and Promotion for Design Professionals, published by Van Nostrand Reinhold Company); property management (The Guide to Practical Property Management, published by McGraw-Hill); professional-service agreements (John’s well-known Contract Reference Guide); alternative dispute resolution; construction quality assurance; energy management; electric illumination; limitation of liability; and so much more. Do you need something special for your firm or association? If John knows about it, he can write about it!