+ Jess = New Lotus Notes client training videos!


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Back in October, I was given the opportunity to create a training course for new users of the 8.5.3 Lotus Notes client for, the premiere software training and tutorials website. Together with the producers, we came out with a solid outline that every Notes user needs to know. The course is designed so that a user can sit down, and in 2.5 hours, know everything they need to know about the client to get started and be productive.

This training course is also great news for our Lotus community as a whole. Why? The course was created by request. There is a need. Enough users asked for it that sought authors to create it.

Last month, I was flown into their recording studios in Santa Barbara, CA, and spent a few days recording the videos, which was finally released on Friday. The entire process was wonderful and fun, thanks to the lovely folks at They are extremely good to their authors, and they are hard-working folks. I hope I can create more courses for them!

If you aren’t familiar with the training model, it’s wonderful. For $25/month, you have unlimited access to 78,000 software tutorials. Each course is broken into chapters with task-based videos that are at a maximum of 5-6 minutes each. This way, you have the ability to only view the videos you really need.

Soon, the videos will be released as a DVD which I’ll have a link to purchase. I will also have some to bring to the Lotusphere store next January. I will also soon have free 7-day trial access passes to, so if you aren’t a member, you can try it out.

In the meantime, here’s my course description:

Do you have IBM Lotus Notes installed on your computer but don’t know quite how to harness its productivity? In this course, author Jess Stratton teaches you to use the powerful business productivity tools in Lotus, including email, chat, calendars, and scheduling—all from the Notes interface. The course demonstrates how to send, write, and organize mail; work with calendars and to-dos; use Sametime instant messaging; and much more.
Topics include:
  • Reading mail
  • Searching and organizing mail
  • Formatting messages
  • Setting up an out-of-office reply
  • Adding contacts
  • Creating meetings, appointments, and reminders
  • Adding a Google calendar to Lotus
  • Adding a widget to the sidebar
  • Using Sametime chat
  • Opening Lotus Notes applications
  • Working offline

You can access the course via my landing page at I encourage any new user of Lotus Notes to check it out!


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