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Clarifying my training


Hello, I am trying to work out what it is really really really want to provide training in. I have been on a train the trainer course, and will be studying for my PTTLS, CTP this September I am very much in to personal development and have studied Transactional Analysis Life Coaching NLP Self Esteem, Myers Briggs Can all this information, experience and skills be condensed into one specialised subject.? or Training Role

4 Responses

  1. What to specialise in

    I think people work best when three things come together:

    1. Doing what you love and feel confident about
    2. Where you have the right knowledge, skills and experience
    3. And it is what customers want, need and expect from you, and will pay for.

    Sounds like personal development training could be an option. You do need the experience in facilitating others through this type of learning; it is not enough just to have received that training yourself, so working with an experienced peer helps when starting out. However, in the current climate, non-essential development, including a lot of personal development, is the first to get squeezed.

    Other areas to consider are communications training, conflict resolution, assessment centre work, and customer care training. You’ll know better than me whether they fit the three factors shown above. The extent to which you specialise is always an interesting issue, as is when and how to specialise. I know many people have set out to focus on X but then work has come in on Y, which has led to more of the same, and before they knew it they were on a different path (sometimes better, sometimes not). But being open to possibilities, especially early on in your career, is no bad thing.

    Best of luck


  2. Great Advise

    Thanks for the advise its very relevant, and shows your a man of experience.

    The next step is finding someone to shadow

  3. Clarifying my training
    Hi Nicky,
    Graham, as usual, is spot on. You made it easier to help you because you used the phrase “what I am really into is….” in your question. If you are interested in the subject you are teaching then your commitment and enthusiasm will be apparent for the delgates to see, making the whole experience more enjoyable for all. Shadowing… I suggest you undertake the formal PTTLS training first and then look to shadow someone, if you choose to. Having undergone further training you will be able to understand why the other trainer is doing a particular thing in a particular way. You can then pick out what you like and leave what you perceive not to be for you at this stage.
    Richard Malthouse, who specialises in developing and designing Police training has written a book on Reflective Practice in training. It is a handy guide and may be of interest to you. I am not sure of the title but Amazon will help you, with that I am sure.
    Take care and good luck with your new career direction and most of all ENJOY.
    Paul “delivering training throughout the criminal justice system”

  4. Passion is the Key
    Thanks Paul
    your advice is very welcome and appreciated, and i do agree enthusiasm is very important and a passion for your subject.

    I can remember 3 course’s i have attended 2 both trainers were passionate beyond belief and kept my attention through the duration. the other one well lets say he sat behind the desk just reading from the training manual and the rest is history.

    once again thanks for your comments

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