Newsletter - October 2002

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A new look, a new direction!

It is amazing how committing to a deadline can galvanise you into action! We undertook to work on improving and reinforcing our branding in time for the Business to Business Expo in October (see events below). The website has been reconstructed, we have kept our green colour, we have added some yellow and an attractive new header for the name and logo. The graphic design and layout for the website were superbly done by Tesselated Technologies. The new business cards were a joint effort between Pee Cee's and Jon Lloyd Grafix.

Note that you can still reach the new website using the old URL, but we encourage you to update your address book or favourites with the new website address.

We have redefined ourselves as being in the business of LEARNING SOLUTIONS. Many of you will have known us as a training consultancy, and training is one of the learning solutions we can provide. But we don't believe it is always the answer. If you are looking for some new learning ideas, look at the article for this month. Defining and crystallising the strategic direction of the business has given us new zeal and enthusiasm for promoting the concept of ACTIVE LEARNING. A proactive attitude towards lifelong learning is our goal, but what we emphasise is the ACT in ACTIVE LEARNING. It is all about doing and performance.

How much could you increase productivity by promoting ACTIVE LEARNING in your business?

People news

Rob Gatt spent almost a month in September visiting the UK and Canada on an Emergency Services Foundation scholarship, researching the issue of volunteer competencies for emergency services agencies. The results of this research are aimed at improving the training and recognition of competencies of volunteers involved in emergency services volunteer work.


Events for this quarter (so far) include an expo and a presentation.

Business to Business Expo

The Business to Business Expo held on 16th October was sponsored by Maroondah City Council, Maroondah HomeBiz, Eastern Business Network (Swinburne TAFE) and the Victorian Government Department of Innovation, Industry and Regional Development's StreetLife Program.

The standard of the displays was exceptional and the level of attendance was impressive. The digital camera (kindly donated by Croydon Camera House) was won by Sue Potts of Sams Handcrafts and the winner of the trophy for best display was Big Brother Menís Hair.

Congratulations to the winners of the competition run jointly by Active Learning Partners and Write it riTe at the Expo. John McKenzie from PAYGE Pty Ltd and Matt Accadia from Paragon Financial Solutions have both won a free one-hour needs analysis for their business writing, editing and learning needs, as well as a Prenzel's schnapps mini-pack duo. We are sure that they will enjoy sampling two of New Zealand's finest schnapps, especially after a busy day at the office.

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ASTC presentation

The presentation for the Australian Society for Technical Communication was held on Thursday 3rd October. Bronwen Campbell spoke on "Working from home - are you a 'real' professional". The presentation was well received, with thoughtful and stimulating audience interaction on some of the issues and challenges facing the home-based professional. The article for this month's newsletter is an expansion of one of the issues raised in the presentation.

Notification of future events

If there are other events coming up, we will try to let you know by e-mail. Otherwise, check the news section of our website at


The article for this month is an expansion of one of the issues raised in the presentation to the Australian Society of Technical Communicators on the 3rd of October 2002. Click on the link below to access the article.

October 2002 Article - Learning and the home-based professional


Cooperate, collaborate, communicate

This section of the newsletter is devoted to promoting someone else's business. Our philosophy at Active Learning Partners is that by cooperating, collaborating and communicating with other people and with other businesses, we can add to their success and also to ours.

Our business for this newsletter is Write it riTe. Active Learning Partners has had the pleasure of working with Write it riTe and we are confident in recommending their services. You can view their website at or contact them on

Active Learning Partners collaborated with Write it riTe this month on a joint stand at the Business to Business Expo. As well as promoting the services of both businesses, Bronwen Campbell and Anthea Bibby were featured as the "Communicators", speakers available for presentations to businesses and industry associations. To view the topics and some information about the speakers, you can download the powerpoint presentation (downloadable full version - 225 kB or zipped version 153 kB).

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