Tip #203: Break-Time Boogie

There is a very cute timer animation called Break-Time Boogie that I use in my programs. With music and animation, it adds characters as the minutes count down- either for 10 or 15 minutes. It is fun, the music is upbeat, and it beats the monotony of a countdown clock or timer projected on the screen.

Kathy Fraser attended a train-the-trainer program I facilitated in New York City before Christmas and was interested in getting a copy for her company. I told her I had purchased it from Trainer’s Warehouse. On January 2nd, she discovered that it was no longer available and contacted me to see whether there was another place that sold it. I contacted a Trainer’s Warehouse representative, Lonnie, who gave me the sad news that it was a program they had produced in-house but discontinued. Apparently, focus group feedback had indicated it was too unsophisticated and limited.

I explained that I train new trainers every month around the country who would love to use the program and would not be disappointed with its limitations. I also told the representative that there were no other timer animations available right now to my knowledge, after a lengthy Google search- and that Trainer’s Warehouse was missing a huge and eager market for the program.

Well, on January 3rd, Lonnie called me back to say they had reconsidered their decision to stop producing the program- and it was entirely possible that they might reintroduce it very soon. How’s THAT for listening to customers???!!

This message came on January 17th:

“Hey Deb,

I thought I’d let you know that I emailed Trainer’s Warehouse yesterday and asked them about Break-Time Boogie. I received a reply today from Joyce that it will be definitely coming back. It will be available in about two weeks, sell for $10 and the code will be SOBGY. Pass on the good news!


Thanks, Kathy!

So, I am now officially passing on the good news: a fun countdown animation program available in both PC and Mac-compatible versions- at an amazingly low price!

Here’s to Trainer’s Warehouse, for their wonderful, prompt and positive response to customer feedback!

Now, please show them I was right about there being a market for the product and go get one for yourself!!!  The website is <http://www.trainerswarehouse.com/>. [Disclaimer: Please note that I am not connected in any way with Trainer’s Warehouse, nor do I benefit from any purchases on the site.]

And if you know of any other countdown animation programs, please let us know!!

Related Posts

Manage Your Holiday Stress Before It Manages You!

Saturday, December 10th from 11 AM to 2:30 PM CST

Over the river to grandmother’s house- we have an idea in our mind about how the holiday should be. But planning, shopping, baking, wrapping gifts, and preparing the house all take a toll. It’s easy to become anxious, worried about creating a perfect, memorable holiday. It doesn’t matter if it’s Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, or some other winter holiday. There are traditions to keep, favorite foods to prepare, and decorations to put up. It’s exhausting.

Then there’s the actual day. You will want everyone to feel happy and get along, but you know that the stress of the day can easily result in overexcited and grumpy grandchildren and irritable adult children. You imagine that all the time and effort you put into creating a lovely day could end up being wasted and unappreciated.

Holidays are supposed to be a joyful time. Let us help you get clear about what is not worth worrying about- and give you practical coping strategies that will help you stay calm when things don’t go the way you want them to go.

Join us for this highly interactive half-day virtual workshop on how to Manage Your Holiday Stress Before It Manages You on Saturday, December 10th from 11 AM to 2:30 PM CST. Your investment is $120. We guarantee that you will have a much less stressful holiday.

It doesn’t have to be difficult to Deal with Difficult People.

In this course you will define the behavioral characteristics and underlying needs of difficult people, assess situations in which you effectively handled a difficult person, review five steps for handling difficult people Laurel & Associates now offers courses through Teachable. Learn at your own pace.
Popular Post

Share This Post