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It shouldn’t happen to a trainer…


 With the smells of christmas coming from my kitchen this evening, I thought I would share a light hearted blog this week - and hopefully one that you will join in with. The life of an external trainer is an interesting one, and I have had my ups and downs this year. (Like every year) These are a few of the moments, which after a period of reflection have a funny side. 

1. Realising after I had put foundation on that the rest of my make-up bag, including blusher and lipstick, was over 200 miles away and I was going to be videoed for my keynote at a conference...

2. Welcoming one of my delegates to my supposedly 'safe' session on business networking, who promptly burst into tears and left the room...

3. That moment, when you realise at your very own book launch that plan A & B hasn't worked out, and you have none of your own books to sell at your own book launch. (seriously!)

4. 10 hours and 16 lawyers in a basement... enough said really...

5. Running a client's in-house training session on business networking and seeing two people re-doing the workshop again. Was I that bad first time around?

What have been your funny moments as a trainer this year? Do share

2 Responses

  1. I totally understand…..
    Bloopers are the highlight of any year. Mine include being steam rolled at my first networking event. I was approached by quite a direct guy who had had a few drinks under his belt by the time he got to me. He started firing questions at me like: what do you do, are you busy, what industries do you work with. All fairly standard questions. But is was my first week in my new business and I didn’t know how to answer any of his questions. So in the end – I just didn’t. I was so embarrassed.

  2. It shouldn’t happen to a trainer
    1. To realize ‘halfway through the session’ that he is in the wrong room.
    2. to find out that a piece of pink colored chewing gum is stuck to the back of his trousers.
    3. Highlight personal hygiene issues (done that few times) to his delegates.
    4. Remember the name of his learner, yet forget what she looks like in a class full of people from the same culture (not meant to disrespect any culture). It happened with me and was very embarrasing. They were all looking at me and all looked the same.

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