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Questions To Ask Before Enrolling In A Real Estate Investment Education And/Or Coaching Program

If you are like me, then you have an interest in real estate investment and want to do the right thing by educating yourself so that you can obtain your first real estate investment cheque. I have spent thousands of dollars over the years trying to find the company that would help me accomplish this goal. So what did I do? I watched various infomercials on the television with amazing testimonials of real estate investment success. I quickly found that once I registered to attend, my information was sold to various marketing companies, and I was in receipt of invitations to other investment opportunities that I didn’t even know about. Okay. Now I have sifted through all the invitations and I am on my way to a one-day seminar.

For the most part, the information delivered is tantalizing and I am hungry for more knowledge and the opportunity to start working on my first deal. I also find that the information delivered in the one-day seminar is in bits – for a beginner investor, it is not enough material to be useful. But what do I hear? I now have to register for a weekend workshop to learn more. Full of excitement and determination, I pay the $1500 to $2500 cost for the workshop and off I go. Again, the information presented is titillating and at least one of the presented methods is immediately implementable. The other participants and I followed the instructions given, but no results – we could not find a property matching the given search criteria. Therefore, the audience was not taught what the next steps would have been had we done so. Still filled with hope, I took careful notes and listened intently for the remainder of the workshop. What’s this I hear? I can have advanced training if I want, a coach to work with me one-on-one, and the almost guarantee that I would make money at that level? What’s the cost? Oh, only between $10 000 to $100 000. This is where I hit the proverbial brick wall. Where was I to find all that money, and for some of the workshops, the money had to be paid the very weekend! The long and short of the model is this; one has to spend anywhere from $1500 to about $100 000 without even doing your first real estate deal! It didn’t make sense.

Wait a minute. I now found that most of the real estate investors, who were calling themselves and each other gurus, were doing a massive on-line marketing campaign during the market’s downturn, only this time downplaying the ‘guru’ title. They were all offering one-on-one coaching. Why? No one was attending the conventions and workshops as before. The personal coaching idea sounded good. I decided to check out a few of them and tried one of them. I tell you the truth, because I was a rookie, I didn’t know what to ask for or what to expect from this coaching. As you can imagine, I did not get my money’s worth. By the way, the coaching was through e-mail and sometimes instant messaging only, at a cost of USD $1000 per month. Now, I could have allowed all these disappointments to derail my vision and cause me to be bitter. I refuse. Instead, I decided to use the experience to help others in similar situations make better decisions, spend less, and actually make money in real estate investment.

The sum of it all is this: not having the right real estate investment education will cost you money and just as truly; obtaining the right real estate investment education will cost you money. However, obtaining the right education is an investment, not a liability. What should one look for in a real estate investment coach/coaching program? What questions should be asked? Here are a few to consider:

• Before any money exchange hands, an outline should be provided to the student to ensure that both parties/sides understand what will be offered.

• Costs should be clearly defined and explained.

• Discuss funding. Will the coach/organization provide funding for your real estate deals? If not, will the coach/organization provide you with information that will allow you to access funding? What type of funding can you expect? Will it be transactional funding, hard money, private money, other?

• Discuss if there will be or is there an option to partner on deals. Will the coach/organization put up the funding for the real estate deal while the student does the ‘ground’ work? If partnership is an option, discuss and agree on the split. Will it be a fifty-fifty split?

• Discuss availability of the coach: Does the student have telephone, e-mail, and/or text access? What response time might the student expect? Does the student have to pay the fees for services like Skype or is it included in the coaching fee?

• What are all the things included in the coaching fee?

• If the coach is not available, is there a mentor or someone else that will be available?

• Is this a stand-alone coach or is there a professional team available to the student? Is there a lawyer, accountant, contractor, et cetera that are a part of the team? If the coach is a one-man-band, then this might not be a good option for you.

• Is there creative financing for property acquisition?

• What are the payment options for the coaching costs? What are the financing terms?

• How will the education be delivered? Will it be delivered through webinars, CDs, mp3′s, other? For how long does the student have access to the education?

• How current are the strategies being taught? Is there proof?

• Relative to the cost, how long is the coaching? How many hours of one-on-one coaching?

• Will the student be provided with a virtual assistant?

• What peripheral costs are entailed in the program? For example, LLC, websites, 800 numbers, et cetera. What other additional costs might the student expect to pay/cover?

• What real estate investment qualifications does the coach have? If the coach is reticent to discuss this, then that might be a cue to not sign up with that particular coach/organization. Also, if the coach has a bad attitude, then you should reconsider using him/her.

• Research the coach on-line. Look at reviews. Check out Facebook, MySpace, YouTube, LinkedIn, et cetera. Also use these sources to review his/her profile. Hint: If the coach has less than five hundred contacts in their profile, then that could be proof of inexperience.

• What is the approximate turn-around time from the time the student signs up and follows all coaching instructions, to the time the student does his/her first deal?

• How many hours per day/week is the student required to invest?

• How are deals analyzed? Does the coach personally review them? How many exit strategies does the coach utilize per deal?

• What is the coach’s real estate investment specialty: wholesaling, fix and flip, buy and hold, et cetera?

• What real estate strategy are you expected to start with? Will this complement or go against your current financial situation?

• How much money is the student expected to have on hand to do his/her first real estate deal?

• If student does not make any money in say the first three months of the coaching, what is the next step? Will the current real estate investment strategy be changed or adjusted?

