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Perils of Lone Training Delivery



I am a freelance training consultant and for the past 2 years, I have delivered  by myself. Is anyone else in this situation and if so, how do you ensure that your training is effective etc. I know there are course evaluations, but I really miss having feedback from my peers and picking up new skills, ideas etc

I have looked into attending an advanced TTT, to ensure my skills are still up standard, however, very few are advanced and the few that are, are out of my price league. 

I'd really appreciate some ideas and advice


9 Responses

  1. Workshops

    Hi Annette

    It's not just a problem for lone trainers, I work for a large company and am constantly trying to develop and learn new skills.

    There are a few companys that run workshop days, that are free or relatively innexpensive such as…


    If you attend one of ther workshops there will be about 20 others in your situation who you can swap numbers and perhaps set up your own regular workshops? Let me know how you get on because I would love to get involved in such activities.

    Good luck





  2. Hi Steve,

    Hi Steve,

    Thanks for taking the time to reply. I used to work in a large organisation an regret not taking advantage of all the extra training I could get! I will look into those companies. 

    Always running courses on my own, I feel I miss out on the instant feedback a co trainer can give, if something isn't going right, they can provide insight, if you forget something. add it in, etc.


  3. questions and an idea

    Hi Annette

    what type of training do you deliver?

    whereabouts do you deliver it?

    have you got a tablet…..I recently found that by locating a tablet in a discreet place and setting it to record I was able to get a delegates eye view of my training style without the obvious effects of having a big video camera… was a very useful ways of seeing myself (again) as others do.


  4. Hi Russ

    I deliver management training courses and currently tend to be in the building of the business, if that makes sense!.  I like that idea! I hate to see myself and hear myself, but it would be an excellent way of seeing how I come across and how I sound.

    Thank you for taking the time to comment


  5. Using your network


    Hi Annette


    Perhaps someone you know in your network who knows training, is a trainer etc could sit in and observe and critique and you do the same back to them.  

    Only cost is your time.  


    Good luck, 


  6. Tea and Cakes!

    Hi Annette,

    I have little sessions where a group of trainers meet up and one of us runs a short session and receives feedback, support and ideas from the rest. To make it even more fun we have home made cakes (or an even more healthy option) and lovely cups of tea in proper cups and saucers!!

    The discussions and brainstorming are truly productive and interesting, and, as I'm a psychologist, I provide some tips and training on psychological tools which may benefit the delegates but also to benefit the trainer on a personal and performance level too.

    We are now getting CPD points for these sessions so that they can be used as part of CPD.

    It sounds like this is the sort of thing you may like to be involved with, and of course you are welcome to come to our Tea and Cakes events in Sussex, or maybe see if you can set something up yourself, I'd be happy to help you if this sounds like an idea you would like to explore.


  7. £30 workshops

    Just recieved from Azesta…

    Hi all, 


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  8. Hi Blake and Maria,

    Hi Blake and Maria,

    For some reason it wont let me reply to your comments, underneath.

    I am guilty of not using my network effectively! I know a few trainers and when we meet, it tends to be for a gossip! So, I will take on your suggestions, that we do a little PDP as well.

    I'm running a pilot course next week and someone is sitting in to ensure the course flows etc, I told her I would welcome feedback, but she was very keen to assure me that she would not be there checking on me, as she recommended me in the first place! However, I'll make sure I get something from her



  9. I really appreciate those of

    I really appreciate those of you who have taken the time to offer solutions to my concern. Great, simple ideas. Thanks 


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