Cisco Tips & Tricks

June 26, 2009

Narbik on Steroids

Filed under: ccie — ciscotips @ 2:56 pm

Interview by Emmanuel Conde aka CCIE Agent with Narbik Kocharians

*The whole world is going nuts and the best way to distinguish yourself from
the herd during this crazy time is by raising the bar on your own
accomplishments every day.  I do it and it keeps me fresh and in demand as
the CCIE Agentb “.  Those around me that I associate professionally with do
too, like M and Jack Taylor my team.  We hustle every day and try to take
care of our network of clients and CCIEs as we navigate the muck and mire.

*Training material for CCIEs is another area of distinction for some
authors.  I have personally seen some very good ones out there and
distinguishing themselves becomes difficult for some of the authors.  CCIE
training material is written and published all the time by various sources
and authors.  I have heard of some plagiarized products out there from
several of my network members.  I speak with one author regularly, Narbik
who recently called while I was in Jamaica (did you know only one CCIE lives
in Jamaica?) talking to him about his new 2.0 Boot Camp.  I get excited
about CCIE stuff so I was excited to help spread the word about this news.*

*So when I landed back in the states I called Narbik back and asked him to
answer a few questions about his latest work and activities on behalf of
CCIEs around the world.  What follows is my best effort to capture that

*Q: Narbik why do I go on vacation to get away from work just to end up
taking your calls?  Is it the love of what we do or are we both nuts?*

*A: Eman I think we are both nuts driven by a passion that is based upon our
love of helping others.  What we do is not all for money we both spend so
much time helping others and we are lucky we get paid for what we do and
love.  Vacation is for people who are stressed out every day and need a
break.  We are kindred spirits in that way and we donb t need a relief from
stress, just more time with family that is less interrupted!  I know you
took my call because it was me.  How many calls did you not take?*

*Q: Narbik I am asking the questions here.  Yes I took your call because it
was you but I also took a few others.  I actually added two new clients
while on vacation since they called out of the blue and rekindled an old
relationship with another channel partner.  The call from Dubai was a good
one since some of my CCIE network will have a chance there to get submitted
for new roles.  But in all I did avoid a few callers and M was instrumental
in keeping everyone happy for me.*

*Tell me whatb s new with you?  I know you have been working on new training
materials and had a few calls with Cisco lately.*

*A: *As of Aug, who ever attends my book camp, they will get b *THE BEST OF
THE BEST*b  the reason I call it the best of the best is because the
get my ALL NEW 2.0 boot camp which is by far the best, and they also get
another best which is Ciscob s CCIE training called b The 360 programb .

Q: Whoa!  You are now offering the 360b 0 Learning Program?

A: Only select Cisco Learning Partners are invited to deliver the Cisco 360
Learning Program, and I am proud to be a company that is recognized by
Cisco. BTW, I am also a Master instructor.

Q: How did you come to the conclusion that combining your efforts with Cisco
was a good idea?

A: I have been thinking about this for the longest time and I had to come up
with a program that best serves *MY* students, a program that provides a
passing rate of 80 percent, and I mean that, therefore, I wrote the all new
foundation called b Foundation 2.0b , b Advanced CCIE R&S 2.0b  and b The
Boot Camp 2.0b . We are also coming up with an b Advanced Troubleshooting
which is 10 rigorous Mock labs, basically you load the initial configuration
file and start going from task to task and resolve one problem after
another, you see I never cared for 8 hour mock labs, NEVER, but this is very
interesting and actually teaches the students to troubleshoot one task after
another, and let me tell you, they are pretty tough, as a matter of fact
very tough BUT RELEVENT.

Q: With all this did you feel you would be diluting your offerings?

A: The last thing that I wanted to add to this program was another program,
and who better than CISCO or I should say who better than Bruce and Valb s

Q: Do you think this separates you from your competitors?

A: I donb t have to brag about our boot camps, but if you thought the old
boot camp was great, you have not seen anything yet. Come and see the
difference in philosophy.  This program is what I had BUT on Steroids.  I
honestly believe that this is by far the BEST of the BEST.

Q: Ok.  You are getting all worked up again and I canb t keep up.  Give me a
real run down.

A: Some of the new offerings are as follows:

  – Ciers-1 PLUS my 2.0 boot camp:

               This providers 60 percent lecture and 40 percent hands on.

  – Ciers-2 PLUS my 2.0 boot camp material.

               This provides 5 days of intense MOCK labs + lectures.

  – Once again, my retake policy is still in place, you can retake any one
  of these classes *any number of times*. As a matter of fact, I RECOMMEND


  – Micronics has a total of 24 R&S racks and these racks can be rented by
  our students for a price of $450 per month.


  – Soup-to-Nuts on special for $50


  – The new b Advanced CCIE R&S 2.0b  for $395.


Q: Will this affect your delivery?  I mean come on, the colored markers and
white boards are a hallmark of your teaching style.

A: I will NEVER change the style of teaching, because if I do, I will be
another vendor offering boot camps. When I tell everyone that my philosophy
is different, some vendors get upset but, heyb& my philosophy is different,
my philosophy is to b TEACHb  and NOT b LECTUREb .  I have combined the
courses so my students get the BEST, I have added another 5 hours to my
lectures, and if you have been to any of my boot camps you know that I DO
NOT COVER FAT, I cover the MEAT of the subject.

Always remember it is NOT the company that the students should look for,
itb s the instructor, I do not care if the company has been around since
Rocky Marciano days, the company is NOT the one teaching the class, itb s
instructor. In real estate there is a saying and I quote b *Location,
Location, Location*b , in CCIE or any training for that matter, the saying
b *Instructor, Instructor, Instructor*b .



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