Truckers rate OOIDA webinar ‘topnotch’

| Monday, January 10, 2011

Truckers and business owners participating in OOIDA’s Business Education Series webinars are calling the program “topnotch.” Some even say the course is going to make the difference between “just getting by” and being successful in the field.

The webinar series provides practical knowledge of trucking-related topics in an easy-to-use format right on your computer. Webinar classes generally run “live” on Tuesday evenings at 7 p.m. Central, and each session is archived to be available to participants for up to a year.

“What I have learned from the OOIDA webinars will make the difference between me just getting by and being successful as an independent owner-operator,” said participant Victor Volpe. “These seemingly small details make a difference in allowing you to fulfill your ambitions, support your family and provide a worthwhile service to your customers.”

Volpe is participating in the advanced owner-operator webinar series. Three sessions in that series remain, with the next scheduled for Tuesday, Jan. 11. The first seven in that series are archived.

OOIDA has dates set for the next series, which is titled “Operating Under Your Own Authority.” Those 12 sessions begin Feb. 15 and will provide anything and everything related to authority, such as developing a business plan, drug testing requirements, medical insurance, insurance, permits and leasing, and more. Each session is taught by knowledgeable OOIDA professionals who do this for a living.

“That’s a unique quality of the webinars,” said OOIDA Corporate Trainer Tom Gann. “The people who do this every day are teaching the classes.”

Gann said participants also like the fact that they can take the classes on their own time and don’t have to be present in a class setting to get the information.

“It’s considerably cheaper for them,” Gann said.

To sign up for a webinar or a whole series, visit www.ooida.com and click on the “Business Webinars” icon on the right-hand side.

“If you want to better yourself, not having enough time is not a good excuse,” said Bill Esser, who has participated in online and in-class versions of OOIDA’s business courses.

“When I set it up, I couldn’t believe how easy it was,” he said. “You just click on the e-mail link, and it sets itself up.”

Participants are encouraged to ask questions that will be addressed at the end of each class session. That’s also where the archive can come in handy. Even if someone e-mails a question to OOIDA days or weeks after a particular class, OOIDA’s professionals will get them an answer right away.

“The personalized and very helpful attention the OOIDA webinar presenters gave my questions before, during and after the broadcast really impressed me,” said participant Margaret Walton. “I wasn’t expecting to get that kind of personal attention to my specific questions while participating in a computer-based class.”