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Online training: Real Forecasting for Professional Analysts

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Online training: Real Forecasting for Professional Analysts

Time: March 4, 2010 from 1pm to 2:30pm
Location: Online
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Phone: 877.431.6565
Event Type: online, training
Organized By: Terry Green
Latest Activity: Mar 3, 2010

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If you want to succeed in the future, you must use forecasts. If you want to improve your chances of success, make sure you and your analysts are using Real Forecasting.

Having trained thousands of executives in the art of foresight, Competitive Futures knows that now, more than ever, we need a clear view of the events coming in weeks, months and year, or we risk making decisions on faulty assumptions. What passes for business media is scarcely a help in this area. If you listen uncritically to the forecasts offered up in most channels, you have to base your view of the future on:

* Sunny economic forecasts based on stock speculation instead of shrinking incomes and unemployment
* Chairmen of the Federal Reserve forecasting the rise housing prices just before the detonation of the entire economy under the weight of fake mortage-backed securities
* The US Government predicting world oil supply as stable or steadily growing while key oil fields go extinct and China and India put millions of cars on the road
* Healthcare debates that appear to ignore the impact of the Boomer retirement, shifts in employment contracts

If you are a professional analyst, we want you to be able to:

* Know good forecasts from bad
* Identify who can you trust in a world without defined authority figures
* Make critical decisions based on the best information

Our short course entitled Real Forecasting for Professional Analysts is perfect for busy analysts and managers who want a professional-level refresher course in the evaluation of forecasts. Our course, featuring 60 minutes of content and 30 minutes of Q&A, will show you how to:

* Find the right sources
* Identify what type of forecast is on offer
* Explore the assumptions of the author
* Pick out the trends used to make the forecast
* Identify implications of the forecast
* Assess the probability of the future described
* Communicate this infomation to other people

At the end of the day, we want our clients to be ready to evaluate forecasts, understand who is writing them, ascertain their assumptions and know what it all means so they can better plan for the future.

This course will be delivered electronically, and will allow for group interaction.

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Comment by Eric Garland on March 3, 2010 at 2:39pm


Friends don't let friends use meaningless forecasts.

That's our theme for 2010, and we want to tell you about it tomorrow at lunch.

We lost our minds as we worked on forecasts about global economics, the retirement of the Boomers and their easily-predictable reduction in consumer spending, the inevitable repercussions of a perverse housing bubble, dwindling water supplies, etc- only to watch talking heads and leaders get on television to tell our clients from a position of authority that everything would keeping climbing on a nice, even slope upward.

We can't let these lazy, assumption-filled forecasts float around without scrutiny any longer. Because we are professional analysts, and we think deeper about the trends and forecasts we read.

If you are on this list, chances are you are a professional analyst, too - or want to think like one.

Let us share some of these skills with you tomorrow and a get a FREE eBook on forecasting in PDF form for your future reference.

We look forward to our dialogue with you tomorrow.
Comment by Terry Green on February 19, 2010 at 8:58am
Hello everybody, a few points of housekeeping

1. The start time is Eastern Standard Time, GMT -0500, Washington DC, which should hopefully catch the west coast and Europe

2. We will announce the technological platform to be used once final numbers are in

3. Remember, the official sign-up page is at

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