Question Answers about becoming a trainer
> > I am presently working as a Technical Writer in a telecom MNC. I wish to be > a trainer. Please guide me. > I have the following questions related to this:
> > > What are the areas wherein I can focus to pursue training as my carrer?
[Mak] I think it is for you to decide, based on your existing areas of expertise. If you set out today to learn something new so that you become a trainer in that domain, it will take you at least 3 to 5 years to reach a level where you can confidently (and single-handedly) train others (for a professional fee).
> Can I be a technical writer and a trainer at the same time?
[Mak]Yes. I am doing this for last seven years. I know others more like me. So I can say this with confidence.
> What skills does it require to be a good trainer?
[Mak]Lots of them! Here is a list (not sorted in the order of importance). Though I can not categorize all of them as skills. Let's say they are the "essentials."
* Subject knowledge (backed by ability to keep learning...else you will be out of business in 1-2 years) * First hand working experience (so that you can satisfactorily answer questions raised by participant)
* Excellent communication skills
* Ability to control a crowd of 15 t o 30 participants (much more if you want to train in colleges or educational institutes)
* Non-verbal communication skills (good sense of using body language)
* Familiarity with tools of the trade (computer hardware and software, projector, flip-chart, whiteboard, markers, dusters, audio-visual aids...)
* Some knowledge of audience psychology
* Flexibility & openness (ability to adjust work time, work late in the evening, work on weekends, travel outstation)
* Willingness to take risk and experiment new concepts
* Ability to network with others on the circles of trainers and training companies (institutes)
* ability to learn from others and train yourself more and more at regular time intervals
* Positive attitude (should not become nervous in front of the audience)
* More Practice...
> What will be carrer growth? Will I be in a better postion that being a technical writer?
[Mak]One can not compare like that. They are parallel tracks. You can specialize in both, even at the same time (if you can work extra hours). If you are good you will soon receive invitations from places that you may not have imagined. BTW, training can pay really well (higher than Technical Writing, per day) and is one of the most respected profession in the industry. Do not forget the overheads! For every one day of training that you conduct, there will be at least 10 to 15 days of homework initially (it can reduce subsequently). For every one day of training that you conduct there will be at least 5 to 6 hours of administrative work required. I know of a management trainer who charges Rs. 1,00,000/- (Rupees one lakh per day) for corporate training. He has more than 20 years of (global) professional experience. He is one of the best in business. He also teaches at leading institutes like IIMs. He runs one of the leading management training institutes in India.