Oilpro Review of Our Intermediate Oil and Gas Course by Jeff Reed
Here's How To Present An O&G Overview - 5 Takeaways From "Intermediate Oil & Gas"
My colleague LeAnna Batts and I recently participated in a two-day oil and gas industry overview course called, "Intermediate Oil and Gas." Paul Parsons, Managing Director at Energy Training Resources, led us through the two-day session.
From industry structure to gas processing, and from development and production operations to drilling and completion, the industry overview presented was impressive, broad, and deep. A lot was accomplished in a very short time.
It was clear in the first two minutes of the course that 1) the presenter respected his audience; 2) was a true industry expert; 3) would maintain our interest; 4) was very well prepared; and 5) would convey knowledge that would be indispensable to us upon returning to Oilpro headquarters.
1. Respect The Audience
Paul Parsons' "Intermediate Oil & Gas" was worth it. Grounding this observation is that Parsons respected the intelligence of his audience, the industry acumen represented by the 9 attendees, and at no time tried to "get our attention" through hoaky "group exercises" or "icebreakers" that waste time and try to artificially create enthusiasm. (I've participated in those before...painfully tedious.)
Enthusiasm has to be genuine in order to be effective. Parsons told me during a break towards the end of the two-day session, "I love this stuff." I knew he did before he told me he did. It was apparent from the get-go.
2. Industry Expertise
Prior to founding Energy Training Resources, Parsons served a 24-year career with Occidental in a series of oil and gas finance-related positions at OXY. In addition to roles in international financial coordination, acquisitions and divestitures, project analysis and internal audit, Parsons was most recently divisional CFO for OXY's largest operation in the Permian Basin. Before that, he was divisional CFO for OXY's Netherlands operation.
Parsons frequently incorporated insights gained from the depth and breadth of his industry experience in the course. For example, two sections of the course were entitled "Oil and Gas World Overview," during which he shared insights from his experience in North Sea operations. In the "Drilling and Completion" section, Parsons shared his in-depth knowledge of the onshore e&p arena gleaned from his experience in the Permian.
3. Maintaining Interest
As part of the section of the course on drilling, we watched a video produced by Energy Training Resources called, "Oil and Gas Drilling: From Planning to Production," which is the most comprehensive oil and gas drilling video I have yet come across.
As my colleague Leanna put it, "The course was straight to the point. It tells you the information you need without boring you with information that you can't really use. Not once did I sit there and think 'dang this is a waste of my time, I could be doing blah blah right now.'"
4. Well Prepared
Parsons told me, for instance, that it took 18 months to produce the "Oil and Gas Drilling: From Planning to Production" video, and that "a lot" of planning went into designing the course. One of the aspects of the course that immediately caught my attention was the "neatness" of the presentation. The slides used in the presentation were compiled with attention to detail. If images were used from outside sources, proper attribution was given.
The videos and animations used aptly illustrated the concepts being discussed, and the in-class learning aids were sourced from a variety of areas of the O&G space.
5. Conveys Indispensable Knowledge
Ultimately, the effectiveness of a crash course can only be determined by its usefulness back in the work place. The binder containing the slides from "Intermediate Oil and Gas" is now one of Leanna and my key source documents here at Oilpro.
From geology to LNG, and from mineral rights and leasing to oil and gas measurement and transportation, "Intermediate Oil & Gas" equipped us with comprehensive knowledge that will be essential to our efforts to serve the O&G sector.
In short, it was quality time well spent. Leanna and I both highly recommend this course- or one of Energy Training Resources' other courses- to both new and current O&G professionals.
- Jeff Reed