April has been another big month for us. We secured one of our favourite clients for years to come (see below), won another RFP with a big name university (will announce when we can) and have some other great opportunities which will hopefully come together soon.

All in a month’s work!

On top of all of that, we’ve been working hard at the project that we hinted at in the last newsletter.  So today, I’m pleased to announce CapySkills!

Whilst our bread and butter has been custom e-learning content development, we’re often getting enquiries about off-the-shelf soft skills content. We’re developing Capyskills as our answer to this demand, and we’re doing it in a unique way.

Firstly, modules will be developed using microlearning. That means that you can quickly do a 5 minute module whilst waiting for your Uber or in the queue at Starbucks. Secondly modules are built to be optimised for mobile first (but are still great on bigger screens), so they're ideal to take with you anywhere. Lastly, we’re developing them in both English and Arabic and ensuring that they are appropriate for our target market.

That’s why this newsletter is coming out a couple of days late, we wanted to make sure it was as ready as possible. You will see that it’s still a work in progress, but we wanted to get it out there to start getting feedback. So we’re pleased to announce that our newsletter subscribers are getting the first access to our Time Management modules on CapySkills.com.

You can sign up and take the three micromodules, and we would absolutely love your feedback! We want to make this the best content of its type available in the UAE and GCC, and you can help make that happen! The Arabic versions will be available in a few days time also.

So when you get a spare ten minutes, check out the brand new, slightly rough around the edges CapySkills.com - and let us know what you think!

Damian Hehir

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App of the Month - Brain.fm
Some might say I’m a little obsessed about my working environment. Making sure I have the right setup, sounds and even smells is important to me. Something I made a shift on recently was what I listen to.

Previously I was putting Baroque Classical music on in the background as I’d read in numerous blogs that it was effective in enhancing your concentration. I’m not sure how well it worked, but I stuck with it for quite some time. I then heard about Brain.fm from a few different sources.

Brain.fm is a web and mobile app that gives you a variety of sounds optimised for what you’re trying to do. Backed by research and using binaural beats to endeavour to get your mind in the correct state, there are a number of different options available. The primary ones are: Focus, Meditate, Sleep, Nap and Relax. I’ve used each of these and I feel the results are quite positive. It helps me stay on track and also block out any distractions.

Whilst I’m lucky not to work in a traditional office environment, I think that if you did you might get extra benefit. Disruptions have a huge negative impact on focused work, but by putting on some earphones (a good signal that you’re focusing!) and sticking on brain.fm - I think you could go a long way to addressing the issue.

You can get a free trial so why not give it a shot.  Let me know if it works as well for you as it has for me.
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