• What guarantees does the coach/organization provide?

• Is there a rescission period? What is it?

• Can the student do the coaching with his/her spouse or business partner at no additional cost?

With these points to consider, you should be well on your way to making the right decision as to your real estate investment education and coaching. I am sure that as you read through the points, they caused you to think of other questions that you might ask. Good.

All in all, I am very thankful that I have finally found an organization that is indeed the complete package for real estate investment education and coaching – and the price is right! Working with a team of experienced real estate investors does make a difference in performance and results! For more information please visit www.sell-buy-or-rent-to-own.com.

Massage Therapy Coursework and Training Programs

Massage therapy is used to promote a healthy body by improving muscle function. Professionals work with numerous clients to help relax their muscles and rehabilitate individuals from injuries. Massage therapy coursework and training programs are available through many holistic healing colleges that provide students with a focused curriculum based on professional training requirements.

Education will slightly vary depending on the college providing the program. This type of therapy uses pressure points and therapeutic techniques to promote healing in the body. Several modalities, or commonly called techniques, exist and programs may concentrate on different ones. Educational programs focus on several industry-related areas to help students succeed as massage therapists. Courses could include:

Anatomy
The anatomy of the human body is covered in detail to prepare students to understand how to properly administer different modalities. Students are required to memorize the muscles, understand their range of motion, and how they interact with the body.

Massage Therapy Practices
Specific techniques to protect and correctly use the body to conduct massage therapy are covered. This career requires professionals to stand for long periods of time and use their upper bodies to massage their clients. This type of course teaches students to protect their own bodies from unneeded stress and pain.

Pathology
Students examine various case studies and diseases to understand when massage therapy is not an appropriate form of treatment. This area of study teaches students to protect clients from bodily damage if another alternative medical practice would better suite their physical needs. The process of referring students to another health practitioner is also learned.

Business
Many students start their own businesses after graduation. In a business course students learn how to develop, manage, and budget. The goal is to teach students to efficiently maximize profits and work with clients professionally.

Training programs incorporate these types of courses and more. The most prevalent form of training is at the certificate level. Training lasts around six to nine months allowing students to gain the needed knowledge and hours required to obtain their licensure. The structure of the body is explored in regards to several techniques integrated into programs. Pain and muscle dysfunction is studied as students learn to approach treatment from a holistic healing standpoint. Programs provide students with the knowledge to use several techniques, which can include acupressure, Swedish, shiatsu, Russian, and trigger point therapy. A specialty can be entered when students continue education inside an advanced massage therapy certificate program.

Advanced programs allow students to take their overall knowledge of the field and apply it to a particular area of massage therapy. With an additional three to sixth months of training students will be able to work exclusively with different clients. For example, education can center on orthopedic massage therapy where students learn to work with athletes on injury prevention and rehabilitation. Body mechanics, therapeutics, and ethics are some general courses taken at this level.

Students can start learning about the industry by choosing an accredited program that matches their goals. Fully accredited programs are approved by agencies like the Commission on Massage Therapy Accreditation ( http://www.comta.org/ ) to offer a quality educational experience. Enter training and begin the process of becoming a massage therapist.

DISCLAIMER: Above is a GENERIC OUTLINE and may or may not depict precise methods, courses and/or focuses related to ANY ONE specific school(s) that may or may not be advertised on HolisticJunction.com.
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Licensed Practical Nurse Education – LPN Training and Exam

When considering whether or not to go to nursing school, a lot of people opt for the licensed practical nurse education instead of registered nurse programs. The reason for attending LPN school instead is because this program only lasts a year. Further, because you can get licensed in a year, you can go out and work quicker. A lot of LPNs do this and then go back to school later for their RN degree once they have some experience.

All 50 states and the District of Columbia require that a licensed practical nurse passes a license exam. This exam is called the NCLEX-PN. When they pass this, they are considered to have completed their licensed practical nurse education.

Most of the time a high school diploma or GED is required to get into the program. However, there are high schools that work with vocational training centers and a lot of the time these kids are taking the LPN training while they are still in high school.

LPN education can be obtained at local vocational centers and technical schools, or even at the local community colleges. Sometimes universities will offer the LPN diploma program, but usually they reserve their nursing programs for the RN degree.

When going through LPN training, students participate in classroom study with an instructor along with clinical practice in the hospitals or nursing homes in the area taking care of patients.

Their study includes anatomy and physiology, pediatrics, medical-surgical areas of nursing, and psychiatric nursing. Licensed practical nurse education also includes training in the administration of medications, nutrition and first aid.

In order to become licensed, a student first has to complete their LPN program. At that point they are allowed to sit for the NCLEX-PN. Passing this exam is required in order to practice as a Licensed Practical Nurse. There are four major categories of information covered on the NCLEX-PN. Further, this test can be as little as 85 questions or as many as 205. It depends on how many you get wrong as to how many questions are asked. The test can take as long as five hours as well.

Just because someone completes their licensed prcatical nurse education and passes the NCLEX-PN doesn’t mean they will be a great LPN. LPNs should also be caring people. They need to be emotionally stable because working with the injured and sick can be hard on them. Being observant and having great decision-making skills is very important in this position as are communication skills. They have to be able to explain to their patients how to care for themselves at home.

Louis Zhang, Licensedpracticalnursecourse dot com