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Self-study course

The Self-Study course contains a little more content than the webinar version, since there are no live discussions, and the instructor provides highlights from past live discussions.  The course consists of the 2 hour video accessed via Vimeo for 60 days and the course material. The cost is $85 Canadian plus applicable taxes (charged to Canadian customers only).  To purchase access to this material consisting of the video on Vimeo and the course material via PDF,  click here It is 40% cheaper with our Passport. For international customers, approximately one US dollar will purchase $1.20 Canadian on a credit card.


There is an optional quiz for accountants whose body requires one to obtain verifiable or structured CPD hours.   If you have any questions, please email 

Up-coming live sessions

Practical Work Smarts for All, Oct 30, 2024 with GTAA

Click on the link above for more information. 

Practical Work Smarts for All

This different two hour course provides participants with a wide range of useful tips, tricks and smarts to deal with the daily work challenges in any kind of organization.  They are illustrated with specific examples and stories obtained from real life experience.  

This session was created and is presented by a veteran CFO Stephen Priddle who has created courses that nearly 28,000 accountants have attended and are known for practicality, examples, and humour, who is prolific writer of published cases.   

Since 95% of the course content applies outside Canada, it is of interest to accountants from anywhere in the world.


What you’ll learn

  • Really seeing the big picture when others are only seeing the small picture

  • Supervising, managing and hiring specialists in a field, when you are not

  • Coping with the difficult boss or stubborn owner

  • Tips on treating employees right

  • Cutting through to the main issue

  • A teaching style to help your staff to grow

  • Asking the tough questions that no one asks – the elephant in the room

  • Creating policies without bureaucracy

  • Getting more out of meetings

  • Dealing with pressure and deadlines

  • Leveraging your time to get more things done

  • And more…


Who will benefit


The webinar is of interest to CPAs, business executives and managers and other employees in all kinds of organization.

Past feedback


  • Thank you for the self-study video course Practical Work Smarts for All which I enjoyed very much, and which met my expectations.

  • I appreciated that the course really was designed for 'all', and not just CPAs. Your presentation style is refreshingly accessible, and the ideas were thought-provoking. I hesitate to give it a rating as I can't really compare it to other similar courses. 

  • Favourite and most helpful topics: meetings and prioritization

  • The webcast was interesting, instructor keeps it light hearted by putting jokes throughout.

  • Liked the humor throughout the webcast.

  • Especially the consultant at the end, that is the ultimate double speak I ever heard.

  • An interesting webcast.

  • Appreciated the comments about letters of recognition or the boss hosting their employees at his/her house.  I think that goes along way with building a rapport with your staff and speaks to your leadership style.

  • Thanks for the course! I just finished watching the video. 

  • I enjoyed the course. Thank you for taking the time to share your experience and give actual examples! I can relate to them. I will definitely apply lots of them. 

  • Interesting subjects, all make sense, I see some suggestions already applied on my company.  Will be interesting to discuss with my colleagues

  • What I liked: Getting more out of meetings – more specifically the productivity ratio (1/n2) and the parking lot suggestion. I’d also like to try ____when there is a meeting conflict.

  • I have viewed the course and it was excellent.

  • You are a great leader in CPA world…thank you again

  • For people who always read a lot, self-study self learning self growing, the content is a bit less challenging and interesting.

  • I found the meeting tips and procrastination interesting

  • I truly enjoyed the elephant in the room, the examples were perfect.

  • I just completed your course and enjoyed it as much as the others I have taken with you over the last few years.

  • I found a many tips to be useful (e.g. creation of policies, writing concisely, procrastination, admitting wrong and making people feel you have time for them

  • Was very interesting the section on consultants - I could totally relate from previous experience.

  • I sure love the practical aspect of your courses. I attended two of your Practical Tips courses in person and I enjoyed those so was happy to see that this virtual one was one of yours.

  • That ___letter was such a riot! 

  • I really personally identify with the style and approaches you suggest throughout the course

  • I find sharing your personal experience exemplary; keep it up.

  • Hope I can take some more of your courses in the future.

  • Your animated presentation skills kept the info in my head.

  • I do want to say that I really enjoyed taking this webinar and appreciated all the real-life examples you have included in the course.

  • I really enjoyed the course; especially the section about the Elephant in the Room.

  • right now. An update might be having lunch delivered to them? 

  • This was very interesting, and I got to put a few key post-it around my monitor! 


  • It was really fantastic and a valuable addition to my knowledge base

  • I find that I can remember what you talked about long after the course because of the stories and how the session flows.  Great job and thanks again!

  • It is a practical way to add value to my knowledge base to confront practical scenarios in real life situations

  • (Discussion of) time management, prioritization and good communication skills were most useful

  • You are excellent and lots of funs you put in

  • Interesting as always

  • Time management tips are always useful!

  • Good information in all topics – well done!

  • The section on policies and the creative ideas around recognizing staff were useful

  • Elephant in the room is probably a good topic. 

  • It was a pleasure to attend your seminar today!  Thanks very much for sharing your wisdom

  • Overall I found it was a super useful seminar with lots of great tidbits of information and practical tips that I will definitely be incorporating into my work and home life as well

  • I found the information on managing meetings very useful.

  • I love the anecdotes mixed in with information.  And the jokes. 

  • I really appreciated you sharing personal information about how you manage your time.  That was meaningful to me. 

  • Many thanks for facilitating the course.  Inspiring to take two hours and really think about practical tips to help navigate the business world and manage yourself and others (both upward and downward)

  • I found it was all useful for me

  • This was wonderful!

  • Appreciated the anticdotes and personal stories.  

  • Use of the chat function also made the course engaging.  Much more difficult to interact with people on a webinar compared to a live presentation and you managed to keep my attention!

  • The slide that noted productivity is correlated to the square of the number of participants is entirely true.  This was one of the most insightful parts of the presentation for me.

  • Thank you Steve, this is really a value

  • This was awesome

  • Very helpful!!

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