Wish: Trainer/Workshop Leader Obstacle: Where to Start?

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Wish: Trainer/Workshop Leader Obstacle: Where to Start?

Postby JennKenn » Thu Sep 07, 2017 2:51 pm

Hello all...I'm new to the group. I've loved reading through the boards and found great inspiration from the Refuse to Choose book. Here's why I'm posting:

My Wish:
My big dream is to be a trainer (workshop leader) where I train groups of people either in corporate america or individuals. I'd love more than anything to be hired to travel around the world and train a group of people on a topic. I'm open to this being a job or my own training business.

My Obstacle:
I have a few training topics swirling around in my head (productivity, communication, goal-setting), but I don't know where to begin in terms of taking the first step towards being hired to train. As I'm writing this, I'm reminded of the first step flow chart that Barbara mentioned in her book!! I'm adding that to my To Do list for tomorrow so I can get some ideas flowing. :)

I know my question is sort of vague AND broad. But, if anyone here is a trainer/workshop leader, I'd love to hear your thoughts on how you got started! Thanks.

Excited to learn from everyone and hear about what you're doing in life.

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Re: Wish: Trainer/Workshop Leader Obstacle: Where to Start?

Postby Elaine Glimme » Thu Sep 07, 2017 4:07 pm

A couple of thoughts:

Barbara Sher used to have workshops on how to be a coach. Sorry, she doesn't hold them anymore.

There's a website "Hanging Out with Barbara Sher" It costs to join - ($180 per year, I think. Someone please verify or correct this.) The first year, you get an e-mail three times per week with a video, audio, letter, or something. It's more about having fun and discovering yourself than about working towards a goal. People who subscribe to Hanging Out comment and you get into a cozy chat group with a lot of on-line friends. Occasionally, Barbara Sher adds her comments. If money isn't a problem, Hanging Out is a lot of fun.

Occasionally, Barbara Sher comments on the Boards (this website) as well.

Also, Patty Newbold hosts on-line book clubs on the Barbara Sher books - Refuse to Choose, etc.

Other thoughts about coaching - There are so many groups out there looking for speakers. - Senior Centers, libraries, schools labor unions, businesses. Also junior colleges and adult education and continuing education groups. You could develop a presentation, and offer it to these groups. Start small. - maybe an hour or less. Barbara Sher books are a great starting place to find material. You could also try an on-line presentation via Skype.

I hope someone else posts, because this really isn't my area of expertise. Also, sorry for sounding like a Barbara Sher advertisement. She's the motivational speaker I'm most familiar with. But of course, there are others - Depak Chopra, Wayne Dyer, etc.

It would be great help to you to have a support group. We'll support you on-line, but it would be good to have an in-person friend with whom to share ideas. Maybe someone who'd like to be a co-presenter.

This is a bold wish. Making something from nothing is hard. For me the hardest part would be approaching people and offering them my workshop.

Anyway, these are my ideas. And I don't know you, so feel free to ignore any or all of this post that doesn't work for you.

Good luck.
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Re: Wish: Trainer/Workshop Leader Obstacle: Where to Start?

Postby SquarePeg » Fri Sep 08, 2017 7:45 pm

Not at all my area either. But I wonder if you're qualified to work in the "Human Resources" department of a large international corporation. That could be your good enough job, plus you could begin the training workshops at various facilities within the organization. Travel expenses would be paid, too.
Making something from nothing is hard.
I don't agree with this. Sometimes I find it harder to do things that have been done before because I'm stuck trying to conform to workflow and methods that are unfamiliar to me. If I can start something from scratch, I tend to do better.
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Re: Wish: Trainer/Workshop Leader Obstacle: Where to Start?

Postby JennKenn » Fri Sep 08, 2017 8:19 pm

Thank you so very much Elaine and SquarePeg.

I appreciate you taking the time to respond. You both got my wheels turning about my next steps. I like the idea of trying to speak at organizations/associations and seeking out the Human Resources departments. I never think about that because my background is not in HR, but I know a lot of the training programs are developed and implemented by the HR department.

I'm going to dial into Barbara's teleconference tomorrow and start my first steps flow chart..will definitely add these steps. Thanks so very much!

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Re: Wish: Trainer/Workshop Leader Obstacle: Where to Start?

Postby SquarePeg » Sun Sep 10, 2017 5:18 pm

Good luck, Jennifer!

Please post again with an update to let us know how you made out, assuming you're not so busy doing workshops.... ;)
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Re: Wish: Trainer/Workshop Leader Obstacle: Where to Start?

Postby NewMe555 » Wed Jan 31, 2018 6:41 pm

Hi Jennifer, I used to be a business / IT consultant and my work involved both travel and training / leading workshops. It might help if you define your area of interest more specifically and the target market, who needs that training whether corporations or individuals. With that information you can zero in on either jobs or market yourself through cold calling, or attending seminars and networking. Best of luck
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Re: Wish: Trainer/Workshop Leader Obstacle: Where to Start?

Postby Elaine Glimme » Fri Feb 09, 2018 11:47 am

hi, NewMe,

Do you have a wish and obstacle. You sound like a capable sort.
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Re: Wish: Trainer/Workshop Leader Obstacle: Where to Start?

Postby NewMe555 » Mon Feb 26, 2018 2:26 pm

Hi Elaine, thanks for asking I sure have a wish: to return to the work force obstacle: no references anymore and a place I worked for keeps giving me bad references when asked for verification of employment.
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Re: Wish: Trainer/Workshop Leader Obstacle: Where to Start?

Postby Jason » Fri Mar 02, 2018 2:41 pm

I did have a friend with a similar problem.

For those unavailable references, he used former coworkers he knew (even though they no longer worked at the company either). They were willing to give him a good reference as his former _______, and it worked out.

On the bad references, that's unusual and invites lawsuits. If you have any written evidence of this, I'd contact an attorney who specialize in labor and employment law. Most employers will only verify that you worked there, when, and your last title.

Just a thought.
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Re: Wish: Trainer/Workshop Leader Obstacle: Where to Start?

Postby Elaine Glimme » Sun Mar 04, 2018 9:13 am

I don't have much to add to Jason's post.

Have you had other jobs where the manager would give you a better recommendation?

When I was looking for work, (back in the stone age) there was an organization called Experience Unlimited. It was run through the Employment Development Department (the unemployment office, and it was helpful to me. The facilitator said that we all had forty-hour -a-week jobs - called looking for work, and we should spend forty hours each week job hunting. We helped each other find jobs, and we helped each other with interview skills and resumes.

Good luck.
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