Fred Vornbrock

Fred Vornbrock has more than 13 years in training and development.  He has conducted countless workshops and seminars  on  both technical and non-technical topics across the United States.  Attendees frequently rate his presentations as "the best of the conference" and "the most practical."  That's  because Fred has a knack for  zeroing in on what is really important and for using non-technical, jargon-free lingo.  Attendees also love Fred's handouts because they are jam-packed with current and relevant  data.  Fred published three web  guides, co-authored articles for the American Society for Training and Development, and served as a consultant for various states.  Fred is a member of the American  Society for Training and Development and earned a  master's degree in Organizational Communication from the University of Northern Colorado. 


1.  Title:  Distance Learning: An Evolving Paragon

    Alternative approaches to  teaching have  been around for years in the form of correspondence courses.  And yet, the use of distance learning is mushrooming from universities to corporate America.  What is distance learning and why  the dramatic  increase in its use?  This session answers these questions by defining the basics of distance learning supported by case studies and the current statistics.  The session ends with a  demonstration of  various distance learning courses.

2.  Title:  Web Based Training: An Introduction

    Many schools and businesses view the  Web as the medium of choice for delivering instructional materials to their students and customers.  Intended for the newcomer, this session introduces Web Based Training by reviewing the  fundamentals and by  conducting online demos of different courses.  It then identifies the critical issues that must be addressed to ensure a successful program.  It concludes with a humorous look at the  things that can and do  go wrong with this delivery method.

3.  Title:  Learning Technologies: An Introduction

    Technology has the potential to  fundamentally change the way we deliver education and training to students.  But is this a good thing?  What are these technologies and how well do they work?  This introductory session demonstrates  some of the various learning technologies in use today, examines their use in different organizations and effectiveness.  It concludes with guidance on how to maximize its use.

4.  Title: Business Writing for the Professional

    This 4-6 hour workshop is a review of  grammar, punctuation, style and other mechanics of writing.  It includes a discussion on the five steps of writing for the business community with a review of various samples.  There are  plenty of group  and team exercises to keep this session fun, yet educational.

5.  Title:  Finding the On-line Social Worker Resources You Need

    Ever frustrated because  you can't find  the on-line social worker resources you need?  You know they exist, but you don't know where to begin, and you dread the thought of doing a search just using "social worker."   Well, despair no longer,  because this session was designed for you!  Conducted on-line, the presenter will navigate you to the many excellent sites that exist for social workers.  Whether looking at the on-line history,  professional associations, to vendor sites, this session will cover them all and more!  And the best part is you will receive a handbook summarizing these sites, listservs, periodicals, and  more, so you can  take something back with you and immediately start using the Net to its fullest!

6.  Title:  Why You Need to Plan Your Migration to Distance Learning

    If you want your journey down the  distance learning road to be a success, you must have a map that describes where you are today and where you want to be tomorrow and why you believe distance learning will get you there.   Call it a strategic  plan, a roadmap, a vision for tomorrow, or whatever you want, but you need some type of plan outlining your thoughts.  It should define your view of distance learning and explain to the reader how migrating to  distance learning will address the deficiencies that exist in the current system.  And it should be written from a systems view.  This session reviews the need for such a plan.  It also describes the  critical sections to be included and offers web site addresses of existing plans that organizations can use as models.

7. Title:  The Yellow Pages of Web-Based Training: Making Sense of Commercial Products

    Web-based training (WBT) sounds  great,  but where do you start?  And how do you sort through all the various commercial products that are available on the market today?  If you have these and other questions about WBT, then plan on attending  this session.  Jam-packed with practical information, this session will review the pros and cons of synchronous versus asynchronous delivery of web courses.  It will then review the more popular software  solutions in general use today.  It concludes with some useful suggestions on how to evaluate these products.

8. Title:  Lifelong Learning: The Key to Remaining Competitive

    As we shift from a manufacturing-based  economy to an information and knowledge-based economy, so must our education system.  The model of completing formal schooling once in a lifetime is an archaic model.  An economy, which is based on a  constantly evolving commodity as information and knowledge, demands an educational system that can keep up with change.  Learn why lifelong learning is vital to remain competitive and lean  various strategies  that will help maximize learning opportunities.

