Do you have what it takes to become a successful trainer?

In my earlier page, I blogged about choosing the right etiquette school for your training.  Whether you have chosen us or gone somewhere else, what matter most is your attitude toward the industry after the training.  Do you have what it takes to become a successful trainer?

You may have chosen a right school, paid and got trained.  The best teacher who taught you the knowledge, skills and training during the course did not guarantee your employment. Your perspective and positive attitudes to keep the doors opening up to you are keys.

Do You Expect to be Fed?

Many graduates have the impression that you will automatically get an assignment after you have completed the course.  Let me ask you this question.  After studied through your tertiary education - primary, secondary, poly, university; etc., do you ask the school to guarantee a permanent job for you?  Well, some schools may organize job fairs; no schools can guarantee life-time employment. Ultimately, it's you who are going to make it through the door and earn your keep.  Schools are not employment agencies.  Be self-reliance and stop being self-entitled.

Trainer = Product

As a trainer, you have no "product" to sell.  You are a "product" yourself.  When a customer buys a product (trainer), your customer expects it (you) to be user-friendly, multifaceted function, easy to navigate and no short change.

Do not wait for the right condition 

Do you come across as choosy? You want to wait for beneficial condition to take action instead of accepting the opportunity and make it right for your customer?  I would say, as a newcomer, you do not have many choices.  You have to practice what you've learnt, apply it and learn the rope.

Time is Money

Time is money.  The competitive market has no room for waits-baby.  You have to get out of your comfort zone and prepare to work hard.  Your action speaks louder than your words.

Just-do-it Attitude

Jobs are everywhere. When you receive an instant message with a specific date and a brief outline of the job requirement that fit your skills, can you commit it instantly? Are you flexible enough to accommodate and meet your prospect's requirements? Do you have the just-do-it attitude? The "want" and "hungry" for business?  If your answers are "Yes" and your action towards getting the job is closer.  A positive attitude causes a chain reaction of favourable thoughts, events and outcomes.  It is a catalyst, and it sparks extraordinary results.

What if vs If Only

If you are new, there is no time to think of
"what if" I cannot make it,
"what if" I can't do the good job,
"what if" they don't pay well,
"what if" a better offer comes along

Calculative people can never be a good teacher

If you don't take, someone will.  The ugliest and regrettable personality you can become is to whine and complain about "If only" I said yes.... or get jealous of someone who has the just-do-it attitude. If you said yes, you won't dig your own grave of regrets.  If you have time to whine and complain about something, then you should have the time to do something about it.

Dream, Patience, Persistence

When it comes to our dreams, patience is only a virtue if accompanied by persistence; it is but a high-minded excuse for waiting for the perfect conditions, which never come. Be resilience, pursue your dream, make it work.

Be Prepared for a Change in your Lifestyle

One reason people resist change is because they focus on what they have to give up instead of what they will gain.  There will be sacrifices, sweat, adjustment, commitment, risk.  Be prepared for a change in your lifestyle.

Your work is going to fill a large part of your life, and THE ONLY WAY to be truly satisfied is to do what you believe is GREAT WORK.  And the only way to do great work is to LOVE WHAT YOU DO. - Steve Job.  You will learn when you teach.

You Reap what you Sow

Life is fair.  You reap what you sow.  If you reap the half-past-six, uncommitted, free-then-I-take attitude, you will sow the same returns/results.  Nobody wants to invest their money on someone who is not committed.  Be ready to accept any assignments, big or small, work on it sincerely and make your customer feels you can-do-it, willing and professional.

Good Interpersonal Skills

When you are in the women dominated industry, good interpersonal skills are very important.  Speak with integrity, give decent opinions on your encounters, reserve the bad vibes.  People will quote you in a wrong way.  Guard your reputation and don't talk down on others. When you are successful, be humble and do not let your ego gets into your head.  That very success has often made you a target of criticism; not helpful, constructive criticism; nasty feedback entirely disconnected from facts.

Avoid the "Hearsay" and "Gossips"

When the time is good, people mind their own business.  When the business is bad, you will see all kinds of accusations, allegations, backfiring, backstabbing among fellow trainers. Information received from other people, which cannot be substantiated is considered rumour.  The "hearsay evidence" is usually disallowed as evidence in a court of law.  Disregard "hearsay" and "Gossips." When people can talk about others to you, they can talk to others something about you too.

Associate with People who Inspire You

You need to associate with people that inspire you, people that challenge you to rise higher, people that make you better.  Don't waste your valuable time with people that are not adding to your growth. Your destiny is too important - Joel Osteen

The Elephant Keeps Walking as the Dogs Keep Barking

Barking dogs such as external critics, haters, competitors, jealous associates who undermine you will always be there.  Your success comes with stronger persecution. Learn to navigate your way around these dogs. You can't tame the barking dogs, but you can tune them out. The sun rises, the moon shine despite their barks.  I say they are noises, attention seekers and insecure dogs who can't stand your light.

Be an elephant which has the distinct characters of a leader, gentle giant, playful rogues and reliable plodders.  Survive in harsh environment with a unique personality who copes with threats and adversity. Focus and channel the energy to your inner belief rather than letting others define you.  Be true to yourself and your intentions.

Ignorance causes judgement, and misinformed dogs make noises.  Learn to make peace with their existence and transform those negative barks into positive melody.  Be strong, calm and resolute.  Stay compassionate and develop consistent results. - inspiration drawn from Suze Orman, Television host, author, motivational speaker.

Written by Agnes Koh
Etiquette Master Trainer, Image Consultant, Events Organizer
Professional Trainer, Speaker, Author, Health and Fitness Instructor
Etiquette & Image International

1 comment:

Kelley Broussard said...

Wow - Outstanding attitude!!! I love your approach - and your no 'beat around the bush' approach... Extremely refreshing inspiring and most of all MOTIVATING!!