I just finished your Drupal 7 Essential Training on lynda.com. It was very informative. I also bought your Drupal 7: Visual QuickStart Guide book from Amazon. I'm about half-way through it. I know there is overlap in the information, but I find that watching the videos and reading the book helps it stick. I have a MODX and WP background, so your training really helped me with absorbing Drupal. Thank you.
Tom, I sent the video [about my work] around to my colleagues, and they all agree that it was extremely well-done. Very professional, making the point without over-hyping, and with informative content.
A column for Volume 4, Issue 1 of "Drupal Watchdog", the print magazine distributed at the semi-annual DrupalCon. It discusses the importance of an "easy entry" to technology, and the struggles Drupal has experienced in that regard.
I can't say enough how impressed I am with your and the other lynda.com tutorials that I have watched. I am a former math teacher, so I'm a pretty tough critic when it comes to teaching techniques. I have recommended the course to others in our company who are using it too.