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Geoff Evelyn may not be an offi cial SharePoint trainer, but there’s very little he doesn’t know about Microsoft’s


collaboration tool. And if he doesn’t have the answers to hand, he’s pretty sure he knows how to fi nd them. In this article he tackles the ‘T’ word – training.


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ust in case you’ve never considered how or why you’ve ever learned anything – from being able to read this article to driving a car – let’s go back to basics.


If you view learning primarily as a ‘damage limitation’


process whilst trying to acquire competency in SharePoint, the following series of stages can generally be applied:


Stage 1: Unconscious incompetence – Making large amounts of mistakes. Stage 2: Conscious incompetence – I see and admit to myself and others I’m making mistakes. Stage 3: Conscious competence – I am learning new concepts and skills, my error rate is decreasing (normally in a non-linear fashion). Stage 4: Unconscious competence – or ‘what was all the fuss about?’


When making mistakes is ‘mission critical’, meaning it could involve damage to your


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Tackling the word


‘T’


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