9. Title:  Computer Viruses—What You Don't Know Can Hurt You

    Computer viruses—and their hoaxes—can  and do cripple organizations.  Learn what they are, how they work, and what you can do to protect yourself and your organization from computer viruses.  The key solution to this problem is an  informed and  savvy user. Learn how to become one.

10. Title:   The Secrets of Creating Interactive Presentations

     They say the fear of  speaking in  public is second only to the fear of death. Yet, oral communication is critical to the success of any major endeavor.  So what are the secrets of a dynamic speaker?  Preparation, humor, interaction and  confidence.  This session will unveil each of these secrets, describe what they require, and provide practical tips on how to make presentations interactive.

11. Title:  Strategies for Using the Web Efficiently

    Intended to be conducted in a PC lab  with Internet connection, this session begins by reviewing some of the basics on surfing the Internet.  It then jumps to having the students download various types of files such a video or audio  streaming.  Next, basic and advance Internet searching strategies are reviewed.  Each student receives a 20+-page handout of useful Web sites covering a wide range of topics.  This workshop has been  exceptionally well received because of its practicality and lack of computer jargon.

Recent Presentations:

  • The Secrets of Creating Interactive Presentations, the 2000 Alabama Conference of Social Workers, April, 2000
  • Finding the Social Work Online Sites You Need, the 2000 Alabama Conference of Social Workers, April, 2000
  • Business Writing for the Professional, given to the Birmingham, Mobile and Montgomery offices of the Alabama Department of Transportation, March 2000
  • Strategies for Using the Web Efficiently, Montgomery Area Council on Aging, February and March 2000
  • Evaluating Online Software, a 3-hr workshop to the annual conference of CAPE, a consortium of universities and colleges in Pennsylvania and surrounding states, via video conference, October 1999
  • The Case for Lifelong Learning, Montgomery Optimist Club, September 1999
  • Expanding Distance Education Programs at the University: A Strategy for Success, Jacksonville State University to the university president and his deans, August 1999
  • Introduction to the World Wide Web, Montgomery InterAgency Council, July 1999
  • The Case for Lifelong Learning, Montgomery Exchange Club, July 1999
  • A Hands-on Introduction to Learning Technologies, Greater Birmingham Chapter ASTD, May 1999
  • Creating Web Sites for Your Organization, Presidents' Council of Montgomery "How To" Workshop, September 1998
  • Lessons Civilians Can Learn from Air Force Distance Learning Program:  The Good, the Bad and the Ugly, University of Wisconsin-Madison 14th Annual Distance Learning Conference, August 1998
  • Why You Need to Plan Your Migration to Distance Learning, Army Reserve DL Symposium, August 1998
  • Learning Technologies: An Introduction, Tuscaloosa Exchange Club, June 1998
  • Web-Based Training: An Introduction, American Academy of Certified Public Managers National Convention, April 1998
  • Distance Learning-101: An Introduction, American Academy of Certified Public Managers National Convention, April 1998
  • Finding the DL Online Resources You Need, IDLCON 98/TeleGov III, April 1998
  • Finding the Social Work Online Resources You Need, Alabama Conference of Social Work, April 1998
  • Finding the DL Online Resources You Need, Government Learning Technology Symposium, January 1998, via live satellite broadcast
  • Use of Technology to Facilitate Learning, Army Management Staff College, January 1998, via VTC
  • Distance Learning-101:An Introduction, Mississippi Regional ASTD Conference, September 1997
  • Finding the DL Online Resources You Need, SALT 97, August 1997

Possible Programs:

  • - Fundamentals of Serving Meals: Mastering the Basics
  • - Making Meetings Worth the Cost
  • - Business Etiquette
  • - Facilitation Skills for the 21st Century Professional
  • - Sharpening Your Memory
  • - Introducing the Workplace (Geared towards employees new to the workforce or those re-entering)
  • - Empathetic Listening: How to Empower Your Customer Service Reps
  • - Conquering the Telephone: Tips for Customer Service Reps
  • - Change Management
  • - Organizing Your Life: How Organizational Skills Can Transform Your Life
  • - Maximizing Your Company's Investment in You: How to Get the Most Out of Workshops
  • - Goal Setting


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